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Lilly Biologist-Immunology Research 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.

At Lilly, we serve an extraordinary purpose. We make a difference for people around the globe 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 Eli Lilly Immunology discovery research group focuses on discovering innovative biotherapeutic medicines treating autoimmune diseases and related complications. We are seeking a highly motivated and dedicated scientist with experience in cellular and molecular immunology, who also shares our passion to help patients live with higher quality of life. The successful candidate will work in a highly team-oriented and collaborative environment. The focus of the work will be to independently design, develop and validate the immunology cell-based functional assays to test and analyze molecule activities, investigate the mechanism of action of biological drugs with multiomics and ultimately to deliver preclinical evidence for clinical testing.

Are you ready to join a diverse and dynamic team of scientists? We are excited to progress Lilly's portfolio to improve the lives of people around the world. Apply today and join our team in beautiful San Diego!

Key Responsibilities:

  • Develop immune functional cell-based assays using extensive immunology technologies (e.g. primary human and mouse lymphocytes, myeloid cell activation and differentiation, cytokine assays, multiple color flow cytometry)

  • Screen and analyze data for protein or small molecule drugs in multiple cell-based assays

  • Phenotyping and characterizing cellular phenotypes and functionality with flow cytometry

  • Investigate cellular signal transduction, develop cellular activity assays, cytokine/receptor signaling (western, qPCR, intracellular staining, confocal/image related techniques)

  • Isolation, purification and culture of freshly isolated populations of blood cells of both human and mouse for in vitro assays. Preparing cellular materials for genomic and proteomic assessment

  • Independently design and complete experiments, analyze, interpret and present experimental data

  • Adherence to good research practices, and laboratory e-notebook maintenance.

Basic Requirements:

B.S or M.S. in biology, molecular and cellular immunology or a related biological area with 2 or more years of work experience in an academic institute or pharmaceutical industry

Additional Skills/Preferences:

  • Extensive research experience of immunology and molecular biology as well as proteomic and genomic technologies

  • High skills in CRISPR technology, scRNAseq and large data set analysis

  • Understand and have experience with various in vivo animal autoimmune or inflammatory disease models

Lilly is an EEO/Affirmative Action Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of age, race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, protected veteran status, disability or any other legally protected status.

As a condition of employment with Eli Lilly and Company and its subsidiaries in the United States and Puerto Rico, you must be fully COVID-19 vaccinated and provide proof of vaccination satisfactory to the company. If you would like to request an accommodation for medical or religious reasons, you may do so at

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!