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Lilly Research Scientist-Delivery Sciences 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 Biotechnology Discovery Research (BioTDR)at Lilly discovers medicines that address significant unmet needs by integrating biology with innovative scientific capabilities in discovery of best in class and first in class biotherapeutics. We also pursue targeted delivery of various modalities of drug candidates to specific cells and tissues. We collaborate with colleagues in both the discovery and development organizations, including scientists in Neuroscience, Immunology, Diabetes and Complications, Oncology, ADME, Toxicology and clinical development. Our goal is to make a significant difference by contributing to the discovery of breakthrough medicines that will help solve unmet medical needs across a wide range of disease areas. Are you looking for a dynamic research environment and an industry-leading biotechnology group that has a track record of success developing drugs impacting patients’ lives?

We are seeking a hardworking research scientist with tissue-specific shuttle biology and intracellular trafficking expertise to join our team. The ideal applicant will apply outstanding innovation skills to highly visible research projects and platforms at Lilly. This role will focus on the development of a new class of targeted delivery shuttles, testing applications for siRNA delivery to extrahepatic tissues, working with multiple teams to advance the targeted molecules to clinical development.

Specifically, you will have an opportunity to:

  • Develop novel approaches to identify and characterize delivery shuttles targeting neurons, immune cells, epithelial cells, pancreatic beta cells and other cells/tissues.

  • Test novel gut shuttles for intracellular delivery, organelle escape and cytoplasmic delivery of complex bioconjugates with applications for extrahepatic SiRNA delivery, blood brain barrier (BBB) delivery.

  • Test cell-specific shuttles for their ability to improve productive siRNA delivery.

  • Characterize a new generation of cell-specific delivery shuttles to understand and modulate trafficking mechanisms.

  • Lead and mentor a team of scientists and research associates.

  • Provide foundational knowledge for Lilly’s emerging antibody or peptide -oligonucleotide conjugate platform, whilst also testing the potential applications of delivery shuttles in extrahepatic SiRNA delivery or BBB delivery.

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

This position will be embedded in BioTDR's Biotherapeutic Enabling Biology team of Lilly’s Medicines Innovation Hub (MIH), which serves as a groundbreaking scientific center working across all disease areas to identify and develop quality targets, hits, leads, and clinical drug candidates. Apply today and join our team of exceptional employees striving to make an impact in the lives of patients around the world!

Basic Qualifications

  • PhD in life sciences related field such as cell biology, molecular biology, bioengineering, biochemistry, neurosciences.

  • At least 2 years of experience (can include postdoctoral research) preferably in biotech or pharmaceutical industry

Additional Skills/Preferences

  • Multidisciplinary scientist with proven experience on intracellular trafficking, confocal microscopy, flow cytometry, primary cell culture, cell-based assay development and data analysis.

  • Oligonucleotide research experience.

  • Experience or knowledge of protein/antibody chemical conjugation and biochemical characterization assessments.

  • Self-directed and highly motivated individual who wants to learn new delivery techniques to BBB, biologic-SiRNA conjugations and innovative science on target delivery to elective cells/tissues

  • Demonstrated leadership abilities with ability to deliver impactful business outcomes.

  • Strong mentor and coach. Dedication to foster diverse and inclusive environments.

  • Creative problem-solver who can influence diverse teams to align on strategy.

  • Strong team oriented and independent scientist ready to work effectively in a collaborative, fast-paced environment, driving close collaboration with cross-functional colleagues across geographies.

  • Attention to detail and critical thinking. Able to prioritize work and meet target timelines.

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.

  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office applications and with advanced scientific software (e.g., Spotfire, JMP, MOE).

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!