Principal Scientist - Oncology Research

South San Francisco, CA, US
Oct 12, 2019
Required Education
Bachelors Degree
Position Type
Full time
The Department of Oncology and Inflammation Research, Amgen-South San Francisco (ASF), is seeking creative, self-motivated, diligent principal scientist to discover and develop therapies for the treatment of cancer. The candidate will have a strong understanding of immunology and oncology, a record of leading project teams and managing a research laboratory, and have high-profile publications and presentations at scientific conferences. At Amgen, the candidate will be responsible for identifying new targets, proposing new therapeutic approaches, and guiding target validation studies and evaluation of therapeutic candidates through in vitro and in vivo mechanism of action studies. The candidate will independently lead several project teams and will collaborate with team members across multiple Amgen sites and functional areas to deliver therapeutic candidates. As a key team member of early stage clinical programs, the candidate will provide guidance based on nonclinical learnings and serve as the main point of contact for external nonclinical collaborations. The candidate will be expected to publish and to present at national/international conferences.

Basic Qualifications

Doctorate degree and 3 years of scientific experience
Master's degree and 6 years of scientific experience
Bachelor's degree and 8 years of scientific experience

Preferred Qualifications

PhD or MD, with 6+ years of postdoctoral training and research experience in the fields of bioinformatics, immunology, oncology, and cancer immunotherapy

Demonstrated track record of independent critical thinking and scientific achievements as demonstrated by high impact publications

Demonstrated experience in leading independent research and drug development

Direct experience with development of T cell targeting therapies (CAR-T or T cell redirecting antibodies), including knowledge of in vitro and in vivo models

Excellent organizational, interpersonal and communication skills

Prior experience managing or mentoring junior scientists

At Amgen, our mission is serving patients. Our staff are dedicated to pushing the boundaries of science to transform medicine and turn the tide on serious illnesses. Central to achieving this mission is our "people-first" philosophy. We recruit the best talent, build an environment that facilitates career growth, and provide staff with the opportunity to make significant contributions for patients and our business.

Consistent with our core leadership value of "Develops the Best Team," we are seeking leaders that prioritize the development of talent. As a manager, your priority and primary role is to accelerate the performance and development of your team. We expect managers to exemplify strong leadership and champion self-awareness and career development. Ways that you will display your leadership acumen in this role include:
  • Mentoring, coaching, and developing staff to build highly-skilled, diverse, and inclusive teams
  • Fostering a positive and respectful work environment that encourages staff retention and motivates individuals to work toward common goals and priorities
  • Ensuring that staff understand how their efforts and contributions make a meaningful impact to the business
  • Growing core skills and capabilities among staff, particularly in learning agility, problem solving, strategic and creative thinking, flexibility, resilience, effective communication, prioritization, delivery of results, and continuous improvement
  • Making accurate evaluations of your team's skills and competencies and providing timely and respectful feedback, including direct delivery of difficult messages
  • Developing an understanding of your team's career objectives and serve as a thought-partner in their career development plans

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.

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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.

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