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Amgen Senior Scientist – Protein Technologies Team Lead in Burnaby, British Columbia

Title: Senior Scientist – Protein Technologies Team Lead

Reports to: Principal Scientist

Location: Burnaby


Amgen is a global biotechnology company that discovers and develops breakthrough therapies to treat serious human illnesses. Our mission is to serve patients around the world and our medicines have made a dramatic difference in the lives of millions.

Amgen focuses on areas of high unmet medical need and leverages its expertise to strive for solutions that improve health outcomes and dramatically improve people’s lives. A biotechnology pioneer since 1980, Amgen has grown to be one of the world’s leading independent biotechnology companies, has reached millions of patients around the world and is developing a pipeline of medicines with breakaway potential.

Amgen’s Therapeutic Discovery organization is seeking an enthusiastic, collaborative Senior Scientist team lead to join the Protein Technologies group at our Amgen British Columbia site. Protein Technologies is responsible for designing, planning and executing on the generation of key enabling DNA and protein reagents to support discovery of small and large molecule therapeutics and cutting-edge novel modalities.

As a team lead within Protein Technologies, you will be responsible for managing a high-performing team with a mandate to produce high quality reagents to support the Amgen pipeline. You will be responsible for the operational, strategic, and scientific management of the group and will also actively participate in the science through hands-on lab work and implementation of enabling technologies and automation. You will also be responsible for aligning with our Protein Technologies group in South San Francisco and for initiating and driving collaborations with partner functions such as such as Antibody Discovery, Therapeutic Areas, and Molecular Structure.

Well-suited applicants will have a strong scientific background in recombinant protein expression, purification, and analytics, a deep scientific curiosity, and demonstrated success in project and personnel management.

Basic Qualifications

Doctorate degree and 2 years of Scientific experience


Master’s degree and 5 years of Scientific experience


Bachelor’s degree and 7 years of Scientific experience

Preferred Qualifications

  • Ph.D. in Biochemistry, Biophysics, Chemistry or Molecular Biology and postdoc from a leading institution or biotechnology company

  • 4+ years of industry experience

  • A track record of scientific accomplishments and project leadership in biologics drug development as evidenced by peer-reviewed publications, patents, or pipeline contributions

  • 2+ years of managing a high-performing team with a focus on protein expression, purification, and analytics

  • Expertise in recombinant protein expression in transient and stable mammalian hosts such as HEK293 and CHO

  • Expertise in purifying a range of different protein types (e.g. extracellular domains, glycoproteins, monoclonal and multi-specific antibodies, membrane proteins) using multiple chromatographic methods (e.g. affinity, ion exchange, size exclusion)

  • Expertise in protein analytics, including HPLC-SEC and LC-MS

  • Experience with increasing productivity through automation

  • Microbial protein expression experience

  • Familiarity with processes in antibody discovery

  • Strong written and verbal communication and interpersonal skills

  • Ability to inspire and grow a high-performing team, chart and set team goals into action, and forge productive cross-site collaborations with partner functions

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Reasonable accommodations are available, upon request, to facilitate the equal participation of candidates with disabilities, should you be selected for an interview .

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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.