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Amgen Process Development Scientist – Material Attributes and Technologies in Thousand Oaks, California

Job Description


If you feel like you are part of something bigger, it’s because you are. 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. We are global collaborators who achieve together - researching, developing, and delivering ever-better products that reach over 10 million patients worldwide. It’s time for you to make the impact you can be proud of. Join us today!

Process Development Scientist – Material Attributes and Technologies


What you will do

Let’s do this. Let’s change the world. In this vital role you will be part of a global multidisciplinary group, with responsibilities including (but not limited to) developing analytical methods for raw materials, process reagents, and formulation excipients that are used in manufacturing protein therapeutic drug products. Our group works end-to-end across process development, and you will contribute to programs from First in Human clinical trials through Commercialization, Marketing Application and post approval. You will also have opportunity to collaborate with cross-functional partners in drug substance, drug product, device, manufacturing, quality, and regulatory functions.

  • Work in a laboratory setting to develop and qualify release and characterization methods for raw materials, process reagents, impurities, and formulation excipients

  • Design and execute experiments using various analytical techniques such as HPLC, LC-MS, IC, ICP-MS, and physical characterization techniques

  • Provide results to support regulatory submissions, scientific publications, and patents

  • Enable method validation and transfer to Amgen manufacturing sites around the world, and/or to external CRO/CMOs

  • Bring Innovation with a positive approach to challenges and champion new initiatives

  • Collaborate with other scientists and keep current with both the literature and technology associated with the field of expertise

  • Participate in external scientific engagements to showcase Amgen’s science and innovation

  • Manage and mentor research associates and laboratory assistants


What we expect of you

We are all different, yet we all make our unique contributions to serve patients. The self-starting and motivated professional we seek is a scientist with these qualifications:

Basic Qualifications:

  • Doctorate degree


  • Master’s degree and 4+ years of directly related experience


  • Bachelor’s degree and 6+ years of directly related experience

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Masters or Ph.D. in analytical chemistry, physical chemistry, biochemistry, chemistry, chemical engineering, material science, or other life science areas plus 3+ years of post-graduate experience

  • Scientist with 5+ years of experience in driving analytical deliverables for biopharmaceutical process and product development

  • Direct experience and expertise in analytical techniques such as HPLC, GC, IC, MS, ICP-MS, and biophysical techniques

  • Knowledge in analytical method development, qualification, and transfer

  • Knowledge and expertise in raw materials, process reagents, process-related impurities, and formulation excipients

  • Knowledge in material attributes, bioprocessing, formulation, process reagents and excipients characterization, organic chemistry, protein characterization

  • Knowledge with process and product attributes including aggregation, particles, process reagents and impurities from upstream, downstream, fill finish, primary containers and delivery systems

  • Knowledge in ICH guidelines, compendia monographs and methods, and cGMP

  • Excellent communication skills, problem-solving skills, organizational skills, and ability to collaborate effectively and work in teams


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. You will have:

  • 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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Equal Opportunity Statement

Amgen is an Equal Opportunity employer and will consider you without regard to your 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 a 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 an accommodation.

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GCF Level

GCF Level 05

Career Category

Process Development

Position Type

Full time

Join Us

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.

Amgen requires all staff in the United States and Puerto Rico 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.