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Lilly Associate Chemist in San Diego, 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.

For more than 140 years, Eli Lilly has been dedicated to meeting the health care needs of people around the world. We address these needs primarily by developing innovative medicines—investing heavily in research and development. Lilly credits its exceptional employees for its success, and recognizes that the key to ongoing achievement lies in attracting and retaining the best people.

Do you have strong Synthetic Organic or Medicinal Chemistry skills with working knowledge of modern synthetic chemistry methodologies? If you can contribute examples of scientific creativity and ability to ideate in teams solving problems through hypothesis-based experimental design apply today!

The Discovery Chemistry & Technologies organization within Lilly Research Laboratories is growing and seeks hardworking scientists to join our Medicinal Chemistry group. We're looking for an excellent scientist with a strong attention to detail, trouble-shooting skills, a high level of learning agility, the willingness to work across teams. We are an innovative and dynamic team looking to enhance our diverse capabilities in drug discovery. We are committed to continually improving our abilities to make life better for patients around the globe. Consider joining our growing team at our Lilly Biotechnology Center in San Diego!


Perform Compound Synthesis, Purification and Characterization under the direction of senior scientific staff:

  • Design – in collaboration with colleagues in Medicinal Chemistry, Computational Chemistry and Molecular Pharmacology – new molecules to address hypotheses and issues in portfolio projects.

  • Design and implement multi-step synthetic routes towards targeted compounds.

  • Independently set up and complete a variety of organic chemistry reactions, including those with air sensitive and hygroscopic reagents.

  • Perform routine purification of synthetic intermediates and final products using techniques such as TLC, HPLC, flash chromatography and other related methods.

  • Characterize reaction products by NMR, MS and other routine methods.

  • Rigorously document laboratory experimentation and employ safe laboratory practices.

Contribute in an integrated, multi-disciplinary, drug discovery research team:

  • Actively contribute to a high quality design and synthesis research laboratory.

  • Integrate emerging analytical chemistry, computational design technologies, automation chemistry, and biophysical methods into drug discovery.

  • Demonstrate strong oral and written communication skills.

Basic Qualifications Requirements:

  • B.S. or M.S. in Chemistry, Organic/Medicinal Chemistry or related field with experience in a synthetic or medicinal chemistry setting.

Additional Skills/Preferences:

  • Strong academic performance.

  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills.

  • Ability to work well independently, as well as in local and global team environments.

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