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(Senior) Research Scientist Epilepsy signaling pathways - Belgium  

UCB (company)

Posted on : 23 October 2017

Project Description


To pursue a rich heritage in epilepsy, with over 20 years of experience in research and development of novel antiepileptic drugs, we are now building on our proven track record of innovative discovery approaches with a long-term commitment to epilepsy research. Our scientists are an integral part of the epilepsy community and pursue collaborative research with a broad network of academic leaders in the field.


We now have an exciting opportunity in the New Medicines department at our research site in Belgium, close to Brussels (Braine l’Alleud), for a (m/f):




(Senior) Research Scientist Epilepsy signaling pathways



Nature and scope


Within the epilepsy discovery group, you will contribute to the identification and evaluation of innovative disease-context specific treatment strategies with disease-modifying potential.



Major accountabilities


  • Identify and validate novel targets, treatment strategies and accompanying biomarkers to modify signaling pathways involved in epilepsy
  • Contribute to novel study designs and take ownership for timely completion of studies. Able to conduct laboratory experiments independently and to provide in-depth analysis and critical assessment of study data
  • Contribute to the development of our epilepsy platforms to ensure a high level of technical quality and capabilities to fulfill the changing needs of epilepsy research
  • Interact and integrate the experiments with the in vitro and in vivo epilepsy teams
  • Ensure excellent communication and interactions with the epilepsy group members, and with members of other functions in order to promote timely progress of studies and projects
  • Ensure appropriate training of students or new scientific staff members and post-docs by sharing technical expertise
  • Ensure that all studies are compliant with HSE guidelines, and support the team leader for preparation and filing of biosafety and ethical committees documents and protocols
  • Represent and promote UCB research activities at internal and external scientific meetings by poster or oral presentation and contribution to the writing of scientific publications



    Experience and skills:


  • PhD level, preferably with post-doc working knowledge in neuroscience, systems biology or cell biology
  • Strong familiarity in pathway analysis, cell biology and bioinformatics and experience is a plus
  • Strong experience in epilepsy and excellent publication track record
  • Experience with human tissue from patients with epilepsy is a plus
  • Experience across in vitro and in vivo epilepsy models is a plus
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Proficiency in English is essential
  • Proactive, creative and enterprising attitude
  • Strong work ethic and motivation



Applications should include a CV and cover letter describing your motivation and experience, as well as the name of two referees and the date from which you would be available.


For additional questions regarding the position you can contact Stefanie Dedeurwaerdere, PhD, Head of Epilepsy:

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