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Lilly Postdoctoral Research Scientist-Oral Formulation Design and Development-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.

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.

Lilly's Biotechnology Discovery Research and Synthetic Molecule Design and Development organizations work together to discover and optimize novel biotherapeutic medicines (small molecules, proteins, peptides, antibodies, oligonucleotides) for advancement into clinical research in key areas of unmet medical need including diabetes, oncology, immunology, neuroscience, and others. Critical components for success in this industrial postdoctoral position include ensuring the discovery of drug candidates, design of drug products that meet patient needs and development of processes, which are robust for manufacturing.

Can you independently conceive of and execute experiments based on discussions with scientific partners in a team setting? We are looking for hardworking scientists to help Lilly make an impact in the lives of our patients and communities around us. Consider joining our efforts and become a part of the Postdoctoral community and Lilly family today!

Responsibilities include:

In this role you will engage in designing and conducting research on solid dosage forms for oral peptide delivery. The scientist will work collaboratively with a wide array of scientists from many areas, leading/supporting relevant research initiatives, bringing new capabilities/technologies and providing internal/external influence.

  • Crafting, prototyping, and developing formulations for oral peptide delivery.

  • Building and using internal and external networks to solve complex technical problems and to identify and implement novel formulations, oral delivery systems and manufacturing technologies including 3D-printing to enable delivering peptides orally and enhance internal capabilities and processes.

  • Integrating fundamental pharmaceutical sciences knowledge (formulation, biopharmaceutics, pharmacokinetics) and patient centered aspects into the design of new dosage forms and development processes.

  • Developing, validating, and implementing characterization techniques/analytical assays as needed to drive a project.

  • Authoring and reviewing high quality technical reports and peer reviewed publications.

Basic Qualifications

Ph.D. in pharmaceutical sciences, chemical engineering, polymer science, biomedical engineering, or related subject areas.

Additional Skills/preferences

  • Experience in formulation development using 3D-printing.

  • Expertise in solid dosage form prototyping and development, especially in controlled release formulations.

  • Understanding of biopharmaceutics/pharmacokinetic principles, and drug product/process design factors impacting in vivo performance of drug products.

  • Familiarity with utilizing design of experiment (DoE) to optimize formulation.

  • Familiarity with peptide delivery, formulations, and characterization techniques.

  • Familiarity with analytical aspects of drug product design and testing.

  • Ability to work in the lab independently.

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.

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

  • Laboratory and classroom training and education to further your development

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

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As a condition of employment with Eli Lilly and Company in the United States and Puerto Rico, you must be fully COVID-19 vaccinated and provide valid proof of vaccination to the company.

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!