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Postdoctoral Fellowships

Learn about our program and the Amgen postdoc mentors.




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The Postdoctoral Fellows program is committed to providing early career scientists with an enriching environment to inspire innovation and contribute to the understanding of fundamental biology, disease pathogenesis, and the development of human therapeutics. Since 2015, the postdoc community has been collaborating to enhance strategic efforts across R&D. The program offers opportunities for mentorship and career development across Amgen's therapeutic areas.

Write the Next Chapter in Innovation

Amgen Postdoctoral Fellows:

  • Access the resources of a world-leading biotech company to probe unanswered scientific questions
  • Collaborate and learn from distinguished scientists across Amgen's global research sites
  • Harness new ideas, trends, and technologies, and produce high quality work publishable in top tier journals
  • Join a community of early career scientists and foster life-long personal and professional connections
  • Successfully transition to careers at well-respected scientific institutions 
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Why Amgen

Postdocs are encouraged to collaborate with their peers and scientists across all Amgen functions. Our culture is second-to-none and working in teams, demonstrating inclusivity, showing respect for others, and being ethical while applying the scientific method in all parts of the organization are among the values that unite us.

Postdocs are onboarded into Amgen as full-time employees for an initial term of three years. The option to extend to a fourth year is possible based on project progress and publication potential. 

Compensation is reviewed regularly and is commensurate with other industry postdoc programs including salary, annual bonus, 401K, and health insurance. Amgen takes commitment to health and wellness seriously, and there are numerous programs and incentives designed to help employees maintain a healthy work-life balance.

Of Amgen's R&D postdocs, 98% go on to pursue a career in industry, with an estimated 35% deciding to stay at Amgen. Other career paths include both government and academic lab positions. 

Located in 4 Sites

Thousand Oaks, California Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada
San Francisco, California Copenhagen, Denmark

Scientific Exchange

Amgen's 36 postdocs are encouraged to participate in a wide range of scientific opportunities beyond their research projects:

  • Annual two-day postdoc conference
  • Monthly postdoc presentation series
  • Drug discovery and development 101 seminar series
  • Annual meeting series with Amgen leaders
  • Employee Resource Group [ERG] meetings and mentoring
  • Attendance at an external conference or congress
  • Amgen postdoc alumni group

Amgen's First in Class Science

Amgen's success is rooted in world-class science and large investments in R&D. Our ability to deliver novel medicines is based on or unique triple threat capability:

  • Industry-leading human genetics platform
  • Deep expertise in biology
  • World-class molecular engineering

Amgen was founded in 1980 in Thousand Oaks, California and this location is still our global headquarters today. For more than 40 years, Amgen has been an industry leader, driven by our mission to serve patients with serious illnesses. Through innovative science, we aim to dramatically improve people's lives and deliver novel therapies with clear value to healthcare systems and society.

Amgen R&D has around 4,500 professionals worldwide supporting our products and pipeline. Amgen's largest R&D team outside of our headquarters is in South San Francisco, with additional research sites in Canada, Denmark, Germany, and the UK.

About Amgen

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Meet Dr. Ryan Potts, Chair of the R&D Postdoc Program

"Whether it is graduate students, postdocs, or early-career staff scientists, it is wonderful to see their hard work lead to publications and breakthrough discoveries. It is really gratifying to see the scientists in the [postdoc] program grow their skills and find the next step in their career paths." - Ryan Potts, Vice President, Research & Head, Research Technologies

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