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Amgen Scientist, Oncology 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.

Scientist - Oncology Research


What you will do

Let’s do this. Let’s change the world. Amgen Oncology Research in South San Francisco is seeking a highly motivated Scientist to join our discovery research team. In this vital role, you will lead preclinical studies designed to advance the immuno-oncology portfolio, which includes bispecific T cell engager (BiTE®) molecules, bifunctional antibodies, and small molecule therapeutics. Using a combination of in vitro, in vivo, and ex vivo models, you will help discover new targets and develop the next generation of therapies for the treatment of cancer. As a Scientist, you will:

  • Conduct independent preclinical research to identify and validate novel therapeutic targets and evaluate new technologies

  • Champion programs, lead teams, and collaborate with scientists across multiple sites and functional areas to generate strategy and preclinical data to advance projects in the immuno-oncology portfolio

  • Manage direct reports to generate preclinical data that support therapeutic programs and technology development

  • Identify contract labs and academic collaborations to conduct preclinical studies, write workplans, and manage outsourced studies

  • Manage timelines and deliverables of preclinical data to advance therapeutic programs

  • Present data in internal and external settings including oral and poster presentations at scientific conferences and lead writing of preclinical manuscripts


What we expect of you

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

Basic Qualifications:

Ph.D. with research experience in cancer biology or immunology


Master’s degree and 4 years of research experience in oncology or immuno-oncology


Bachelor’s degree and 6 years of scientific experience in oncology or immuno-oncology

Preferred Qualifications:

Ph.D. in cancer biology or immunology with at least 4 years of postdoctoral experience

  • Demonstrated track record of independent critical thinking and scientific achievement in research, exemplified by first or senior author publications in top-tier journals and awarded grants

  • Broad and deep knowledge of cancer biology, immunology (e.g., T cell biology), and target discovery and validation

  • Experience with current molecular, cell biology, and immunology laboratory techniques such as multi-color flow cytometry, isolation and culture of primary and established cell types, PCR/Western/ELISA/MSD, and in vivo models

  • Experience managing and mentoring direct reports

  • Experience establishing or leading collaborations with academic investigators or contract research laboratories

  • Knowledgeable, highly motivated, creative, and collaborative with strong verbal and written communication skills

  • Ability to manage multiple programs while working in a fast-paced environment and delivering results to meet timelines

  • Computer literacy, especially proficiency with FlowJo, GraphPad Prism, and Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint


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 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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