(Senior) Scientist - Discovery Functional Profiling Unit



Technologiepark-Zwijnaarde 21, Gent, Belgium


About the opportunity

Join Ablynx, a Sanofi company as a (Senior) Scientist Discovery Functional Profiling Unit (FPU). To strengthen our Functional Profiling Unit within the Discovery Lead Characterization group of the NANOBODY® Research Platform, we are looking for a qualified Scientist with a strong background in immunology and complex cellular assays.

You will become a member of an enthusiastic team with a can-do attitude, which is fun-loving and always ready to help. You will be part of a close-knit group within the global Sanofi organization working together to empower life.

About Ablynx

Ablynx, a Sanofi company, is a biopharmaceutical company dedicated to creating new antibody-based medicines called NANOBODY ® therapeutics which are making a real difference to society. Ablynx currently has over 400 people working on the development of NANOBODY ® therapeutics 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 responsible to oversee the development and execution of (primary) cell-based assays and the generation of cell-based research tools used for the characterization of NANOBODY® drug candidates for therapeutic applications in the field of Inflammation-Immunology and Immuno-Oncology

  • You are supervising (Senior) Associate Scientists responsible for the development and optimization of cell-based immunological assays for characterization of NANOBODY® molecules in different disease areas (e.g. Inflammation-Immunology and Immuno-oncology)

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

  • You will keep track of and introduce new developments in relevant techniques and maintain expertise through scientific literature and symposia

  • You will prepare and present reports, summaries, manuscripts, and other documents, for local and public communication, as appropriate

  • As you become more acquainted with the whole NANOBODY® Discovery process (and depending on your level of experience), you may also develop into a “Discovery lead” role and become responsible to coordinate and follow-up the Discovery process of a certain NANOBODY® project

About you

Qualifications/Education & work experience

  • Degree in Biological or Life Sciences: PhD or Master with minimum 5 years of relevant experience

  • Strong scientific background in immunology

  • Hands-on experience in development and optimization of (primary) and immunological cell-based assays (e.g. MLR, 2D/3D tumor cell killing, cell signaling, proliferation, reporter assays, survival, chemotaxis, real-time imaging cell analysis, …)

  • Skills in multi-color Flow Cytometry

  • Experience as supervisor or coach

  • Experience in design-of-experiments (DOE) and the development of potency assays for QC-release testing is a plus

  • Fluent in written and spoken English


  • A team-oriented attitude

  • Excellent communication skills

  • Sense for initiative, creativity, and flexibility

The CV of the applicant should be in English, and 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 attractive, market-oriented salary aligned with your qualifications and including social benefits above average (e.g. company pension plans, health management)

  • 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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