Interactive career day CHEMISTRY@ Janssen Pharmaceutica


Career management

Target group

Target audience: UGent doctoral candidates (> 1st year) & postdoctoral fellows in one of the following chemistry domains with a link to the pharmaceutical industry: e.g. organic chemistry, process chemistry, fundamental chemistry, theoretical chemistry; pharmaceutical chemistry, medicinal chemistry, bioscience engineering chemistry, chemical engineering or related areas of chemistry relevant to the pharmaceutical industry.


Ghent University, KU Leuven, VUB, University of Antwerp, Hasselt University & Janssen Pharmaceutica


Career perspectives & networking opportunity: obtain first-hand information about career perspectives and R&D activities with an exclusive focus on chemistry at Janssen Pharmaceutica (Beerse). Longer-term intent: building a community of contacts that leads to potential future collaboration (e.g. postdoc)


The interuniversity interactive career day will be organised online

  • 09:00  Virtual doors open
  • 09:30   Welcome
  • 09:31   Opening Speech -- R&D@Janssen Pharmaceutica (Pieter Peeters)
  • 10:00   PhD & Postdoc Community (Eric Pelkmans, chairs of the PhD & Postdoc Community)
  • 10:15   Career Development – healthiest careers (Talent Acquisition)
  • 10:30   “Discovery Chemistry@Janssen R&D, from Drug Design to Clinical Candidate” (Harrie Gijsen and early career testimonial)
  • 11:15   “Transforming molecules to medicines: Chemical R&D in the Pharmaceutical Development of APIs” (Guido Verniest)
  • 12:00   Lunch Break – Q&A with Talent Acquisition and PhD & Postdoc Community
  • 13:00 – 15:30   2 rounds of project pitches
  • 14:00 – 14:30   Talent Fit workshop
  • 15:35   Virtual Tour of Janssen Pharmaceutica
  • 16:05   Proclamation of the pitch winners
  • 16:15   End   

Date and venue

29 January 2021 - online event

Registration fee

Free of charge (however, no show fee applies), but registration is compulsory.

Researchers who register, but fail to attend the online career day, will be charged a no show fee of €100 (except for valid reasons, e.g. illness with doctor's certificate).


Please follow this link for registration:

Deadline for registration is 28 January 2021 - lunchtime.

Doctoral candidates can include this event in their doctoral training programme (full-day attendance is required).

For further questions, please do not hesitate to contact dr. Katrien Daemen-de Gelder.



Evaluation criteria (doctoral training programme)

Full-day presence