Head of Laboratory – Biotech – Charleroi


Our client is offering bio-analytical testing in Anatomical Pathology, Cytogenetics and Molecular Biology for the Pharma and Biotech Industry. With their clients, they aim to speed up scientific progress through innovative ideas and paradigm shifts by adapting our technologies to make this step achievable. Our client will also keep on intensively cross-pollinating with its mother company, the Institute of Pathology and Genetics (IPG), one of the eight Belgian Genetics Centres, to continuously foster innovation in the medical and diagnostic fields.

As Laboratory Manager, you will be responsible for the overall day-to-day operation of the Molecular Biology Laboratory, including administrative and technical management of the staff (4-5 technicians), analyses and necessary reagents, and also equipment and premises. You will be responsible for ensuring that the laboratory operation has both the capability and capacity to deliver the Molecular Biology services (mainly NGS). The mission will be to maximise the operational efficiency of the lab, by maintaining the highest levels of services in terms of timelines, cost, quality and safety.


  • Manage the technical, human and equipment aspects of the laboratory.
  • Manage the laboratory activities: various molecular biology techniques such as nucleic acid isolation, qPCR, digital PCR, Sanger sequencing and NGS.
  • Drive operational excellence: work closely with the team to improve continuously the quality and productivity of the laboratory.
  • Participate, in collaboration with scientific experts, in the validation and development of new and advanced techniques.
  • Ensure staff supervision and coaching, as well as administrative management (holidays, sickness, schedules…).
  • Maintain technical knowledge and qualifications of the staff.
  • Stock management of reagents and consumables.
  • Ensure routine maintenance as well preventive maintenance of the lab equipment and various instruments.
  • Work in compliance with quality standards, regulations and procedures or technical documentation applicable in the company (ISO9001, ISO15189 and CAP/CLIA certifications).
  • Participate in the implementation and maintenance of the quality management system of the laboratory (with the implementation of indicators).
  • Generate reports for management (follow-up of metrics).
  • Comply with the annually allotted operating budgets.
  • Be responsible for the image of the laboratory.


Hard Skills/Experience

  • PhD in Molecular Biology or related discipline;
  • Relevant Pharma/Biotech industry experience (> 5 years);
  • Several years of experience in a Molecular Biology laboratory. Prior experience in high throughput sequencing (NGS, Illumina) is essential;
  • Knowledge and hands-on experience with various molecular biology analytical methods (such as nucleic acid isolation, qPCR, digital PCR, Sanger sequencing, next-generation sequencing);
  • Experience in managing high volume throughput laboratories;
  • Knowledge of the laboratory environment including health and safety and quality processes;
  • Knowledge of the operation of ISO 15189 or ISO 17025 and/or CLIA accredited laboratory;
  • Proven experience in team management;
  • Computer literacy (Office, LIMS).

Soft Skills

  • Be a role model leader, leading by example and continuously embedding our core values of quality, customer focus, competence, integrity, and fostering team spirit.
  • Excellent interpersonal and communications skills with the ability to provide effective leadership, to motivate staff and to collaborate with all staff members.
  • Organised, thorough and able to prioritize
  • Result oriented
  • Problem solving and analytical skills
  • Clear vision of the technical and scientific development potential


  • An exciting job in a fast growing sector
  • A long-term, full-time contract (40h/week with time recovery scheme)
  • A salary package with extra benefits according to your experience and skills
  • The possibility of homeworking (one day/week)

How to apply ?

If you are interested in this challenging opportunity, please address your application (CV and short motivation text) to:

Philippe Dortu, by email on or apply directly on

Only selected candidates will be contacted.

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