Intern - Co-op

Posted Apr 25, 2022
Project ID: SHPGJP00006037
Lexington , MA
6 months
(Jul 1, 2022 - Dec 31, 2022)
40 hrs/week
Payrate range
Application Deadline: Jul 1, 2022 12:00 AM
Human Factors Engineering Co-op
The Organization: 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. Takeda?s Medical Device Center of Excellence in Lexington, MA is a state-of-the-art facility comprised of a dynamic group of engineers who focus on developing delivery devices for the administration of drugs and biologics. The Medical Device team works closely with cross-functional colleagues to develop combination products (delivery device and drug/biologic) to treat conditions in the areas of Oncology, Rare Diseases, Neuroscience, and Gastroenterology.
The Culture: The culture of the Medical Device group is social, fast-paced, collaborative, and engaging. Colleagues are encouraged to socialize and connect on a personal level, creating relationships that allow for an effective team atmosphere in the workplace. The environment allows colleagues to create an extensive network within the pharmaceutical and medical device industries. Takeda?s Medical Device group embodies the four core ?Takeda-isms?: Integrity, Fairness, Honesty and Perseverance. Takeda?s culture supports growth and development through strong mentorship and manager support; asking questions and seeking out guidance is always encouraged.
The Co-op Student:
This position will provide support to the Human Factors Engineering and User Research (HFUR) group within Takeda?s Medical Device Center of Excellence. The HFUR team supports device development activities in order to design and develop high quality patient/user-centered products that are safe and effective. The co-op student will contribute to improving the user interface of Takeda products under development and support research activities that can be utilized to improve device user experience.
The student will contribute to HFUR activities, which may include:
Contribute to Use-centric Product Development Process
Developing user needs and product requirements
Conducting task analyses on combination product procedural steps
Performing use-related risk analyses
Aiding development of usability study protocols and reports
Conducting Human Factors Assessments, as needed

Support Takeda?s pipeline programs and facilitate operational excellence
Support human factors study execution (usability evaluations) through observing sessions, taking notes, summarizing findings, and performing data verification
Aid in qualitative/quantitative data analysis and contribute to post-study recommendations
Contribute to projects within Takeda?s core therapeutic area units: Gastroenterology, Rare Diseases, Neuroscience, Oncology
Own and execute a self-driven project to improve HFUR processes and procedures (examples from past co-ops include: state-of-the-art eye tracking software, predictive data analytics)

Support combination product user interface iterations
Work with UI/UX Designer to brainstorm labeling and instructional improvements
Suggest data-driven recommendations for improvements
Learn and apply basic iterations in Adobe Illustrator

The student will also have the opportunity to gain additional skills, including (but not limited to):
Ability to be collaborative and flexible when solving human factors challenges
Qualitative research skills
Exposure to the medical device and combination product development process, across a variety of therapies
The student will have the following required minimum skills:
GPA of 3.3 or greater preferred
Eager to contribute and participate in a fast-moving, team-oriented atmosphere
Strong communication skills (written, verbal, and presentation)
Ability to self-organize and prioritize multiple responsibilities
Prior co-op experience is preferred
Currently enrolled in a human factors, experimental psychology, or other engineering discipline is preferred
Knowledge and/or past experience about human factors and user research is a plus

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