Scientist – Pharmacokinetics and Drug Metabolism

  • Company: Amgen
  • Location: Cambridge, Massachusetts
  • Posted: January 12, 2017
  • Reference ID: R-29524
Amgen is seeking a Scientist to join the Pharmacokinetics & Drug Metabolism (PKDM) department at our Kendall Square site in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
In this role you will add to the discovery and non-clinical development of small and large molecule therapeutics. You will be responsible for establishing and implementing PKDM strategy to achieve project team goals integrating pharmacokinetic and pharmacodynamic (PKPD) analysis with other aspects of drug discovery including disease biology, chemistry/protein sciences, toxicology and clinical pharmacology to advance the best therapeutic candidates. In addition, this position will make meaningful and innovative contributions to PKPD modelling and simulation in support of Amgen's drug discovery efforts.
In this position the core responsibilities are to:
Serve as a subject matter expert on the pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics of small and large molecule therapeutics, communicate results, and collaborate with scientists cross-functionally and across our three-site PKDM scientific community (Cambridge, MA, San Francisco and Thousand Oaks, CA)
Work with the PKDM project team representative and/or directly with disease and biology experts to design appropriate pharmacodynamic (PD) studies to evaluate biology, PD and/or efficacy models, and to establish PKPD relationships to best meet therapeutic objectives
Devise, articulate, and implement strategies for improvement of the PKPD properties for candidate molecules and influence candidate selection
Communicate with PKDM project team representatives, experimentalists and modelling experts from clinical pharmacology to bridge the gaps from the laboratory bench to mathematical models and from discovery to development
In addition to the core responsibilities, the position provides the opportunity to pursue scientific inquiries into the fundamental physiological and biochemical factors that determine the pharmacokinetic and pharmacodynamics properties of small and large molecule therapeutics. A collaborative and highly capable scientific cross-site community at Amgen is available to support these efforts. Interactions and collaboration with academic and other external scientists is encouraged.
Basic Qualifications
Doctorate degree
Master's degree and 4 years of scientific experience
Bachelor's degree and 6 years of scientific experience
Preferred Qualifications
Ph.D. in pharmaceutical, chemical, or biological science
2+ years of drug discovery and/or development experience
Knowledge/expertise of PK, PD and/or distribution of small molecule and biological therapeutics
Expertise using PKPD modelling platforms (e.g. WinNonlin, Phoenix, Matlab)
Critical thinking, and demonstrated ability to communicate with team members across broad disciplines
Effective oral and written communication skills.
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.
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.

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