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Lilly Research Scientist - Automation Technologies 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.

The Discovery Chemistry Research & Technology (DCRT) division of Lilly Research Laboratories (LRL) supports small molecule drug discovery efforts from target identification through clinical candidate selection. As part of DCRT, the Discovery Automation Research and Technologies group is comprised of specialists that enable LRL to improve its research capabilities by providing new and creative solutions. These solutions maximize both quality and capabilities of the scientists and operations utilizing automation. We are a multifaceted group working together to advance drug development to reach the patient faster.

We are seeking a qualified automation professional with extensive experience of using technology in pharmaceutical research to lead a group of automation engineers in support of Next Generation automation solutions. Do you have strong expertise in automation screening processes or implementing large automation equipment utilized in drug discovery? Join our team today!


  • Critical thinking and strategy development to automate processes and workflows within a lab or across multiple laboratories.

  • Evaluation and development of new technologies through working closely with scientists, lab managers, engineers, software developers and additional third-party vendors to qualify technology for research capabilities

  • Design, develop and coordinate formation of Next Generation technologies through effective utilization of innovation management

  • Independently enable & support modification of instrumentation (hardware and software) to maximize value from current technology

  • Perform routine assistance to scientists and lab managers with equipment programming, maintenance scheduling, and equipment performance management utilizing technology to set up and execute a variety of biochemical assays.

  • Provide critical evaluation of technology footprint to enable and deliver evaluation, development and execution of new scientific processes

  • Adaptation of manual processes to automated platforms, mapping existing process, implementing new technology and resolving areas of improvement. Contribution to the evolution of the technologies and methodologies involved across the scientific ‘design-test-evaluate’ cycle.

  • Design, execution, analysis and reporting of in vitro biochemical and cellular experiments (multiple therapeutic target classes) which drive optimization of automated research technology process integration.

  • Work with engineering and IT teams to enable integration of systems and deliver high quality hardware and software solutions for research.

  • Evaluation of commercial software packages and the development of software macros and code to assist organization IT to enhance dataflow across research operations.

Basic Requirements:

PhD in biochemistry, engineering or related field with 2 years of experience in automated systems or BS or MS in engineering, biomedical engineering, biomedical technology or related field and a minimum of 5 years of relevant experience working with automation systems in relevant industry/setting.

Additional Skills/Preferences:

  • Demonstrated mechanical aptitude relevant to general laboratory equipment and working knowledge of scientific principles

  • Proficiency in developing client-supported automated processes

  • Competence in utilizing new techniques, procedures, technologies and software for drug discovery research

  • Excellent organizational, computer, time management and communication skills

  • Demonstrated examples of problem solving and project coordination skills

  • Ability to work well independently, as well as in matrix team environments across geographies

Additional Information :

The position may require working in an area with allergens and potentially hazardous materials (PHM). The position may involve travel to other research sites to understand and support global Discovery business.

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.

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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!