Associate, Pilot Plant

Cambridge, MA
May 30, 2019
Required Education
Bachelors Degree
Position Type
Full time
Amgen is seeking a Manufacturing Associate to execute a variety of production and technology related operations in a large-molecule pilot plant.

This position will directly support the Amgen Massachusetts, Cambridge pilot plant, which provides a collaborative environment to develop and test new technologies and applications. The pilot plant also provides critical technical support for technology transfers, process development, and scale-up / scale-down activities. The pilot plant delivers data and material to support process development of early and late stage clinical biologic molecules. In addition, the pilot plant prototypes and develops new technologies to support advancement of Amgen's equipment and operations for current and future biologic facilities.

This Associate will perform hands on operations for current and future cell culture and purification equipment. Operations will include scale up, bioreactor support, process monitoring, chromatography, various types of filtration, ultrafiltration/diafiltration and equipment cleaning. In addition, the applicant may perform new product introductions, technology transfer, experiment design, equipment commissioning, and participate in equipment design. The applicant will communicate results through authoring standard operating procedures, documenting results in electronic lab notebooks, manufacturing procedures, presentations, or meeting notes. The applicant will analyze data, process results, summarize findings, and identify challenges to future commercial processes. The successful candidate will have strong verbal and written communication skills. In addition, the candidate will have demonstrated analytical, project management, and continuous improvement. The successful candidate will also be able to work off hours or non-standard shifts.

Basic Qualifications:

Bachelor's degree


Associates Degree and 4 years of biotech or pharmaceutical manufacturing, process development or quality experience


High School Diploma / GED and 6 years of biotech or pharmaceutical manufacturing, process development or quality experience

Preferred Qualifications:
  • Bachelor's degree in Biology, Chemistry, Biochemistry, Chemical/Biological Engineering, or related field and 2+ years expereince
  • Strong math and computer skills and the ability to apply science-based thinking to practical applications
  • Work effectively in team and/or project environments
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Energetic and technically-minded, with strong interpersonal and organizational skills
  • An established record of championing a culture of safety in a lab or manufacturing setting
  • Knowledge in troubleshooting process equipment issues including automation control strategies. Specific hands on experience with Delta V.
  • Experience in the operation of control systems (Delta V) and method develop on GE purification systems using Unicorn.
  • Experience in leading Operational Excellence (OE) efforts to drive efficiency and safety
  • Demonstrated ability to learn new systems and applications, and various new technologies
  • Experienced in performing bioprocess unit operations in cell culture and/or purification
  • Experience of process data analysis and interpretation
  • Experience of customer service focus
  • Able to gown and gain entry to laboratory areas and stand for up to 8 hours in the Pilot Plant.
  • Ability to lift up to 50 lbs.

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.