Careers

Working at Univercells

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!

Spontaneous application

Vaccines Process Development Lead

Based in the South of Brussels Region (Belgium), you will join a collaborative team of passionate change-makers.
YOUR MISSION: Provide oversight for upstream and downstream process development activities. In addition, the candidate will drive the development and optimization of an in-house upstream platform process. The position requires in-depth knowledge of mammalian cell culture process development and downstream techniques. The successful candidate shall be an accomplished technical leader with a proven track record, who can operate in a multidisciplinary, collaborative, fast-paced environment.

YOUR RESPONSIBILITIES

  • You will lead the development of a vaccine process development team. Activities include developing, optimizing and transferring the upstream and downstream
  • You will manage a team of Scientists and Technicians (around 10)
  • You will provide technical oversight on all process development related activities including process development, process transfer and GMP manufacturing
  • You will set effective development and manufacturing strategies using current state of the art biomanufacturing technologies and approaches
  • You will be the author and will review protocols, technical reports, batch records, SOPs and CMC sections of regulatory submissions
  • You will conduct root cause investigations and identify solutions to resolve process related issues
  • You will lead cross-functional project teams and you will take a lead role in strategic decisions for development programs;
  • You will manage and guide members of the development team, to ensure delivery of technical objectives, effective collaboration and career development for each group member
  • You will work together with Regulatory, CMCFormulation and Analytical Development areas, including providing data and materials to support efforts in, Formulation and Analytical development

YOUR QUALIFICATIONS AND SKILLS

  • Master or PhD in Chemical Engineering, Biotechnology or other relevant life science disciplines
  • + 8 years’ relevant industry experience, particularly in Vaccine process development
  • Demonstrated technical proficiency, scientific creativity, collaboration with others, and independent thought. Solid knowledge of scientific principles and concepts.
  • Experience participating in and leading cross-functional teams such as CMC teams
  • Proven ability to manage others, assign and schedule work, and conduct performance evaluations.
  • People management experience
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced environment, to multitask and manage multiple projects
  • Ability to independently and rapidly make decisions based on data, scientific knowledge and sound judgment
  • Fluent in English

OFFER
We offer a long-term contract (CDI), a competitive salary package (health insurance, company car, pension plan, meal vouchers…) and the possibility of evolution in an international, dynamic and fast-growing company.

 

     

    Is this function appealing to you? 

    Apply via LinkedIn and if you have a question drop us an email at job@univercells.com

    Apply here

    EHS Manager

     

    Based In Nivelles you will join a collaborative team of passionate change-makers. 

    ENVIRONMENT: 5 labs (L3 and L2) and an assembling line

    You will give active support for in the implementation of the measures referred to in the Welfare Act. You will also give advice to employer, hierarchical line and workers with respect to Environment, Safety and Health so that a high level of compliance is reached & maintained

    Your goals will be implement maintain and improve environment, health and safety standards, best practices and processes, disseminating EHS topics within the company and ensure that all regulations related to EHS are enforced

     

    RESPONSIBILITIES

    EHS

    • You will participate in the identification of hazards and causes of accident at work and occupational diseases and you will provide advice on risk assessment (chemical and biologic in particular) the overall prevention plan and the annual action plan      
    • You will be the person or reference on the various themes of the code on well-being at work, including working with third parties
    • You will participate to the drafting of instructions concerning: the use of work equipment in lab environment, the use of chemical and carcinogenic substances and preparations, the use of personal and collective protective equipmentfire prevention…
    • You will be the reference in the organization for all matters relating to the application of the legislation
    • You will participate in the application of measures to be taken in the event of serious and immediate danger, in the development of internal emergency procedures and in the organization of first aid
    • You will collaborate in the implementation of preventive measures based on the risk analysis that has been carried out
    •  You will participate in the committee for the reduction of the energy footprint
    • You will ensure coordination with SEPP by providing it with all relevant information to carry out its missions, you will accompany  the SEPP's prevention advisor during workplace visits, and assist in examining the causes of occupational accidents and diseases

    In addition to general missions, as EHS manager you will be in charge of the following tasks :

    • Conduct review of the workplace and workstation, on its own initiative, at the request of the employer, workers or the committee and this at least once a year
    • Examine accidents and incidents and carry out all other investigations deemed relevant to improving workers' well-being, and relative reporting
    • Become familiar with manufacturing processes, work methods, work processes and components of work organization and review them in order to propose measures to reduce risks
    • maintain documentation relating to legislation, hazardous products and preparations and emission points relating to air and water pollution
    • provide the secretariat of the CPPT (where it exists)

    BIOSAFETY

    • You will ensure the communication with the Biosafety Officer and ensure the coordination of the biosafety committee (4 times/year)
    • You will coordinate appropriate training for Lab (training and retraining on biosafety and biosecurity procedure s and practices)
    • You will ensure the archive of the documents in the server and the update of the biosafety manual
    • You will ensure the link with the health provider (Securex)
    • You will ensure appropriate investigations in case of accident and that local rules for the safety of personnel are drawn up and followed

    REQUIREMENTS / QUALIFICATIONS

    • Strong knowledge of EU / Belgian EHSS directives and Regulations
    • Scientific background is a strong asset and prevention advisor level I degree (according to Belgian regulation)
    • Experience in a Lab / pharma / chemical environment is a must
    • Experience in managing EHS compliance in a project environment
    • Risk Assessment and Risk Management knowledge
    • Excellent influencing and negotiating skills
    • Strong team player and customer focus
    • Interpersonal skills to coach and develop employees
    • Strong drive to promote a continuous improvement culture
    • Proven results in matrix environment is an asset
    • Fluent English and French
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    Internship

    At Univercells we are always happy to offer internship opportunities to bright and passionate students from bachelor to master degree.

    If you are interested in biotechnologies combined with innovation and meaningful values and mission, do not hesitate to send us your application.

    We welcome students with different background:

    Biotechnology, Biology, Chemistry, Pharmacy

    or

    Engineering (mechanical, electromechanical and automation)

    and also

    Business Administration, Finance, Supply Chain ...

    Do not hesitate and apply now and, please remember to specify in your motivation letter the dates and the duration of the internships.

     

     

    Apply here

    Lab Technician - Downstream

    Based in Gosselies you will join a collaborative team full of passionate change-maker. You will support the Bio-Engineers of the Biotherapeutics team in all operations associated with the optimization of protein purification and facilitate the scale-up from development to clinics.

    RESPONSIBILITIES 

    In the lab, you will be overall responsible for the execution of operational work and you will carry out all activities associated with protein purification process as:

    • Preparation and filtration of solutions
    • Conduct of experiments for downstream process development under defined conditions to verify/reject various types of hypotheses using refined scientific methods at different scales and biotherapeutics production
    • contribute to testing of high throughput purification systems to support innovative continuous production line
    • You will also be in charge of lab and equipment supervision and monitoring the stock (consumables and reagent) and you will keep clean and safe the working area by following established housekeeping routines

    Out of the lab, you will edit the documentation related to downstream in line with smooth documentation and workflow practices

    • You will carefully follow the quality system tracking within the field of activities and SOPs in all the operational tasks
    • You will identify and report all deviations and/or unexpected events through initiation of related investigations, and you will support the corrective and preventive actions

      REQUIREMENTS AND QUALIFICATIONS

    • Bachelor’s degree in Biology, Biochemistry or Biomedical Sciences
    • Minimum 2 years of experience in downstream processes / biochemical methods
    • Basic knowledge of biochemistry and protein chemistry
    • Skills in analytic methods, knowledge of purification equipment’s as well as an understanding of chromatography principles as clear assets
    • Strong sense of observation and capability of troubleshooting
    • Resistance to stress and flexibility (adaptability to a changing and multi-tasked environment)
    • Enthusiasm and agility to work on a variety of projects and to learn more every day
    • Strong organizational skills, proactivity, scientific curiosity, desire to be impactful
    • Capability to work in a cross-functional and multi-cultural team
    • Good understanding of English (written and spoken) is mandatory

    OFFER

    We offer a long-term contract (CDI), a competitive salary package (health insurance, pension plan, meal vouchers…) real possibility of evolution in an international, dynamic and fast-growing company.

    Don't hesitate: apply now!

    Apply here

    Lab Technician Upstream

    Based in Gosselies you will join a collaborative team full of passionate change-maker. You will support the Bio-Engineers of the Biotherapeutics team in all operations associated with the optimization of cell culture processes and facilitate the scale-up from development to clinics. 

    RESPONSIBILITIES 

    • In the lab, you will be overall responsible for the execution of operational work and you will carry out all activities associated with cell culture process as:
      • Preparation and filtration of solutions (media and feeds), and cell banks 
      • Conduct of sterility tests on media, feeds and cell banks
      • Preparation of single-use assemblies for execution of experimental work
      • Setup, operation, dismantling, cleaning and sterilization of bioreactors and cell culture equipment 
      • Conduct of experiments for upstream process development under defined conditions to verify/reject various types of hypotheses using refined scientific methods at different scales, including cell line development, cell expansion (seed train) and biotherapeutics production
      • Execution of culture monitoring by applying different analytical methods 


    • You will also be in charge of lab and equipment supervision and monitoring the stock (consumables and reagent)
    • You will keep clean and safe the working area by following established housekeeping routines and conduct of lab environment monitoring
    • Out of the lab you will edit the documentation related to experiments and you are responsible for the traceability of performed operational work through recording of all data and results in specified forms (paper and electronic) with accuracy and accountability

    ·You will carefully follow the quality system tracking within the field of activities and SOPs in all the operational tasks

    ·You will identify and report all deviations and/or unexpected events through initiation of related investigations, and you will support the corrective and preventive action


    REQUIREMENTS AND QUALIFICATIONS

    • Bachelor’s degree in Biology, Biochemistry or Biomedical Sciences
    • Minimum 2 years of experience in cell culture processes, aseptic practices and analytical methods
    • Knowledge of bioreactor setup and operation is an asset
    • Understanding of recombinant protein expression principles is an asset
    • Strong sense of observation and capability of troubleshooting
    • Resistance to stress and flexibility (adaptability to a changing and multi-tasked environment)
    • Enthusiasm and agility to work on a variety of projects and to learn more every day
    • Strong organizational skills, proactivity, scientific curiosity, desire to be impactful
    • Capability to leverage know-how with classical cell culture techniques to participate in the development of the new generation solutions 
    • Capability to work in a cross-functional and multi-cultural team
    • Good understanding of English (written and spoken
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    Analytical Technician

    Based in Gosselies you will join a collaborative team full of passionate change-makers

    You will be responsible for performing a wide variety of research laboratory tasks and experiments, making detailed preparations, observations, recording data. You will maintain laboratory equipment and inventory for laboratory supplies. You will also contribute to report writing, summaries, and protocols regarding experiments.

    RESPONSIBILITIES 

    Analytical Execution

    • Assemble, prepare, check and calibrate equipment and or materials for experiment
    • Perform the experiments according to SOP and experimentation plan
    • Record all data and results in specified forms (paper and electronic) with accuracy and responsibility 
    • Suggest and proposes improvements


    Reporting & Analysis

    • Review checklist/experimental data
    • Evaluate and report experiments to Analytical Scientist
    • Upon request of the scientist compile data and write reports


    Maintenance & Inventory

    • Execute operational/basic maintenance of lab equipment
    • Cleaning and housekeeping
    • Calibrate equipment
    • Maintain inventory/standard materials in the lab
    • Order specific material


    Documentation & Training

    • Upon Scientist request, contribute to Write/Review/Improve SOP, checklist
    • Train colleagues on equipment use, procedures, practices, …
    • Share knowledge, “practical/professional experience”


    REQUIREMENTS / QUALIFICATIONS


    • Bachelor’s degree in biology or Engineering (depending on department)
    • Minimum of 2 years of experience
    • Eager to learn and leverage know-how to participate in the development of solutions
    • Capacity to work autonomously
    • “Technical-manual intelligence”, practical sense
    • Enthusiastic and agile to work on a variety of projects in a multi-tasking environment.
    • Ability to give confidence through in-depth experimental reports and data analysis. 
    • Driven by curiosity and eager to learn more every day. 
    • With a strong desire to be impactful


    Apply here

    Engineering Services Manager

    Based in Nivelles you will join a collaborative team full of passionate change-maker. 

    As Engineering Service Manager, you will be part of the manufacturing and technology group, reporting to the Head of Manufacturing and Technology.


    RESPONSIBILITIES

    • You will build manage and support a field/engineering service team to provide optimal customer experience and to ensure timely and quality customer services
    • First-line management for our customers (based worldwide), you will investigate and solve any issues resulting from substandard performance. You will also be in direct contact with the customer to proactively obtain their feedback
    • You will develop a workflow for the field service team on the field at customers site.
    • You will develop programs and strategies to improve technical and customer service skills, including maintenance strategy plan (CM, PM, routine calibration, routine validation), develop, plan and maintain full traceability and versioning (CMMS).
    • You will set up strategic alliances for services provided locally or partnership with external service providers and ensure that all the clients' needs have been tackled successfully (FSM).
    • You will aim to outstanding customer services through maintenance & service of high quality and integrity
    • You will coordinate efforts as needed between Team members (engineering service employees, sales, product manager, engineering) to meet the timeline, costs and quality.
    • You will establish, maintain, and control documentation related to your assigned areas and you will lead all documentation update and review for all released products.
    • You will ensure that company policies and procedures are followed by the team
    • You will investigate problems and initiate corrective action plans to maximize quality and reduce costs
    • You will make sure that the team will follow all needed training


    REQUIREMENTS / QUALIFICATIONS

    • Strong technical knowledge and at least 3 years of experience in a similar position
    • Key team player, with strong leadership, experience in people management
    • Hands-on and customer minded 
    • Excellent time management and organization skills. 
    • Stress resistant with a pragmatic approach and excellent problem-solving ability. 
    • Excellent written and oral communication skills. 
    • Flexible attitude, willing to travel (about 50% at the beginning and less in the future) also upon short notice 
    • Fluent in English, French, any other language is a strong asset
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    QA Officer

    Based in Nivelles or Gosselies you will join a collaborative team full of passionate change-maker. 

    As QA Officer, you will collaborate with the QA team and play a key role to establish, implement, maintain and continuously improve an appropriate quality management system within Univercells in line with the companies’ Quality Manual


    RESPONSIBILITIES

    In your role of QA Officer, you will be responsible for the following tasks:

    • Documentation management systemincluding management of the electronic document system and periodic review of the quality documents (content, lay-out..)
    • Quality management aspects as deviation handling and complaint handling change management, audit management, and supplier qualification and auditing program, electronic data systems management
    • Quality training program and Quality audit program
    • Release review and approval of procedures, work instructions, and templates 
    • Perform internal audits towards the internal quality system and external requirements 
    • Establish maintain and define actions for continuous improvement within KPIs and KQIs for the quality systems


    REQUIREMENTS / QUALIFICATIONS

    • You possess a Bachelor degree, technical or scientific oriented
    • You have followed a training or you already have a first hands-on experience in quality management (systems) 
    • First experience within the pharmaceutical industry is a strong asset
    • You are able to set up priorities and you are able to remain agile in a changing working environment
    • You have excellent communication skills and you enjoy working in a team
    • You are very well organized 
    • You are willing to work in a cross-functional and multi-cultural team
    • Good knowledge of French and English both spoken and written is a must



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    Product Industrialization Engineer

    As Product Industrialization Engineer you will work within our Technology and Manufacturing department and you will lead the industrialization phase of our Scale-X technology (NPDI process).

    You will also work in close collaboration with Operations, R&D, Purchasing, Project Manager and QA.


    In this role, your primary focus will be releasing new products into manufacturing. 

    In addition, you will play a key role in developing new manufacturing processes and implementing process controls. 


    RESPONSIBILITIES


    • Lead the development of new processes and manage the transition of new bioreactors equipment’s designs into manufacturing
    • Participate and lead in transferring products to the new manufacturing area
    • Define product cost breakdown structure
    • Contribute to the management of the quality of sub-contracted products
    • Involvement in the management of mockups and prototypes.
    • Coordinate the Design for Manufacturing rules application. Assist the team leader to generate manufacturing program instructions and routines. test strategy application and 
    • Follow and further develop the test strategy application for a robust QC.
    • Coordinate component end-of-life management and accountable for information related to last time buy order (BOM, routine,…).
    • Be the technical support with suppliers: in charge of establishing definition file, standards and technical information to be communicated to the suppliers.
    • Develop and continuously improve the technology, quality, lead time and cost.
    • Provide technical support to resolve manufacturing and quality problems, including yield and product nonconformity. Drive corrective action with appropriate and detailed follow up.
    • Identify, analyze and implement cost reduction projects, cycle time improvements, and lean manufacturing techniques to improve product cost structure.
    • Develop and execute design and process verification activities, including statistical analysis, similarity, and testing.
    • Identify, specify, and coordinate installation of new manufacturing equipment and upgrades for process improvement. Lead major capex requirements for manufacturing and assist the team leader to coach and improve operations.
    • Complete process validation for new equipment or new release product from the development team


    REQUIREMENTS AND QUALIFICATIONS


    • B.S. in Mechanical, Industrial, Biomedical Engineering or related field followed by 5+ years of practical experience applying engineering principles in a manufacturing environment
    • Demonstrated strong analytical and problem-solving skills
    • Be resilient, committed, and self-starting whilst strongly value the strength of the team
    • Ability to provide technical leadership in ambiguous situations
    • Excellent communication (written and verbal), team leadership, and interpersonal skills
    • Knowledge of Statistical Methods (Process Capability, SPC, Trend Analysis)
    • Knowledge of GMP within manufacturing of equipment is certainly a plus
    • Lean manufacturing experience
    • Experience with the validation, documentation, and manufacture of medical devices
    • Green belt/black belt or Shainin certification
    • Solid Works or other CAD software experience
    • Electromechanical skills are a plus.
    • Minitab experience
    • Technical English fluent
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    Analytical Scientist Vaccines

    Based in our Nivelles labs and offices, you will join a collaborative team full of passionate change-makers. 

    You will be responsible for design, development implementation and execution of analytical methods supporting bioprocess development projects.
    You will supervise and execute the planning/organization of the experiments and developments in your scope of activities.
    You will be responsible for the reporting activities, as protocols and validation results.

    RESPONSIBILITIES

    • Design of innovative analytical methods for vaccines 
    • Develop detailed experimentation protocols and plan.
    • End-to End responsible for the execution of experimentation plans in collaboration with the team of technicians and related data interpretation 
    • Follow-up on deadlines and project objectives within own scope 
    • Troubleshoot experimental works and equipment in support to lab technician 
    • Plan team organization with lab technicians and equipment availability (work planning, supervision of the hands-on plan)
    • Align and follow-up with management and program managers about project status, deadlines, budget, risks…
    • In the matrix organization, upon request of Analytical Lead will participate to Project Management meetings
    • Analyze results and write technical scientific reports 
    • Present results with scientific feedback during internal or external meetings
    • Development, writing and updating of quality documentation, including SOP, work instructions, checklist…
    • Responsible for following procedures according to quality systems within own field of activities Promote and enforce (bio)-safety practices 

    TECHNICAL SKILLS

    • BL3 work (is a MUST)
    • ELISA (Dag / HCP)
    • TCID50
    • MALS/DLS/NTA, particle characterization
    • CE-SDS/SDS-PAGE/WesternBlot
    • Spectrophotometry
    • Liquid Chromatography and DNA by qPCR understanding are an asset

    PROFILE 

    • Master degree or higher
    • Minimum 3 -year experience
    • First experience in analytical methods development (proteins, virus,…)
    • Experience with method transfer is an asset
    • Full understanding of compliance and GMP considerations.
    • Excellent communicator with the ability to transfer knowledge and give confidence to customers. 
    • Driven by curiosity and eager to learn more every day. 
    • Strong desire to be impactful. 
    • Fluent English mandatory
    Apply here

    Analytical Technician - Vaccines

    Based in Nivelles you will join a collaborative team full of passionate change-makers

    You will be responsible for performing a wide variety of research laboratory tasks and experiments, making detailed preparations, observations, recording data. You will maintain laboratory equipment and inventory for laboratory supplies. You will also contribute to report writing, summaries, and protocols regarding experiments.

    RESPONSIBILITIES 

    Analytical Execution

    • Assemble, prepare, check and calibrate equipment and or materials for experiment
    • Perform the experiments according to SOP and experimentation plan
    • Record all data and results in specified forms (paper and electronic) with accuracy and responsibility 
    • Suggest and proposes improvements


    Reporting & Analysis

    • Review checklist/experimental data
    • Evaluate and report experiments to Analytical Scientist
    • At request of the scientist compile data and write reports


    Maintenance & Inventory

    • Execute operational/basic maintenance of lab equipment
    • Cleaning and housekeeping
    • Calibrate equipment
    • Maintain inventory/standard materials in the lab
    • Order specific material


    Documentation & Training

    • Upon Scientist request, contribute to Write/Review/Improve SOP, checklist
    • Train colleagues on equipment use, procedures, practices, …
    • Share knowledge, “practical/professional experience”


    REQUIREMENTS / QUALIFICATIONS


    • Bachelor’s degree in biology or Engineering
    • Minimum of 2 years of experience
    • Eager to learn and leverage know-how to participate in the development of solutions
    • Capacity to work autonomously
    • “Technical-manual intelligence”, practical sense
    • Enthusiastic and agile to work on a variety of projects in a multi-tasking environment.
    • Ability to give confidence through in-depth experimental reports and data analysis. 
    • Driven by curiosity and eager to learn more every day. 
    • With a strong desire to be impactful
    Apply here

    Technicien Engineering

    Basé à Nivelles vous allez travailler avec notre équipe d’ingénieurs R&D et vous allez être responsable des tâches suivantes:

    • Fabrication et montage de nos différentes zones de tests dans le labo ENGINEERING
    • Design et fabrication de dispositifs d’expérimentation pour supporter nos phases de design (prototypage), nos essais, nos caractérisations, nos diagnostiques pour support technique
    • Assemblage/manufacturing de nos prototypes et pré-séries
    • Gestion de l’atelier (propreté, risques EHS, outillage, ordre)
    • Gestion du stock des pièces Engineering
    • Exécution des tests FAT de nos systèmes/équipements
    • Support technique ponctuel sur des équipements développés par UNIVERCELLS : vous allez participer activement au retour d’expérience et vous êtes capable de proposer des bonnes idées dans une optique de « continuous improvement Process »

    COMPETENCES

    • Mécanicien tout matériaux : fixation, montage, assemblage, découpe, collage,...
    • Plomberie : tuyauterie souple, flexible (multiskin), …accessoires, placement, pression, fluide liquide et gaz
    • Electricité : tirage de câble, distribution de puissance « domestique » (230V) et signaux (24V), réseau Ethernet, connectique, accessoires de poses et fixation
    • Informatique : connaissance de base / curiosité permettant de réaliser des tâches sur base de procédures : charger un PLC, installer un PC avec une SOP, exporter des données ..

    PROFIL

    • BAC+3 Ingénieur Mécanique ou A2 avec expérience
    • Débrouillard, autonome
    • Bricoleur inventif, orienté solutions
    • Précis et rigoureux, exigeant professionnellement, aime travailler avec differents outils
    • Le labo/atelier est son royaume…et il en fier
    • La connaissance de l’anglais est un plus
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