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Senior Scientist, Cardiac, Manufacturing 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 Drug Discovery Services team in Leiden (The Netherlands) there is a position immediately available for a (Senior) Scientist.

Job Description

Your responsibility will be to provide scientific leadership in iPSC-derived cell differentiation, with an initial focus on cardiac drug discovery.

The ideal candidate is self-motivated, client-oriented, results-driven, has an established track record of knowledge in stem cell and cardiac research, has proven experience in scientific leadership and is willing to broaden her/his expertise in other disease areas. The preferred candidate has a desire to work in a team, in a laboratory, including occasional cell maintenance during the weekend.


  • Provide scientific leadership in stem cell-based projects for clients, with an initial focus on cardiac biology

  • Develop and implement process improvements and generate high quality analytical readouts to optimize and characterize iPSC differentiation processes and/or final cell product

  • Execute projects according to defined timelines, budget, and milestones

  • Coordinate work with project team members

  • Provide scientific background and feedback on results to the project team

  • Ensure accurate internal data reporting

  • Generate scientific proposals to resolve key technical hurdles

  • Be up to date with scientific literature and maintain knowledge concerning relevant new research and new technologies within Ncardia’s scientific field

  • Contribute to or lead scientific presentations and collaboration with internal stakeholders and clients

  • Support a collaborative work environment, motivate other project team members to ensure sound technical, scientific, and commercial decision making

  • Support the design of project proposals that address customer requests. Communicate technical/scientific aspects with clients (in all phases of a project: design/preparation, execution, reporting)

  • Be up to date with scientific literature and maintain knowledge concerning relevant new research and new technologies within Ncardia’s scientific field

  • Establish project documentation (e.g., SOPs, Work Instructions, Records, Study Report)


  • Ph.D. in life sciences, (developmental) cardiac biology or related discipline

  • 2-5 years of experience in a Life Sciences/Biotech company or CRO and knowledgeable about the drug discovery process

  • Experience with working in project teams and an ability to motivate team members

  • Proven track record with stem cells and their differentiation, affinity with assay development and disease modeling

  • Excellent time management skills with the ability to multitask and contribute to multiple projects within timelines

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

  • Ability to work effectively in a project-based manner (according to defined timelines, budget, and milestones) within a global team

  • Good writing and oral communication skills in English

  • Affinity with Intellectual Property and Quality Management Systems is a plus

As a person, you are open-minded and a good communicator by nature. You have a high level of energy that drives you and inspires your colleagues. You thrive in a changing and dynamic work environment, and in a job that requires you to be flexible, take initiatives and think out of the box when challenges occur. You are a true team-player who enjoys working in close collaboration with colleagues in and out of the laboratory

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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