Amgen R&D Postdoctoral Fellows Program

Amgen's R&D 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.

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.

Amgen postdocs:

  • Pursue cutting edge scientific and technological advances
  • Make impactful scientific contributions and publish their work
  • Receive training in independent research by Amgen scientists carefully selected for the role
  • Progress their careers across scientific sectors at Amgen, in industry broadly, and in academia

Located in 4 Sites

Thousand Oaks

San Francisco

British Columbia, Canada


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 meetings and mentoring
  • Attendance at an external conference or congress
  • Amgen postdoc alumni group
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 Chair, R&D Postdoc Program

About the Program

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.

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