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Director Data Science for Target and Product Discovery

Utrecht, Netherlands

At Genmab, we’re committed to building extra[not]ordinary futures together, by developing antibody products and pioneering, knock-your-socks-off therapies that change the lives of patients and the future of cancer treatment and serious diseases. From our people who are caring, candid, and impact-driven to our business, which is innovative and rooted in science, we believe that being proudly unique, determined to be our best, and authentic is essential to fulfilling our purpose.

The Role

Genmab is currently in search of a Director Data Science for Target and Product Discovery, to be based at our Research and Development center in the Netherlands. We are seeking an experienced and well-informed team lead, capable of facilitating close collaboration between data science, target discovery and product discovery.

Genmab is a fully integrated biotech company with a sharp focus on innovation and a strong drive to do in-house Discovery. In the early target and product space we apply single cell genomics, proteomics, high-throughput screening, and other high dimensional technologies. As data science, we leverage advanced analytics, AI and machine learning and a deep understanding of (immune-)oncology and immunology to further projects focused on new and innovative targets and antibody drug products.

We are in search of an experienced scientist who is motivated to contribute to our scientific and technological progress, who thrives on exploring biological questions and who can lead a team of data scientists to establish novel approaches for mining biological data. The role will include designing and implementing analytics, machine learning and AI technologies, all to enhance our capabilities in knowledge generation, product discovery and -development.

In this role, you and your team will be fully integrated into an international team of top-tier scientists possessing state-of-the-art knowledge on the discovery and development of differentiating novel therapeutic products. Additionally, you will work closely with our centralized data engineering and IT teams to support and shape the data and systems infrastructure needed to enable advanced tools and analytics. As a leader we are looking for someone who can establish strong relationships across the organization, build bridges between disciplines and is an effective communicator to diverse scientific and non-scientific partners.


  • You will lead a team of data scientists dedicated to the exploration and utilization of target and product biology.

  • You are tasked with creating and implementing a visionary approach for data science activities within the realm of target and product biology, fostering innovation and embracing emerging data science and computational technologies including advances in the AI/ML space.

  • You will liaise closely with our partner departments in product discovery and development, ensuring you have a solid grasp of ongoing projects, priorities, and departmental goals. Your responsibility is to ensure your team's alignment and close relationship with the various stakeholders.

  • You will maintain a hands-on role in several projects, overseeing the design and application of data science, machine learning and other computational approaches, with a focus on analyzing biological target data, genomics, and high-throughput data analysis.

  • You have a comprehensive understanding of the overall goals of the Discovery department and can effectively interpret and communicate your findings and models to teams with diverse scientific expertise.

  • You demonstrate extensive knowledge and proficiency in your projects and collaborations, becoming the primary point of contact for all undertakings within your scope.

  • You formulate a long-term vision that foresees emerging organizational needs, and work collaboratively to transform this vision into tangible projects, including technology evaluation pilots, external partnerships, and research and development advancement efforts.

  • You record scientific findings in patents, publications, and regulatory documents.


  • You hold a PhD degree in a field like computational biology, (bio)physics, (bio)informatics, or computational chemistry with a significant emphasis on biology.

  • You have a very strong background in (immune-)oncology.

  • You are a technically and theoretically competent data scientist, capable of designing, evaluating, and adapting algorithms, and choosing the most suitable methodology for each application.

  • Prior experience with biological target analysis, systems biology or other target/product-related computational work is highly preferred.

  • You bring 5-10 years of experience as an independent, post-doctoral scientist in either industry or academia. Biotech industry experience is an advantage.

  • Previous experience in a team leadership role is favored.

  • You have a solid foundation in AI/machine learning and statistics.

  • You possess proficient programming skills, ideally with R/Python, and are experienced in utilizing cloud services for storage and computation.

  • You are proactive and able to develop a vision that anticipates emerging organizational needs, acting to translate this into an array of technology evaluation pilots, external partnership opportunities, and research and development advancement efforts.

  • You are an effective communicator that is capable of collaborating with teams of diverse professional backgrounds, and act as a bridge between computational, basic and applied biology.

  • You utilize your educational skills to train and empower other scientists in the discovery department on computational methods and tools.

  • You have a track record of publishing in high-quality journals and have made notable contributions through public presentations.

  • Your communication skills in English, verbal and written, are excellent.

About You

  • You are passionate about our purpose and genuinely care about our mission to transform the lives of patients through innovative cancer treatment
  • You bring rigor and excellence to all that you do. You are a fierce believer in our rooted-in-science approach to problem-solving
  • You are a generous collaborator who can work in teams with diverse backgrounds
  • You are determined to do and be your best and take pride in enabling the best work of others on the team
  • You are not afraid to grapple with the unknown and be innovative
  • You have experience working in a fast-growing, dynamic company (or a strong desire to)
  • You work hard and are not afraid to have a little fun while you do so


Genmab leverages the effectiveness of an agile working environment, when possible, for the betterment of employee work-life balance. Our offices are designed as open, community-based spaces that work to connect employees while being immersed in our state-of-the-art laboratories. Whether you’re in one of our collaboratively designed office spaces or working remotely, we thrive on connecting with each other to innovate.

About Genmab

Founded in 1999 in Copenhagen, Denmark, Genmab is an innovative biotech company that has become a leader in antibody biology and innovation. Our product pipeline and next-generation antibody technologies are the result of our strong company culture, a deep passion for innovation, and desire to transform cancer treatment and serious diseases.

When you work with us, you’ll be part of a warm, fun, dynamic community, and team up with some of the best, most authentic individuals in locations around the world, who care deeply and share in a relentless drive to innovate and create transformational medicines. People who are candid, impact-driven, and a little unconventional; who seek out and embrace the opportunity to build new and bold futures within a rapidly growing and innovative biotech company; who bring their full selves to work and show up for each other - rolling up their sleeves to get the job done. This translates into a place where you can be authentically you; are empowered to innovate, build solutions, and execute; feel cared for and supported in growth; and are a critical part of changing the lives of patients around the world through transformative cancer treatment.

Our commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion

We are committed to fostering workplace diversity at all levels of the company and we believe it is essential for our continued success. No applicant shall be discriminated against or treated unfairly because of their race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy, gender identity, and sexual orientation), national origin, age, disability, or genetic information. Learn more about our commitments on our website .

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Please note that if you are applying for a position in the Netherlands, Genmab’s policy for all permanently budgeted hires in NL is initially to offer a fixed-term employment contract for a year, if the employee performs well and if the business conditions do not change, renewal for an indefinite term may be considered after the fixed-term employment contract.

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