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Senior Scientist, 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

Genmab is seeking a Senior Scientist to join our dynamic Target Discovery team focusing on Immunity and Inflammation as well as immune oncology projects. This position will play a crucial role in bridging the gap between target discovery and product development, ensuring a seamless transition of projects into the drug development pipeline.

As Senior Scientist in 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. You will contribute to multidisciplinary new target discovery projects and develop state-of-the art technology.  As a Sr. Scientist Target Discovery you work closely with other Discovery teams, such as antibody engineering, data science and high-throughput screening to identify and validate antibody targets that are suited for Genmab’s proprietary antibody formats.

You enjoy working in a team and your enthusiasm inspires others, together we strive to achieve the goals that are important to Genmab.


  • Lead and contribute to target discovery efforts with a focus in the area of immunology and inflammation (I&I), occasionally branching to immune-oncology projects.

  • Collaborate closely with the I&I Product Development team to align the target discovery and product development strategies.

  • Work closely together with other Genmab teams, including data science, reverse translation, high-throughput screening, and others.

  • Manage and mentor research associates in the lab.

  • Develop cellular screening assays in primary cells and other model systems, generate complex genomic and high-throughput data.

  • Manage and execute research agreements with external collaborators.

  • You record scientific results in the appropriate manner. You will actively contribute to scientific publications and presentations, and you will support patent applications, and the documentation critical to enter the next stages of product development.

  • You are part of a group of strong scientists and research associates with state-of-the-art knowledge of the antibody and chronic inflammation field.


  • A Ph.D. in immunology/chronic inflammation or related field, with 3+ post-graduate years of immunology-focused research, previous experience in drug target discovery highly valued.

  • Experience in pharmaceutical or biotechnology industry research experience is considered beneficial but not fully critical.

  • Strong analytical skills and experience working within a collaborative, matrixed team. You have an affinity with data and data analysis.

  • A strong publication record demonstrating relevant experience in drug development, translational research, biomarkers and/or clinical trials.

  • Strong communication skills ability to communicate with people from diverse scientific and cultural backgrounds.

  • A ‘getting things done’ mentality, pro-active, enthusiastic and goal orientated.

  • Must be capable of working in global project teams.

  • You have excellent verbal and written skills in English.

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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