Senior Scientist/Principal Scientist, Neurodegeneration


Braine l'Alleud




Awa Bernard,


Our challenge. Your impact.

We aspire to be the patient-centric global biopharmaceutical leader, transforming the lives of people with severe diseases, and need exceptional individuals to achieve this goal. We are looking for enthusiastic and talented professionals who thrive on challenge and change, who want to make a difference and deliver results.

We have an exciting role for an outstanding in vitro biologist to work within the neuroscience therapeutic area, engaging in breakthrough drug-discovery research in a vibrant environment—inspired by patients, driven by science.

The successful candidate will be an experienced in-vitro neurobiologist and will:

  1. Engage in exciting new drug-discovery research targeting the treatment of neurodegenerative diseases.
  2. Identify, validate, and progress toward innovative new drug targets.
  3. Develop critical assays for small-molecule and antibody projects.
  4. Work proactively across sites and functions and with external parties to advance projects.
  5. Support ongoing and future projects by designing, implementing, and running cell-based assays.
  6. Perform target validation and mechanism of action studies.
  7. Coach and train scientific staff in the use of new technologies.
  8. Represent the department on project teams by giving effective presentations and critically analyzing data.
  9. Be willing to act as a project champion and able to develop into a team leader.
  10. Represent and promote UCB research activities at internal and external scientific meetings and publish studies in peer reviewed journals.
  11. Develop a strong network with academic experts and initiate and run external studies and collaborations.


  1. PhD in neuroscience
  2. Postdoctoral experience in neurodegeneration coupled with an excellent publication record
  3. Experience in drug discovery is desirable
  4. Expertise in neurobiology
  5. Experience in neurodegeneration
  6. Knowledge and experience of a wider range of in-vitro biological techniques, which may include molecular biology, biochemistry, analysis of signaling pathways, protein aggregation, membrane trafficking, immunocytochemistry
  7. English required, French desirable