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Lilly Research Scientist-Synthetic Chemistry 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

We serve an extraordinary purpose. For more than 140 years, we have worked diligently to discover medicines that make life better. These discoveries start in Lilly Research Laboratories, where our scientists work to create new medicines that will help solve our world’s greatest health challenges.

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 team in Cambridge shares a real 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 synthetic organic chemistry, be analytically minded, systematic, embrace data-driven decision making, and experience in the area of polymer chemistry. They will also be analytically minded, systematic, and embrace data-driven decision making. The scientist will collaborate with a multidisciplinary team to design and synthesize novel lipids and/or polymers to support the development of next generation drug delivery approaches.

Key responsibilities include:

  • Develop methods and processes for synthesizing novel polymers for drug delivery.

  • Develop and execute appropriate assays for characterizing novel polymers; maintain analytical equipment.

  • Design and execute laboratory experiments with a proactive safety mindset.

  • Collaborate with scientists from different areas within Lilly to drive high-speed innovation

  • Transfer process technical information to internal and external partners. Provide technical oversight to external collaboration partners as needed.

  • Engage in generating creative solutions for improving existing processes and the creation of novel ones.

  • Author and maintain documentation such as laboratory notebooks and technical reports.

  • Publish/share original research externally (presentations, peer-reviewed articles, and conferences).

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

  • 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 Organic Chemistry or other similar scientific area with a focus in polymer chemistry.

  • Optional: 1 or more years of post-PhD/post training (i.e. postdoctoral) experience, particularly practical experience with polymer chemistry.

Additional Skills/Preferences :

  • Strong technical skills in organic chemistry

  • High proficiency for executing lab experiments and creating ideas for future work plans

  • Demonstrated problem solving skills.

  • Good interpersonal skills and a sustained tendency for collaboration

  • Good verbal and written communication skills.

  • Ability to prioritize multiple activities and manage ambiguity

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

  • Demonstrated initiative and appropriate risk-taking

  • Strong technical skills to supply business value

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