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Date: Jan 18, 2019

Location: Braine L'alleud, Walloon Brabant, BE

UCB NEWMEDICINES - Research ScientistsCell biology

Location: Braine-l’Alleud, Belgium



UCB aspires to be the patient-centric global biopharmaceutical leader transforming the lives of people living with severe diseases. 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. By taking into account patients’ individual characteristics and lifestyles, such as age, diet, family history and genetic profile, we are also coming closer to providing personalized therapies. The company’s international R&D organization is New Medicines responsible from early research up to clinical Proof of Concept and focused on two main Therapeutic Areas, Immunology and Neurology. Immunology is based in Slough UK, while Neurology is based in Braine-l’Alleud, Belgium, close to the company Headquarters located in Brussels. UCB New Medicines is recruiting within Discovery Research CNS Biology for the site in Braine-L’Alleud a (m/f):


Research Scientist Cell biology


Job nature, scope and main accountabilities:


We are currently hiring a talented cellular biologist. The remits of our group include but are not limited to support our pre-clinical CNS projects by developing differentiating and disease relevant biochemical and cell based assays, by screening compounds and delivering high quality data in a timely fashion, by studying and understanding the mechanism of action of more advanced compounds in order to select only the best candidates to progress to the clinic. In order to achieve these goals the group has access to state of the art equipment and technologies either internally or through collaborations.

To further strengthen our capabilities in cell biology and biomarker discovery, we are seeking a skilled, lab-based scientist with experience in cell biology. The candidate will be part of a team implementing and running novel CNS disease relevant assays to identify and validate targets, to screen and understand the mechanism of action of compounds and to set-up assays to identify target related biomarkers.

She/ He will be providing high quality data and scientific support under supervision of PhD level scientists. Keeping up-to-date with relevant scientific literature and pro-actively searching for new methodologies and suggesting new steps during assay development will be essential.


Education, Experience and Skills:


  • Master level with 3-5 years of experience, preferably in a bio-pharmaceutical environment.
  • The ideal candidate will have acquired his/her master degree in the field of cell biology with minimum 3 years of experience in a bio-pharmaceutical company.
  • She/ He is able to set-up bespoke assays to probe signaling pathways using immunocytochemistry and cell based assays and knows how to quantify and analyze relevant data and parameters using imaging and other software.
  • She/ He will be proficient in cell culture (established cell lines and primary neurons and/or iPSC derived neurons) and has basic skills in molecular biology (cloning, viral vector production, transfection/transduction, CRISPR gene editing).
  • Knowledge in Neurosciences and in receptor, ion channels or enzyme pharmacology will be considered as additional assets.


The successful candidate is expected to be open minded, have excellent interpersonal relationships as the job requires many interactions with colleagues within and across departments and with external collaborators. Consequently, good communication is essential. The candidate will be fluent in English (spoken and written) as it is the official language used in meetings as well as for written reporting.


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