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PAT Principal Scientist


Braine L'alleud, Walloon Brabant, Belgium

Job Function:  Research & Early Development
Job ID:  65490

Principal Scientist


Help us transform patients’ lives.

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

To strengthen our Physical Pharmaceutics and Materials Science, based in our Pharma Sciences CMC Development Department in Braine, Belgium, we are looking to fill the position of: PAT Principal Scientist.

Would you say your scientific approach is passionate above all? At UCB, we say you are a ‘scienassionate’ person. This innovative blend of talent means you are personally driven to leverage knowledge in the interest of patients.


As a UCB 'scienassionate' person and PAT Principal Scientist   you like to work in an environment where you can:

  • Drive the NCE CMC development through the design/execution of meaningful PAT studies/measurements
  • Design PAT strategies/measurements to establish interplay between powder, bulk material and Drug Product properties
  • Establish a global framework at UCB for PAT technology selection 
  • Leverage PAT for Particle Engineering at the DS-DP interface
  • Architect Control Strategies (level 2 and level 1) for continuous manufacturing processes
  • Design the framework for PAT method life cycle management
  • Influence Regulatory Agencies on the relevant applications of PAT
  • Drive team spirit and encourage collaboration across teams / departments


As a UCB 'scienassionate' person and PAT Principal Scientist   you will contribute by:

  • Being a leader in PAT by combining elements of Analytics, Pharmaceutics, Engineering and IT to design the right solutions 
  • Guiding CMC development by connecting particle & bulk insights with manufacturing technologies and overall product performance
  • Configure PAT solutions for monitoring and control purposes as part of the design of manufacturing equipment
  • Integrate PAT with Mechanistic Modelling to support process understanding and Advanced Process Control
  • Ensuring proposed PAT strategies are by design compatible for regulatory filing
  • Building/consolidating UCB network around PAT
  • Being the reference person in PAT and training colleagues 
  • Keeping track of literature and state of the art scientific practices, and implementing innovative solutions
  • Communicating with stakeholders and external partners (universities, centers of expertise,..) 
  • Writing reports / regulatory documents and give internal and external presentations


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

  • PhD in Chemistry, Chemical Engineering, Pharmaceutics or equivalent on PAT
  • Minimum 10 years of professional experience in the pharmaceutical industry with a focus on CMC development and/or Manufacturing
  • Expertise in in-line/on-line/at-line PAT method development (NIR, Raman, particle characterization analyzers, softsensors)
  • Expertise in chemometric modelling using Matlab, SIMCA, JMP
  • Expertise in designing control strategies in SiPAT or Syn TQ
  • Experience on the implementation of PAT in the context of Continuous Manufacturing is a plus
  • Experience on regulatory submission of PAT methods
  • Knowledge on QbD development and risk assessment
  • Able to combine multiple tasks and work simultaneously on different projects
  • Soft skills: entrepreneurship, motivated, enthusiastic, reliable, team player, good communicator

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