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Lilly Research Associate, Chemistry/Biochemistry in Pasadena, California

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.

Organization Overview:

Protomer is a recently-acquired, wholly owned subsidiary of Eli Lilly and Co. based in Pasadena, CA. The team operates as a group within Lilly Research Laboratories (LRL). LRL is focused on the discovery and development of new therapeutics for the treatment of a plethora of diseases. The scientists in LRL work cross-functionally between therapeutic target area disciplines, including Diabetes, Heart Failure, Renal, Neuroscience, ASCVD, Incretins and Insulins. The team at Protomer is working on responsive biotherapeutics that can be controlled using small molecule modulators. We are currently expanding the team to advance several programs, including glucose sensing insulins (GSIs), and are looking for a research associate with a proven record of accomplishment in biochemistry, synthesis, bioconjugations, and purification/characterization of therapeutic compounds of interest.

The ideal candidate will have a bachelor’s or master’s degree in chemistry, chemical engineering, biochemistry, biology, or a related field, as well as in-depth understanding of basic biochemistry and chemistry techniques and experience with development, validation, and implementation of experiments in a biomedical research setting. The applicant must be a fast-learning, task-oriented, and self-motivated person who can perform detailed work with minimal supervision. A requirement of this role is to work well as a team player in a fast-paced research setting. The applicant will be responsible for assisting Protomer’s senior chemists with synthesis, bioconjugation, purification, and characterization of compounds of interest. The successful candidate will actively participate and present in team meetings and is expected to contribute to the team’s progress and success.


  • Work closely with senior scientist to accomplish team objectives and research milestones

  • Purify and characterize compounds using HPLC, FPLC, and various biochemical methods

  • Introduce and maintain state-of-the-art technologies with respect to peptide therapeutics, including developing and implementing assays and maintaining critical instruments.

  • Perform data analysis. Critically evaluate data and results and troubleshoot experiments.

  • Demonstrable ability to function independently, work within a team-oriented lab environment, and work within cross-functional project teams.

  • Maintain accurate record keeping, perform independent data analysis, and report data in written and oral formats and retain excellent electronic lab notes.

  • Perform work in compliance with Lilly Research Policies.

  • Demonstrate proactive and flexible behaviors and develop skills for competency in conducting independent research projects.

Basic Qualifications:

  • Undergraduate degree in chemistry or a closely related field with at least 1-2 years of laboratory research experience.

Additional Skills/Preferences:

  • Proven ability to work in a flexible, team-oriented environment.

  • Experience with standard biochemistry techniques, preferably in an industry setting.

  • Experience in the development and validation of in vitro biochemical and data evaluation, especially in the areas of cardiorenal and metabolic diseases.

  • Strong communication skills and experience presenting data in a team environment.

  • Strong relationship-building and interaction skills with peers and management.

Additional Information:

  • The position level will be commensurate with candidate’s experience.

  • The position is governed by regulations including OSHA, AAALAC, OLAW and NRC – compliance to all applicable regulations is mandatory.

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