Grad Intern - Pharmacokinetics & Drug Metabolism (Quantitative Pharmacology)

South San Francisco, CA, US
Mar 19, 2021
Required Education
Position Type
Full time
Amgen is seeking a highly motivated summer intern to remotely join the Pharmacokinetics & Drug Metabolism (PKDM) department. Amgen's 10-13 week virtual internship program offers opportunities to college/university students to apply their training on meaningful projects that impact patient's lives. Students joining the Amgen internship program will contribute to Amgen's development pipeline by working on specific projects in their assigned departments while, at the same time, they enrich their technical skills, learn about the drug development process and participate in professional and social networking virtual events.

Pharmacokinetics & Drug metabolism (PKDM) department at our site in South San Francisco, California is dedicated to discovery and development of novel, effective and safe medicines. The department focusses on understanding the PK-PD properties of large and small molecule drug candidates developed across multiple therapeutic areas in the Amgen's pipeline. For the internship program, we are seeking graduate students pursuing research in pharmacokinetic and pharmacodynamics (PK/PD) with focus in mechanistic mathematical modeling and quantitative pharmacological principles. With the support of the hiring manager, the candidate will work on developing fit-for-purpose mathematical models (PK-PD, PBPK) using specialized modeling software to provide quantitative tools in support of the development of novel therapeutics

PKDM internship position will provide opportunity to devise and implement quantitative analysis and strategies in drug development using mechanistic and translational modeling. The ideal candidate should be self-driven and display strong scientific communication skills. This unrivaled opportunity provides learning on the inner workings and cross-functional aspects of PKDM. The program, sponsored by senior leaders at Amgen, provides robust work experiences across many functions. The participation. and successful completion of the CDP summer internship experience will present the opportunity to be evaluated for a full-time offer to join the CDP rotational program in 2022 post-graduation. Full-time opportunities are dependent on available positions and an evaluation of internship performance.

Basic Qualifications
  • Amgen requires that all individuals applying for an graduate internship or a graduate co-op assignment at Amgen must meet the following criteria:
  • 18 years or older
  • Bachelor's Degree from an accredited college or university
  • Currently enrolled in a full time Masters or Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) 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 commencement of the internship
  • Must not be employed at the time the internship starts
  • Possess U.S. citizenship, permanent legal residence, or unrestricted work authorization in the U.S.

Preferred Qualifications
  • Pursuing a Masters or Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Pharmaceutical Sciences or Chemical engineering Degree program with a concentration in mechanistic PK-PD modeling and quantitative pharmacology
  • Knowledge and good understanding of modeling softwares such as ADAPT, R, Phoenix, Simbiology/Matlab or Monolix
  • Conceptual understanding of Pharmacokinetic and pharmacodynamics principles
  • Experience in documenting and archiving contributions including data analyses, mathematical models, summary presentations and reports to be shareable with other scientists and foster a collaborative environment
  • Ability to thrive in a high-performance culture with excellent time management, decision-making and organizational skills
  • Excellent oral/written communication skills with strong attention to detail and interpersonal skills
  • Ability to apply research findings, capture information, interpret and analyze results, develop and implement a logical and strategic plan of action
  • Strong project management skills, proficiency in logistic planning from beginning to end, priority setting, timely delivery of results, and multi-tasking
  • Ability to think critically, actively anticipate problems and propose solutions and to work effectively/collaboratively across teams, levels of management, across partnerships, use contact network to motivate diverse teams, and enable cross-functional collaborations
  • Ability to work independently and without ambiguity

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.

Amgen will consider for employment qualified applicants with criminal histories in a manner consistent with the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance.