Molecular Biologist (Process Innovation) (H/F/X)

March 26th 2021

At Univercells, we are on a mission to make health equally accessible to all. We work every day to reinvent biomanufacturing processes, and develop or integrate the next innovative technologies. Through the combination of process development and engineering expertise, we create synergies to deliver game-changing production capacities to achieve our mission: Biologics available and affordable to all!

Mission Description

Here, in Nivelles (Belgium), you will join a collaborative team full of passionate change-makers and be a key contributor to the successful development of an innovative RNA production platform. You will design a high-performance manufacturing process in collaboration with internal and external experts and identify opportunities for incremental or fundamental improvement. You will help our equipment engineering team in designing and developing a next-generation manufacturing system aimed at improving affordable access to RNA-based medicines. 


  • Develop new manufacturing concepts for production of RNA-based medicines and other processes based on in vitro reactions (cell-free synthesis of biological molecules);
  • Provide tactical and scientific leadership of platform development projects, either of the entire project (USP, DSP, assay development, manufacturing equipment) or of a project subteam (USP) – this includes (non-exhaustively):
  • Prepare, or support the preparation of the platform development plan;
  • Prepare operational and scientific plans using best-practice approaches and supervise their implementation (or contribute to their execution, as appropriate);
  • Streamline and integrate workflows within different subteams for a synchronized and uninterrupted progress of the development project towards predefined objectives (in close collaboration with the Project Manager);
  • Ensure readiness and continuity for project operations (facilities, equipment, reagent and consumable stocks, access to service providers…);
  • Ensure all work is accurately and comprehensively documented, in a timely fashion and following corporate procedures and templates;
  • Promote innovation and develop promising ideas to proof-of-concept, and support patent applications when requested; 
  • Prepare project summaries and updates for presentation to the company’s management team, as needed;
  • Closely monitor the state-of-the-art in the field of molecular biology (applications relevant to the company’s projects) and report significant updates to peers and the company’s leadership;
  • Act as subject matter expert for the Innovation Team and the company (peer training, counsel, due diligence support…);
  • The ideal candidate also has experience in a different field of science, ideally in an industry setting, e.g. mammalian cell culture, fermentation, analytical sciences, purification.

Candidate profile

  • PhD in Molecular Biology, or Master’s degree with proven track record in Research & Development 
  • Experience in genetic engineering and plasmid design (including optimization of the coding sequence)
  • At least 3 years (PhD) or 8 years (Master) of experience in an industry R&D setting   
  • Prior experience with RNA synthesis processes is a significant plus
  • R&D experience in other scientific fields (cell culture, analytical development, purification) is a significant plus
  • Innovative mindset / scientific creativity: natural inclination to challenge the status quo and ability to conceptualize feasible process improvements (both evolutions and revolutions)
  • Knowledge of statistical design of experiments is an asset
  • Ability to work independently in a high-paced and fast-changing environment
  • Analytical mindset
  • Strong organizational and leadership skills
  • Ability to work in a cross-functional and multi-cultural team
  • Fluent in English (written and spoken); knowledge of French is an asset



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