Lead Biologist Drug Discovery - Leuven

Vacancy information

Publication date:November 16 2020
Employment type: Permanent
Sector: Biotechnical
Function Group: R&D

Function Group: R&D / Biology Scientist


For a company that acts as a catalyst for technology and drug discovery programs, we are looking for a Biology Lead in drug discovery. This organisation is active in acquiring external assets from academic and biotech groups, as to further develop the compounds/new technology into a concept that is valuable for patients. As Biology Lead, you will be taking the lead in all biological aspects of such a discovery and development effort.


As Biology Lead you will be part of the biology department, where you will be directing a matrix team over the whole lifespan of the drug discovery project(s).

In this position you will be assigned discovery projects and together with a Chemistry Lead you will be expected to independently push the project successfully through the drug discovery/development pipeline. In these long terms projects, you will be setting the full strategy for all biological related aspects (in-vitro, in-vivo, screening, communication with CRO’s etc.). You will make sure your biology team/external CRO’s executes it with a high level of scientific integrity. This position will give you the opportunity to develop yourself into a drug discovery project manager, manage a team and increase your project leadership skills. In all of this, you will be mentored directly by the Head of Biology, who has a strong track record in industry.


The ideal candidate profile looks like the following:

  • You hold a PhD degree in biology, biochemistry or equivalent
  • Post-doc experience or similar in industry experience
  • Previous experience in advancing drug discovery programs
  • The ability to prioritise, coordinate and manage a multitude of projects simultaneously in a high performance environment
  • Strong analytical skills should allow the candidate to build a complete view on the strength and weaknesses of a molecule
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills are required
  • Good networking and entrepreneurial skills


You can find yourself an environment where you can develop to a fully independent Drug Discovery Project Leader/Manager. You will find yourself in a position where you can increase your team leadership skills, set the full scientific biological strategy and at the same time do not lose touch with the bench. You will find yourself in an environment of highly industry experienced managers who will mentor you and where you can act to an advanced degree of independence. Furthermore you can expect permanent contract, a competitive salary and extra benefits.


If you are interested in this job, or in similar ones, please feel free to contact me directly.

Aron Berhane
Principal Associate | Biotech & Pharma




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