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Amgen Medical Sciences Medical Director - Translational Medicine - Neuroscience in Thousand Oaks, California

The Amgen Neuroscience Translational Medicine therapeutic area is recruiting for a Medical Director position to lead early development programs in pain and neurodegenerative disorders. The Medical Sciences Director will be responsible for designing and executing early development clinical trials and leading the evidence generation teams.


Effectively network with internal and external opinion leaders.

Design and implement innovative early clinical development strategy for neuroscience.

Lead the preparation of clinical development plans and clinical study protocols, and contribute to informed consents, Investigator Brochures, and Ethics Committee and regulatory agency submissions.

Review and evaluate clinical study safety, efficacy, and pharmacokinetic data.

Contribute to the development and use of clinical biomarkers to facilitate drug development.

Actively collaborate with Amgen Neuroscience Global Development and Discovery Research, regulatory, and commercial colleagues.

Collaborate with external experts to provide biomedical expertise and strategic guidance to neuroscience early development teams.

Contribute to in-licensing evaluations and due-diligence activities.



Basic Qualifications

MD/DO degree from an accredited medical school


2 years of clinical research experience and/or basic science research

Preferred Qualifications

3+ years of Neuroscience drug development experience in the pharmaceutical industry and/or substantial clinical trial experience collaborating with pharmaceutical sponsors.

Experience in designing, monitoring and implementing clinical trials and interpreting trial results.

Demonstrated leadership qualities, capable of conducting studies as part of a team.

Experience within a matrix environment, contributes to decision-making and reaching alignment in order to meet challenging timelines.

Residency training in Neurology or Psychiatry.

Board certification or eligible.

Experience in early clinical trials.

Experience in basic research and clinical trial methodology.

Experience in neurodegeneration and/or pain.

Publication track record.

Excellent interpersonal and presentation skills. Communicate effectively with internal stakeholders, as well as, external partners and collaborators.

Our recruitment strategy includes fostering diverse points of view – helping to drive innovation and creativity.

Amgen is committed to unlocking the potential of biology for patients suffering from serious illnesses by discovering, developing, manufacturing and delivering innovative human therapeutics. This approach begins by using tools like advanced human genetics to unravel the complexities of disease and understand the fundamentals of human biology.

Amgen focuses on areas of high unmet medical need and leverages its expertise to strive for solutions that improve health outcomes and dramatically improve people’s lives. A biotechnology pioneer since 1980, Amgen has grown to be one of the world’s leading independent biotechnology companies, has reached millions of patients around the world and is developing a pipeline of medicines with breakaway potential.