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Lilly Research Scientist - Laboratory Automation 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.

We are seeking a highly motivated Automation Engineer to join Lilly’s Biotherapeutics Discovery Research Center in San Diego. Are you looking for a chance to identify gaps and implement solutions? We want you on our team. Check out this unique role and apply today!

In this role you will:

  • Work with Lilly scientists and Automation vendors to evaluate, implement and validate novel systems, instruments and technologies to facilitate Lilly’s Next Generation Research goals.

  • Modify existing systems, instruments, methods and software to meet evolving needs.

  • Ensure that common automation equipment is accurately maintained and in good working order. This includes stand-alone liquid handlers (BioMek, Lynx, Echo), plate washers/dispensers, protein quantification instruments, colony/plaque pickers, sequencing instruments etc., as well as several fully integrated robotic systems.

  • Install, maintain, QC, solve issues, build methods/scripts, and train users on instruments.

  • Work collaboratively with protein discovery, engineering and expression groups at the San Diego site to optimize research efficiencies through implementation of automation process improvements and novel technologies.

Basic Qualifications:

  • PhD in Bioengineering, Biomedical Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Computer Science or similar field with 1+ year of applicable experience (postdoctoral or industrial) or

  • BS or MS in Bioengineering, Biomedical Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Computer Science or similar field with 8+ years of experience to include at least 1 year of relevant experience, preferably in a biotech/pharmaceutical company or an automation provider.

Additional Skills/Preferences:

  • Programming experience using Python, Java, C# or VB.NET is required.

  • Experience in the operation, maintenance, troubleshooting and scripting for liquid handlers, dispensers, plate washers, plate readers, Octet, etc. preferred

  • Experience with scheduling, operation, training and troubleshooting of fully integrated robotic systems.

  • Expertise with Green Button Go scheduling software is a plus.

  • Outstanding interpersonal skills including the ability to work with other automation engineers, as well as non-automation scientists.

  • Excellent organizational skills, as exemplified by an aptitude for clear record-keeping, and data analysis, as well as the ability to prioritize work across multiple projects.

  • Strong written and verbal communication skills.

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!