Senior Scientist Organic Chemistry - 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), Switzerland (Basel) 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 an experienced and highly motivated individual to join our Medicinal Chemistry team in Mechelen. The candidate will be part of a multisite team of Medicinal Chemists and will contribute to the drug discovery projects progression from hit identification through lead optimization to Pre-Clinical Candidate (PCC) nomination.

For this specific application we are looking for a person with great expertise and interest in organic synthesis. We are looking for a source of synthetic expertise with hands on experience in reaction and route optimisation. In addition to being efficient and productive in the lab, we are also expecting the individual to innovate and improve the organic chemistry capabilities inside Galapagos.

Your role

In compliance with good environment and safety practices, you will:

  • Ensure the design, synthesis, isolation and structure determination of new molecules with a potential biological activity
  • Actively follow recent literature around new synthetic methodologies and incorporate them in an everyday work to address synthetic challenges
  • Maintain a high level of productivity in the laboratory and actively participating to the laboratory management
  • Propose and implement new technologies in the department
  • Prepare reports and give oral presentations to update project’s progression and activities on a regular basis


Who are you?

  • You hold either a master in organic synthesis with 6 years or a PhD in organic synthesis with 4 years of relevant experience in laboratory work, ideally in a pharmaceutical industry
  • You are passionate about organic synthesis and possess strong theoretical and technical proficiency
  • Knowledge of scientific principles, concepts and methods in medicinal chemistry are advantageous
  • Experimentation, creativity, new methodologies and technologies are the main drivers of your scientific growth
  • Good interpersonal and communication skills to be able to work well in both self-managed and team environment
  • You are highly motivated, proactive, flexible and adaptive to new objectives
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills in English are mandatory

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…!