Senior Associate Scientist - Clinical Biomarkers

South San Francisco, CA, US
Feb 11, 2019
Required Education
Masters Degree/MBA
Position Type
Full time
Amgen is a leading global biotechnology company, with a mission to serve patients around the world. As a science-based, patient-focused organization, we discover and develop innovative therapies to treat serious illnesses. Our medicines have made a dramatic difference in the lives of millions. To underpin our commitment to serve patients, Amgen is developing our Translational Science focus with modern molecular and cellular science and pathology laboratories, designed to discover and develop valuable biomarkers in support of our clinical programs.

The Department of Clinical Biomarkers & Diagnostics at Amgen in South San Francisco is seeking a highly motivated Sr. Associate Scientist to perform clinical biomarker assays employing a variety of platforms to support our drug development efforts.

The candidate will be an integral member of a dynamic group of scientists and platform experts. The candidate will collaborate with scientists representing multiple therapeutic areas, and work closely with groups in other functional areas. The successful candidate is expected to employ a wide variety of immunoassay platforms including ELISA, Mesoscale Discovery (MSD), Quanterix (SiMoA), Protein Simple (Ella) and immunoblotting and in vitro functional assays including enzyme activity assays in our biomarker laboratory to develop and qualify biomarker assays to support various clinical programs.

Specific responsibilities associated with the job include independent thinking, choosing the appropriate platform, handling clinical samples, planning and performing laboratory experiments, documenting experimental protocols and results, analyzing and interpreting data, presenting results to the stakeholders and working with internal and external partners.

Basic Qualifications

Master's degree and 3 years of Scientific Experience


Bachelor's degree and 5 years of Scientific Experience.

Preferred Qualifications

Master's degree with 3+ years of experience in biomarker assay development and qualification

A strong background in immunoassay platforms including ELISA, Mesoscale Discovery (MSD), Quanterix (SiMoA), Protein Simple (Ella) and immunoblotting

A strong background in in vitro functional assays such as enzyme activity assays

A strong skillset in handling various biological specimens; experience with mammalian cell culture techniques including isolation and culture of primary immune cells

Demonstrated track record of critical independent thinking and troubleshooting

Ability to multi-task and manage multiple studies, strong verbal and written communication skills and high degree of motivation, creativity and collaborative nature

Our culture is what makes Amgen a special place to work. We have a powerful shared purpose around our mission - to serve patients. We respect one another, recognize contributions, and have embedded collaboration, trust, empowerment and inclusion in all that we do.
Join Us

If you're seeking a career where you can truly make a difference in the lives of others, a career where you can work at the absolute forefront of biotechnology with the top minds in the field, you'll find it at Amgen.

Amgen, a biotechnology pioneer, discovers, develops and delivers innovative human therapeutics. Our medicines have helped millions of patients in the fight against cancer, kidney disease, rheumatoid arthritis and other serious illnesses.

As an organization dedicated to improving the quality of life for people around the world, Amgen fosters an inclusive environment of diverse, ethical, committed and highly accomplished people who respect each other but compete intensely to win. Together, we live the Amgen values as we continue advancing science to serve patients.
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.

Amgen will consider for employment qualified applicants with criminal histories in a manner consistent with the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance.