Associate, Pilot Plant - Upstream

Thousand Oaks, CA
Nov 24, 2021
Required Education
High School or equivalent
Position Type
Full time


Youve earned your degree. How will you use that achievement to reach your goals? Do more with the knowledge youve worked hard to acquire and the passion you already have. At Amgen, our shared missionto serve patientsdrives all that we do. It is key to our becoming one of the worlds

leading biotechnology companies, reaching over 10 million patients worldwide. Become the professional you are meant to be in this meaningful role.


What you will do

Lets do this! Lets change the world!

Amgen is seeking an entry level Associate to execute a variety of production and technology related operations in the Upstream area of a large-scale pilot plant. The Pilot Plant performs bioprocessing operations for multiple mammalian and microbial products to develop and generate data for production processes. The plant performs upstream and downstream activities (cell culture and purification), from vial thaw through drug substance, and delivers pre-pivotal GMP and non-GMP material to support process development of early and late-stage biologic molecules. In addition, the plant prototypes and develops new technologies to support advancement of Amgens equipment and operations for current and future biologic facilities.

This Upstream Associate will perform hands-on operation of current and future equipment and processes. The upstream equipment typically includes stainless steel and single-use bioreactor systems. In addition, the applicant may perform new product introductions, technology transfer, experiment design, equipment set-up and cleaning, equipment commissioning, and participate in equipment design. A significant amount of time will be spent performing hands-on work in the plant: executing upstream production runs, experiments, and characterization efforts; defining and documenting operational practices; ensuring documentation accurately reflects operations performed; implementing area improvements; commissioning equipment; participating in operations meetings.

Shift may include nights and/or weekends.


What we expect of you

We are all different, yet we all use our unique contributions to serve patients. The vital attribute professional we seek will have these qualifications.

Basic Qualifications
  • Bachelors degree

  • OR

  • Associates degree and 4 years of Biotechnology or Pharmaceutical manufacturing experience

  • OR

  • High school diploma / GED and 6 years of Biotechnology or Pharmaceutical manufacturing experience

Preferred Qualifications
  • Bachelors degrees in Biology, Chemistry, or chemical/biological engineering

  • 1+ years of experience in Life Sciences or Engineering fields

  • Basic knowledge of upstream operations, as well as a general knowledge of the associated analytical, and media/buffer preparation techniques

  • Technically-minded individuals, with strong interpersonal and organizational skills

  • Strong verbal and written communication skills.

  • Demonstrated analytical, project management, and continuous improvement skills.

  • Ability to learn new systems and applications, and various bioprocessing techniques

  • Ability to work effectively in team and/or project environments

  • Possess strong math and computer skills, as well as the ability to apply science-based thinking to practical applications


Some of the vast rewards of working here

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.

  • Full support and career-development resources to expand your skills, enhance your expertise, and maximize your potential along your career journey

  • A diverse and inclusive community of belonging, where teammates are empowered to bring ideas to the table and act

  • Generous Total Rewards Plancomprising health, finance and wealth, work/life balance, and career benefitswith compensation and benefits rated above 4 stars (out of 5) on Glassdoor

Apply now for a career that defies imagination

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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.

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.

Amgen requires all staff in the United States and Puerto Rico to be vaccinated from COVID 19 as a condition of employment. In accordance with applicable law, Amgen will provide reasonable accommodations to staff members who qualify on the basis of a medical reason or a sincerely held religious belief, practice, or observance. Such accommodation may not pose an undue hardship to Amgen, its operations, or its staff.