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Amgen Process Development Associate in Thousand Oaks, 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.

Process Development Associate


What you will do

Let’s do this. Let’s change the world. In this vital role you will contribute towards Amgen’s Drug Substance Process Development for late stage clinical and commercial biologics programs, including the development, characterization, and scale-up of upstream and downstream manufacturing processes supporting Ph II/III clinical trials to marketing application. This role is within an integrated organization in which cell culture and purification scientists work together to advance Amgen's rich and dynamic pipeline. With Amgen's biology first approach, the position provides a unique opportunity to work on multiple modalities, from antibodies to oncolytic viruses to bi-specifics.

The Process Development Associate will help design and perform experiments at the bench scale that span the end-to-end Drug Substance process, from cell culture to purification operations. In this role, you will apply established platform approaches and use problem-solving skills to rapidly solve day-to-day experimental challenges. Additionally, the Process Development Associate will apply out-of-the-box thinking to contribute to technology development and will demonstrate the desire to expand and develop expertise in both cell culture and purification, thereby further contributing to the integrated group. The Process Development Associate will join a diverse team with varied levels of experience and report to a Process Development Senior Scientist.


  • Contribute within a project team on goals such as improving process yield and robustness, and scaling-up processes to manufacturing sites

  • Perform small-scale bioprocess experiments that encompass both upstream (cell culture) and downstream (purification) operations

  • Cell culture responsibilities may include maintaining cultures in shake flasks, culture bags, and benchtop bioreactors

  • Purification experiments include, but are not limited to, protein chromatography, filtration, and UF/DF operations

  • Automation programming for benchtop bioreactors, chromatography systems, and robotic liquid handling systems

  • Experimental design and data interpretation, using in-house visualization and analytics tools

  • Communication of findings through oral presentations and written documentation (technical reports as well as GMP documents to support regulatory filings)

  • Provide scientific technical support for technology transfer of processes to manufacturing sites


What we expect of you

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

Basic Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's degree (complete degree by Aug 2022) Or

  • Associate's degree and 4 years of Scientific experience Or

  • High school diploma / GED and 6 years of Scientific experience

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's degree in Chemical, Biomedical, or related Engineering; Life Sciences; or other relevant sciences

  • Experience and demonstrated interest in laboratory work, particularly hands-on experience with mammalian cell culture and/or purification operations

  • Basic understanding of cell culture, protein chromatography, and filtration principles

  • Demonstrated ability to identify and solve problems by applying scientific and engineering principles, preferably in a process development environment

  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills, and the ability to work flexibly in a dynamic and collaborative environment with diverse team members

  • Familiarity with design of experiments and statistical analysis of data


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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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.

We will ensure that individuals with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodation to participate in the job application or interview process, to perform essential job functions, and to receive other benefits and privileges of employment. Please contact us to request accommodation.

Amgen requires all staff in the United States, Puerto Rico and Canada to be vaccinated from COVID 19 as a condition of employment. In accordance with applicable law, Amgen will provide reasonable accommodations to staff members who qualify on the basis of a medical reason or a sincerely held religious belief, practice, or observance. Such accommodation may not pose an undue hardship to Amgen, its operations, or its staff.