Senior Scientist Disease Bioinformatics

Job description

Pleased to meet you, we are Galapagos, a dynamic fast growing Biotech company with offices in Europe in Belgium (Mechelen), France (Romainville & Paris), the Netherlands (Leiden), Switzerland (Basel), Italy (Milano), Spain (Madrid), the UK (London), Germany (München), and in the 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-happeners’.


We are looking for a Senior Scientist Bioinformatics – Chronic Kidney Disease - BE/Mechelen


Scope of the job

We have an opportunity for a senior bioinformatics scientist with a profound interest in unravelling complex diseases from a holistic systems biology perspective to join our recently expanded Bioinformatics team. Your challenge is to contribute to and apply cutting-edge computational biology approaches to target discovery and characterization for our rapidly expanding research area. You will be part of a multi-disciplinary group of bioinformaticians who closely collaborate with Disease Area Scientists and Translational Research teams to directly impact our drug discovery pipeline.


More specifically, you will:

  • Act as the lead bioinformatics scientist for our rapidly developing Chronic Kidney Disease area, spanning both Research and Translational efforts, and contribute to Immune Inflammation and/or Fibrosis related projects
  • 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 computational systems biology area
  • Share our relentless drive to innovate

Job requirements

  • You have a Master’s degree or PhD in bioinformatics or Life Sciences.
  • You are a true computational system biologist, highly skilled in the analysis of complex biological datasets.
  • You have a solid understanding of disease driving processes such as dysregulation of immune/inflammation pathways preferably in the context of chronic kidney diseases
  • 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 ample experience working with a number of common –omics data types including bulk and single-cell RNA sequencing. Experience with computational analysis of proteomics, metabolomics or lipidomics data would be a considered a plus
  • You have hands-on experience running and developing, computational pipelines, preferably using R or Python.
  • You have successfully applied machine learning and data visualization strategies to prioritize functional leads and identify predictive biomarkers from complex biological datasets
  • You are a team player with excellent communication and organization skills. You are capable of assuming 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 make your job successful. 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…!