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Lilly Biologist-Biotherapeutic Discovery 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.

It is an exciting time to join Lilly. Our Biotherapeutics Discovery Research Center at San Diego is growing in key areas. Our research group focuses on discovering innovative biotherapeutic medicines saving lives and improving patients’ quality of life, by applying innovative protein discovery, engineering, and characterization technologies; thus, making a meaningful difference through contributions to the development of novel biotherapeutics for unmet medical needs!

We are searching for a scientist with experience in optimization of cell-based assays including cell-line generation and characterization. The ideal candidate will be enabling expansion of antibody discovery capabilities against complex membrane receptor targets. Do you have the skills we need? Apply today!

Key Responsibilities:

  • Characterization of receptor density and functional activity from multiple mammalian expression systems by Flow Cytometry and analytical techniques

  • Generate array of membrane proteins for evaluation in selection and screening workflows during antibody discovery campaigns.

  • Establish cell-based assays for antibody activity screening.

  • Work collaboratively with project teams on-site to achieve critical research objectives and timelines.

  • Interact efficiently with the antibody discovery platform teams, in vitro assay development and automation groups in San Diego and Indianapolis.

Basic Qualifications:

  • B.S. in Biological sciences (Molecular Biology, Biotechnology, Immunology, Biochemistry, or similar field)

  • 3 or more years relevant laboratory experience.

Additional Skills/Preferences:

  • Experience in Flow Cytometry; sample collection and data analysis (proficient in FlowJo).

  • Experience with 96-well cell-based chemiluminescent reporter assays

  • Standard issue culture techniques, cell maintenance, media formulation, and experience with established transfection methods

  • Strong technical, organization, documentation, and communication skills (verbal and written). Able to track ongoing projects and discuss data.

  • Excellent written and verbal communication, work planning, data analysis and record keeping skills with strong attention to detail.

  • Ability to work both independently and in a team setting.

  • Experience in single-cell sorting would be helpful.

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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!