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Assistant/associate scientist Discovery Technology

Leiden, The Netherlands

Ncardia is an established, globally operating, stem cell-based drug discovery & cell therapy company. At Ncardia, we believe that stem technology will help get better therapies to patients faster. The goal of the company is to be the supportive and trusted partner for scientists operating within the human induced pluripotent stem cell (hiPSC) drug discovery and cell therapy fields, and in particular, in the cardiovascular and neurology space.

Ncardia develops, produces, and commercializes highly predictive human cardiovascular and neurological cellular assay systems. In addition, Ncardia develops and provides its customers with a broad portfolio of services from cardiovascular and neuronal disease modeling to target discovery and validation, primary or secondary drug screening, hit to lead and lead optimization, safety assessment, and pre-clinical patient stratification.

We are an enthusiastic, skilled, and committed international team in which everyone has the opportunity to make a decisive contribution. Within our team in Leiden (The Netherlands) there are positions immediately available for Assistant (or Associate) Scientists.

Our internal culture statement promotes Ncardia as an ambitious company expecting from its employees a positive attitude, transparent behavior, respectful communication, with integrity as the most important value.

Job Description

As an Assistant/Associate Scientist you will be involved in the development and application of iPSC derived disease models to aid our clients in their drug discovery process. Activities will include the development of novel iPSC differentiation processes, characterization of iPSC-derived cells and their use in complex cell-based assays for drug screening. 


  • Perform differentiation of various iPSC-derived cell types and use them to develop, optimize, validate and perform cell-based assays

  • Assess effects of putative therapeutics (small molecules, antibodies, siRNA/shRNA, antisense oligonucleotides, AAV) and analyze obtained data independently

  • Collect, record and report data accurately following standard operation procedures

  • Communicate routinely with team members to facilitate discussion on progress as well as possible challenges and opportunities


  • BSc/MSc or equivalent working and thinking level in (applied) biological science or related field

  • Experience in a Life Sciences/Biotech company or CRO is preferred

  • Experience with high content imaging and automation is a plus

  • You can work independently requiring only content-specific coaching on new assignments

  • Excellent reporting and documentation skills, affinity with data analyses and data presentation

  • Able to work in a highly dynamic team environment within time- and budget constraints as dictated by the project manager

  • Familiarity with the following techniques: aseptic in vitro cell culture, cell-based assays, tissue engineering and organoid formation, flow cytometry, high-content imaging, luminescence/fluorescence/absorbance assays, metabolic assays, electrophysiology, calcium-imaging, laboratory automation

Other requirements

  • Highly motivated, proactive, accurate, and committed team-player

  • We expect commitment and flexibility as well as reliability and open mindset

  • Quality awareness

  • Understanding of good documentation practices

  • Responsible and result oriented

  • Good writing and oral communication skills in English

  • Ability to work a flexible schedule when weekend work is required

  • Affinity with quality systems is a plus 

We offer a challenging position in a dynamic biotech company with room for personal growth and development. Depending on your education and experience, we provide an appropriate salary.

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