Janssen Pharmaceutica-VLIR interactive career day - Chemistry


On 29 January 2021, the 5 Flemish universities and Janssen Pharmaceutica jointly organize an online interactive career day with an exclusive focus on chemistry.

Grasp the opportunity to learn more about career perspectives and R&D activities at Janssen Pharmaceutica and showcase your research in a 3-minute pitch!


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).

Present your research:

  • A joint university-Janssen Pharmaceutica jury will select 50 participants from among all contributors coming from the 5 Flemish universities to showcase their research in a 3-minute pitch.
  • Selected participants will receive tips and tricks on how to pitch their research.
    All other participants can take part in the programme as outlined below.


  • 09:30  Welcome
  • 09:31  Opening speech -- R&D@Janssen Pharmaceutica (Pieter Peeters)
  • 10:00  PhD & Postdoc Community (Eric Pelkmans, chair 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 25 pitches
  • 14:00-14:25  Break with Talent Fit workshop
  • 15:35  Virtual Tour of Janssen Pharmaceutica
  • 16:05  Proclamation of the pitch winners
  • 16:15  End


6 winners will be nominated and offered a meeting with a Janssen Senior Chemistry Lead in their field of expertise.


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


For whom?

  • PhD students (> 1st year) and postdoctoral researchers from chemical domains with a direct 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.


  • All researchers need to submit a 100-word non-confidential project description (see below). From all submitted entries (from all five universities), 50 project descriptions will be selected for pitching. The selected participants will be asked to give a 3-minute pitch at the career day.


  • The career day will take place on January 29, 2021 - 9:30–16:15.


  • The session will take place online. The necessary details will be provided timely.


  • Registration is now closed
  • Please cancel your registration at least one week in advance in case you cannot make it (cf. cancellation & no-show policy).

Acknowledged as?

  • DS HLS: category 'transferable skills' - one compulsory elective course
  • DS ST: category 'career & personal development' - workshop on career management