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Lilly Research Scientist - Formulations Development 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. We make a difference for people around the global by discovering, developing and delivering medicines that help them live longer, healthier, more active lives. Not only do we deliver breakthrough medications, but you also can count on us to develop creative solutions to support communities through philanthropy and volunteerism.

The Bioproduct Research and Development (BR & D) organization strives to deliver creative medicines to patients through the development and commercialization of insulins, oligonucleotides, monoclonal antibodies, novel therapeutic proteins, and peptides. This organization is a multidisciplinary group that works collaboratively with our discovery and manufacturing colleagues. Located in Indianapolis, IN and Cambridge MA, scientists have full access to our scientific excellence and engineering capabilities.

Do you wish for a role working with top scientists using groundbreaking, state of the art technology? Are you looking to grow your career as a Formulations and Drug Delivery Scientist for therapies like RNA and gene delivery? If your answer is yes, then this could be the right role for you!

As a Research Scientist-Formulation Development, the scientist will be exposed to full breadth of opportunities to develop and enable novel formulations and delivery options for gene delivery including Adeno-Associated Viral Vector mediated gene delivery. Therefore, the candidate must demonstrate a history of strong technical depth, scientific leadership and a willingness to promote a collaborative, team-based approach to problem solving.

Basic Qualifications:

  • Ph.D. in chemical engineering, Pharmaceutical Sciences, Pharmaceutical chemistry, Biomedical engineering, biology, chemistry or a related field.

Additional Skills/Preferences:

  • 0-5 years of prior experience in Gene Delivery development programs.

  • Familiarity with development of formulation of adeno-associated viral vector products is highly preferred.

  • Apply engineering fundamentals towards designing and optimizing drug delivery platforms which may include RNA and LNPs.

  • Understanding gene and cell therapies and serve as a member of integrated team responsible for the discovery and development them therapies.

  • Expertise in formulation, process development and optimization

  • Ability to work in the lab independently.

  • Strong communication skills and ability to work effectively in a highly collaborative research environment beyond BRD and Lilly, including external academic researchers and industry collaborations.

  • Mentor less experienced scientists and engineers to deliver the portfolio and innovation projects.

  • Publish and present original research externally, author internal technical documents.

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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!