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Amgen Director, Inflammation Research in South San Francisco, California


You’ve earned your degree. How will you use that achievement to reach your goals? Do more with the knowledge you’ve worked 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. Become the professional you are meant to be in this meaningful role.

Director of Inflammation Research


What you will do

Let’s do this. Let’s change the world. In this vital role you will be responsible for a group engaged in early discovery immunology research at Amgen from target identification through preclinical assessment.


  • Ensure that Amgen derives its sense of purpose from the needs of the patient and that all key decisions are made from a patient-centered perspective

  • Develop/refine a research strategy which builds on Amgen’s strengths and unique capabilities in inflammation, emphasizes breakthrough innovation and establishes near-term and long-term objectives

  • Recruit, develop and retain world class scientists and build strong research teams which are highly productive and efficient

  • Foster a strong culture of innovation and creativity. Ensure its research organization is an environment which allows Amgen to recruit, develop and retain world-class scientific talent

  • Ensure effective collaboration among enabling functions, therapeutic teams and locations. Implement effective project management and knowledge sharing capabilities

  • Demonstrated ability to establish and execute external collaborations with both academic laboratories as well as CROs.

  • Participate in business development efforts, which results in the acquisition or licensing of cutting-edge technologies and intellectual property which enhances inflammation and immuno-oncology discovery research

  • Ensure that the partnership with Translational Medicine, Clinical Development, manufacturing and Commercial Operations is superb. Present preclinical development candidates which meet established criteria to the scientific advisory board and R&D leadership teams

  • Effectively represent Amgen by communicating the company’s unique capabilities and technologies, and the value of its inflammation research pipeline to patients, physicians, analysts, industry partners, academia and other external constituents


What we expect of you

We are all different, yet we all use our unique contributions to serve patients. The Scientist professional we seek is a leader with these qualifications.

Basic Qualifications:

  • Doctorate degree and 4 years of Biological Sciences experience or

  • Master’s degree and 7 years of Biological Sciences experience or

  • Bachelor’s degree and 9 years of Biological Sciences experience

Preferred Qualifications:

  • PhD and/or MD with specialization in a relevant biological sciences field

  • 6+ years of managerial experience directly managing people and/or leadership experience leading teams, projects, programs or directing the allocation of resources

  • Strong immunology research credentials with expertise in leading programs and people and a strong record of publications; this could come from various relevant areas including Immunology, Rheumatology, Gastroenterology, Pulmonology and Dermatology.

  • Track record of innovation in discovery of immune-therapeutics

  • Evidence of scientific accomplishment

  • Thorough clinical understanding of inflammation needs and opportunities

  • A scientist with a passion for the discovery of novel anti-inflammatory therapeutics and an exemplary track record of success emanating from their current leadership experience in academia or the biopharmaceutical industry. The successful candidate’s experience as a drug hunter and scientific excellence will insure instant credibility with Amgen’s broad internal and external stakeholders.


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.

  • Full support and career-development resources to expand your skills, enhance your expertise, and maximize your potential along your career journey

  • A 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—with compensation and benefits rated above 4 stars (out of 5) on Glassdoor

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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.

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