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Amgen Undergrad Co-op - In Vitro Pharmacology in Burnaby, British Columbia


Do more with the knowledge you’re working hard to acquire and the passion you already have. At Amgen, our shared mission—to serve patients—drives all that we do. It is key to our becoming one of the world’s leading biotechnology companies, reaching over 10 million patients worldwide. Through this program, you will acquire the valuable hands-on skills and foundational experience to become the professional you are meant to be in your chosen field.

R&D Biologics Discovery (In Vitro Pharmacology)- Undergraduate Co-op

Co-op Term: September 6- April 28, 2022

Burnaby, British Columbia


This could be your everyday

Let’s do this. Let’s change the world. During this program, you will join our bioassay team in In Vitro Pharmacology Group. The group specializes in the development of custom cell-based bioassays catered for specific scientific needs. We are responsible for the identification and characterization of antibodies with desired functional activity using these assays. The student will work closely with a supervisor and work on projects looking into optimization of bioassays to address . We are looking for a student with a keen interest in science and willingness to learn new skills to contribute to our highly productive and collaborative team.


  • Use of laboratory techniques such as: cell culture and transfection, ELISA, flow cytometry, fluorescence imaging

  • Use of laboratory equipment such as: Envision multimode plate reader, IncuCyte imager, Bravo liquid handler, flow cytometers (FACSCanto)

  • Application of the knowledge from researching literature to experiments

  • Experimental design, execution, and data analysis/documentation

  • Critical evaluation and presentation of data


Here’s what it takes to Win

We are all different, yet we all use our unique contributions to serve patients. The highly motivated individual we seek is a collaborative team player with these qualifications:

Basic Qualifications

Amgen requires that all individuals applying for a grad internship or a co-op assignment at Amgen must meet the following criteria:

  • 18 years or older

  • Currently enrolled in a full time Bachelor’s Degree program from an accredited college or university with a 3.0 minimum GPA or equivalent

  • Completion of one year of study from an accredited from an accredited college or university

  • prior to the internship commencing

  • Enrolled in a full time Bachelor’s degree program following the potential internship or co-op assignment with an accredited college or university

  • Must not be employed at the time the internship starts

Preferred Qualifications

  • Degree concentration(s) in Biology, Immunology/Microbiology, Molecular Biology, Biochemistry, Life Sciences, Bioinformatics, Computer Science or related discipline

  • Able to work for two consecutive four month terms with continued employment for the second term dependent on a positive performance review at the end of the first term

  • General knowledge of cell biology, immunology & molecular biology

  • Previous lab experience, completion of previous co-op term(s)

  • High attention to detail and ability to comply with written procedures

  • Strong written and oral communications skills

  • Ability to function effectively as part of a team

  • Excellent organizational, record keeping and time management skills


Some of the vast rewards of working here

As we work to develop treatments that take care of others, we also work to care for our teammates’ professional and personal growth in addition to their well-being:

  • Build a network of colleagues that will endure and grow throughout your time with us and beyond.

  • Bring your authentic self to the table and become the professional you’re inspired to be through accepting a culture that values the diversity of thought and experience and will flex to your strengths and possibilities.

  • Participate in executive and social networking events, as well as community volunteer projects.

  • Work alongside skilled scientists and build a network of colleagues that will endure and grow throughout your time with us and beyond.

  • Gain professional/scientific experience at the world’s largest biotechnology company

  • Exposure to drug discovery research and development processes

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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.

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