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Head of Bioanalysis

  • UCB - Union Chimique Belge
Braine-l'Alleud, Belgium
  • UCB - Union Chimique Belge
Braine-l'Alleud, Belgium


The Precision Medicine (PM) Department part of Translational Science, supports the transition of novel pharmacological assets, including gene therapies, from research to the clinic. PM collaborates across the organization on bioanalysis, biomarkers, genetic and clinical imaging.

UCB has a strong history of developing NCE and NBE drugs and has recently invested significantly in gene-based therapies through in-house development, collaborations and acquisitions. We are seeking a recognized, experienced and self-motivated scientific leader to head our Discovery, Development and Regulated Bioanalysis area.


  • You will employ your proven expertise to lead a diverse team supporting preclinical & clinical assets from a range of drug modalities;

  • Play a critical part in delivering the strategy of the PM team;

  • Oversee the strategy, development and delivery of assays for measuring pharmacokinetics etc. in a range of non-clinical and clinical sample types;

  • Work with key stakeholders to ensure prioritization and optimal deployment of technologies;

  • Work with CROs to transfer and deliver key assays to clinical deadlines;

  • Work with scientists in discovery and the therapeutic areas as well the clinical scientists to develop and implement novel assays;

  • Oversee the optimal experimental design, troubleshooting, sample analysis, data interpretation and report generation;

  • You will have in-depth knowledge to provide scientific and technical input to Project teams and Development Sciences teams;

  • Ensure compliance with all health and safety regulations;

  • Maintain an awareness of new and emerging techniques and tools relevant to the field to ensure the group remains state of the art;

  • Represent and align with the objectives of Translational Science internally and externally in matters relevant to Bioanalysis.


  • BSc and preferably a PhD in a biological discipline;

  • Be an internationally recognized expert with an extensive and proven experience of working in the area of regulated Bioanalysis;

  • Extensive experience of working in a pharmaceutical drug discovery and development environment;

  • Be capable of effectively leading a diverse set of teams and experience up to and including Director level;

  • Be able to define and execute strategies for delivery of assets to the pipeline;

  • Extensive experience of working in a matrix to generate and disseminate key data;

  • An ability to prioritise projects effectively and delivery to key deadlines;

  • Clear practical experience in a range of methodologies, including ligand binding assay, mass spectrometry, immunogenicity assays, PCR etc.;

  • Clear grasp of context of use (linking assay requirements to the usage of the data generated) of biological data;

  • Extensive experience with the appropriate assay validation towards supporting clinical assessments and knowledge of the latest regulatory standards;

  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively in a dynamic laboratory environment to project timelines;

  • Good written and verbal communication skills, be able to multi-task effectively and adapt to meet the demands of a fast-paced matrix-team environment.


  • Good working knowledge of neuroscience and immunology;

  • Experience of commissioning and working with specialist CROs to deliver data to defined timescales.

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