Scientist - Medicinal Chemistry

Cambridge, MA, US
Jul 11, 2019
Required Education
Associate Degree
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 dedication to serve patients, Amgen is hiring in the department of Medicinal Chemistry at our Research and Development facility in Cambridge MA (AMA).

Job Description

This Scientist role will be part of a creative Medicinal Chemistry group, with responsibilities including (but not limited to) the design, synthesis, and purification of novel compounds for potential clinical drug development. In this role you will devise and implement state of the art scientific research through conducting laboratory experiments, planning detailed procedures for defined projects including timelines, milestones, methodological approaches, expected results and necessary resources; reviewing, analyzing, and interpreting scientific data and results; providing regular updates, documentation, and/or communication on project results; collaborating with other scientists and keeping current with field of expertise, including literature and technology development. Your additional responsibilities may include advising supervisors and colleagues in areas of expertise; participating in national and international scientific meetings, providing scientific results that support the generation of publications, patents, or regulatory submissions, and mentoring research associates and laboratory assistants.

Basic Qualifications

Doctorate degree OR Doctorate degree completed by May 2020


Master's degree and 4 years of scientific experience


Bachelor's degree and 6 years of scientific experience

Preferred Qualifications

Chemistry degree specializing in organic synthesis

Consistent track record of academic accomplishments (i.e., peer-reviewed publications and/or patents)

Demonstration of good lab practices, with particular attention to safety

Clear understanding of structural determination using NMR and mass spectral techniques as well as knowledge of related purification methods

Understanding of biological and pharmaceutical principles and a working knowledge of the use of structure-based or other computer-aided drug design tools

Knowledge of the application of parallel synthesis techniques to medicinal chemistry

Excellent communication skills (both written and oral)

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.

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.