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Lilly Director-Structural Biology 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.

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The Discovery Chemistry & Technologies organization within Lilly Research Laboratories is a diverse and dynamic group seeking a highly skilled scientist to join the structural biology team. We support drug discovery for numerous innovative projects and are looking for qualified scientists for structural biology efforts of challenging drug discovery targets. The individual will work with diverse team of scientists and will be responsible to employ innovative technologies to advance structural biology activities to drive SBDD efforts. Broad drug discovery experience, along with a proven track record of structural determination is required. We are a diverse team of scientists and strive for excellence and innovative solutions to find therapies for our patients. Join our team today and make an impact!

Do you have experience leading and collaborating in a team environment? Consider joining Lilly today help to make a difference in our mission and communities we serve!

Responsibilities for the position

  • Provide structure-based drug design support by multiple methods for a broad range of targets across different therapeutic areas

  • Determine structures and co-structures of novel protein targets and analyze pertinent data for the rational design of both small-molecule and antibody therapeutics

  • Partner closely with other structural biologists, biophysicists, protein biochemists and medicinal chemists to develop integrative approaches and address specific project needs and challenges

  • Collaborate on multidisciplinary teams designing novel therapeutics, presenting scientific data in support of drug discovery projects

Basic Qualifications

Ph.D. in Structural Biology, Biophysics, Biochemistry, Chemistry or other relevant field with 7+ years of postdoctoral, hands-on experience in the field of structural biology and structure-based drug design is required

Additional Skills/Preferences

  • Experience in both X-ray crystallography and cryo-EM is advantageous

  • Prior industry experience and a strong publication record

  • Flexibility to work in an environment with rapidly changing priorities and deadlines, with strong interpersonal, written & verbal communication, and problem-solving skills

  • Strong ability to collaborate with and to mentor staff scientists in drug discovery and experience leading teams focusing on structural biology

  • Familiarity with other biophysical methods (E.g., MS, bioNMR, SPR, BLI, etc.)

  • Experience in scientific programming (Python, C, C++) and an interest in protein dynamics is a plus

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