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Lilly Research Scientist, Nucleic Acid Delivery in Cambridge, Massachusetts

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 35,000 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.

Organization Overview:

At Lilly, we serve an extraordinary purpose. We make a difference for people around the globe by discovering, developing and delivering medicines that help them live longer, healthier, more active lives. Not only do we deliver breakthrough medications, but you also can count on us to develop creative solutions to support communities through philanthropy and volunteerism.

At the Lilly Innovation Center in Cambridge, Massachusetts, we explore how next generation therapeutics, new technologies, data analytics and new care models can improve patient health and the healthcare system. Our Genetic Medicine team in Cambridge shares a passion for challenging conventional wisdom and creating an environment that embraces creative, break-through concepts. The Center offers a start-up environment with large company support. It is located in the heart of Massachusetts’ exploding science and technology cluster and is within walking distance of some of the best academic and industry innovators in the world.

The successful candidate will have a strong research track record in biology and be analytically minded, systematic, and embrace data-driven decision making. The scientist will collaborate with multidisciplinary teams across key Lilly therapeutic areas (e.g. neuroscience, diabetes, immunology) to perform experiments to aid development of RNA oligonucleotide drug candidates for the next generation of RNA therapies.

Key responsibilities include:

  • Evaluate novel strategies for targeted delivery of oligonucleotide therapeutics (e.g., siRNA, ASO, saRNA) to key cell types using cell and molecular biology techniques (transfection or electroporation of various cell lines and primary cells, plasmid design, RNA isolation, RT-qPCR, Western blot, ELISA, sequencing, luminescence-based assays, flow cytometry),

  • Visualize, summarize, and present results to team members,

  • Identify and drive solutions toward innovation in the RNA Therapeutics area,

  • Demonstrate high learning agility regarding grasping and exploiting new scientific concepts and methods across multiple teams,

  • Partner with cross-functional partners to drive high-speed innovation,

  • Embrace diversity of thought, background and experience to deliver innovative solutions,

  • Possess strong communication (oral, written), organizational, and leadership skills.

Basic Qualifications:

  • Ph.D. in biology, biochemistry, or biological engineering, or a related field of study with 2+ years of post-PhD experience, particularly practical experience with cell and molecular biology.

Additional Skills/Preferences :

  • The ideal candidate will possess a solid understanding of RNA biology and RNA therapeutics

  • Demonstrated track record for publication and presentation of research results.

  • Excellent communication, interpersonal skills, and team-player mindset

  • Demonstrated initiative and appropriate risk-taking

  • Demonstrated technical proficiency and ability to create ideas for future work plans

  • High level of organization and attention to detail

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As a condition of employment with Eli Lilly and Company and its subsidiaries in the United States and Puerto Rico, you must be fully COVID-19 vaccinated and provide proof of vaccination satisfactory to the company (subject to applicable law).