Amgen Undergrad Co-op - R&D (Cell Sciences and Hybridoma Cell Sorting) in Burnaby, British Columbia

Amgen British Columbia Inc. specializes in the discovery and development of human therapeutic antibodies. The research center, located in Burnaby, employs approximately 60 people including research scientists and a small support staff. A biotechnology pioneer since 1980, Amgen was one of the first companies to realize the promise of biologic therapeutics and has changed the practice of medicine, helping millions of people around the world in the fight against cancer, kidney disease, rheumatoid arthritis, and other serious illnesses. With a deep and broad pipeline of potential new medicines, Amgen remains committed to advancing science to dramatically improve people's lives.

The successful co-op will be working as a member of the FACS team and will be responsible for using FACSAria stream-in-air cell sorter to isolate hybridomas of interest and generate panels of monoclonal antibodies for downstream characterization. The hybridoma panels are generated through the immunization of Xenomouseâ„¢, which is a proprietary transgenic mouse capable of producing fully human antibodies. The candidate will be responsible for reagent preparation and quality control, flow cytometry assay development, maintenance of various flow cytometers (FACSAria, FACSCanto and Accuri systems), cell sorting, cell culturing, antibody expression and data analysis. The candidate will also have the opportunity to work alongside our Hybridoma Group to aid in hybridoma generation, B-cell fusions, and high throughput tissue culture.

Anticipated Achievements:

  • Proficient in multiple flow cytometric systems and data analysis tools

  • Tissue culture techniques

  • Time management and multitasking skills

  • Exposure to multiple laboratory techniques (multi-parameter flow cytometry, cell transfection, protein labeling, protein purification, ELISA; electro cell fusion)

  • Data analysis, reporting and presentation

  • Independently carry out experiments depending on project needs

Basic Qualifications:

Amgen requires that all individuals applying for an internship or a 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 in Chemistry, Molecular Biology, Biochemistry, Biology/Microbiology, Life Sciences, Immunology, 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

Previous lab experience

Prior experience in tissue culture, experience in immunology and immunofluorescence techniques

High attention to detail, able to comply with written procedures and having excellent record keeping skills

Experienced with Excel, Word and PowerPoint

Function effectively as part of a team

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

Amgen is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer and will consider all qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, protected veteran status, or disability status.

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