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Lilly Sr Research Scientist-Automation Lead 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 39,000 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.

Research Scientist R1/R2


A Research Scientist in the Global Quality Laboratory is an automation lead position responsible for the evaluation of new technologies to modernize and improve analytical analyses for testing in a clinical and manufacturing environment. The Research Scientist will be responsible for coordinating automation activities and will be an integral part of multidisciplinary teams.

  • Provide analytical support, project leadership, and/or technical direction as needed for the automation team.

  • Actively partner and collaborate with Lilly Research Laboratories (LRL) Automation, Bioprocess Research Development (BRD), Global Robotics, Manufacturing, Quality Control Lab Informatics, and Information Digital Services.

  • Manage the automation team project program, budget, timeline, and deliverables.

  • Support manufacturing implementation.

  • Manage project development work and implementation (including laboratory work, training/transfer, change controls, and regulatory submissions).

  • Implement new technologies into the labs and improve existing methodologies.

  • Influence development and QC laboratories to utilize new technologies for product/process monitoring and control. Work with product development teams to improve quality of deliverables for new chemical entities or formulation line extensions.

  • Openly share key technical developments including contributions to internal/external scientific forums

  • Ensure consistent practices between global laboratories.

  • Mentor technical talent.

  • Effective management of multiple projects.

  • Present at or attend external scientific conferences

Basic Qualifications

  • PhD degree in Chemistry, Biochemistry, Pharmacy, Engineering, Biology or BS/ MS with equivalent experience. Minimum of 5 years industry experience working with method development, optimization, validation, and remediation in GMP analytical testing laboratories or equivalent.

Additional Skills/ Preferences

  • Doctorate in Chemistry, Biochemistry, Pharmacy, Engineering, Biology or BS/MS with equivalent experience; industry related experience in pharmaceuticals is preferred.

  • Demonstrated ability to utilize and implement various tools, systems, and processes resulting in improved operational excellence of laboratory and business operations.

  • Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively to customers, business partners, and staff including good oral, written, and visual presentations.

  • Demonstrated ability to interpret and apply solutions to different situations by understanding customer needs and applying strong problem solving skills.

  • Demonstrated experience with various spectroscopic and analytical investigational techniques including but not limited to automation.

  • Ability to influence diverse groups and effectively manage relationships,

  • Thorough technical understanding of the quality systems and regulatory requirements.

Additional Information

  • The Research Scientist must complete Learning Plan for the analytical scientist

  • Some travel (up to 20%) may be incurred

For internal employees, if you are currently in a technical path role, but outside of the posting band, you may apply. You will be hired at your current level. For example: Current P4 (tech ladder), Posting R1-2 tech ladder, hire will occur at P4

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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!