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Amgen Process Development Associate Scientist - Pivotal Bioprocess Sciences & Technologies in Cambridge, Massachusetts


What you will do

Let’s do this. Let’s change the world. In this vital role you will contribute towards Amgen’s Drug Substance Process Development for late stage clinical and commercial biologics programs, including the development, characterization, and scale-up of upstream and downstream manufacturing processes supporting Ph II/III clinical trials to marketing application. This role is within an integrated organization in which cell culture and purification scientists work together to advance Amgen's rich and dynamic pipeline. With Amgen's biology first approach, the position provides a unique opportunity to work on multiple modalities, from antibodies to oncolytic viruses to bi-specifics.

The Process Development Associate Scientist will help design and perform experiments at the bench scale that span the end-to-end Drug Substance process, from cell culture to purification operations. In this role, you will apply established platform approaches and utilize problem-solving skills to rapidly solve day-to-day experimental challenges. Additionally, the Process Development Associate Scientist will utilize out-of-the-box thinking to contribute to technology development and will demonstrate the desire to expand and develop expertise in both cell culture and purification, thereby further contributing to the integrated group.

This position will be within an expanding Pivotal Process Development subgroup, located in Cambridge, Massachusetts.


  • Contribute within a project team on goals such as improving process yield and robustness, and scaling-up processes to manufacturing sites

  • Perform small-scale bioprocess experiments that encompass both upstream (cell culture) and downstream (purification) operations

  • Cell culture responsibilities may include maintaining cultures in shake flasks, culture bags, and benchtop bioreactors

  • Purification experiments include, but are not limited to, protein chromatography, filtration, and UF/DF operations

  • Automation programming for benchtop bioreactors, chromatography systems, and robotic liquid handling systems

  • Experimental design and data interpretation, leveraging in-house visualization and analytics tools

  • Communication of findings through oral presentations and written documentation (technical reports as well as GMP documents to support regulatory filings)

  • Provide scientific technical support for technology transfer of processes to manufacturing sites


What we expect of you

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

Basic Qualifications:

Master’s degree (must graduate by July 2021) and 2 years of scientific experience


Bachelor’s degree and 4 years of scientific experience

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Degree in Chemical Engineering, Biochemistry, Biotechnology, Bionengineering, Biomedical engineering, or Bioprocessing discipline or relevant experience in the pharmaceutical or related industry preferred.

  • Two+ years of biotech/pharma industry experience with emphasis on protein production in various mammalian expression hosts

  • Strong knowledge and experience of purification or bioreactor strategies for antibodies

  • Experience in laboratory techniques supporting protein purification and or bioreactor operations

  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills, and the ability to work flexibly in a dynamic and collaborative environment

  • Demonstrated ability to identify and solve problems by applying scientific and engineering principles, preferably in a process development environment

  • Familiarity with design of experiments and statistical analysis of data


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 Plan—comprising health, finance and wealth, work/life balance, and career benefits—with compensation and benefits rated above 4 stars (out of 5) on Glassdoor

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Equal Opportunity Statement

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 a 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 an accommodation.

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.​