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Scientist, Biomarker Discovery

South San Francisco, California
Start date
Feb 2, 2024

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Science/R&D, Biotechnology
Required Education
Bachelors Degree
Position Type
Full time
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Youve worked hard to become the professional you are today and are now ready to take the next step in your career. How will you put your skills, experience and passion to work toward your goals? 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. Come do your best work alongside other innovative, driven professionals in this meaningful role.

Scientist, Biomarker Discovery


What you will do

Lets do this. Lets change the world. The Research Biomarker group at Amgen is seeking a highly motivated Senior Associate Scientist dedicated to the discovery, development, and validation of biomarkers in pre-clinical research. In this vital role, you will make major scientific contributions by employing a variety of biomarker techniques to support the progression of therapeutic candidates from discovery to early clinical development. You will be an integral member of a dynamic team comprising scientific and technical experts focused on biomarker research, and collaborate closely with other functional groups, including Cardiometabolic Disorders, Clinical Biomarker & Diagnostics, Pharmacokinetics & Drug Metabolism, Translational & Safety Pharmacology, Human Genetics, and Computational Biology.

Key Responsibilities:
  • Discover, validate and quantify target engagement and disease stratification biomarker candidates for multiple pipeline projects
  • Employ a wide variety of techniques and platforms to develop and transition from pre-clinical biomarker data to support clinical biomarker assay development
  • Independently design, perform, and analyze laboratory experiments, including troubleshooting, optimization of assays, data collection, interpretation, biostatistical analysis, and presentation
  • Collaborate with biomarker scientists representing multiple therapeutic areas and work closely with other functional groups

What we expect of you

We are all different, yet we all use our unique contributions to serve patients. The dynamic professional we seek is a scientist with these qualifications.

Basic Qualifications:

Doctorate degree


Masters degree and 2 years of scientific/technical experience


Bachelors degree and 4 years of scientific/technical experience


Advanced and proficient understanding and use of technical principles, theories, and concepts to perform an expansive range of work in a role


Basic knowledge of related and adjacent disciplinary areas.

Preferred Qualifications:
  • 4+ years of experience in executing laboratory experiments in industry or academic settings
  • Strong technical skills or expertise in several of the following areas: ELISA, Luminex, MSD, multi-color flow cytometry, complex cell-based functional assays, genetic manipulation of cell lines and/or primary cells, western blotting, RNA/DNA isolation, quantitative PCR, cell signaling/biochemistry, high-content imaging technology, and in vivo pre-clinical models of disease
  • Demonstrated track record of critical independent thinking, troubleshooting, analytical and problem-solving skills
  • Excellent interpersonal and collaborative skills, and the ability to work independently and effectively in a dynamic environment
  • Willingness to learn and apply new technologies to develop impactful biomarker hypotheses and fit-for-purpose assays
  • Proven ability to multitask to meet aggressive timelines and execute deliverables
  • Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills

What you can expect of us

As we work to develop treatments that take care of others, we also work to care for our teammates professional and personal growth and well-being.

Amgen offers a Total Rewards Plan comprising health and welfare plans for staff and eligible dependents, financial plans with opportunities to save towards retirement or other goals, work/life balance, and career development opportunities including:

  • Comprehensive employee benefits package, including a Retirement and Savings Plan with generous company contributions, group medical, dental and vision coverage, life and disability insurance, and flexible spending accounts.
  • A discretionary annual bonus program, or for field sales representatives, a sales-based incentive plan
  • Stock-based long-term incentives
  • Award-winning time-off plans and bi-annual company-wide shutdowns
  • Flexible work models, including remote work arrangements, where possible
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for a career that defies imagination

Objects in your future are closer than they appear. Join us.

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.


We are all different, yet we have this in common: our mission to serve patients. This sense of shared purpose is key to our becoming one of the world’s leading biotechnology companies. It guides us as we continue to launch new medicines and reach millions of patients worldwide.

We live the mission.

We win together.

We thrive on continual challenge.

Our team of 22,000+ scientists and professionals worldwide bring distinct perspectives and experiences to all we do. We leverage our global talent to achieve together—to research, manufacture and deliver ever-better products and greater depth to our mission.

At Amgen, there is a strong correlation between our high level of diversity and performance. Because addressing issues with a wider range of perspectives and approaches leads to more creative problem-solving. Together, we’re transforming the promise of science and biotechnology into therapies that have the power to restore health.

Connect with us to explore how you can Win, Live, and Thrive at Amgen.

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