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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.

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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.


  • 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 in the field of oncology and/or immunology.

  • You have an affinity with technology, and you enjoy starting new projects.

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

  • You have 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.

  • 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

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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