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Amgen Scientist - Biological Relevance and Characterization in Cambridge, Massachusetts

This position is responsible for developing, qualifying and transferring state-of-the-art and fit-for-purpose quantitative potency and characterization assays and supporting regulatory submissions.

Responsibilities include:

  • Developing and implementing state-of-the-art and fit-for-purpose analytical methods for: release testing, stability testing, product characterization/optimization, reference standard characterization, and investigations

  • May manage a team of lab associates to accomplish project deliverables

  • Preparing technical reports for investigations, product and impurity characterization, and regulatory submissions

  • Generating, analyzing, and interpreting analytical data to support: product development investigations, and regulatory submissions

  • Participate or contribute to critical analytical development teams (e.g., Product and process development teams, Product quality teams) by providing analytical updates, analytical documentation and data interpretation

  • Plans and manages the generation of detailed analytical procedures used for product lot release, stability testing, and/or characterization including timelines, milestones, methodological approaches, expected results, and necessary resources

  • Keeps current in analytical development field including literature and technology development for cutting edge and regulatory driven activities

  • Designing and implementing analytical projects involving method development, qualification, and transfer

  • Provides critical evaluation of analytical data and results to support: product development (for Process Development, Quality, etc.), investigations and regulatory submissions

Basic Qualifications

Doctorate degree in Cell Biology, Molecular Biology, Immunology or Biochemistry discipline


Master’s degree & 2 years of Scientific experience


Bachelor’s degree & 6 years of Scientific experience

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Expertise in cell culture and bioassay development for the quantitative determination of the biological activity of large molecule therapeutics

  • Expertise in cell-based bioassay development (method optimization, qualification, validation, technical transfer)

  • Expertise in virology and oncolytic viruses preferable

  • Experience with signal transduction, gene expression, receptor binding and fluorescent probe technologies

  • Experience in molecular biology techniques to manipulate plasmid constructs for generation of transfected stable cell lines

  • Excellent documentation skills, is detail oriented

  • Experience with regulatory filings (IND, BLA, and NDA) and ICH Guidelines preferred

  • Ability to expand analytical development expertise to a broader level of understanding in pharmaceutical R&D and commercialization

  • Experience with automation is desirable

  • Innovation – positive approach to challenges; champions new ideas and initiatives; brings out and utilizes others’ creativity to improve unit performance

  • Client orientation– establishes effective and responsive relationships with all clients; translates client requirements into work design; ensure value is delivered; works well in teams

  • Performance management – may ensure direct reports are adequately oriented and developed to perform at a high level; monitors performance and provides adequate feedback through coaching and effective performance appraisal and development planning

  • Leadership – supports teamwork and collaboration

  • Communication – establishes and maintains effective communication mechanisms to keep staff appropriately informed; bridges communication between individuals, units and other organizations as necessary

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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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