Senior Scientist



Generaal de Wittelaan 11B Mechelen Belgium

Function type

R&D – Design


About Biocartis

Biocartis is an innovative molecular diagnostics company committed to revolutionize molecular testing with its unique proprietary IdyllaTM platform. We provide next generation diagnostic solutions aimed at improving clinical practice for the benefit of patients, clinicians, payers and the healthcare industry, with a focus on oncology.
Biocartis’ proprietary molecular diagnostics (MDx) IdyllaTM platform is a fully automated sample-to-result, real-time PCR system that offers accurate, highly reliable molecular information from virtually any biological sample, in virtually any setting, allowing fast and effective treatment selection and treatment progress monitoring.
Biocartis employs over 450 people and is headquartered in Mechelen, Belgium.

Senior Scientist

The Senior Scientist is the scientific/technical lead of IVD development projects, i.e.

  1. design of innovative technology building blocks

  2. technical feasibility studies involving prototyping

  3. new assay development projects

  4. scope expansion development projects (including USA market expansion and CDx projects)

  5. partner projects involving the porting of third-party assays onto the IdyllaTM platform


  • Scientific/technical lead of (multiple) cross-functional development teams, based on an in-depth knowledge of the IdyllaTM platform and associated technologies;

  • Translation of user needs into (i) design input (product requirements) and (ii) design and development strategy, taking into account the scientific/clinical context, technological constraints and regulatory compliance (IVDR and/or FDA);

  • On-time delivery of design output (molecular biological and biochemical designs and development documentation);

  • Support of business development (product portfolio strategy and partner collaborations);

  • Submission of scientific abstracts, manuscripts, grants and patent applications;

  • Continuous improvement of Biocartis’ design and development processes in terms of quality and/or (cost-)efficiency;

  • On-boarding/coaching of new/junior design team members.

Profile requirements

  • PhD in science- or technology-related study domain with profound expertise in molecular biology (preferably in the field of oncology) OR Master in science- or technology-related study domain with at least 4 years of industrial research experience in molecular biology (preferably in the field of oncology);

  • Experience with IVD development, including in-depth knowledge of the regulatory context (IVDR and FDA), is mandatory;

  • Experience with defining and optimizing IVD process infrastructure is mandatory;

  • Profound research experience in molecular biology (focus on nucleic acids, (RT-)(q)PCR design and optimization);

  • Scientifically sound way of working (hypothesis-driven testing and experimental set-up);

  • Excellent scientific communication skills (presenting and writing, including abstracts, publications, grants, work instructions);

  • Experience in the field of Oncological Pathology;

  • Knowledge of relevant scientific databases, Bio-IT and statistical tools;

  • Awareness of intellectual property and its implications;

  • Strong communicator and planner: proven experience with steering cross-functional teams and coaching junior scientists is mandatory;

  • Highly driven: reach ambitious goals in a fast-paced, dynamic environment;

  • Passionate about science and technology: transform cancer patient management;

  • Language skills: excellent English (written and spoken);

  • PC skills: MS Office (Word, Excel, Powerpoint).

Our offering

We offer you a challenging job in an exciting environment, working for top entrepreneurs in the biotech industry. You can be part of a very dynamic, young and growing team in a highly innovative environment. You will have freedom to shape your work and shape your job. Your input is highly appreciated. Of course we offer you a fitting compensation package.

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