Senior Scientist in vitro Biology – Mechelen, BE

Job description

Pleased to meet you, we are Galapagos, a dynamic fast growing Biotech company with offices in Europe in Belgium (Mechelen), France (Romainville), the Netherlands (Leiden), Basel (Switzerland) and in Boston (US).


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.


We are looking for a Senior Scientist in vitro Biology – Mechelen, BE


Scope of the job

This opportunity will validate your scientific experience, your creativity and your collaborative mind set in the area of target discovery and drug discovery of novel therapeutics for chronic kidney diseases. You will contribute to the development of disease-specific cell models and provide technical and scientific input. On a daily basis, you will plan, design and execute in vitro experiments, document/interpret data and troubleshoot problems. By effectively summarizing and communicating your work, you bring value to your career and Galapagos’ project!

Your role:

  • Provide experimental and scientific leadership and expertise
  • Ensure a high level scientific standard is maintained
  • Support, coach and guide one or more of your team member
  • Design and execute experiments in accordance with project requirements
  • Provide ideas towards implementation of disease-relevant cellular assays
  • Pro-actively investigate, improve and adapt existing methods and techniques
  • Plan your work, execute, interpret results and propose next steps
  • Presents data, results and ideas in a clear and comprehensive way internally
  • Reports to the team leader cellular biology in vitro, kidney disease area

Job requirements

Who are you?

  • You have a PhD in molecular or cell biology with at least 5 years of post-graduate experience in the pharmaceutical or academic environment or a Master in life sciences with 9 years of relevant experience
  • You have experience with general molecular and cell biology techniques (primary cell cultures, assay development, immunoassays, transcriptomics)
  • Experience in working with primary or immortalized cells and setting up in vitro cell assays, experience with kidney cells is a plus
  • Ability to propose new approaches and creative solutions for scientific questions and challenges
  • Hands on experience with gene silencing techniques is preferred
  • Previous experience in a pharmaceutical/biotech environment is a plus
  • Previous experience in mining omic datasets and translating this into testable hypothesis is a plus
  • You are a team player with an objective-driven mind set, enthusiastic and highly motivated
  • Fluent English, both written and spoken


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…!