Team Leader Disease Bioinformatics - BE, Mechelen

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 Disease Bioinformatics Team Leader - BE, Mechelen 

Scope of the job

We are seeking an innovative, collaborative and accomplished Disease Bioinformatics Team Leader to manage an existing team of senior computational biologists. The Disease Bioinformatics Team works on various Multi-Omics driven projects in the fields of Inflammation, Fibrosis, Kidney and Autoimmune diseases. You will work as part of a larger dynamic bioinformatics team with two additional bioinformatics core teams on network/pathway modelling and on data sciences to contribute to Galapagos’ drug discovery pipeline. You collaborate with different stakeholders across Research as well as vendors and academic researchers to ensure successful planning, managing and execution of integrative bioinformatics projects. You lead your team by motivating and empowering each team member and organize the team’s resources.

More specifically, you will:

  • Lead a team of computational biologists focused on Disease Area projects in the bioinformatics group.
  • Act as the lead for communicating key achievements and requirements for the Disease Bioinformatics team with Discovery, Translational and Biomarker development leaders
  • Act as an influencer and thought leader by staying up to date with relevant scientific developments and providing scientific recommendation within and across teams.
  • Act as a role model for your own team by offering guidance and support, and mentoring their professional development
  • Organize the workload and resources of the team
  • Is accountable for the correct implementation of GLPG values, behaviour, process and way of working in its own team.


Job requirements

Who are you?

  • A Ph.D. in Bioinformatics, Computer Science, Biology, Genetics or equivalent scientific discipline
  • 10 years of experience in computational biology is required with proven high levels of performance and publication record. A background in systems immunology, systems biology and/or single cell genomics and/or proteomics is a plus
  • A minimum of 5 years’ experience in pharmaceutical industry and drug development
  • Outstanding communication, organizational and leadership skills, with a successful track record of collaborating with cross-functional scientific teams and delivering on objectives in defined timelines
  • Strong experience with project conceptualization including refining objectives, experimental design, technology assessments and reporting strategies
  • Ability to identify new tools for the integrative analysis and visualization of integrative multi-omics datasets, assess requirements and strategic fit
  • Proficiency with R, Python or other scripting languages. Experience with data visualization platforms, data curation/organization and cloud computing is a plus
  • As a team player, you promote an open and supportive climate and a collaborative organization.
  • Your [basic / good / excellent] presentation skills guarantee a proper communication during meetings or amongst team.
  • Well organized, you are able to handle multiple tasks and project.

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…!