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Director, Oncology Research

South San Francisco, California
Start date
Jun 6, 2024

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Regulatory, Science/R&D, Research, Oncology
Required Education
Bachelors Degree
Position Type
Full time
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If you feel like youre part of something bigger, its because you are. At Amgen, our shared missionto serve patientsdrives all that we do. It is key to our becoming one of the worlds leading biotechnology companies. We are global collaborators who achieve togetherresearching, manufacturing, and delivering ever-better products that reach over 10 million patients worldwide. Its time for a career you can be proud of.

Director, Oncology ResearchLive

What you will do

Lets do this. Lets change the world. Amgen Oncology is advancing an innovative, multi-modality pipeline that aims to transform the cancer treatment landscape. We are seeking a creative, collaborative Director of Research who is driven to deliver next-generation BiTE (bispecific T-cell engager) therapies.

In this vital role, you will be responsible to develop our strategy for new target discovery and validation, and to build a portfolio of preclinical T-cell engager assets focused on solid tumors. The Director will be closely involved in the identification and assessment of internal and external opportunities for technology and platform development to support this strategy. A deep understanding of cancer cell biology and human genetics, broad knowledge of the oncology competitive landscape, and experience with drug discovery and development across therapeutic modalities is required. This is a high visibility role.

  • Work as part of a cross-functional team to identify strategic opportunities to build the portfolio;
  • Identify, evaluate, and implement cutting-edge approaches for target identification and validation;
  • Lead the advancement of high quality targets and assets in the early Oncology portfolio
  • Develop a research team that includes laboratory-based staff, managers, and project team leaders;
  • Establish and maintain external partnerships (academic and/or industry) and presence
  • Present strategy, opportunities, and project updates to senior leadership
  • Demonstrate critical thinking and efficient decision-making

What we expect of you

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

Basic Qualifications:

Doctorate degree PhD OR PharmD OR MD [and relevant post-doc where applicable] and 5 years of related experience


Masters degree and 8 years of related experience


Bachelors degree and 10 years of related experience

Preferred Qualifications:
  • PhD in cancer biology, human genetics, biochemistry, or immunology with at least 10 years post-graduate experience
  • Leadership style that is highly collaborative, inspires and develops talent at all levels, and puts patients and science first
  • Deep understanding of cancer cell biology and therapeutic development
  • Proven scientific accomplishment and innovation in oncology research as evidenced by high-impact publications, congress presentations and patents
  • Experience leading academic or industry research collaborations
  • Outstanding interpersonal and communication skills

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.

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
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for a career that defies imagination

Objects in your future are closer than they appear. Join us.

Amgen is an Equal Opportunity employer and will consider you without regard to your 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.


We are all different, yet we have this in common: our mission to serve patients. This sense of shared purpose is key to our becoming one of the world’s leading biotechnology companies. It guides us as we continue to launch new medicines and reach millions of patients worldwide.

We live the mission.

We win together.

We thrive on continual challenge.

Our team of 22,000+ scientists and professionals worldwide bring distinct perspectives and experiences to all we do. We leverage our global talent to achieve together—to research, manufacture and deliver ever-better products and greater depth to our mission.

At Amgen, there is a strong correlation between our high level of diversity and performance. Because addressing issues with a wider range of perspectives and approaches leads to more creative problem-solving. Together, we’re transforming the promise of science and biotechnology into therapies that have the power to restore health.

Connect with us to explore how you can Win, Live, and Thrive at Amgen.

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