Ablynx is a biopharmaceutical company focused on the discovery and development of Nanobodies®, a novel class of therapeutic proteins based on single-domain antibody fragments, for a range of serious and life-threatening human diseases. The Company, with Headquarters in Ghent, Belgium, began operations in 2001 and currently employs over 200 employees. Ablynx is developing a portfolio of Nanobody®-based therapeutic programmes in a number of major disease areas, including inflammation, thrombosis, oncology and Alzheimer’s disease. Ablynx has ongoing research collaborations and significant partnerships with several major pharmaceutical companies, including Boehringer Ingelheim, Wyeth Pharmaceuticals, Novartis and P&G Pharma.

(Associate) Scientist -Discovery Functional Profiling Unit (FPU)

To strengthen our Functional Profiling Unit within the Discovery Lead Characterisation group, we are looking for a qualified Scientist with experience in cell biology.


You will be involved in the development of cell based assays & the generation of cell based research tools used for the isolation, screening, characterisation and understanding of the function of Nanobody® lead drug candidates for therapeutic applications in the field of Immunology / Immuno-Oncology.



  • You are working closely with a team of (Senior) Research Associates and are responsible for the development & optimisation of a range of cell based assays for characterisation of lead Nanobodies in different disease areas
  • You keep track of and introduce new developments in relevant techniques and maintain expertise through scientific literature
  • You are responsible for planning assigned project research activities & follow up of data analysis, result interpretation and presentation of findings to project teams



  • Degree in Biological Sciences: PhD or Master with minimum 5 years of relevant experience
  • Strong scientific background and practical experience in development and optimization of cell based assays (cell signalling, proliferation, survival, chemotaxis, ligand inhibition, reporter assays…)
  • Scientific Background in Immunology, Oncology is a plus
  • Skills in Flow Cytometry is a plus
  • Skills in standard molecular biology and antibody/protein analysis is a plus
  • A team oriented attitude
  • Experience as supervisor is a plus
  • Excellent communication skills & sense for initiative, creativity & flexibility
  • Fluent in written and spoken English
  • Full time position

The CV of the applicant should be in English, and include a paragraph specifying the technical expertise.


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