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Lead Scientist - Assay Team

Belgium, Vlaams Gewest, LeuvenAssay Development

Job description

As our Lead Scientist, you will be leading a team of +/- 10 people (Scientists and Lab Technicians) in the Assay Design team.

You will be reporting to the Director of Assay Development. 

Your main responsibilities will be:

  • Lead research projects and coordinate iterative modular development of innovative molecular diagnostic modules (extraction, amplification, detection);
  • Ensure effective communication with silicon chip designers and process engineers;
  • Coordinate assay-hardware interface activities and integration of results;
  • Design and validate methods for quality control, scale up and transfer;
  • Responsible for timely delivery of work packages, data quality, SOPs, reports and safety documentation according to ISO standards;
  • Lead a group of scientists and lab technicians in the Assay Team and has the ability to lead teams working in an agile set-up;
  • Cascade the company priorities to the team and defines clear objectives and key results;
  • Ensure the right talent is hired and supports hiring via his/her network;
  • Act as a coach and promotes a growth mindset across the company;

Job requirements

  • PhD degree in molecular biology, biochemistry or related disciplines;
  • Minimum 4 years of industrial experience in biotechnology or molecular diagnostics;
  • A thorough understanding of chemistries related to nucleic acids extraction on solid phases;
  • Experience with molecular detection technologies (PCR, LAMP, NGS);
  • Experience with mammalian, bacterial and viral cultures, extraction and nucleic acid processing;
  • Experience in de novo assay design and development;
  • Experience in microfluidics is a strong plus;
  • Fluent in English (written and spoken);
  • Ability to thrive and deliver in a fast-paced, dynamic and highly multi-tasking environment;
  • Experience with IVD development and knowledge of regulatory context (IVDR and FDA) and intellectual property is required;
  • Manage third party collaborations and scout for new technologies and partners;
  • Capability to steer cross-functional teams working in an agile team set-up, coaching junior scientists and coordinate lab experiments performed by research assistants is mandatory;
  • Cultural savvy;
  • Innovative and creative mindset;
  • Critical thinking and problem-solving skills;
  • Strong organizational skills, proactivity, scientific curiosity with keen interest in novel technologies for molecular diagnostics;
  • Interaction with and support to the Project Managers;
  • Expertise in design of experiment and statistical data analysis;
  • Team player, enthusiastic, accurate in execution and reporting;
  • Our offices are located in Leuven (Belgium). Relocation to Belgium is needed. It is essential that you hold entitlement to work and live in Belgium.