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Amgen Senior Associate Discovery Protein Science in South San Francisco, California


You’ve worked hard to become the professional you are today and are now ready to take the next step in your career. How will you put your skills, experience and passion to work toward your goals? 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. Come do your best work alongside other innovative, driven professionals in this meaningful role.

Senior Associate Discovery Protein Science


What you will do

Let’s do this. Let’s change the world. Amgen’s Therapeutic Discovery organization is seeking a collaborative Senior Associate to join the Discovery Protein Science (DPS) group at our South San Francisco site. DPS is responsible for designing, planning and executing on the generation of key enabling reagents to support early discovery of small and large molecule therapeutics and ground-breaking modalities.

  • You will be a part of a multidisciplinary team with capabilities in molecular engineering, cloning, expression and purification of proteins, including antibodies, multipecifics and membrane proteins.

  • The central focus of this role will be supporting the Induced Proximity Platform (IPP) by generating E3 ubiquitin ligases and targets of therapeutic interest.

  • The preferred candidate will have broad laboratory training, deep scientific curiosity, and a positive approach to working in a team-based research environment along with a track record of creative problem-solving and enthusiasm for taking on difficult research challenges.


What we expect of you

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

Basic Qualifications:

Master’s degree in Biochemistry, Microbiology, Analytical Chemistry or related field.


Bachelor’s degree in Biochemistry, Microbiology, Analytical Chemistry or related field and 2 years of relevant experience

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Microbiology skills (E. coli or yeast) or cell culture experience (mammalian, insect)

  • Hands-on biochemical analytical experience (spectrophotometry, SDS PAGE, Western blot)

  • Familiarity with chromatography hardware and software (Cytiva AKTA, Agilent HPLC)

  • Experience in protein purification techniques (including affinity, ion exchange, HIC, SEC)

  • Strong written/verbal communication and interpersonal skills

  • Desire to be a team player in a dynamic, cross-functional environment

  • Demonstrated scientific analysis and problem-solving skills

  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills


What you can expect of us

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.

The annual base salary range for this opportunity in the U.S. is $82,727-$102,300.

In addition to the base salary, Amgen offers a Total Rewards Plan comprising health and welfare plans for staff and eligible dependents, financial plans with opportunities to save towards retirement or other goals, work/life balance, and career development opportunities including:

  • Comprehensive employee benefits package, including a Retirement and Savings Plan with generous company contributions, group medical, dental and vision coverage, life and disability insurance, and flexible spending accounts.

  • A discretionary annual bonus program, or for field sales representatives, a sales-based incentive plan

  • Stock-based long-term incentives

  • Award-winning time-off plans and bi-annual company-wide shutdowns

  • Flexible work models, including remote work arrangements, where possible

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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.

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