Scientist, Neuroscience Therapeutic Area

Cambridge, Massachusetts
Mar 10, 2018
Required Education
Position Type
Full time

The Neuroscience Team at Amgen is committed to serving patients by carrying out innovative science and exploiting the convergence of neurobiology and human genetics. Few careers offer the possibility to make a difference in people's lives. However, a career at Amgen does fulfill a unique opportunity to develop therapies designed to treat grievous neurodegenerative diseases including Parkinson's Disease (PD) and Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS).

We are seeking a Research Scientist to join a vibrant and growing group currently focused on Neurodegenerative diseases within the Neuroscience Therapeutic Area, a key component of the Discovery Research unit at Amgen's site in Cambridge, MA. The Scientist will work with cellular, molecular, and genetic mechanisms underlying neurodegeneration. The Scientist will participate in ongoing efforts directed toward developing novel therapeutics for PD and ALS.

Position Responsibilities:

· Design and execute cellular and molecular approaches to validate PD/ALS drug targets

· Develop innovative strategies for generating new and effective PD/ALS therapeutics

· Carry out experiments required to rigorously evaluate in-licensing opportunities

· Critically analyze and interpret data, define timelines for studies, and meet delivery deadlines

· Work closely with and communicate results to multi-disciplinary and cross-functional teams

· Present strategies and results to the Neuroscience Therapeutic Area

· Execute high impact studies within an extremely fast-paced and collaborative environment

Basic Qualifications:

Doctorate degree or Doctorate degree completed by June 2018


Master's degree and 4 years of Research or Scientific experience


Bachelor's degree and 6 years of Research or Scientific experience

Preferred Qualifications:

PhD and deep expertise in neuroscience, cell biology, and/or genetics underlying PD/ALS

Previous experience investigating or experience in one or more of the following areas: protein mis-folding and aggregation, protein seeding and spreading, IPSC and CRIPSR technology, synaptic dysfunction, PD/ALS drug discovery, and human genetics

Established scientific reputation in neuroscience as evidenced by outstanding publications

Experience working in cross-functional and highly collaborative research environment

Highly motivated with a demonstrated ability to work independently with minimal oversight

Outstanding interpersonal and communication skills

Amgen is committed to unlocking the potential of biology for patients suffering from serious illnesses by discovering, developing, manufacturing, and delivering innovative human therapeutics. This approach begins by using tools such as advanced human genetics to unravel the complexities of disease and understand the fundamentals of human biology.

Amgen focuses on areas of high unmet medical need and leverages its expertise to strive for solutions that improve health outcomes and dramatically improve people's lives. A biotechnology pioneer since 1980, Amgen has grown to be one of the world's leading independent biotechnology companies, has reached millions of patients around the world and is developing a pipeline of medicines with breakaway potential.

Amgen is an Equal Opportunity employer and will consider all qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, protected veteran status, or disability status.