Research Scientist epilepsy in vivo

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Date: May 25, 2019

Location: Braine L'alleud, Walloon Brabant, BE

Research Scientist

In Braine-L’Alleud, Belgium

Fixed term contract: 1 year


UCB aspires to be the patient-centric global biopharmaceutical leader transforming the lives of people living with severe diseases. We focus on central nervous system and immunology disorders. Our promise is to help tackle the serious unmet medical needs affecting patients around the globe. An important part of our philosophy is to take a holistic approach to patients, which aims to find solutions tailored to their circumstances.


To pursue a rich heritage in epilepsy, with over 20 years of experience in research and development of novel antiepileptic drugs, we are now building on our proven track record of innovative discovery approaches with a long-term commitment to epilepsy research. Our scientists are an integral part of the epilepsy community and pursue collaborative research with a broad network of academic leaders in the field.


The epilepsy research group is looking for a  research scientist to strenghten the in vivo epilepsy pharmacology team based at Braine l’Alleud, Belgium. This position is currently for 1 year and a great opportunity to obtain experience in renowned pharma in the field of epilepsy. This person will contribute to the evaluation of new model and new drug targets for the development of novel treatments.


Job requirements:

  • Ensure timely validation of new model and contribute to pharmacological characterization.
  • Contribute to study design and take ownership for timely completion of studies. Able to conduct laboratory experiments independently and to provide in-depth analysis and critical assessment of study data
  • Contribute to the development of our in vivo epilepsy platforms to ensure a high level of technical quality and capabilities to fulfill the changing needs of epilepsy research
  • Ensure excellent communication and interactions with the epilepsy pharmacology group members, and with members of other functions in order to promote timely progress of studies and projects
  • Ensure appropriate training of students or new scientific staff members and post-docs by sharing technical expertise
  • Ensure that all studies are compliant with HSE guidelines, and support the team leader for preparation and filing of biosafety and ethical committees documents and protocols
  • Represent and promote UCB research activities at internal and external scientific meetings by poster or oral presentation and contribution to the drafting of scientific publications


    Candidate profile:


  • PhD level, with knowledge in neurosciences or pharmacology
  • Strong experience in animal experimentation with hands-on experience in rodent surgery,  EEG recordings and analysis,
  • Experience in in vivo epilepsy models is a plus
  • Publication track record in epilepsy
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Proficiency in English is essential
  • Strong work ethic and motivation
  • European certificate for experimenting from animals (FELASA or similar) is required


Applications should include a CV and cover letter describing your motivation and experience, as well as the name of two referees and the date from which you would be available.


For additional questions regarding the position you can contact

Dr. Stefanie Dedeurwaerdere, Head of Epilepsy Discovery Research:

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