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Scientist II - Translational Science


Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States

Job Function:  Research & Early Development
Job ID:  69107

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? 





Ra Pharmaceuticals, now part of UCB, is a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company based in Cambridge MA focused on the discovery, development and commercialization of novel therapeutics based on its proprietary peptide chemistry platform. Ra is developing therapeutics to treat serious diseases that are caused by excessive or uncontrolled activation of the complement system, a critical component of the immune system. Ra Pharmaceuticals is assembling a team of highly motivated and experienced professionals who are committed to improving the lives of patients and building a world class biotechnology company.


We are currently seeking a talented Scientist to join the Systemic Biology and Translational Research group. The ideal candidate will have expertise in cell biology, microscopy techniques and high-content imaging.


You like to work in an environment where you can:

  • Develop in vitro/in vivo disease models within a variety of therapeutic areas.
  • Develop imaging-based functional studies, and validate therapeutic targets to support current and new drug discovery programs.
  • Learn new skills and develop scientific and therapeutic knowledge.


You will contribute by:

  • Utilizing your pharmaceutical industry experience to scale up iPSC-based in vitro disease models.
  • Bring your self-motivation and ability to work in a highly collaborative team by managing from the bench.


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

Minimum Qualifications:

  • BS/MS degree with +5 years or PhD with +3 years of experience in biology, bioengineering or a related discipline; industry working experience is preferred
  • Hands-on experience with mammalian cell culture using cell lines and primary cells, including iPSC-based in vitro disease models
  • Experience with acquisition and analysis of live cell and high-content imaging, including functional imaging (calcium mobilization, optogenetics)
  • Experience with cell-based high-throughput assay design and optimization
  • Experience with immunofluorescence techniques
  • Familiar with flow cytometry and biochemical assays (ELISA, western blots)

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Must be a flexible and detailed-oriented bench scientist eager to work in a collaborative environment while having the ability to work independently
  • Strong communication skills, both written and oral


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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