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Staff Scientist, Drug Metabolism - United States  

Takeda (company)

Posted on : 19 September 2017

Project Description

Are you looking for a patient-focused company that will inspire you and support your career?  If so, be empowered to take charge of your future at Takeda.  Join us as a Staff Scientist, Drug Metabolism in our San Diego office.

Here, everyone matters and you will be a vital contributor to our inspiring, bold mission.  As a Staff Scientist working on the Drug Metabolism team, you will be empowered to drive research and development and drug development, and a typical day will include:


Serve as Drug Metabolism expert to small molecule project teams, provide input into research strategies, and collaborate across departments and with global Takeda sites in advancing compounds to IND filing.

  • Support drug discovery and early development programs by providing relevant scientific and strategic input with respect to drug metabolism
  • Design, execute, and report key drug metabolism studies to support compound progression from lead optimization to clinical candidate selection across several therapeutic areas.
  • Collaborate with chemists to address structure-Metabolism relationship and support optimization of DMPK properties during lead discovery
  • Design appropriate metabolism related studies to evaluate potential metabolism related drug liabilities
  • Propose species for toxicity studies based on predicted coverage of human in vitro metabolites
  • Design appropriate studies to identify and measure small molecule-protein adducts
  • May design appropriate large molecule metabolism studies, including ADC discovery
  • Support ADME related studies
  • Work closely with department colleagues to coordinate work for project teams
  • Keep an accurate notebook according to company policy
  • Communicate with colleagues effectively
  • Follow company safety procedures


  • BS in Pharmaceutical Sciences/Natural Product Chemistry/Biochemistry or related coursework and 12+ years of relevant experience or
  • MS in Pharmaceutical Sciences/Natural Product Chemistry/Biochemistry or related coursework and 10+ years of relevant experience
  • PhD in Pharmaceutical Sciences/Natural Product Chemistry/Biochemistry or related coursework and 0-3 years of relevant experience.
  • Thorough understanding of drug metabolism and ADME related assays is desired.
  • Strong skills within LC/MS data acquisition and interpretation of MS/MS fragmentation data is required
  • Proficiency in LC/MS and Metabolite ID related processing software desired
  • Experience in writing Met ID reports is a plus
  • Experience in identification of intact large molecules and peptide mapping by HRMS is a plus
  • Experience with MS based biomarker analysis is a plus
  • Demonstrated ability to solve scientific problems creatively, effectively and independently
  • Demonstrated ability to work within a matrix and team environment
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills 


  • Exposure to hazardous/toxic/dangerous chemicals


  • May travel to various domestic conferences or client sites, including overnight trips
  • Some international travel may be required
  • A minimum of 2 % travel 


  • 401(k) with company match and Annual Retirement Contribution Plan
  • Tuition reimbursement
  • Company match of charitable contributions
  • Health & Wellness programs including onsite flu shots and health screenings
  • Generous time off for vacation and the option to purchase additional vacation days
  • Community Outreach Programs

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