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Powder Expert Senior Scientist


Braine L'alleud, Walloon Brabant, Belgium

Job Function:  Research & Early Development
Job ID:  64921

Powder Expert Senior 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 Analytical Sciences for Pharmaceuticals, based in our Pharma Sciences Department in Braine, Belgium, we are looking to fill the position of: Powder Expert Senior Scientist.


Would you say your scientific approach is passionate above all? This innovative blend of talent means you are personally driven to leverage knowledge in the interest of patients.


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

  • Participate to the development of new products and processes
  • Give directions from early development up to lifecycle management, from particle design up to final product
  • Work autonomous, well-organized and use your pro-active thinking skills
  • Be self-reflective on the gathered data 
  • Use your creativity to develop new analytical methods or even develop new technology 
  • Drive team spirit and encourage collaboration


As a UCB 'scienassionate' person and Powder Expert Scientist you will contribute by:

  • Being a leader in powder characterization by leveraging material science to drive overall Product Development in order to obtain the right drug for every patient
  • Guiding the Product Development by connecting powder /particle insights with manufacturing technologies and overall product performance
  • Combining particle knowledge with crystallization science to optimize expected powder properties
  • Developing method and performing analyses on active ingredient, drug product and excipients in the field of powder characterization
  • Performing physical analyses such as particle size and shape, powder flow, microscopy, surface characterization, density, thermal behavior, …
  • Performing chemical imaging on drug product or intermediates 
  • Being the reference person in powder characterization and training colleagues 
  • Applying QBD principles, multivariate analyses, and being in support of PAT development
  • 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,etc.) 
  • Writing reports and give internal and external presentations


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

  • PhD in chemistry, pharmaceutic, physics or engineering or equivalent experience, on powder characterization
  • Minimum 5-year experience in pharmaceutical, chemical or food regulated environment
  • Fluent in English, any other language is an asset. 
  • Able to combine multiple tasks and work simultaneously on different projects
  • Soft skills: entrepreneurship, motivated, enthusiastic, reliable, team player, good communicator

Job Segment: Chemistry, Scientific, Scientist, Engineer, Product Development, Science, Engineering, Research

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