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Lilly Postdoctoral Research Scientist-Neuroscience Pain Research-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.

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 exciting, 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

  • Laboratory and classroom training and education to further your development

  • Collaboration and networking across dozens of postdoctoral scientists and other researchers

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

Are you looking to expand your skillset to make an impact in Neuroscience research in an industrial setting? We are looking for a self-directed and highly motivated individual who wants to learn new techniques while continually pursuing research and publication goals. Check out this great opportunity!

We are seeking an ambitious post-doctoral scientist with strong research and communication skills to contribute to high visible research projects. Your work will contribute to the development of approaches for treating chronic pain with novel RNA-based modalities. If this sounds exciting, apply today!

In this role, you will:

  • Collaborate with cross-functional teams within our Discovery laboratories to schedule, coordinate, and execute high-quality molecular biology-based studies that help us understand the pathophysiology of pain.

  • Contribute to research interrogating the molecular heterogeneity of chronic pain mechanisms. Collaborate with academic and medical experts to build internal knowledge of the molecular basis of chronic pain.

  • Perform in vitro molecular and genetic experiments and develop cellular models (CRISPR, iPSCs, RNA editing) for understanding functional genetic variants and epigenetic modifications.

  • Characterize gene/protein expression by various methods (e.g. qPCR, RNAseq, RNAscope, Western Blot, ELISA).

  • Characterize epigenetic changes using a variety of methods (e.g. qPCR, RNAseq, DNAseq, ChIP)

  • Characterize neuronal excitability related to the interrogated molecular mechanisms.

  • Develop and test novel tools for modulating genetic and epigenetic modifications in sensory cell types.

  • Use analytical skills and creativity with a willingness to search and review the scientific literature independently, maintaining awareness of external research environment.

  • Record, analyze and communicate scientific data to project teams with clear interpretation of results and proposed next steps.

  • Identify areas of key need across clinical development and champion unique solutions to address those needs.

  • Present findings at conferences and publish in high quality peer-reviewed journals.

Basic Qualifications:

PhD in Neuroscience, Physiology or other life science related field

Additional Skills/Preferences:

  • Excellent communicator (oral and written) with presentation experience, along with a strong publication record.

  • Proficient in data analysis and reporting; basic bioinformatic and statistical background

  • Experienced with modulating and measuring post-transcriptional RNA modifications (e.g. editing, methylation)

  • Proficient cell culture technique (primary neuronal and immortalized cells)

  • Experienced with genetic modification tools, such as CRISPR, and experience with virus-mediated delivery methods

  • Skilled at isolating and measuring nucleotides and proteins

  • Animal handling and in vivo pharmacology skills

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.

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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!