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.


Project Leader – Nanobody Explorative Technologies

To strengthen Ablynx’ Nanobody Explorative Technology (NExT) team and to ensure a continuous innovation of the Nanobody platform, we are searching for a Project Leader Nanobody Explorative Technologies.


If you have the ambition to explore new and transformative avenues with Nanobodies

If you are convinced that we haven’t explored the full potential of Nanobodies yet

If you like a challenge and loves to go beyond proven approaches

If you believe your profile fits with the profile description in this document

then … you should consider this position


Major accountibilities

  • You contribute to the project strategy in line with the company strategy. You ensure the execution of the project plan: you are responsible for the planning, coordination and follow-up of activities of Nanobody Explorative Technology projects.
  • You lead project and core team meetings: contributes to scientific discussions with internal (Ablynx & Sanofi) and external experts.
  • You monitor the competition and emerging new developments in your project area
  • You contribute to the overall Nanobody innovation strategy. You propose new projects and project goals.
  • You present & defend your project results at the different internal decision meetings and present Ablynx & Sanofi at international conferences


Candidate profile

  • PhD in molecular biology, biochemistry or a related discipline with 3+ years of relevant industry expertise
  • Experience with early drug development of monoclonal antibodies or antibody fragments
  • Strong scientific background; able to rapidly develop a good understanding of the Nanobody platform and a sound knowledge of the R&D process at Ablynx.
  • Proven track record in an innovative research environment
  • High scientific curiosity and creative thinker. You are expected to contribute to innovations in the field of Nanobodies.
  • Problem solver with an analytical mindset. You are able to motivate a team and steers a project team towards solutions.
  • Willing to challenge the current status, driver of innovation.
  • Team-player with excellent communication skills.
  • Experience in (immuno-)oncology is a plus


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