(Junior) Associate Scientist, Molecular Engineering team



Technologiepark-Zwijnaarde 21 Gent Belgium

Function type

Laboratory and Process Development Technical Professional


About the opportunity

As a (junior) associate scientist in the Molecular Engineering team you will assist in the engineering of Nanobodies®, including humanization and further optimization of lead   candidates for optimal in vivo and in vitro performance. You will have the opportunity to develop expertise in state-of-the-art molecular biology techniques, including automated processes.

About Ablynx

Ablynx, a Sanofi company, is a biopharmaceutical company dedicated to creating new antibody-based medicines called Nanobodies® which are making a real difference to society. Ablynx currently has over 400 people working on the development of Nanobodies for the treatment of a wide range of diseases, including inflammation, immuno-oncology and rare diseases.

About growing with us

In this role, you will be involved in:

  • Cloning, mutagenesis and formatting of Nanobody lead candidates using a diverse range of molecular biology techniques

  • Sequence analysis and database storage of Nanobody constructs using specialized software

  • Design and generation of complex Nanobody libraries and tool constructs

  • Sequence identification and verification of target orthologs/paralogs and other tool sequences

  • As an active member of several project teams, communicate experimental results, support the team with in-depth Nanobody sequence knowledge and assist in analysis of Nanobody mutant datasets

About you

Qualifications/Education & work experience

  • Degree of Professional Bachelor in Laboratory Technology or Biotechnology (Laboratory Technician A1), Bachelor or Master in Industrial Sciences (Industrial Engineer), Biochemistry, Biotechnology or equivalent

  • Proficiency in MS Office

  • Expertise in a broad range of molecular biology techniques as well as previous work with sequence-based bioinformatics software packages are a plus


  • Solid analytical and problem-solving skills; attention to quality, accuracy and detail

  • Team player, sense of initiative, enthusiastic and self-motivated

  • Excellent communication skills are essential – fluency in English (spoken and written) is expected

The CV of the applicant should include a paragraph specifying the technical expertise.

Inspire your Journey, what Sanofi can offer you

  • An international work environment, in which you can develop your talent and realize ideas and innovations within a competent team

  • An individual and well-structured introduction and training when you onboard

  • You can create your own career path within Sanofi. Your professional and personal development will be supported purposefully

  • As a globally successful and constantly growing company, Sanofi provides international career paths as well

This is our Sanofi, Discover yours.

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