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Analytical Scientist


Braine L'alleud, Walloon Brabant, Belgium

Job Function:  Clinical Development
Job ID:  68643

Analytical Scientist


Help us transform patients' lives.


At UCB, we put our heart, soul and skills into making a difference for people living with severe diseases.  Working together to push the boundaries, we blend the best of our talents to unlock innovation. Will you join us in this pioneering adventure? 

To strengthen our Analytical Sciences for Pharmaceuticals group in charge of the analytical development of our small molecules pipeline, we are looking for an Analytical Scientist with a strong experience in Drug Product development support and associated analytical techniques (dissolution, sample preparation, …). The position is based in our Supply & Technology Solutions hub in Braine l’Alleud, Belgium.


As a UCB Analytical Scientist you like to work in an environment where you can:

  • Contribute to the advancement of our portfolio of projects entering pre-clinical and clinical phases until commercial registration, launch and throughout the lifecycle of our marketed products.


As a UCB Analytical Scientist you will contribute by:

  • Developing and validating fit-for-purpose analytical methods according to QbD principles (risk assessment, DoE, modelling) for APIs, Drug Products and In Process Control (IPC)
  • Supporting API and Drug Product process development. In particular, working together with Product Development department in order to develop best suited formulations and establish clinically relevant specifications
  • Transferring analytical methods to relevant commercial QC and manufacturing units and participating to their lifecycle management
  • Ensuring release and stability testing of API and DP clinical batches from phase I to phase III
  • Ensuring release testing of raw materials, starting materials and intermediate of synthesis
  • Participating to the daily bench activities as well as supervising activities performed externally
  • Providing high quality documentation of all technical work performed in the laboratory
  • Actively participating to project meetings as well as internal scientific meetings
  • Participating to the implementation of new state-of-the-art analytical methodologies and process improvements


Interested? For this position you’ll need the following education, experience and skills:

  • Master’s degree with PhD (preferred) in a relevant scientific discipline (e.g. Analytical Chemistry) and with minimum 2 to 5 years of professional experience in the pharmaceutical industry is required.
  • Expertise in small molecule analytical method development
  • Expertise in key analytical techniques such as liquid and gas chromatography, dissolution techniques, mass spectrometry, Karl Fischer, …
  • In-depth experience in drug product development support and associated analytical strategy, especially for oral formulations (e.g. clinically relevant specification settings, biorelevant dissolution method development…).
  • Knowledge of the statistics linked to method capability understanding, validation and transfer
  • Detailed understanding of USP; EP and JP Pharmacopoeias
  • Detailed understanding of regulatory and GMP environments
  • Understanding of QbD principles applied to method development is a plus
  • Experience in development and implementation of off-line and in-line spectroscopic methods (NIR, Raman) is a plus

Soft skills:

  • Good interpersonal, verbal, and written communication skills in both French and English
  • Demonstrated motivation for laboratory work and hands-on experience with analytical instruments
  • Ability to work in a matrix organization in different technical areas
  • Demonstrated capacity to work in collaboration with external resources
  • Be able to find technical solutions and activate all appropriate internal /external experts to solve the issue
  • Be able to efficiently translate acquired data into knowledge answering the project needs
  • Must be able to independently manage scientific tasks in order to meet deadlines within given constraints in resources, e.g. headcount, equipment, time, etc.  



About us.

UCB- Inspired by Patients. Driven by Science. Everything we do starts with a simple question: “How will this create value for people living with severe diseases?” By putting patients at the heart of what we do, our approach – from discovery to development to delivery – is continuously transformed and designed around patient needs and their journey.

With a team of approximately 7,500 employees and operations in more than 40 countries, we are a global biopharmaceutical company investing more than a quarter of our revenue in cutting-edge scientific research. We are focused on addressing chronic, neurological, immunological, and bone diseases.

Curious to know more? Please visit our website www.ucb.com.

UCB and its subsidiaries encourage diversity and inclusion in the workplace; we are an Equal Opportunity Employer. 

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