Scientist Biology

Acerta Pharma in Oss, the Netherlands, is a European R&D centre of the AstraZeneca group dedicated to the discovery and development of novel innovative drugs for the treatment of haematological malignancies. As part of the significant expansion of our research activities in the Netherlands, we are in the process of building a new research centre in Pivot Park with state-of-the-art research laboratories for more than 120 researchers. 

This year we will hire great new scientific talents for our BioScience department, which is dedicated to cancer target discovery and compound development.
Working at Acerta Pharma also means working with other research teams in the global AstraZeneca Group.

We work together as one team across sites to reach our goal of being at the forefront of developing the next generation of haematological cancer therapies.

Do you want to be part of developing new discovery projects?

We follow the science” , “We are entrepreneurial” and “We put patients first”.

Do our core values appeal to you?

If so, please read on, we are looking for 5 strong

Scientist Biology 5x
Pivot Park, Oss, the Netherlands
Fulltime (40 hours)

Your challenge
As our new Scientist Biology (technician) you will be part of our growing BioScience Department.

In your function, you have experience with various cellular and/or molecular biological techniques such as cell culture, flow cytometry, immunoblotting, ELISA, molecular cloning strategies, RTQ-PCR, next-generation sequencing, gene modulation tools such as lentiviral transgenesis, CRISPR-Cas9 or shRNA techniques or biochemical assays.

Next to working in various disciplines in local BioScience, you will also collaborate with colleagues from AstraZeneca’s Haematology and Early Oncology R&D groups in Cambridge (UK) and Boston (US).

The new colleague is of great importance to the successful expansion of the discovery activities at the Oss location.

What will you be doing?

  • You plan and execute experiments under the supervision of a group leader.
  • You develop, design and conduct experiments and methods to test the research hypotheses with the aim to find leads for the development of new medicines within the field of haematological oncology. As such, you will be able to search for relevant technical procedures and contribute to assay development.
  • You participate in integrated drug discovery activities by interacting with scientists from different disciplines, from Acerta Pharma and AstraZeneca.
  • You participate in data analysis and you prepare data reports under the guidance of your group leader.
  • You ensure accurate and well-organised laboratory data and worksheets and you maintain an electronic lab journal and a laboratory management system in accordance with Acerta Pharma’s quality management system.
  • You identify and know how to communicate internally about issues, experiments and experimental approach.


What do we ask of you?

  • You have a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in Biomedical Sciences, Life Sciences (HLO) or related study.
  • At least 3 years of work experience in a pharmaceutical or academic research and/or development laboratory.
  • You have experience in performing molecular biological tests, including Western blot, RTQ-PCR and immunoprecipitations, as well as cell culture and possibly flow-cytometric analyses.
  • Furthermore, you have a good basic knowledge of cell biology, preferably with a focus on oncology and cellular immunology, and of molecular biology (modulation of genes and translation via CRISPR/Cas9, shRNA and RNAi methods).
  • Ability to critically evaluate experimental design and results is a benefit.
  • Experience with data processing, analysis and archiving is a benefit.
  • Competencies: you have high demands on quality, safety and environmental compatibility, enjoy working with great precision, and you are reliable and a professional team player with good communications skills.
  • Excellent command of English.


What can we offer you?

  • A dynamic, innovative, international working environment, where you can be part of the development of the new medicines that can make a difference to patients’ lives.
  • The opportunity to work in a dedicated team, in which you can learn a lot from each other and in which the colleagues are very supportive of each other. The team spirit is very good!
  • Good salary and secondary benefits including 8% holiday allowance, 25 holidays on a fulltime basis. Collective pension with a fixed percentage personal contribution, bonus scheme. Vitality of our colleagues is important to us, which is why you can exercise at a discount or make use of our bicycle plan. 
    A year contract with the intention to extend it to a permanent contract.

The team
The culture is informal, with a good team spirit and a willingness to share and learn from each other. At Acerta Pharma we are all working towards the same goal!

The atmosphere in the BioScience department (at present 25 employees and growing to 40 this year) is healthy, supportive and constructive. We strongly adhere to the AstraZeneca ethics guidelines concerning diversity, respect and ability to speak up.

Acerta Pharma
Our international headquarters is located at the Pivot Park in Oss, the Netherlands, and will grow from 80 to 120 employees by the end of this year. We are working to develop new treatment options for patients with specific types of blood cancer. Together with our colleagues of AstraZeneca in Gaithersburg, San Francisco, Boston (US), Gothenburg (SE) and Cambridge (UK) we are committed to innovative drug discovery and development, especially in the field of haematological oncology.
Acerta Pharma has received approval from both the US (FDA) and the European Regulator (EMA) for its small molecule BTK inhibitor, for the treatment of patients with chronic lymphocytic leukaemia (CLL). In addition, AstraZeneca and Acerta Pharma are collaborating on a large number of other innovative medicines to treat haematological malignant diseases.

How to apply:
We would like to receive your resume (Curriculum vitae) and cover letter in English. For this, go to the apply button at the bottom of this vacancy. You can upload the documents at the bottom of the second page.

If you have any questions about this vacancy, our Recruitment team (Karin Raadschelders, Caroline van Oppen, Maaike Willems) can be reached via or on +31(0)85 – 047 0244.

Acquisition by recruitment and selection agencies is not appreciated.

Pivot Park Captains' Dinner

10 years ago, Pivot Park opened its doors to the world. Thanks to your commitment, support and confidence, we have been able to grow it into the successful and innovative biopharmaceutical campus it is today.

Now it’s time to celebrate!

We are therefore delighted to invite you – along with all your fellow CEOs at Pivot Park – to a special night out featuring inspiring art, a wonderful dinner and lots of opportunities to network and exchange ideas.

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For the first time, the artist shows a cross-section of his work, from Narrow Furniture to One Minute Sculptures, within the walls of a historic building. Villa Constance, a former home that today houses Museum Jan Cunen, is not only a location but also part of the conversation. Because what exactly is a house?


The development of medicines in Oss began one hundred years ago. It was then that the foundations were laid for what would become a flourishing pharmaceutical sector in the Netherlands, leading to groundbreaking discoveries such as insulin and the anti-conception pill.

Today, the entire chain is still represented in Oss, from early-stage research to the commercial scale production of medicines. Working in Oss, we focus on the health of people all over the world. Employees at dozens of companies large and small put their heart and soul into new medicines, products and services that will improve lives worldwide. Together, our strength lies in our combination of broad knowledge about the development of medicines and a thorough understanding of the requirements of high-quality production.

This shared past and common values stimulate strong bonds among everyone who works in pharmaceuticals in Oss. We build on qualities, expertise and networks that go back decades. And with a wide variety of pharmaceutical companies, suppliers and scientific institutions all located nearby, we offer an attractive business climate and an excellent basis for international collaboration.

We are proud to work together to create a better and healthier future for all, a collaboration that in turn fuels growing employment: today, most pharmaceutical jobs in the Netherlands are in Oss. Here we connect talent and companies and stimulate entrepreneurship, while our expert employees are our most important asset. Their drive ensures that Oss has an influence on health all over the world.

Pharma in Oss offers endless opportunities to startups and talent in a city and region that is a joy to live and work in. We are committed to collaboration and sustainable and successful entrepreneurship. Oss’s pharmaceutical companies are intrinsically competitive while also being committed to quality and safety. This, plus their focus on new health solutions and contemporary technology, makes us a leader in our pursuit of a better life for people worldwide.