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Research Associate - Peptide Platform


Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States

Job Function:  Clinical Development
Job ID:  68825

Help us transform patients' lives.

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





We’re seeking Research Associate to join Ra Pharmaceuticals – UCB’s chemistry group as an integrated team member supporting the discovery platform projects. The candidate will have the opportunity to design, synthesize and optimize peptides for drug discovery while working collaboratively with our drug discovery group.


You like to work in an environment where you can:

  • Synthesize peptides both manually and with automated synthesizers
  • Perform on-resin peptide modifications and cleavages of peptidyl resin
  • Analyze samples by LC and LC-MS 

You will contribute by:

  • Perform HPLC for sample purification
  • collaboratively maintenance of lab equipment including HPLCs, peptide synthesizers, and lyophilizers;  
  • Participating in our company’s successful drug discovery process


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

Minimum Qualifications:


  • BS w/ 2 years working experience in the lab or MS or PhD degree in chemistry, biochemistry or related discipline;
  • Experience with HPLC purification and LCMS analysis
  • Experience with peptide synthesis
  • DNA encoded library experience is desired.


Preferred Qualifications:

  • Rare disease or therapeutic area experience in neurology preferred
  • Ability to influence (directly & indirectly) and foster strong partnerships
  • Strong written and oral communication 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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