Associate Scientist or Senior Associate

Thousand Oaks, CA, US
Sep 22, 2020
Required Education
Bachelors Degree
Position Type
Full time
The Pivotal Synthetic Drug Product group of the Drug Product Technologies (DPT) department of Amgen located in Thousand Oaks, CA is seeking for a hardworking, highly motivated, and collaborative scientist for the position of Associate Scientist or Senior Associate Scientist.

This scientist role will serve as member of Drug Product development teams, providing hands-on formulation and process expertise during the development of clinical and commercial formulations for solid oral dosage forms (small molecule focus.) They will interface within the DPT department (i.e. Pre-formulation, Solid State Sciences, etc.) and with external functions, such as Drug Substance Technologies, Attribute Sciences, Quality Assurance, Supply Chain, Contract Manufacturing, etc.

The scientist will craft and execute small molecule formulation experiments, coordinate and analyze results with minimal direction as well as communicate and present in team meetings. The experimental results will lead to the best possible formulation and processes.

Basic Qualifications

Master's degree


Bachelor's degree & 2 years of scientific experience


Associate's degree & 6 years of scientific experience

High school diploma / GED and 8 years of scientific experience

Preferred Qualifications

BS and or MS in Pharmaceutical Sciences, Material Sciences, Chemistry, Chemical Engineering, or other relevant field with demonstrated ability in pharmaceutical industry with emphasis on oral solid dosage forms is required (small molecules.)

In depth understanding of typical unit operations for the manufacture of oral solid dosage forms (i.e. granulation, roller compaction, drying, milling, blending, compression, film coating, etc.) is encouraged.

High level of proficiency on Roller Compaction using equipment with different configurations is major plus.

Experience in optimization and scale-up studies using QbD principles is also expected.

Experience interacting with Contract Research/Manufacturing Organizations is desirable.

Experience on unique technologies (e.g., spray drying, hot melt extrusion, controlled release formulations, etc.) is preferred.

Other preferred experiences are non-solid dosage forms and design of experiments.

Interpersonal and communication skills that enable effective management and resolution of complex project-related issues involving collaborations with multiple functional areas is a must.

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.