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Lilly Post-Doctoral Scientist-Novel Modalities/Virology (FDE) 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.

Do you want to make a significant difference by contributing to a new generation of biotherapeutic molecules that could help solve unmet medical needs across a wide range of disease areas? Are you looking for a world-class research environment and an industry-leading biotechnology group that has a track record of success developing drugs impacting patients’ lives?

We are seeking an ambitious post-doctoral scientist with exceptional research skills to contribute to highly visible research projects at Lilly. Your work will focus on the development of cell based and analytical assays to support the clinical development of gene therapies. Specifically, you will have an opportunity to:

  • Design and develop assays to study various stages of AAV life cycle that can be used to assess the quality of AAV product 

  • Ability to design, execute and interpret complex virology-based experiments.   

  • Contribute to the general scientific community through external publications 

  • Keep abreast of relevant scientific literature/new technologies/capabilities  

  • Provide internal/external influence. 

  • Ensure work and team activities are aligned with all relevant development quality and safety requirements. 

This role will be embedded in Lilly’s Medicines Innovation Hub (MIH), which serves as leading-edge scientific unit working across all disease areas to identify and develop quality targets, hits, leads, and drug candidates.

About Eli Lilly’s Postdoctoral Scientist Program

When it comes to research and development, our goal is to discover and deliver innovative medicines that make life better for people around the world. It’s challenging, expensive and often filled with failure. But even when we fail, we advance medical science and understanding by learning more about diseases, biology and chemistry – ultimately bringing new solutions one step closer to reality.

Over the course of our history, we have shed light on some of the toughest health care problems known to man – diabetes, heart disease, infectious diseases, neuroscience disorders, cancer and more. We could not pursue this without our research and development team. Postdoctoral scientists help us continue this pursuit. During your experience you will get:

  • Top industry research experience

  • Mentoring by some of Lilly’s top scientists

  • Training and coaching opportunities to further your development

  • Collaboration and networking across other postdoctoral scientists and researchers

Basic Qualifications

  • Ph.D. in virology, immunology, molecular biology, biotechnology, biochemistry, biology, or related field. 

Additional Skills/Preferences

  • Expertise in viral systems such as Adeno-associated virus 

  • General knowledge in molecular and cellular biology tools such as PCR-cloning, transfections, transductions, lentivirus, cell-line cloning, FACS analysis and sorting 

  • Problem solving and decision-making.

  • Demonstration of scientific and people leadership skills. 

  • Effective oral and written communication skills. 

  • Must be able to work productively in an interdisciplinary team environment. 

Additional Information

  • This position is not permanent. It is for a fixed duration of two years with potential to extend to 3 years and for maximum of up to 4 years. You will have opportunities to apply for full time positions after your duration is complete.

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.

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. If you would like to request an accommodation for medical or religious reasons, you may do so at

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!