Scientist - Neuroscience

Cambridge, MA, US
Oct 08, 2019
Required Education
Bachelors Degree
Position Type
Full time
Few careers offer the opportunity to make a difference in people's lives. At Amgen, the world's largest biotechnology company, the Neuroscience Team is committed to serving patients by carrying out innovative science and exploiting new advances in biology and human genetics.

We are seeking a Scientist to join a vibrant and growing group currently focusing on Neurodegenerative diseases within the Neuroscience Therapeutic Area, a key component of the Discovery Research unit at Amgen's site in Cambridge, MA (Amgen Massachusetts-AMA). The candidate must be a Scientist with in-depth knowledge of molecular and cellular biology and assay development to participate in ongoing efforts directed toward developing new and effective therapeutics for neurodegenerative diseases including Alzheimer's disease (AD), Parkinson's disease (PD) and Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS).

Position Responsibilities

Conceptualize, design and independently execute broad sets of experiments required to identify, develop and validate cell-based assays to support therapeutic candidates

Conceptualize, design and independently execute broad sets of experiments required to validate novel targets for neurodegenerative diseases

Develop innovative strategies and mechanisms for identifying novel biomarker candidates

Establish and manage target validation and assay development studies outsourced to contract research organizations and academic labs

Critically analyze and interpret data, define realistic 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 project teams

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

Basic Qualifications

Doctorate degree OR Doctorate degree by October 2019


Master's degree and 4 years of Scientific experience


Bachelor's degree and 6 years of Scientific experience

Preferred Qualifications

PhD plus postdoc and/or industry experience

Deep expertise in molecular and cellular biology

Experience in the development of functional, cellular assays

Experience with neuronal cell lines, primary neurons and/or iPSC-derived neurons

Established scientific reputation in neuroscience and neurodegenerative diseases as evidenced by an outstanding publication track record

Experience working in a cross-functional and matrixed organization and/or a highly collaborative research environment

Highly motivated self-starter 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 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.

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.