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Scientist I


Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States

Job Function:  Research & Early Development
Job ID:  68271

Help us transform patients' lives.

At UCB, we put our heart, soul and skills into making a difference for people living with significant unmet needs. Working together, we blend the best of our talents to deliver thoughtful solutions that patients value. Will you join us in this pioneering adventure?





Ra Pharmaceuticals, a part of UCB, combines novel insights into complement and other innate immunity pathways with leadership in macrocycle technology to transform the lives of patients with life threatening disorders. Ra’s proprietary in vitro selection by mRNA display and peptide chemistry platform delivers drugs with the diversity and specificity of antibodies coupled with the pharmacological properties of small molecules. Our primary clinical focus is on diseases of complement dysregulation and orphan indications defined by validated biomarkers.

We are currently seeking a Scientist to join our in vitro selection by mRNA display technology platform group.


You like to work in an environment where you can: Work as part of a collaborative team on in vitro selection by mRNA display for the discovery of macrocyclic peptide drugs on protein targets in different diseases areas.


You will contribute by:

  • Testing and incorporating unnatural amino acids into peptides via in vitro translation system.
  • Leading and contributing to a of variety of DNA libraries.
  • The candidate will also provide molecular biology and protein purification support to enable the mRNA display platform.


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


Minimum Qualifications:

  • MS degree in molecular biology, biochemistry, or a related discipline; industry working experience is a plus
  • Strong molecular biology techniques including DNA/RNA manipulations and cloning, proficient in recombinant protein expression and purification using AKTA or other system
  • Hands-on experience using radioactive tracers in biological assays, ultracentrifugation, LS-MC or MALDI spectrometry and Illumina deep sequencing technology.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Knowledge of in vitro translation of unnatural amino acids or any display technologies is a plus
  • Must be a flexible and careful bench scientist eager to work in a collaborative environment while having the ability to work independently, following SOPs with minimal supervision
  • Strong communication skills, both written and oral
  • Strong trouble-shooting and analytical skills


Why you should apply

At UCB, we strive to attract passionate and outstanding talents who thrive on change and are ready to bring real value to patients. Working for us you’ll discover a place where you can grow and express your full potential. We place an emphasis on innovation, collaboration and impact. Through meaningful recognition and a motivating work atmosphere, we aim to provide an optimal experience by caring about and valuing our employees – just as we do for the patients we serve.



About Us

At UCB, we come together every day to work, laser-focused, on a simple question: How will this create value for people living with severe diseases? By putting patients at the heart of everything 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 worldwide 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. We are looking for people with passion and empathy who develop a real understanding of patient’s needs and can deliver thoughtful solutions to decisionmakers across the heath care ecosystem.

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. We do not discriminate on the basis of race/color/religion/sex/national origin/veteran/disability/age/sexual orientation/gender identity.

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