Amgen Undergrad Co-op - R&D (Antibody Repertoire Engineering and Screening) in Burnaby, British Columbia

Amgen is a leading global biotechnology company, with a mission to serve patients around the world. As a science-based, patient-focused organization, we discover and develop innovative therapies to treat serious illnesses. Our medicines have made a dramatic difference in the lives of millions. Amgen British Columbia, located in Metro Vancouver, Canada, is a research center of excellence focused primarily on the use of XenoMouse® technology for the discovery of fully human therapeutic monoclonal antibodies.

We are seeking a talented, highly motivated student to join our Antibody Repertoire Engineering and Screening team. The group specializes in molecular biology, cell biology, protein biochemistry and immunology. Our team focuses on generating and characterizing antibody repertoires against human targets of therapeutic interest. We are looking for an enthusiastic, highly organized, capable student willing to learn new techniques and apply them to real-world scientific problems.

Essential Functions:

  • Basic tissue culture and transfection

  • Fluorescence-activated cell sorting (FACS)

  • Molecular cloning, sequence analysis and recombinant protein expression

  • Recombinant protein purification and analysis

  • Critical evaluation and presentation of data

Benefits of undertaking a co-op placement at Amgen BC:

  • Opportunity to work alongside highly skilled scientists at the world's largest biotechnology company

  • Gain key insights into modern drug discovery and development

  • Contribute to projects that have the potential to directly impact human health and well-being

  • Gain experience working with cutting edge technology

  • Build a network of industry contacts and participate in scientific presentations

  • Develop professional and scientific skills

Basic Qualifications:

Amgen requires that all individuals applying for an undergraduate internship or an undergraduate co-op assignment at Amgen must meet the following criteria:

18 years or older

Currently enrolled in a full time Bachelor's degree program from an accredited college or university with a 3.0 minimum GPA or equivalent

Completion of one year of study from an accredited college or university prior to the internship commencing

Enrolled in a full time Bachelor's program following the potential internship or co-op assignment with an accredited college or university

Must not be employed at the time the internship starts

Preferred Qualifications:

Degree Concentration(s): Chemistry, Molecular Biology, Biochemistry, Biology/Microbiology, Life Sciences, Chemical Engineering, or related discipline

Able to work for two consecutive four month terms with continued employment for the second term dependent on a positive performance review at the end of the first term

Completion of previous co-op term

Previous lab experience

High attention to detail and ability to comply with written procedures

Excellent record keeping and time management skills

Function effectively as part of a team

Working knowledge of immunology, molecular biology or protein biochemistry

Previous experience with hands-on molecular biology, basic tissue culture and protein purification

All candidates will be subject to the verification of current college enrollment as well as a Canadian criminal records check prior to employment.

Only candidates who apply via will be considered. We request that all applicants include a cover letter with their resume when they apply. Applicants without a cover letter may not be considered for the position. Please search the database via career category - College Job, keyword 55873.

Amgen retains the right to add or change the duties of the position at any time.

As an EEO/AA M/F/V/D employer, Amgen values and encourages diversity in the workplace