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Takeda Pharmaceutical Company Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Apply now Job no: 507801
Position Type: Staff
Location: Boston Main Campus - Eligible for Alternative Work Location
Categories: Bouve College of Health Sciences

About Northeastern:

Founded in 1898, Northeastern is a global research university and the recognized leader in experience-driven lifelong learning. Our world-renowned experiential approach empowers our students, faculty, alumni, and partners to create impact far beyond the confines of discipline, degree, and campus.


Our locations—in Boston; Charlotte, North Carolina; London; Portland, Maine; San Francisco; Seattle; Silicon Valley; Toronto; Vancouver; and the Massachusetts communities of Burlington and Nahant—are nodes in our growing global university system. Through this network, we expand opportunities for flexible, student-centered learning and collaborative, solutions-focused research.


Northeastern’s comprehensive array of undergraduate and graduate programs— in a variety of on-campus and online formats—lead to degrees through the doctorate in nine colleges and schools. Among these, we offer more than 195 multi-discipline majors and degrees designed to prepare students for purposeful lives and careers.


About the Opportunity:

 The Northeastern University Biopharmaceutical Industry Fellowship Program provides a dynamic academic environment offering fellows the opportunity for a wide breadth of experiences:

· Develop teaching skills through participation in our Teaching and Learning Seminar series

· Facilitate small and large group didactic education in partnership with a faculty mentor

· Utilize a layered learning model in experiential education by co-precepting students on pharmacy practice experiences including Northeastern’s unique co-op program

· Create, present, and publish scholarly research through collaborative industry and university relationships

· Engage with faculty who participate in various interdisciplinary graduate programs including biotechnology, nanomedicine, immunology, health informatics, and drug discovery

· Network with area residents and other Northeastern fellows via professional development programs, teaching seminars, and participation on fellowship committees

Takeda Pharmaceutical Company: Takeda is a patient-focused, values-based, R&D-driven global biopharmaceutical company committed to bringing Better Health and a Brighter Future to people worldwide. Our passion and pursuit of potentially life-changing treatments for patients are deeply rooted in over 230 years of distinguished history in Japan. Takeda has presence in approximately 80 countries, with leading positions in Japan and the U.S., respectively the third and first largest pharmaceutical markets in the world. Takeda will deliver highly innovative medicines and transformative care for more people globally. Please visit for additional information.




Takeda Global Medical Affairs Fellowship:

Takeda Pharmaceutical Company is committed to striving towards better health for individuals and progress in medicine by developing superior pharmaceutical products. Takeda Global Medical Affairs supports the company mission by getting the right drug, to the right patient, at the right time. If you want to make a broader impact on the healthcare community, join our Global Medical Affairs Fellowship. Global Medical Affairs at Takeda provides medical support across the asset lifecycle, from early clinical development to marketed products, in four therapeutic areas, Gastroenterology, Neuroscience, Rare Genetics & Hematology and HAE & Transplant.

The two-year Takeda Global Medical Affairs Fellowship Program is designed to prepare postdoctoral scholars for rewarding careers in the biopharmaceutical industry. Through hands-on experience, fellows will work with various cross-functional teams to learn the role of Medical Affairs, develop skills in the analysis, interpretation, and communication of clinical data, and expand their scientific knowledge to render clinical insights and contribute to meeting customer needs.   The GMA fellowship program resides within the Global Medical Communications team, which is a department that sits within the Chief Medical Office at Takeda. Fellows are assigned a Preceptor within the Medical Communications team who helps provide individualized guidance throughout the duration of the fellowship. In the first year, fellows have the opportunity to complete rotations in Medical Communications, Medical Information, Publications, Medical Excellence and Scientific Training and Medical Evidence Generation groups. Fellows will be integrated into the workflow of each functional area while also participating in special projects and initiatives.

In the second year, the fellow will select a specialty concentration in their area of interest and expand their industry knowledge by leading projects and initiatives. Throughout both years of the fellowship program, mentorship opportunities and one on one interactions with Global Medical Affairs leaders will be available.

Fellows may also be able to work with their preceptors on project-specific opportunities, such as Medical Science Liaison (MSL) field rides or Medical Field Excellence projects,

Upon completion of the program, fellows will have both broad and deep experience in Medical Affairs and be well poised for the challenges of a career in the biopharmaceutical industry

The fellows will primarily work at Takeda’s office in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Northeastern University responsibilities will be carried out on the Northeastern Boston campus.


Doctor of Pharmacy degree from an ACPE accredited institution, eligible for licensure as a pharmacist in the State of Massachusetts.


Excellent oral and written communication, time management, and leadership skills, ability to work independently and take initiative on a variety of projects at the industry site and Northeastern.

Preferred Qualifications:



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Additional Information:

Applicants should submit the following APPLICATION MATERIALS by the priority deadline of November 1st , 2021:

  1. Curriculum vitae (CV), uploaded
  2. Unofficial PharmD transcripts, uploaded
  3. Cover letter, uploaded

Three formal letters of recommendation (LORs) sent directly from the letter writer to by November 29th, 2021. LOR writers should include the candidate’s name and fellowship program(s) in the subject line (e.g. Smith, John – Alnylam, GSK).


Address cover letter and three LORs to:

J. Andrew Orr-Skirvin, PharmD, BCOP

Clinical Professor, School of Pharmacy

Chair, Department of Pharmacy & Health System Sciences

Director of Pharmaceutical Industry Fellowship Program

360 Huntington Ave, 140TF R218

Boston, MA 02115

Northeastern University is an equal opportunity employer, seeking to recruit and support a broadly diverse community of faculty and staff.  Northeastern values and celebrates diversity in all its forms and strives to foster an inclusive culture built on respect that affirms inter-group relations and builds cohesion. 

All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply and will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, age, sex, sexual orientation, disability status, or any other  characteristic protected by applicable law.

To learn more about Northeastern University’s commitment and support of diversity and inclusion, please see

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