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Amgen Medical Director, Early Development Oncology- US-Remote in Los Angeles, California


If you feel like you’re part of something bigger, it’s because you are. 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. We are global collaborators who achieve together—researching, manufacturing, and delivering ever-better products that reach over 10 million patients worldwide. It’s time for a career you can be proud of. Join us.

Medical Director - Oncology (Solid Tumor)


What you will do

Amgen is advancing the largest early Oncology pipeline in our history spanning several innovative technology platforms – Bispecific T Cell Engagers (BiTE®s), Cellular Therapies, Bispecific Antibodies, Small Molecules, and Oncolytic Viruses – across many targets and more than a dozen tumor types. We need collaborative and innovative world-class talent to ensure these molecules become medicines and reach their full potential while helping patients.

To support that effort, the Oncology Early Development Group is looking for a Medical Director.

The Medical Director will lead early phase clinical development of oncology compounds from first-in-human studies through proof of concept. They define, design, and execute early phase clinical and translational projects as the initial strategy for drug development. They typically serve as clinical project leaders for one or more of Amgen’s Product Strategy Teams through their role as an Early Development Leader (EDL).

These experts represent Medical Sciences/Early Development internally and externally, contributing intellectual insight into experimental design and data analysis. They provide subject matter expertise in clinical and translational trial science as well as the biology and treatment of cancer.


  • Serve as an internal clinical expert in translational and clinical oncology.

  • Serve as medical monitor for clinical trials and assist in resolving major issues that may affect the studies.

  • Present information internally and externally, anticipating and proactively managing problems across a broad spectrum of cross-functional teams.

  • Coordinate clinical approaches to operational issues and assign monitoring and safety reporting resources.

  • Provide guidance and assistance in the identification and management of oncology phase 1 collaborators, consultants, and/or Clinical Research Organizations (CROs) in the completion of key projects.

  • Ensure appropriate training, recruitment, and development requirements for matrix team resources.

  • Will be the primary Medical Sciences contact for basic scientists studying hematologic and solid tumor malignancies as well as for clinical research scientists overseeing later clinical development.

  • Evaluate external opportunities for partnering or licensing new oncology assets


What we expect of you

We are all different, yet we all use our unique contributions to serve patients. The Clinical Research Medical professional we seek these qualifications.

Basic Qualifications

MD/DO degree from an accredited medical school and 2 years of clinical research and/or basic science research experience

Preferred Qualifications

  • Subspecialty board eligibility/certification in Oncology and/or Hematology

  • Strong basic science or clinical research background in academia or industry

  • Prior experience authoring, monitoring, analyzing, and presenting oncology clinical trials

  • Effective presentation and communication abilities (both written and oral)

  • Ability to anticipate problems and find creative solutions

  • In-depth understanding of the scientific method and clinical applications based on medical, scientific, and practical rationale including working knowledge of biomarker methods and clinical imaging endpoints

  • A record of high-quality peer-reviewed publications

  • Experience functioning as a medical expert in a complex matrixed environment

  • Previous experience in early phase development and/or biomarker work

  • Previous experience in late-stage oncology clinical trials and regulatory filings

  • Demonstrated expertise in conducting translational and/or clinical oncology research

  • Expertise in Spotfire or other data analysis tools

  • Knowledge of GCP, EMA, and FDA policies

  • Expertise in authoring clinical sections of CTA or INDs


What you can expect of us

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.

Vast opportunities to learn and move up and across our global organization

Diverse and inclusive community of belonging, where teammates are empowered to bring ideas to the table and act

Generous Total Rewards Plan comprising health, finance and wealth, work/life balance, and career benefits

Apply now for a career that defies imagination

In our quest to serve patients above all else, Amgen is the first to imagine, and the last to doubt. Join us.

Join Us

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.

Amgen is an Equal Opportunity employer and will consider all qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, protected veteran status, or disability status.

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