Senior Ontology Engineer

Tampa, FL
Jul 04, 2021
Required Education
High School or equivalent
Position Type
Full time

Would you like to take your skills and help deliver the world's most advanced and life-changing biotech medicines? If you are excited to work on latest and greatest technology stack, we are also looking for like-minded individuals. In this role, you will work with some of the brightest minds in the industry, and you'll get an opportunity to solve some of the most challenging business problems.

Amgen is using Semaphore, Enterprise Data Lake, cloud technology, and continuous deployment pipelines to produce science based insights to build new drug therapies for patients that address grievous illnesses. At Amgen, your work will improve the lives of millions of patients around the world.


As a key member of the Enterprise Data Management organization, you will be responsible for the reference data platforms (Semaphore & Mark logic) by advancing and promoting the use of reference data, partnering with the business Subject Mater Experts on creation of vocabularies / taxonomies and ontologies, and developing analytic solutions using semantic technologies.

You will interact with Amgens Data Management leaders worldwide through the Data Governance forums, where data anomalies and remediation plans are discussed and tracked.


  • Lead the reference data technical product team

  • Work with Reference Data Product Owner, external resources and other junior engineers as part of the product team

  • Deliver towards the roadmap for semantic technologies to advance the reference data platform

  • Work with Business and Client IS to model and develop vocabularies, taxonomies and ontologies

  • Develop taxonomy and ontology data models and standards

  • Develop and maintain semantically appropriate concepts

  • Identify and address conceptual gaps in both content and taxonomy

  • Enrich taxonomy through corpus analysis, entity extraction and other methods

  • Maintain ontology source vocabularies for new or edited codes

  • Develop systems to support supervised and/or unsupervised knowledge discovery and classification

  • Provide expertise for defining solution architecture involving sources, MDM, Metadata Management, Semaphore, other inhouse mid-tier systems and down-stream applications

  • Support product teams to help them leverage taxonomic solutions

  • Own business requirements related to taxonomy and ontology tools

Basic Qualifications

Doctorate degree


Masters degree and 3 years of Information Systems experience


Bachelors 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:

  • Clinical and pharmaceutical experience

  • Demonstrated professional knowledge of controlled vocabularies, classification, ontology and taxonomy

  • Solid logical and conceptual reasoning experience

  • Proficiency in data analysis

  • Experience in ontology development or content classification

  • Knowledge of RDF/OWL ontology language

  • Proficiency in semantic modeling and ontology engineering

  • Informatics background

  • Experience with Ontology Management tool (e.g., Semaphore, Mark Logic) preferred

  • Proficient in one of the coding languages (Python, Java, Scala)

  • Hands on experience writing SQL using any RDBMS (Redshift, Postgres, MySQL, Teradata, Oracle, etc.).

  • Experience with Schema Design & Dimensional data modeling.

  • Experience with AWS Services like EC2, S3, Redshift/Spectrum, Glue, Athena, RDS, Lambda, and API gateway.

  • Experience with software DevOps CI/CD tools, such Git, Jenkins, Linux, and Shell Script

  • Experience with Spark, Hive, Kafka, Kinesis, Spark Streaming, and Airflow.

  • Hands on experience using Databricks/Jupyter or similar notebook environment

  • Experience leading junior engineers, and working in an agile environment (i.e. user stories, iterative development, etc.)

  • Experience working with test-driven development and software test automation

  • Experience working in Product teams environment

Amgen is committed to unlocking the potential of biology for patients suffering from serious illnesses by discovering, developing, manufacturing and delivering innovative human therapeutics.

Amgen focuses on areas of high unmet medical need and leverages its expertise to strive for solutions that improve health outcomes and dramatically improve peoples lives. A biotechnology pioneer since 1980, Amgen has grown to be one of the worlds 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.

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.