Are you an experienced heavy chain antibody expert? Would you like to accelerate your career and play a key role in the R&D activities of a dynamic Belgian AgFood biotech that is helping to shape the future of sustainable and safe food supply?

The company

Adoc Talent Management is recruiting the Head of Lead Generation for its client, a fast-growing crop protection and food scale-up company developing a new generation of protein-based biocontrol solutions. Based on their ground-breaking technology platform, they have developed a broad pipeline of effective and safe products with novel modes of action, addressing key crop pests and diseases across the whole value chain, from soil to plate.

Your Role

Under the responsibility of the CSO, you will be responsible to further develop the platform within an international environment in guiding and promoting the scientific development of multidisciplinary Lead Generation Teams and working closely with the teams contributing to the delivery of bioactive leads aligned with their Ag and Food Business requirements.

Your daily task will consist in:

  • - Being responsible for for directing Lead Generation teams working on Lead Identification, Early Lead Characterization and Early Lead Developability
  • - Developing an Inspiring Scientific Leadership and a relevant and competitive strategic vision
  • - Scouting for, assessing and leading scientific partnership efforts to complement internal capabilities on all technical aspects (such as antigen identification, antigen production, immunization, lead selection, automation, data digitalization, and computational biology)
  • - Implementing and reporting the scientific and technical progress of the Discovery team
  • - Implementing the strategy with situational and human management to support the growth, development and expertise of individuals and teams.
  • - Developing people and collaborations in a dynamic, changing and open context, by communicating in a qualitative, effective and assertive way
  • - Being accountable for delivery of high-quality scientific results, scientific publications and IP (patents) to further strengthen the credibility and competitiveness of the platform

Profile

You have a PhD degree In Biological Sciences, such as in Molecular Biology, Biotechnology, Bioengineering (or a related field) and at least 8 years experience in antibody discovery (in academia and/or industry). You have an impressive track record (publications, conferences, patents, prizes, grants, awards...), be recognised by your peers at the international level and demonstrate expertise in Abs target selection and validation, immunization and selection strategy. You have strong analytical and data interpretations skills and you have an accurate knowledge about the cutting-edge technics in the field (WB, ELISA, FACS, GPCR, Flow cytometry, Ab Phage display, SPR, IHC, ICC, IF..).

You have strong line and matrix leadership skills with experience of building and motivating teams. You are a real builder of collaborations with different types of stakeholders and partners (labs, CROs, CDMOs, Ag & Food Tech companies).

You have an entrepreneurial mindset, you are flexible, agile and a resilient person. You demonstrated ability to work effectively in multi-disciplinary teams and excellent interpersonal and communication skills. You have excellent reporting and communication skills (fluent in English, written and spoken). You have a positive attitude, solid work ethic, strong team player and self-motivated individual desired.

The position will be located in Belgium (Dynamic Cluster in Ghent).

If you adhere to the company's values of innovation, passion, teamwork, accountability and well-being, and if you enjoy growing and learning in a dynamic and changing environment with ease and pleasure, this could be the job for you!

If you feel you are a good fit for the role and the company, please send your application (CV, list of publications/achievements and cover letter) to Adoc Talent Management.