Undergrad Co-op - R&D (Molecular and Cellular Neuroimmunology)

Cambridge, MA, US
Oct 20, 2019
Required Education
Bachelors Degree
Position Type
Full time

Amgen discovers, develops and delivers innovative human therapeutics. A biotechnology pioneer since 1980, Amgen was one of the first companies to realize the new science's promise by bringing safe, effective medicines from lab, to manufacturing plant, to patient. Amgen therapeutics have changed the practice of medicine, helping millions of people around the world in the fight against cancer, kidney disease, rheumatoid arthritis, and other serious illnesses. With a deep and broad pipeline of potential new medicines, Amgen remains committed to advancing science to dramatically improve people's lives.

The Neuroscience department at our Cambridge, Massachusetts location is looking for an undergraduate student interested in a 6 month Co-op placement. The Co-op internship position is focused on molecular biology and biochemistry in the field of neurodegenerative disease research. The emphasis of projects will be on understanding how immune cells within the central nervous system can be harnessed to modify disease pathology. The successful co-op will contribute directly to neuroimmunology-related projects in the lab that seek to discover new avenues for therapeutic development. This assignment involves working closely with staff scientists and project team to design and execute multi-day experiments in addition to data analysis. The Co-op will be challenged to learn and integrate elements of bioinformatics, laboratory automation (robotics), microscopy, mammalian cell culture, and transcriptomics to complete project goals. Highly motivated students interested in developing the fundamental skills needed for a career in bioscience research are encouraged to apply. Our lab combines the frontiers of genome CRISPR/Cas9 genome editing with a range of molecular techniques to understand both the fundamental and translational biology of neurodegenerative disease.

Relocation in the form of a miscellaneous allowance will be provided for eligible candidates.

Basic Qualifications

Amgen requires that all individuals applying for an undergraduate internship or an undergraduate co-op assignment at Amgen must meet the following criteria:

18 years or older

Currently enrolled in a full time Bachelor's Degree program from an accredited college or university with a 3.0 minimum GPA or equivalent

Completion of one year of study from an accredited college or university prior to the internship commencing

Enrolled in a full time Bachelor's degree program following the potential internship or co-op assignment with an accredited college or university

Must not be employed at the time the internship starts

Preferred Qualifications

Degree Concentration(s) in Biological, physical/material, mathematics, computer, and health science majors or related field with an interest in bioscience research

Basic bioscience laboratory experience including familiarity with routine molecular biology procedures (e.g. mammalian cell culture, DNA purification, DNA vector construction, bacterial transformation, PCR, agarose gel electrophoresis)

Understanding of biochemical techniques such as western blotting and SDS-PAGE

Team player with excellent communication skills, written and verbal

Proficiency in Excel, Word, PowerPoint and scientific graphic software

Simple programming and experience with databases

Strong desire to learn a variety of techniques and explore independent ideas related to neuroimmunology

Attention to detail and focused persistence in working through problems that may not have clear solutions

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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.