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Senior Research Associate, Target 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

As Senior Research Associate Target Discovery you will be part of the Discovery department working in the Target Discovery team. Target Discovery works to find, validate, and understand new antibody drug targets. As a Senior Research Associate, you will use state-of-the art technology, set up innovative new systems and generate data to find these new targets. You will be at the foundation of the development of new drugs that address high unmet need diseases. In addition to the Target Discovery team, you will work closely with other research teams, (antibody) technology teams and data science teams in a highly multidisciplinary way.

For this role we are looking for a research associate with a few years of work experience in FACS analysis and cell culture. This is a temporary position of a year with the opportunity to apply internally within Genmab.


  • You will work in a team of scientists and research associates dedicated to target discovery and validations.

  • You will perform various types of functional assays using tumor cells and primary cells to identify and validate targets.

  • Using your up-to-date knowledge of and experience with assays used in cell biology, oncology, and immunology, you are responsible for the set-up and accurate execution of a broad set of in vitro assays, target screens and target validation experiments.

  • You take initiative, set high-quality standards, and keep an eye on ways to improve your work.

  • You document and process the test results, draw conclusions, and report these to the team.

  • You are able to understand the fundamental concepts behind the assays and will contribute to setting-up new, innovative assays, in close collaboration with a scientist.


  • You have a completed HLO (BSc) or MSc degree in Life Sciences.

  • You have minimum 3 years of work experience (excluding internships) in the field of oncology and/or immunology.

  • You have an affinity with technology, and you enjoy starting new projects. And you're motivated to optimize assays.

  • You have extensive experience with flow cytometry (FACS), culturing of adherent and primary cells (primary and tumor cells), and various functional cellular assays (viability, co-culture, etc.). Experience in 3D cell culture would be a nice to have.

  • You have some hands-on experience with cell and molecular biology techniques like lentiviral particle generation and transductions, western blotting, ELISA, CRISPR. You are comfortable with medium-high throughput techniques.

  • You recognize the importance of working according to a quality system, which includes adhering to procedures and detailed documentation of your work.

  • Experience with electronic laboratory notebook reporting is an advantage.

  • You are flexible and capable of running several projects parallel to each other, adjusting priorities appropriately together with the team.

  • You love to work in the lab and face experiments with a problem-solving attitude and inspire others with your ‘getting things done’ mentality.

  • You are enthusiastic, goal-oriented, efficient, and accurate and you enjoy working in a team and as a team.

  • You welcome and use feedback as an opportunity to learn and grow and have a positive mindset.

  • You are a strong team player and have extensive experience working in collaborative project teams.

  • You have excellent interpersonal skills, and you are fluent in English, both written and verbal.

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

Genmab is an international biotechnology company with a core purpose guiding its unstoppable team to strive towards improving the lives of patients through innovative and differentiated antibody therapeutics. For more than 20 years, its passionate, innovative and collaborative team has invented next-generation antibody technology platforms and leveraged translational research and data sciences, which has resulted in a proprietary pipeline including bispecific T-cell engagers, next-generation immune checkpoint modulators, effector function enhanced antibodies and antibody-drug conjugates. To help develop and deliver novel antibody therapies to patients, Genmab has formed 20+ strategic partnerships with biotechnology and pharmaceutical companies. By 2030, Genmab’s vision is to transform the lives of people with cancer and other serious diseases with Knock-Your-Socks-Off (KYSO™) antibody medicines.

Established in 1999, Genmab is headquartered in Copenhagen, Denmark with locations in Utrecht, the Netherlands, Princeton, New Jersey, U.S. and Tokyo, Japan.

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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