Amgen Specialist Software Engineer in Thousand Oaks, California

Amgen is seeking a Specialist Software Engineer to join the multi-site Research & Development Informatics organization at its Thousand Oaks, California campus. The Specialist Software Engineer will report to the Senior Manager, Research Informatics supporting Clinical Biomarker Discovery, PKDM, and Clinical Pharmacology Modeling and Simulation groups.

The Research Informatics team supports Discovery Research and Translational Research organizations globally with innovative IS and Data Science solutions to accelerate and grow Amgen's pipeline of biopharmaceuticals. Our success in informatics is driven by our commitment to our patients, to our business clients, and to leveraging superlative technologies that deliver critical business value.

We are at an exhilarating moment in the history of biotechnology, with a growing number of opportunities to address serious illness in important new ways. Our approach to research and development focuses on innovative medicines to address unmet medical needs in patients with serious illnesses. We employ state-of-the-art science to drive internal innovation. The Specialist Software Engineer will directly assist Amgen's scientists to develop and progress vitally important therapeutic candidates at the forefront of addressing grievous illnesses including cancer and cardiovascular disease.


  • Helps shape the Research Informatics technology portfolio through software engineering contributions and the implementation of IS solutions for research that will aid in uncovering new and deeper insights for the discovery of novel therapeutics

  • Works directly with Amgen scientists to understand needs and develop innovative solutions

  • Develops new applications, integrations, and services

  • Develops functionality and makes additional code changes based on specifications

  • Profiles, measures, and reduces latency on applications

  • Reviews functional and technical designs to identify areas of risk and/or missing requirements

  • Provides technology planning, engineering, architecture, protocol analysis, and development of technical standards and interface applications

  • Provides technical write-ups and drawings as needed to promote the proposed solutions

  • Reviews the Sprint tasks with Amgen team, manage sprint scope, commit to completing sprint tasks, and deliver on those commitments

  • Collaborates with the other engineering team members to ensure all services are reliable, maintainable, and well-integrated into existing platforms

  • Adheres to best practices for testing and designing reusable code

Basic Qualifications:

Doctorate degree


Master's degree and 2 years of Information Systems and/or Computer Science experience


Bachelor's degree and 4 years of Information Systems and/or Computer Science experience


Associate's degree and 10 years of Information Systems and/or Computer Science experience


High school diploma / GED and 12 years of Information Systems and/or Computer Science experience

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Java, .NET, Python, R, and/or Ruby expertise

  • Experience in developing and supporting web applications including familiarity with web technologies and frameworks (e.g. Node.js)

  • Experience working in Cloud (AWS) environments

  • Experience working with container technologies (e.g., Docker) and developing microservices

  • Relevant experience in Enterprise Software Architecture, including data architecture and modeling using relational databases running SQL (AWS RDS Oracle) and non-SQL stores (e.g., S3, graph databases, RDF store)

  • Service Oriented Architecture (REST/JSON, SOAP/XML, etc.)

  • Experience working with agile methodology & DevOps frameworks (e.g., Jenkins, Maven, Git) with successful experience working in a collaborative team environment

  • Ability to troubleshoot across layers of the technology stack

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills and strong ability to work in teams

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.