Process Development Scientist

Thousand Oaks, CA, US
Sep 08, 2019
Required Education
Bachelors Degree
Position Type
Full time
Amgen Job Description

Amgen is currently seeking a Scientist in our Drug Product Technologies Department with a background in Protein Biochemistry.

This is a great opportunity to develop, advance and apply protein biochemistry/polymer technologies to drug delivery challenges. Working in a science-based organization, the successful candidate will drive continuous improvement in our knowledge of protein behavior through technological innovation and application of experimental findings and actively contribute to the evolution of our understanding of the molecular drivers of aggregation and surface interactions. This individual will be involved in providing unique solutions to these challenging protein interactions. The optimization of protein therapeutics for stabilization towards alternative modes of delivery and storage is of critical importance in the development of human therapeutics. Cross-functional and cross-team collaborations are expected.

Responsibilities include:

• Participate in the planning, design, execution, and documentation of laboratory studies related to formulation and fill/finish process development in support of product commercialization.

• Conduct stability studies, including preparation of liquid frozen and lyophilized formulations.

• Identify current gaps in Amgen's tools and technology to advance our understanding of protein:protein and protein:surface interactions.

• Responsible for development and exploration of new technologies for different modalities such as fusion proteins, Mab fragments, RNA based drugs

• Execute development of protein drug formulations, analytical characterization of proteins, development of chromatographic and electrophoretic assays.

• Additional responsibilities include documenting and retrieving scientific results in HLEE notebooks and computer files for regulatory filings, participating in group and project meetings, and presenting at departmental seminars. Deliver progress reports, presentations, to include both internal and external presentation of scientific data with an eventual external publication/patent track record.

• Participation in global cross-functional teams working effectively in a highly matrixed team environment to enhance our understanding of protein behavior

Basic Qualifications:

• Doctorate degree or Doctorate degree completed by December 2019


• Master's degree and 4 years of scientific experience


• Bachelor's degree and 6 years of scientific experience

Preferred Qualifications:

• Advanced degree in Pharmaceutics, Biotechnology, Biochemistry, Physical Biochemistry or related discipline with 2+ years of Post-Doctoral experience in Protein Biochemistry

• Advanced knowledge and hands on experience in Analytical and Biophysical techniques, such as HPLC/UPLC, Capillary Electrophoresis, Particle analysis, Moisture analysis, Biophysical techniques such as CD and Fluorescence, Analytical centrifugation, light scattering (DLS, SLS) and Mass spectrometry

• Experience in developing and implementing emerging technologies

• Knowledge of ultrafiltration-diafiltration and other buffer exchange processes

• A solid understanding of lab scale sterile filling into vials and syringes

• Strong independent problem solving and communication skills

• Demonstrated background in protein characterization, stability and experience in development of parenteral control release delivery systems is a plus

• Publication background commensurate with Protein Biochemistry

• Advanced understanding of predictive methods, protein stability and solubility

• Demonstrated background in modeling and prediction of protein:protein interactions, protein:small molecule interactions and protein behavior

• Demonstrated ability to learn and act on dynamic information at a rapid pace

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 like 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.

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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.