Senior Scientist Bioinformatics - Mechelen,BE

Job description

Pleased to meet you, we are Galapagos, a dynamic fast growing Biotech company with offices in Europe in Belgium (Mechelen), the Netherlands (Leiden), Germany (Munich), France (Romainville / Paris), Switzerland (Basel), UK (London), Italy (Milan), Spain (Madrid), the Nordics, Austria (Vienna) and in US (Boston).

We’re in the business of changing lives. In our quest to discover and develop life-improving medicines we go where no one has ever gone before. In every challenge we face, we see new opportunities. We want to challenge the impossible. We need thought leaders and rapid thinkers, entrepreneurs in spirit and status quo-fighters. Collaborative innovators and perseverant idealists. We need the best-in-class. In other words, we need you: The ‘make-it-happens’.


We are looking for a Senior Scientist Bioinformatics - Mechelen, BE to join our team!


Scope of the job

This is an opportunity for a bioinformatics scientist with a profound interest in unravelling immune inflammation related diseases. Your challenge is to apply computational pipelines and data science approaches to analyse omics data in order to gain insight into disease biology and to understand how our drugs modulate immune signaling pathways. In addition, you can contribute to the internalisation and development of cutting-edge computational pipelines and algorithms. You will work in close collaboration with Disease Area Scientists and Translational Research teams.

More in detail you will:

  • Act as a bioinformatics scientist for our Immune Inflammation therapeutic area, spanning both Research and Translational efforts
  • Apply state-of-the-art methods, such as single-cell and spatial transcriptomics to untangle disease mechanisms
  • Actively participate in the conceptualization and design of multi-omics experiments as well as their analysis, interpretation and integration with key datasets in support of collaborative projects that fuel our drug development pipeline.
  • Contribute to our mission to develop first in class therapeutics by bringing expert knowledge in the Immune Inflammation area
  • Share our relentless drive to innovate

Job requirements

Who are you?

  • You have a Master’s degree or PhD in bioinformatics or Life Sciences.
  • You are a true computational system biologist, highly skilled in the integration of complex biological datasets with a deep understanding of Immune Inflammation processes, preferably in the context of auto-immune diseases
  • Ideally, you have at least 5 years of combined academic/industry working experience (post PhD, or equivalent) with a proven track record of research achievements
  • You have experience working with *omics data types including transcriptomics (bulk/single-cell). Experience with computational analysis of proteomics, metabolomics or lipidomics data is considered a plus.
  • You have hands-on experience running computational pipelines, preferably using R or Python. Experience with pipeline development and cloud computing is considered a plus.
  • You have successfully applied various analytics and visualisation methods to prioritize possible new drug targets and identify predictive biomarkers from complex biological datasets
  • You are a team player with excellent communication and project management skills. You can handle multiple projects simultaneously, and assume a leading role in high-profile projects with a variety of stakeholders under tight deadlines

What’s in it for you?

You will be part of a fast growing and amazing company. As ‘make-it-happener’ you will get all the support you need to achieve success in your work. At Galapagos we aim to recruit the best people, who stand out among their peers, with integrity and excellent interpersonal and organizational skills. Our employees are the strength behind Galapagos, a highly motivated team, eager to maintain Galapagos’ leading position and achieve breakthroughs in pharmaceutical research. Galapagos offers a competitive remuneration package and a dynamic work environment.

We are Galapagos: together we can make it happen…!