Principal Research Associate Functional Characterization and Bioassays (Yacht Life Sciences)

  • Utrecht
  • Vast
  • HBO, WO
  • 40 uur
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Job description

Yacht Life Sciences has a vacancy for a Principal Research Associate, Functional Characterization & Bioassays to work at an international biotechnological company, Genmab, situated in Utrecht, the Netherlands. Our client is focused on the creation and development of innovative and differentiated antibody products, with the aim of improving the lives of cancer patients.

As a Principal Research Associate, you will be a pivotal player in nurturing the growing ambitions of the company. You would be responsible for supporting characterization studies for state-of-the-art antibody therapeutics across the company’s global organization and working together with your team to develop bioactivity assays which are used by internal and external parties. If this sounds what you are looking for, then the current opportunity might be the perfect job for you!

Your responsibilities

Demonstrating quality and characteristics of the antibody products of this company, being responsible for the coordination and performance of bioassay development and validation activities, collaborating with Contract Research Organizations (CRO’s) and Contract Manufacturing Organizations (CMO’s), as well as providing internal support for late-stage development projects, these are some tasks of being a Principal Research Associate. The company is currently in a growing phase with a ‘knock your socks off’ pipeline of new antibody products. That is where you come in and help them realize their growth ambitions.

Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Work in a team of Scientists and Research Associates dedicated to developing and qualifying assays for batch release and characterization of late-stage clinical candidates.
  • Efficiently organize the execution of characterization plans and ensure adherence to guidelines in accordance with strict timelines.
  • Coordinate and support functional characterization activities and ensure correct execution and documentation done by other Research Associates.
  • Support assay development, optimization and/or qualification.
  • Write and review study plans and reports.
  • Set high quality standards and take initiatives to improve the team's and your own work.
  • Documenting and processing test results, drawing conclusions, and reporting these to the team.
  • Support troubleshooting activities of validated assays at CMO/CROs.


Job requirements  

  • You have a completed BSc, MSc or PhD education or equivalent with >5 years lab experience.
  • Work in a flexible way to execute experiments with flow cytometry, ELISA, and functional cellular assays. In parallel with your role as assay development coordinator for other Research Associates.
  • Interested in learning antibody structure/function relationship.
  • Knowledge of and/or work experience with immune cells, immune-oncology assays, and kinetics based assays
  • Fluency in English.

Preferred but not required for this job role, you would have:

  • Experience with assay development and/or sample testing within a GMP environment.



  • You are someone who enjoys working in a fast-paced biotechnology environment and enjoys taking responsibility for your own projects while being a true team player
  • You are an excellent planner and can adhere to tight deadlines
  • You can communicate your experimental plan and results clearly to the team and other parties involved.


Terms of employment:

Direct and full-time 1- year contract at our client. Extension is anticipated and can be converted into permanent after 1 year.

Salary depends on experience and level of education (between 4200 and 4700 euro gross per month).


Information about the company
Our client is focused on the creation and development of innovative and differentiated antibody products, with the aim of improving the lives of cancer patients.
It is a dynamic and innovative environment. Every employee is strongly motivated to participate in the development of new medicines which improve patients' lives. The company culture is aimed at innovation and excellence. Employees are passionate and work with determination and respect for each other to achieve our common goals. They work in multi-functional and international teams, in which each employee is stimulated to use his/her talent to contribute to innovation and results.


Inclusiviteit en diversiteit

Uiteraard staat deze vacature open voor iedereen die zich hierin herkent. We geloven dat diverse teams van belang zijn voor ons als lerende organisatie, die voorop wil blijven lopen in de wereld van werk. Want juist verschillen tussen mensen zorgen voor groei. Van collega's, klanten, kandidaten en daarmee van Yacht. Heb jij een uniek talent? We ontmoeten je graag.

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