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Lilly Materials Engineer-Device Research in Indianapolis, Indiana

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.

At Lilly, we serve an extraordinary purpose. For more than 140 years, we have worked tirelessly 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.

The Delivery, Device and Connected Solutions (DDCS) organization within Eli Lilly and Company supports the design, development, and commercialization of drug products and pharmaceutical delivery systems including medical devices and container closure systems. The Materials Engineering team of DDCS provides value to the organization by providing materials selection and engineering support to Lilly’s existing and novel delivery device and packaging portfolio from advanced development through commercialization.


  • Lead materials engineering and materials selection for drug product packaging and devices from advanced development through commercialization.

  • Lead and perform failure analysis investigations on components, sub-assemblies and/or complete devices and recommend changes related to materials, design and/or manufacturing processes.

  • Integrate computer aided engineering (CAE) and MoldFlow modeling results with mechanical properties of polymers to guide materials selection process with part design and manufacturing processes.

  • Provide molding recommendations and support process control strategy development for materials usage in manufacturing processes (extrusion, molding, etc.); ensure thorough documentation of engineering studies and technical reports.

  • Participate in formal design reviews, risk assessment, and root cause analysis using common FMEA or Fault Tree analysis.

  • Execute a wide variety of experimental plans with internal and external resources.

  • Maintain network of key resin and material testing external suppliers including following Lilly Confidentiality guidelines.

  • Enhance Lilly’s competitive advantage through development of proprietary knowledge or by procurement of patents.

  • May represent department or company in interactions with internal and external committees or regulators, presentations, publications or other professional activities.

Basic Requirements:

  • B.S./M.S. with 5+ years or PhD with 2+ years in Materials Engineering, Polymer Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Biomedical Engineering or equivalent degree with relevant industry experience in medical devices or other highly regulated industries (eg: aerospace).

Additional Skills/Preferences:

  • Expertise in materials selection (plastics, adhesives, coatings), polymer processing (injection molding, extrusion) and joining (welding).

  • Expertise in polymer analysis (thermal methods, chemical methods, mechanical methods, rheological methods, surface analysis) and structure-processing-property relationships.

  • Expertise in leading material failure investigations to identify root cause and ability to correlate failure data to material, design or manufacturing process.

  • Experience in product development and demonstrated delivery of new product and product platforms.

  • Experience in generating data required for CAE and Moldflow studies.

  • Experience in using post treatment processes such as coatings to enhance the performance of the materials and/or components preferred.

  • Demonstrated scientific, engineering, and applied cGMP skills preferred.

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

  • Problem solving and decision making skills.

  • Strong oral and written communication skills.

Additional Information:

Travel is part of the job, usually 10-20% but up to 30% at times so must be able to travel within US and OUS.

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At Lilly we strive to ensure our employees are part of a team that cares about them and our shared purpose of making life better for those around the world. How do we do this? We continue to look for ways to include, innovate, accelerate and deliver while maintaining integrity, excellence and respect for people.​ We hope that you seek to join us on our journey as we create medicine and deliver improved outcomes for patients across the globe!