Ablynx is a biopharmaceutical company engaged in the development of Nanobodies®, proprietary therapeutic proteins based on single-domain antibody fragments, which combine the advantages of conventional antibody drugs with some of the features of small-molecule drugs. Ablynx is dedicated to creating new medicines which will make a real difference to society. Today, the Company has approximately 40 proprietary and partnered programmes in development in various therapeutic areas including inflammation, haematology, immuno-oncology, oncology and respiratory disease. The Company has collaborations with multiple pharmaceutical companies including AbbVie, Boehringer Ingelheim, Eddingpharm, Genzyme, Merck & Co., Inc., Merck KGaA, Novartis, Novo Nordisk and Taisho Pharmaceuticals. The Company is headquartered in Ghent, Belgium. More information can be found on www.ablynx.com.


(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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