Amgen Sr Scientist - Neuroscience Therapeutic Area in Thousand Oaks, California

We are seeking a Senior Scientist to join a vibrant and growing group currently focusing on developing new and effective therapeutics for Analgesia and Neurodegenerative diseases within the Neuroscience Therapeutic Area, a key component of the Discovery Research unit at Amgen's headquarter, Thousand Oaks, California (ATO).

The successful candidate must be a highly motivated and skilled scientist with in-depth knowledge of the cellular, molecular and genetic mechanisms underlying Pain transmission/pathways and cutting-edge approaches for identifying new analgesics.

Position Responsibilities

Lead team of Scientists and Associates tasked with identifying, validating and implementing drug discovery workstreams to prosecute pain drug targets

Lead cross-functional teams that develop innovative strategies for generating new and effective analgesics

Evaluate in-licensing opportunities and identify external collaborations

Critically analyze and interpret data, define realistic timelines for studies and meet delivery deadlines

Work closely with and communicate results to multi-disciplinary and cross-functional teams

Present strategies and results to Neuroscience Senior staff

Execute high impact studies within an extremely fast-paced and collaborative environment

Basic Qualifications

Doctorate degree and 2 years of scientific experience


Master's degree and 5 years of scientific experience


Bachelor's degree and 7 years of scientific experience

Preferred Qualifications

Expertise in pain research. Established scientific reputation in neuroscience and neuropathic/chronic pain research, in particular, as evidenced by an outstanding publication track record

Previous experience in one or more of the following areas: in vitro/ex vivo model systems for pain, novel approaches to identify new pain targets, human genetics, neural circuit function and dysfunction, in the context of developing new and effective analgesics, with an emphasis on breakthrough innovation and leveraging human genetic validation data

Experience in cell biology and/or genetics underlying pain transmission/pathways, pharmacology, and knowledge of the analgesic drug discovery/development space

Outstanding leadership, interpersonal and communication skills

A Fortune 150 company operating in nearly 100 countries around the world, we invest in highly skilled, dedicated and collaborative individuals who are ready to contribute to our mission in meaningful ways and make a difference in the lives of our patients. That's why, as a member of our cross functional, cross discipline team, we provide you with valuable opportunities to broaden your experience and maximize your potential. Focused on the industry's most compelling scientific discoveries and housed within industry leading facilities within the heart of the world's leading biotechnology hub, our colleagues are growing our pipeline through groundbreaking innovations. We believe in rewarding those who do rewarding work and are committed to providing careers that can help turn the tide of serious, life interrupting illnesses.

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.