VIE Neuroinflammation


Braine L’alleud – Belgium
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13 February 2024

At UCB everything we do starts with a simple question: “How will this make a difference to the lives of people living with severe diseases?” We do that by connecting our ground-breaking science with patients and their families around the world living with the physical and social burdens of autoimmune and neurological disorders. Those connections offer new perspectives, drive innovation, and offer the hope of a new generation of therapies that will help improve lives on a global scale.

To strengthen our Neuroinflammation department, we are looking for a talented individual to fill the position of VIE Research Associate-Neuroinflammation. The role is based in Braine l’Alleud, Belgium

Role Overview

This is an exciting and high visibility role for an entry level Research Associate to join the Department of Neuroinflammation. The ideal candidate will have excellent hands-on experience on in vitro assays as well as knowledge of microglia and peripheral immune involvement in neurodegenerative diseases. The candidate will work side-by-side with the team on target ID, validation, and driving the biology strategy from hit ID to candidate selection. He/she is expected to have a hands-on involvement in experimental work, coordinate/prioritize activities together with his/her team, data analysis and presentation in the internal meeting, act as the neuroinflammation biology representative to the various neuroinflammation pre-clinical projects, and drive target ID and validation initiatives together with internal and external collaborators. The candidate will work closely with other teams within the Department of Neuroinflammation and align with key stakeholders across UCB’s research sites to define experimental approaches, specific studies, and priorities. 
Your Profile
Technical Competencies
•    Expertise on handling, establishing/troubleshooting functional assays utilizing human immune cells, including microglia, monocytes, monocyte-derived macrophages.
•    Expertise in gene editing, overexpression or knockdown technologies combined with molecular biology validation approaches.
•    Experience with murine cell lines, bone marrow-derived macrophages and microglia as well as knowledge of rodent models of neurodegenerative disease is desirable.
•    Experience with iPSC-derived systems including microglial and neuronal functional assays is desirable.
•    Knowledge of transcriptome analysis is desirable. 
Professional and Personal Attributes
•    Strong leadership, inter-personal, communication and presentation skills.
•    Strong ability to collaborate across the matrix organization and with external parties (academic labs, CROs, biotech partners).
•    A can-do attitude and exceptional attention to detail, dynamic, independent, and innovative with a strong ability to prioritize. 
•    Open-minded, agile, and flexible, to work in a fast-paced environment. 
We can offer you an informal and open working environment that does not lock scientists into structure and hierarchy. Freedom to take space to pursue your own ideas and make a difference. Opportunity to gain internal and external visibility through interactions with other UCB teams and with world-renown academic investigators. 


Please note that the strict eligibility conditions for this program are as follows:
– Hold the nationality of a member country of the European Economic Area;
– Not having worked or lived in the country where the mission will take place;
– Be available to devote yourself to the mission full-time;
– If you are a French national or dual national, be in compliance with French national service obligations (Defense Identifier Number);
– Have a clean criminal record.
If you do not meet all of these conditions, we will not be able to consider your application.


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