(Senior) Research Associate Discovery - Lead Characterisation



Technologiepark 21 Zwijnaarde Belgium

Function type

Laboratory and Process Development Technical Professional


(Senior) Research Associate Discovery - Lead Characterisation

To strengthen our High-throughput Profiling Unit within the Discovery Lead Characterisation group, we are looking for a qualified (Senior) Research Associates to help in the screening, characterisation and understanding of the function of Nanobody® lead drug candidates for various therapeutic applications.

You will be involved in the optimization of higher-throughput cell- and protein-based assays used for the screening, primary characterisation and functional assessment of Nanobody® lead drug candidates. These activities will support the Nanobody Discovery campaigns in different therapeutic areas (e.g. immuno-oncology, immunology, inflammation, etc.).

Your job will include one or more of following responsibilities:

  • You will use mammalian cell culture technologies including cell line generation, maintenance & quality control of cell lines (expression of target antigen)

  • You perform cell-based assays (e.g. cell proliferation, ligand binding, cell signalling)

  • You perform flow cytometry experiments

  • You perform biochemical assays using a plethora of different techniques including e.g. ELISA, AlphaScreen, HTRF

Generic responsibilities:

  • You will be involved in data analysis and prepare written reports of your results

  • You will communicate results and observations to the team

  • You will actively contribute to project-oriented teams


  • Degree of Bachelor/Master in Biotechnology/Biomedical sciences or equivalent

  • Solid analytical and problem solving skills

  • A pro-active approach and high sense for quality, accuracy and detail

  • A team-oriented attitude, flexibility, enthusiasm and ability to work independently

  • Ability to report and discuss experimental design and data in English

  • Experience in one or more of the above mentioned responsibilities is an asset

  • Full time position

The CV of the applicant needs to be in English and should include a paragraph specifying the technical expertise.

As a standard, a temporary contract (12 months) will be offered to junior candidates. This is with the intention of converting to a permanent contact after a year.

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