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Amgen Undergrad Co-op - R&D Antibody Discovery- Antigen Biochemistry 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.

Undergraduate Co-op Student – R&D Antibody Discovery – Antigen Biochemistry

Jan 2, 2023 – Aug 31, 2023

Work location: onsite at Amgen British Columbia (Burnaby)


This could be your everyday

Let’s do this. Let’s change the world. Today everyone knows that our ability to fight infectious diseases depends on antibodies. It is less known that many other illnesses, including cancers, metabolic and autoimmune disorders, can be treated with antibody-based therapeutics. These antibodies are carefully selected to bind specific antigen, which is often a protein in the membrane of patient’s cells. Screening for antibodies with desired properties is a key step in drug discovery requiring high quality antigen formulations.

During this co-op program, you will explore nanoparticles as means to present target membrane proteins in native form for antibody screening. You will learn several laboratory techniques, such as protein expression and purification, chromatography, cell culture and cell sorting. You will work closely with a supervisor and other scientists to advance antigen formulations that facilitate the discovery of antibodies against challenging protein targets to help fight serious diseases.

Essential Functions:

  • Cell culture and protein expression

  • Protein purification and chromatography

  • Flow cytometry

  • Literature research and experiment design

  • Data presentation and critical evaluation


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, Chemistry or a 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

  • Previous lab experience, including work with cells and proteins; completion of previous co-op term(s)

  • High attention to detail and ability to think critically and troubleshoot problems

  • Strong written and oral communications skills

  • Good 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:

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

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

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

  • Exposure to drug discovery research and development processes

  • 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.

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