Senior Data Scientist and Protein Designer



Design, Data Science
Los Angeles, CA, USA
Posted on Wednesday, May 24, 2023


If you feel like you’re 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, manufacturing, and delivering ever-better products that reach over 10 million patients worldwide. It’s time for a career you can be proud of.

Senior Data Scientist and Protein Designer


What you will do

Let’s do this. Let’s change the world. Amgen leverages Generative AI in the discovery and optimization of biologics. We are seeking experienced protein designers with a deep understanding of the state-of-the-art in generative models. The ideal candidate will have experience with: (i) customizing and training novel generative models (as opposed to simply using pre-trained models), (ii) using generative models to design libraries and/or panels; (iii) interpreting the resulting wet-lab data to improve the models and/or designs.

This position can be remote or based in the US or Canada.

  • Design and optimize proteins including therapeutic candidates and enzymes using AI/ML
  • Pre-train, fine-tune, and apply generative and predictive models
  • Work closely with laboratory scientists to advance pipeline projects
  • Serve as technical lead on internal and external projects
  • Mentor junior data scientists
  • Take an active leadership role in guiding new technology development, infrastructure improvements, and establishing best practices


What we expect of you

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

Basic Qualifications:

Doctorate degree and 2 years of experience in quantitative analytics and applied data science


Master’s degree and 6 years of experience in quantitative analytics and applied data science


Bachelor’s degree and 8 years of experience in quantitative analytics and applied data science


Associate’s degree and 10 years of experience in quantitative analytics and applied data science


High school diploma / GED and 12 years of experience in quantitative analytics and applied data science

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Doctorate degree in a quantitative field
  • 5+ years of industry experience in quantitative analytics and applied data science
  • Strong proficiency in programming
  • Experience building a variety of machine learning models from complex data sets
  • Excellent communicator able to write and speak about technical concepts to business, technical, and lay audiences
  • Experience working with data relevant to the discovery and optimization of biologics
  • Experience with traditional tools for molecular modeling and design
  • Experience with cloud computing
  • Experience with Git or similar version control tools
  • Experience with deep learning models, especially transformers or diffusion models
  • Experience leading external collaborations and partnerships


What you can expect of us

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.

The annual base salary range for this opportunity in the U.S. is $152,838 – $181,535.

In addition to the base salary, Amgen offers a Total Rewards Plan comprising health and welfare plans for staff and eligible dependents, financial plans with opportunities to save towards retirement or other goals, work/life balance, and career development opportunities including:

  • Comprehensive employee benefits package, including a Retirement and Savings Plan with generous company contributions, group medical, dental and vision coverage, life and disability insurance, and flexible spending accounts.
  • A discretionary annual bonus program, or for field sales representatives, a sales-based incentive plan
  • Stock-based long-term incentives
  • Award-winning time-off plans and bi-annual company-wide shutdowns
  • Flexible work models, including remote work arrangements, where possible

for a career that defies imagination

Objects in your future are closer than they appear. 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 cancers, 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.