(Sr.) Research Associate, Cellular Assays (Utrecht, NL)

The Company

Lava Therapeutics (LAVA) generates and develops next generation γδ T cell engaging bispecific antibodies for the treatment of cancer. LAVA started its operations in 2017 and is advancing its proprietary platform and pipeline of bispecific therapeutic antibodies, building on cutting-edge research originating from the VU University Medical Center / Cancer Center Amsterdam. The company is now located at the Science Park in Utrecht and at the Agrifood Plaza building in Den Bosch. Expanding our team with new, talented employees is key to LAVA’s future success. We are currently looking for a (Sr.) Research Associate, Cellular Assays.

The Position

As (Sr.) Research Associate, Cellular Assays, your role is to research and characterize the therapeutic properties of LAVA’s proprietary bi-specific γδ T cell engagers in vitro, as well as participate in expanding our current pipeline of tumor-targeting antibodies. As part of a team of Scientists and (Sr.) RA’s, you will be working closely together to functionally characterize LAVA’s (lead) bi-specific molecules and investigate their mode of action. You strengthen the team with your up-to-date knowledge of- and experience in the field of Immunology. You enjoy contributing to advance LAVA’s platform by accurately designing, executing and reporting cellular experiments. You are involved in technical and scientific discussions and support your colleagues in the lab with your expertise.


As (Sr.) Research Associate at LAVA you have an innovative, goal-oriented, flexible and collaborative mindset. You enjoy working in a small and growing team and are familiar with setting up and adhering to lab and safety procedures. You are well organized and can handle and/or support several projects at once. You are a team-player and possess excellent communication skills.
Moreover, we ask the following of you:

  • A HLO/BSc or MSc degree in Immunology, Cell Biology or similar.
  • A minimum of 3 years of relevant work experience. Biotech experience has added value.
  • Knowledge of (primary) cell culture and cell-based functional assays, as well as experience in isolation of cells from blood and expertise in Flow Cytometry.
  • Experience with analysis software like FlowJo and GraphPad Prism.
  • Experience with independently setting up and developing new assays.
  • Professional level English language skills, both written and verbal.

LAVA’s Offer

LAVA offers a full time position at our laboratories located in Utrecht, in a highly motivated team, where there is room for recognition and reward of talented employees. The ability to work together with a group of highly experienced leaders and professionals, who all have a track-record of success in their field of business and in Life Science industry. In addition, LAVA offers a set of excellent labour conditions: salary and benefits according to biotech industry standards. After one year of temporary contract and a positive appraisal, LAVA offers a permanent position. We offer flexible working hours, a premium-free pension plan, 30 paid vacation days, growth and development opportunities and a professional working environment, in which hard working is balanced with fun.

Our Core Values

Our company culture is built on five important Core Values: Innovation, Teamwork, Results-orientation, Flexibility and Fun. We understand that innovation is at the heart of what we do. We drive the ability to innovate and we all have a strong awareness about emerging scientific and business opportunities. We work closely as a team, have a constructive and collaborative mindset and we put the common interest of the company above our own individual interest. We have a strong orientation on results, we meet agreed goals in a timely and efficient manner and we deliver on our promises. We are flexible, adapt well to changing circumstances and work well under pressure. Finally, we all contribute to a safe, professional and enjoyable workplace in which people are treated respectfully and diversity is embraced.

How to Apply

Please send your CV together with a cover letter to referring to the (Sr.) Research Associate Cellular Assays.

For more information about this vacant position, please contact Wouter Harink (Operations & Resource Manager) at Acquisition related to this vacancy is not being appreciated.

Your application and related information will remain strictly confidential.