Jobs in life sciences

Expert clinical studies

Ref. 229 - ECS
Function: You coordinate clinical studies, in close cooperation with industry partners, fellow research labs and EU sponsored (IMI) study managers.
Location: Antwerp

The company:

You will join a dynamic, forward-thinking university. They offer an innovative academic education to more than 20 000 students, conduct pioneering scientific research and play an important service-providing role in society. With more than 6000 employees from 100 different countries, they are helping to build tomorrow's world every day. Together you will push back boundaries and set a course for the future – a future that you can help to shape.  

Job description:

The job includes the following tasks

  • You coordinate and support clinical studies, in close cooperation with industry partners, fellow research labs and EU sponsored (IMI) study managers. You are a spider in the web of a consortium of 1000 labs, in 40 countries, performing high state research and clinical trials on the biomarkers and therapy of tomorrow.
  • You are responsible for the preparation, follow-up and execution of research assignments, administrative, logistical and/or technical processes that are part of the internal operations in order to coordinate a European clinical research project. You will be able to build on the experience that is based on a rhythm of about 20/30 studies per year.
  • You will be the program manager dealing with a highly diverse team, organising the right trainings, QC, ring trial set up, coordinate the sample distribution, and other.
  • The topics you will be involved with, are related to antibiotics (resistance), antiviral treatments, vaccine trials, medical devices and other. The university is heavily involved in dealing with the actual pandemic. You work under the inspiration of professor Herman Goossens, a world-wide reputed expert in this field, next to his reputation on research on antibiotic resistance.
  • The UA is looking for someone with pharma-industry experience, completing the skill set of the team at University of Antwerp. This way, the cooperation with all stakeholders can ramp up. You will be the translator between the academic context and the industrial context.
  • You will build up (or tap out an existing) network of stakeholders, on different levels out of different corners. The research network is steered from the university of Utrecht, the medical (physicians) network is steered from Oxford and the lab network is steered from the University of Antwerp.
  • You are responsible for monitoring and steering administrative, logistical and/or technical processes and for carrying out inspections with the aim of further improving results according to applicable standards and the needs of customers: follow-up of clinical trials in support of the different labs, visiting the different clinical labs, keeping an eye on infrastructure and capacity needs, data analysis.
  • You are responsible for analysing, evaluating and supporting policy and/or policy implementation based on your specific expertise in clinical trials, e.g. writing of clinical protocols, QMS, documentation regarding different trials, … 
  • You coordinate the work of several staff members in consultation with the(ir) supervisor(s): education of team members, follow-up of responsibilities, organising meetings,…
  • In your role, you take instructions and regulations into account with a view to achieving predefined objectives.
  • You will (co-)write protocols that are the basis for success of the clinical trials. You will visit the different lab sites in order to audit them on capabilities. In Antwerp you work with an effective team of lab analysts and microbiologists, in close cooperation with the clinical services.

Requested competences and skills:


  • You have a professional Bachelor or a master in Biomedical Sciences or equivalent competences gained through prior work experience. 
  • Ideally, you have worked in a CRA position, where you also were responsible for document management and quality assurance.
  • You have no issue with multitasking, and you like variation in your job.
  • You have specific experience regarding clinical trials and clinical research coordination.
  • You are proficient in MS Office.
  • You have good oral and written knowledge of English.
  • You act with attention to quality, integrity, creativity and cooperation.
  • You have strong skills in planning and organisation.
  • You are a great multitasker and can easily follow-up on several projects.
  • You are fluent in English, Dutch is an asset.

What's in it for you?

  • You will work on a variety of projects, with great impact on society and healthcare disciplines such as medical devices, vaccines, pharma and diagnostics.
  • You will interact with stakeholders on EU-grant level, industry and academics, clinicians, lab technicians and scientists.
  • You will do most of your work at in a dynamic and stimulating working environment. You can work from home or from the office.