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Principal/Senior Scientist - In Vitro Pharmacology Immunology


Slough, Berkshire, United Kingdom

Job Function:  Research & Early Development
Job ID:  65603



At UCB everything we do starts with a simple question: “How will this make a difference to the lives of people living with severe diseases?” We do that by connecting with patients and their families around the world living with the physical and social burdens of severe disease of the immune system and the central nervous system. Those connections offer new perspectives, drive innovation, and offer the hope of a new generation of therapies that will help to transform lives.


Role overview

We are currently seeking a highly-motivated and creative scientist with strong expertise in cellular/biochemical assay development and high-throughput screening to join the In vitro Pharmacology group at UCB.  


You will be based at our UK site in Slough and work as part of the Immunology Therapeutic Area whose mission it is to identify and characterise chemical and biological therapeutic candidates for the drug discovery programs within the immunology and musculoskeletal areas.


Primary responsibilities

We are looking for highly motivated, competent scientists with a track record of delivery in a drug discovery environment with expertise in some of the following:

Cell-based screening assays

Biochemistry screening assays

Data management and interrogation
Utilising your scientific expertise, you will focus on the development, optimisation, validation, execution and data interpretation of in vitro cellular or biochemical or screening assays.  These assays will be designed to be relevant to targeting disease pathologies, mechanism of action studies and/or for profiling both novel biological and chemical entities.


Essential requirements

We are looking for a candidate with technical expertise in only some of the following techniques;

Human primary and cell line culture

Design and validation of cellular screening assays

Flow cytometry

High-throughput screening


High-content imaging and analysis

Design & validation of biochemical assays

Biochemistry/Molecular Pharmacology

Application & optimisation of novel technologies

Laboratory automation and liquid handling

Data analysis, visualisation and reporting of experimental data


We can offer you the opportunity to develop as a scientist in terms of learning new skills across a range of cutting-edge screening platforms and ultimately grow in confidence as an independent-thinking scientist.  Our scientists are encouraged to build on their professional networks and will get a chance to publish their data and present at relevant meetings and conferences.


Career development includes leadership opportunities, including project champion, which requires department representation, implementing critical path screening cascades and internal coordination of In vitro Pharmacology resources.  Additionally, you will also provide scientific leadership & mentoring within the projects you are assigned.


About us.

UCB- Inspired by Patients. Driven by Science. Everything we do starts with a simple question: “How will this create value for people living with severe diseases?” By putting patients at the heart of what 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 and 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.

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. 

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