Lilly Engineer-Mechanical Design in Cambridge, Massachusetts



Is there a dog-eared copy of Basic Machines and How They Work under your pillow? Ever rebuilt an engine or designed one in SolidWorks? Do you play with springs and levers, pulleys and gears, ratchets, pawls, pistons, and pumps? If the answer to any one of these questions is ‘yes’, then Lilly’s Cambridge Innovation Center is looking for you. We are seeking a creative hands-on mechanical engineer to join some of the best and brightest engineers and scientists in Cambridge to help us develop drug delivery devices; to dream, innovate, and bring life-saving technologies and medicines to market.

The Cambridge Innovation Center is a brand new facility with a state-of-the-art fabrication lab. We cultivate a start-up environment with the financial backing and industry strength of a 140-year-old Fortune 500 company. Located in the heart of Kendall Square, our diverse team has a passion for challenging conventional wisdom and crafting an environment that embraces breakthrough concepts.

As a Mechanical Engineer, you will work to find creative solutions in areas that include mechanical and electromechanical systems. You will explore, design, and prototype drug delivery devices and test setups. You will engage in all early stages of product development, include defining user needs, developing product specifications, building and testing prototypes, and collaborating with others at Lilly to ensure designs are robust, low-cost, and manufacturable.

The ideal individual will have an extremely strong mechanical engineering skill set and will be able to take initiative and work independently. As important, s/he will be an effective collaborator with many different constituents:

  • Local multidisciplinary team members

  • Technical colleagues in the Indianapolis Lilly Technical Center

  • Partner consultants, including world class design firms

Positon Responsibilities:

  • Evaluate, develop and design mechanical systems for drug delivery.

  • Understand, inform and support the delivery and device platform strategy; how the strategy is informed by internal (molecule/ pipeline needs), external needs (patient, market and technology trends) and how it ultimately drives improved patient outcomes.

  • Identify and monitor disruptive delivery and device technologies as well as trends in patient centered disease management (e.g. diabetes connected product systems and patient support systems)

  • Work with external partners to design and prototype early concepts to support the delivery strategy.

  • Connect with the broader Lilly organization including Delivery and Device R&D, Medical, Marketing, Formulation and Discovery to inform areas of development.

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Additional Skills/Preferences:

  • Previous medical device / pharmaceutical design / development experience with a particular interest in parenteral drug delivery, pulmonary drug delivery, buccal drug delivery and/or implanted device drug delivery systems.

  • Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to work productively in an interdisciplinary environment.

  • Ability to identify problems and drive issue resolution/improvements.

  • Some familiarity with microcontrollers and circuit design.

  • Demonstrated analytical skills including statistics, DOE, experimental design or Six Sigma.

  • Effective technical writing skills as well as good verbal communication / presentation skills.

  • Understand IP, freedom to operate and competitive landscape in targeted areas of research.

Additional Information:

  • Location: Drug Delivery and Device Innovation Center, Cambridge, MA

  • Travel is part of the job, usually 10-15% but up to 30% of time. Must be able to travel within US and OUS.

  • Lilly is an EEO/Affirmative Action Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of age, race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, protected veteran status, disability or any other legally protected status.


Mechanical Engineer-Delivery and Device

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Basic Qualifications:

  • BS Science or Engineering (Mechanical, Biomedical, or Electrical Engineering preferred)

  • 3 years of experience designing and developing medical devices or consumer products

  • 3 years of experience working with SolidWorks or equivalent CAD packages

  • Experience with prototype manufacture, process engineering and design for manufacturability techniques.

  • Qualified candidates must be legally authorized to be employed in the United States. Lilly does not anticipate providing sponsorship for employment visa status (e.g., H-1B or TN status) for this employment position.

Company Overview:

At Lilly, we unite caring with discovery to make life better for people around the world. We are a global healthcare leader headquartered in Indianapolis, Indiana. Our 39,000 employees around the world work to discover and bring life-changing medicines to those who need them, improve the understanding and management of disease, and give back to our communities through philanthropy and volunteerism. We give our best effort to our work, and we put people first. We’re looking for people who are determined to make life better for people around the world.





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