(Associate) Scientist - Veterinarian



Technologiepark 21 Zwijnaarde Belgium

Function type

Laboratory and Process Development Scientist


(Associate) Scientist - Veterinarian

About the Opportunity

To strengthen the Immunization Team within the Discovery Lead Characterisation group, we are looking for a qualified veterinarian with experience in scientific research.

As Associate Scientist – Veterinarian, your main responsibilities include overviewing the day-to-day operation of the corporate camelid immunization activities and capacity. You will also keep up to date regarding lab animal legislation as well as originate, plan, coordinate and perform internal and external research with the aim of supporting the Nanobody Discovery campaigns in different therapeutic areas (e.g. immuno-oncology, immunology, inflammation, etc.).

Ablynx, a Sanofi Company

Ablynx, a Sanofi company, is engaged in the development of Nanobodies®, proprietary therapeutic proteins based on single-domain antibody fragments, which combine the advantages of conventional antibody drugs with some of the features of small-molecule drugs. Nanobodies have potential uses in the treatment of a range of serious and life-threatening human diseases. Ablynx advances a portfolio of Nanobody-based therapeutic programs in several major disease areas, including inflammation, haematology, immuno-oncology and oncology.

Key responsibilities

  • You are working closely with your direct reports, facility teams, intradepartmental peers, supervisor, project team members, project managers and across departments as appropriate. You also interact on a regular basis with external consultants, business partners, external collaborators, service providers and authorities regarding animal logistics.

  • You are responsible for own research and results and/or those of an intradepartmental team.

  • You manage Ablynx’ corporate animal facilities, review and coordinate implementation of uniform camelid and other lab animal veterinary procedures in collaboration with consultants.

  • You keep track of and introduce new developments in relevant methodologies and approaches and maintain expertise through scientific literature and act as a subject matter expert in a particular scientific field.

  • You are responsible for planning assigned project research activities & follow up of data analysis, result interpretation and presentation of findings to project teams.

  • You may act as a core team member in scientific-veterinary boards within Sanofi or beyond.

  • You interpret, document, validate, retain, report and review data and results in adequate systems (data warehouses, SharePoint sites…).

  • You design and negotiate contracts with third parties.

About You

To excel in this role you will need to have:

Essential requirements:

  • Degree in Veterinary Medicine: PhD or with minimum 5 years of relevant experience.

  • Strong scientific background and practical experience with small and large experimental animals.

  • Problem solving and creative mindset.

  • Excellent communication skills and sense of initiative and flexibility.

  • Fluent in written and spoken English.

  • Laboratory Animal Science certificate.

It would be advantageous to have (not essential):

  • Fluency in French.

  • Previous supervisory experience.

What Sanofi can offer you

A diverse and challenging role, where you can contribute to animal oversight as well as initiate, support and develop cutting edge-research projects.

At Sanofi diversity and inclusion is foundational to how we operate and is embedded in our Core Values. We respect the diversity of our people, their backgrounds and experiences.  We recognize to truly tap into the richness diversity brings we must lead with inclusion and have a workplace where those differences can thrive and be leveraged to empower the lives of our employees, patients and customers.

About Sanofi

Empower Life Everyday

At Sanofi we work across human health from vaccines to rare diseases, and consumer healthcare. This creates opportunities to work across different areas to build a diverse and exciting career. Sanofi has the capabilities and resources to support your aspirations to fulfill your ambitions and be the best you can be.

Our purpose at Sanofi is to work passionately every day to understand and solve healthcare needs of people across the world. Our ambition is by 2025, to be a top 3 innovative, global and diversified human healthcare company. One that embraces transformative technologies and is focused on its area of excellence, which means we’re not there to try to solve everybody’s problems. We want to focus on those areas where we know we are making a difference.

The values we live by are teamwork, courage, respect and integrity.

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