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Amgen Undergraduate Co-op – R&D (Research Application Software Engineer) 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 – R&D (Research Application Software Engineer)


This could be your everyday

Let’s do this. Let’s change the world. During this co-op program, you will join the multi-site Research & Development Informatics (R&DI) organization. If you are interested in learning how cutting-edge AWS cloud technology can help advance innovative medicine discovery, join our exciting cross-functional team of technical and scientific talent.

The Research Informatics (RI) team supports Research teams globally with innovative IS and Data Science solutions to accelerate and grow Amgen’s pipeline of biopharmaceuticals. Our success in informatics is driven by our commitment to the IS Vision:

  • Unlock knowledge and data for faster innovation

  • Bring value with compelling, consumable, and resilient technology

  • Enrich Amgen's engagement with patients and the healthcare community

  • Further, we at Amgen are building upon our proven oncology foundation and long-term dedication to patients by developing a whole new class of novel molecules – and we need top talent to ensure these molecules become medicines and realize their potential for helping patients.


  • Support the Research Informatics technology portfolio through software and data engineering contributions for research that will aid in uncovering new and deeper insights for the discovery of novel therapeutics

  • Organize and manage and transfer large datasets to and from cloud-based storage solutions

  • Building and maintaining analysis pipelines to run on AWS cloud technology stacks

  • Adhere to standard methodologies for testing and designing reusable code


Here’s what it takes to Win

We are all different, yet we all use our unique contributions to serve patients. The energetic individual we seek is curious and loves everything high-tech!

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 Big Data, Health Informatics, Information Technology, Computer Science/Engineering or related

  • 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

  • Good learning agility, ability to pick up new technologies used to support early drug discovery data analysis needs.

  • Good understanding of code and testing best practices, technologies, and tools (e.g. Jira, github, bitbucket, etc.)

  • Advanced analytical, critical thinking and problem-solving skills

  • Strong written and oral communication skills and technical expertise to be able to communicate effectively with business and technology partners

  • Ability to work effectively both in a team environment and independently

  • Experience with AWS cloud technologies (AWS Batch, S3, Lambda, etc) and/or high-performance distributed computing environments (SGE, Slurm, etc)

  • Experience with bioinformatics methods and tools

  • Understanding of agile methodology & DevOps (Jenkins, Docker, JIRA, Github) frameworks

  • Experience with analytical or bioinformatics pipelining tools such as Nextflow, SnakeMake, etc.


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.

  • 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 culture that values 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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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.