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Research Scientific Associate Director, Mass Spec

Boston, Massachusetts
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Jun 17, 2024

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Job Description

About the role:

At Takeda, we are a forward-looking, world-class R&D organization that unlocks innovation and delivers transformative therapies to patients. By focusing R&D efforts on three therapeutic areas and other targeted investments, we push the boundaries of what is possible in order to bring life-changing therapies to patients worldwide.

Certified as a Global Top Employer, Takeda offers stimulating careers, encourages innovation, and strives for excellence in everything we do. We foster an inclusive, collaborative workplace, in which our teams are united by an unwavering commitment to deliver Better Health and a Brighter Future to people around the world.

Are you looking for a patient-focused, innovation-driven company that will inspire you and empower you to shine? Join us as a Research Scientific Associate Director, Mass Spec in our Cambridge, MA location.

Objective / Purpose:

  • Responsible for independently executing bioanalytical assay method development, transfer, and validation at qualified vendors. Incumbent is also responsible for coordination of sample analyses at bioanalytical vendors, monitoring bioanalytical vendors to ensure quality, assay results, and bioanalytical reports. Responsibilities also include support for LC/MS/MS-based biomarker assays.
  • Incumbent must demonstrate a sustained record of scientific productivity in the field of bioanalytical chemistry, as evidenced by the development and/or implementation of numerous new technical strategies, methods, processes, publications, or patents.
  • May manage a dedicated staff of Bioanalytical Chemistry scientists who are responsible for executing bioanalytical assay method development, transfer, and validation at qualified vendors, as well as coordination of sample analyses at bioanalytical vendors, monitoring bioanalytical vendors to ensure quality, assay results, and bioanalytical reports.
  • Interacts closely with colleagues within Quantitative Clinical Pharmacology, Translational Science and allied functions, including Clinical Operations and Analytical Sciences, to effectively manage the bioanalytical chemistry support of clinical Ph 0-4 studies and related issues. Will also effectively interface with DMPK colleagues to ensure global collaboration on bioanalytical chemistry activities to support clinical development.


  • Provides expert scientific opinion, input, and oversight for bioanalytical chemistry activities for ten or more global development programs, including vendor selection, assay development or transfer, validation, sample analysis and reporting.
  • Provides the strategic leadership and direction necessary to ensure the scientific integrity and quality of all bioanalytical chemistry data, as well as the appropriate interpretation of experimental results and adequacy of final reports.
  • May lead a group of Bioanalytical Chemistry scientists within B2ST, under the general supervision of the Director or Sr Director of Clinical Mass Spectrometry, providing guidance and scientific oversight for that group.
  • Forges strong alliances with strategic partners to incorporate cutting-edge scientific approaches for development compound and biomarker bioanalytical support across the portfolio.
  • Reviews or prepares bioanalytical chemistry portions of regulatory documents: Investigational New Drug (IND) Applications, Briefing Documents, Investigational Brochures, Investigational Medicinal Product Dossiers (IMPD), Common Technical Documents as the basis for New Drug Applications (NDA), Biologic Licensing Application (BLA) and Marketing Authorization Applications (MAA), IND annual reports, other EMEA/CHMP regulatory documents, and scientific white papers.
  • May represent Takeda in written, oral, and face-to-face interactions with global regulatory agencies, particularly in area of personal expertise in bioanalytical chemistry.
  • Represent Takeda at external meetings and conferences as well as establish the reputation of Takeda with key opinion leaders, practitioners, partners and agents, and the public at large. Supports publication and presentation of bioanalytical data in support of Takeda compounds.
  • Collaboratively interact with scientists from other functional areas in PTS, as well as from other Takeda divisions, affiliates, and alliance partners.
  • May supervise Scientist I or II, Senior Scientists, Principal Scientists or Associate Scientific Director


Technical/Functional (Line) Expertise

  • Deep understanding of mass spectrometry-based PK and biomarker development and implementation with 10+ years' experience in the biotechnology or pharmaceutical environment.
  • Strong scientific background and experience with assay development and validation across technology platforms in sample preparation methods as well as mass spectrometry platforms
  • Experience with outsourcing and working with external partners to develop/transfer assays, oversee data generation/analysis and delivery of high-quality data from global clinical trials under regulated settings (GLP, GCP, GCLP and CAP/CLIA etc.).
  • Experience within GI, immunology, neurology and/or oncology therapeutic areas, and experience supporting novel modalities.


  • The incumbent will serve as a subject matter expert on BST teams helping drive scientific excellence, strategic, tactical and fiscally responsible operations in support of BST and programmatic goals.

Decision-making and Autonomy

  • Independently manages workload and expectations
  • Scientifically independent
  • Scientific driver for research strategy that impacts group internally and outside area of function


  • Initiates and leads external interactions and collaborations
  • Frequent contact with internal and external personnel at various management levels


  • Makes strategic recommendations for relevant biomarker technologies and outputs in alignment with stakeholders.


  • Highly-matrixed environment

Education & Competencies

  • PhD degree in a relevant scientific discipline e.g., Chemistry, Analytical Chemistry, Clinical Chemistry, Biochemistry, etc. with 7+ years experience, MS with 13+ years experience, or BS with 15+ years experience; 5 years of Industry experience required
  • Significant drug development experience from a bioanalytical chemistry perspective
  • In depth, expert knowledge of bioanalytical chemistry, including sample preparation procedures, HPLC and mass spectrometry (MS/MS) analysis techniques and instrumentation, and validation experimental design and related laboratory statistics. Experience with ligand binding assay and immunoaffinity approaches are a plus.
  • Superior analytical and problem-solving skills.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills, including writing, reviewing, and editing scientific documents.
  • Demonstrated capabilities to lead and mentor other scientists.
  • Previous experience managing bioanalytical chemistry projects, personnel and bioanalytical vendor management.
  • Ability to lead and participate in a matrix team environment.
  • Strong knowledge of allied fields critical for drug development, such as clinical pharmacology, drug metabolism, pharmacology, toxicology, and pharmaceutical science.
  • Thorough understanding of drug development and global regulatory requirements.
  • Ability to effectively influence colleagues and multi-disciplinary project teams.


  • No specific license or certification required
  • Routine demands of an office based environment
  • Some domestic and international travel to Takeda sites, bioanalytical vendors, conferences, and regulatory agencies may be required.

This position is currently classified as “hybrid” by Takeda’s Hybrid and Remote Work policy

Takeda Compensation and Benefits Summary

We understand compensation is an important factor as you consider the next step in your career. We are committed to equitable pay for all employees, and we strive to be more transparent with our pay practices.

For Location:

Boston, MA

U.S. Base Salary Range:

$149,100.00 - $234,300.00

The estimated salary range reflects an anticipated range for this position. The actual base salary offered may depend on a variety of factors, including the qualifications of the individual applicant for the position, years of relevant experience, specific and unique skills, level of education attained, certifications or other professional licenses held, and the location in which the applicant lives and/or from which they will be performing the job.The actual base salary offered will be in accordance with state or local minimum wage requirements for the job location.

U.S. based employees may be eligible for short-term and/or long-termincentives. U.S.based employees may be eligible to participate in medical, dental, vision insurance, a 401(k) plan and company match, short-term and long-term disability coverage, basic life insurance, a tuition reimbursement program, paid volunteer time off, company holidays, and well-being benefits, among others. U.S.based employees are also eligible to receive, per calendar year, up to 80 hours of sick time, and new hires are eligible to accrue up to 120 hours of paid vacation.

EEO Statement

Takeda is proud in its commitment to creating a diverse workforce and providing equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, parental status, national origin, age, disability, citizenship status, genetic information or characteristics, marital status, status as a Vietnam era veteran, special disabled veteran, or other protected veteran in accordance with applicable federal, state and local laws, and any other characteristic protected by law.


Boston, MA

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Takeda is a global, values-based, R&D-driven biopharmaceutical leader headquartered in Japan, committed to discover and deliver life-transforming treatments, guided by our commitment to patients, our people and the planet. Takeda focuses its R&D efforts on four therapeutic areas: Oncology, Rare Genetics and Hematology, Neuroscience, and Gastroenterology (GI). We also make targeted R&D investments in Plasma-Derived Therapies and Vaccines. We are focusing on developing highly innovative medicines that contribute to making a difference in people’s lives by advancing the frontier of new treatment options and leveraging our enhanced collaborative R&D engine and capabilities to create a robust, modality-diverse pipeline. Our employees are committed to improving quality of life for patients and to working with our partners in health care in approximately 80 countries and regions.

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