Principal Semantic Modeler

Thousand Oaks, CA, US
Apr 18, 2021
Required Education
Position Type
Full time
Principal Semantic Modeler


If you feel like you're part of something bigger, it's because you are. At Amgen, our shared mission-to serve patients-drives all that we do. It is key to our becoming one of the world's leading biotechnology companies. We are global collaborators who achieve together-researching, manufacturing, and delivering ever-better products that reach over 10 million patients worldwide. It's time for a career you can be proud of. Join us.

Principal Semantic Modeler


What you will do

Let's do this. Let's change the world. The Principal Semantic Modeler will help realize Amgen's Digital Strategy. This program will produce business insights through analytic solutions across many parts of the Amgen value chain. The Semantic modeler will be part of a team that is developing the Enterprise Data Fabric. The Data Fabric is composed of data domains which are based on formal ontologies and presented to data scientists and applications in both a graph and relational formats. The Enterprise Data Fabric serves as an information backbone to accelerate the ability of Amgen business leaders to understand and optimize business processes through analytic systems.

Key Responsibilities:
  • Collaborating with business partners and business analysts to translate business process and data characteristics into Data Domains that can be implemented in the context of the Enterprise Data Fabric
  • Leading and being hands-on for the development of Data Domain deliverables in the form of informal sketches of the data domain, and formal ontologies and data mappings that define the conversion of source system data to the model.
  • Ensuring that the models are extensible and capable of scaling out to meet anticipated growth by working with subject matter experts to gather requirements and use cases.
  • Assessment of pre-existing internal and external ontologies and assess their fit for purpose
  • Maintaining a roadmap and rationale for the roadmap of the build-out sequence of the Data Fabric.
  • Providing training and mentorship, review and oversight to other Amgen teams that are engaged in parallel projects for the Data Fabric.
  • Setting Modeling standards to include: technical and quality standards for use as guidance by multiple teams.


What we expect of you

We are all different, yet we all use our unique contributions to serve patients. The dynamic professional we seek has these qualifications:

Basic Qualifications:

Doctorate degree


Master's degree and 3 years of Information Systems experience


Bachelor's degree and 5 years of Information Systems experience


Associate degree and 10 years of Information Systems experience


High school diploma / GED and 12 years of Information Systems experience

Preferred Qualifications:
  • Training in ontological development, either through formal training or on-the-job development. Should have experience in data modeling or related analytical skills and be able to interact with data modeling professionals. Individuals with backgrounds in library science, artificial intelligence and machine learning have been successful in this job.
  • Fluency in OWL2, RDF, SPARQL, and the ability to program against triplestores and/or knowledge graphs preferred.
  • Working knowledge of AWS technologies such as S3, Redshift, DataBricks
  • Able to use SQL to query and inspect relational system data.
  • Working knowledge of relational data modeling principles.
  • 2 + years experience working with agile development methodologies such as Sprint and Scrum
  • Experience with Agile methodologies and DevOps


What you can expect of us

As we work to develop treatments that take care of others, so we work to care for our teammates' professional and personal growth and well-being.
  • Clear and disciplined strategic vision for the future that leverages superior-quality products, operational excellence, and top-shelf-talent
  • Diverse and inclusive community of belonging, where teammates are empowered to bring ideas to the table and act
  • Generous Total Rewards Plan comprising health, finance and wealth, work/life balance, and career benefits

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. We equip all our staff members to live well-rounded, healthy lives. Most recently, Amgen added benefits for transgender employees and continues to pride itself on industry-leading, family-friendly offerings for families of all compositions.

Amgen is an Equal Opportunity employer and will consider you without regard to your race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, protected veteran status, or disability status. We will ensure that individuals with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodation to participate in the job application or interview process, to perform essential job functions, and to receive other benefits and privileges of employment. Please contact us to request accommodation.

This position is open to remote workers within United States.

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.