Team Leader Medicinal 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 and Paris), the Netherlands (Leiden), Basel (Switzerland), Spain (Madrid), Italy (Milan) 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  Team Leader Medicinal Chemistry  - Mechelen,BE


Core Purpose of Job:

As an expert member of a research team, you are  expected to lead teams providing scientific direction and prioritizing work. Highly qualified in your own area, you are  able to interpret and analyze data in order to give tactical guidance to the project team. You are expected to provide managerial support to junior members of the team by motivating and empowering each individual.

We would like you to:

  • Lead medicinal chemistry teams to successful project progression. Design new compounds, based on multi-parameter optimisation.
  • Actively collaborate with other areas of expertise to bring the project at the next stage.
  • Organize your team workload and resources according to the requirement of projects.
  • Provide scientific direction and mentoring junior members of the Medicinal Chemistry Department.
  • Motivate and guide individuals’ career development.
  • Support Group Leader and Head of Department in operational responsibilities




Job requirements

Who are you?

  • Ph.D. in organic/medicinal chemistry followed by post-doctoral training or relevant work experience
  • Minimum of 7 years of experience in the pharmaceutical industry with proven track record of Medicinal Chemistry contributions and experience in leading medicinal chemistry projects.
  • Ability to bring new ideas and have strong creativity to tackle challenging issues
  • Maintain a strong awareness of the relevant scientific literature and contemporary laboratory practices
  • Ability to adapt in terms of novel priorities and to make constructive recommendations
  • Able to delegate, motivate and empower people
  • Excellent communication/presentation skills in English is a must


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...!