Lead biologist - Drug discovery



Gaston Geenslaan 2, Leuven Heverlee, Belgium


CISTIM, a CD3 partner, a small molecule drug discovery center, is looking for a :



The   candidate

  • will lead early-stage drug discovery programs, mainly in the field of small molecules.

  • works in tandem with the Lead Medicinal Chemist towards the discovery of validated hits, optimized lead compounds or (pre)clinical candidate drugs.

  • leads and drives the biology-related aspects of one or more drug discovery projects aimed at modulating a specific target. You will have to design and implement experiments to investigate the pharmacological activity of compounds (e.g. target, hit and assay validation, identification of biomarkers, elucidation of mechanism of action).

  • is expected to execute lab-based activities in support of the project on a day-to-day basis, as well as manage and follow up on all biology-related scientific and non-scientific aspects of his/her projects (including planning, timelines and budget) also in collaboration with partners.

  • will report on progress of the project and ensure overall good communication between the internal and external partners involved.

  • reports directly to the Director of Drug Discovery (Biology), and works in close collaboration with the Director of Medicinal Chemistry.



  • PhD degree in Biology, Biochemistry, Medicine, Biomedical Sciences, Bio-engineering, Pharmacy or equivalent;

  • in addition productive post-doc experience, illustrated by high-quality publications.

  • broad expertise in biochemistry, cell biology and/or in vitro pharmacology. Ideally, you have experience in small-molecule drug discovery.

  • eager to work in the lab in order to build and implement new assays for your drug discovery project.

  • team player who can operate independently with attention to quality and details and at the same time be outgoing and a strong networker;

  • ambitious, hard and diligent worker willing to take responsibility and learn fast;

  • pro-active, goal-oriented and can handle deadlines and pressure while taking responsibility for multiple projects at the same time;

  • communicative, diplomatic and fluent in  English (oral and written);


Offer :

Employment contract of unlimited duration.

Competitive compensation package.

Interested :

Send your application before 30 June to :


CC jobs@cistim.be


CISTIM Leuven Vzw

Wetenschapspark Arenberg

Bioincubator 2

Gaston Geenslaan 2

3001 Leuven - Belgium


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