Indianapolis, Indiana

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 39,000 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.

Job Description

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 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 are looking for people who are determined to make life better for people around the world.

Synthetic Molecule Design and Development (SMDD) is an innovation-focused organization within Eli Lilly and Company. SMDD is involved in key activities for the development of synthetic active pharmaceutical ingredients and drug products from pre-clinical phases through commercialization. Our dynamic group is made up of chemists, pharmaceutical scientists, analytical chemists, and engineers. We strive to identify, develop and apply groundbreaking technologies to deliver maximum benefit to our patients. SMDD delivers on these responsibilities by recognizing diverse talent and cultures are vital to bring the next generation of life changing medicines to patients.

Our team is looking for a results-oriented post-doctoral scientist with strong research and presentation skills to contribute to highly visible research projects. You will reside in the Particle Design Laboratory (PDL) within SMDD, which serves as center for particle and crystallization process design. Your work will improve our strategies for solid-form isolation of peptides and oligonucleotides through both basic and applied research. In this role, you will:

  • Design biophysical experiments to improve fundamental, molecular-level understanding of peptide and oligonucleotide isolation processes

  • Develop use of high-throughput screening techniques to rapidly probe chemical and sequence space. Use modeling tools to extract relevant information from high-throughput screening data

  • Design and synthesize model oligonucleotides and peptides to systematically probe impact of sequence on isolation behavior

  • Apply insight gained from basic research to develop a workflow to efficiently design isolation processes

  • Build a diverse, multi-functional network through collaboration both within Lilly and with external partners

  • Publish and present relevant research findings both within Lilly and externally

  • Keep abreast of relevant scientific literature/new technologies/capabilities

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Ph.D in chemical engineering, chemistry, biochemistry, biophysics or a related field

Additional Skills/Preferences:

  • Strong analytical skills for integrating and interpreting complex data sets

  • Effective written and oral communication skills

  • Oligonucleotide and/or peptide research experience

  • Thrives in an interdisciplinary environment

  • Thorough understanding of biophysical techniques used to analyze biopolymer structure at all levels

  • Experience with data interpretation, i.e. the application of chemometrics, multivariate modeling, or other data analysis tools.

  • A firm understanding of thermodynamics and kinetics of biopolymer processes.

  • Knowledge of solid-state characterization tools and techniques

  • Good interpersonal skills and a sustained tendency for collaboration.

  • Self-directed and highly motivated individual who wants to learn new techniques while continually pursuing research and publication goals.

  • Excellent communicator (oral and written) with presentation experience, along with a strong publication record.

  • Strong commitment to research in a team environment.

Additional Information:

  • Lilly is an EEO/Affirmative Action Employer, and does not discriminate on the basis of race, gender, protected veteran status, disability or any other legally protected status.

  • This position is not permanent. It is for a fixed duration of two years with potential to extend to 3 years and for maximum of up to 4 years. You will have opportunities to apply for full time positions after your duration is complete.

  • Position Local: Indianapolis, IN; Lilly Technology Center-North (LTC-N)

About Eli Lilly’s Postdoctoral Scientist Program:

When it comes to research and development, our goal is to discover and deliver innovative medicines that make life better for people around the world. It’s challenging, expensive and often filled with failure. But even when we fail, we advance medical science and understanding by learning more about diseases, biology and chemistry – ultimately bringing new solutions one step closer to reality.

Over the course of our history, we have shed light on some of the toughest health care problems known to man – diabetes, heart disease, infectious diseases, neuroscience disorders, cancer and more. We could not pursue this without our research and development team.

Postdoctoral scientists help us continue this pursuit. During your experience you will get:

  • Top industry research experience

  • Mentoring by some of Lilly’s top scientists

  • Laboratory and classroom training and education to further your development

  • Collaboration and networking across dozens of postdoctoral scientists and other researchers

Eli Lilly and Company, Lilly USA, LLC and our wholly owned subsidiaries (collectively “Lilly”) are committed to help individuals with disabilities to participate in the workforce and ensure equal opportunity to compete for jobs. If you require an accommodation to submit a resume for positions at Lilly, please email Lilly Human Resources ( Lilly_Recruiting_Compliance@lists.lilly.com ) for further assistance. Please note This email address is intended for use only to request an accommodation as part of the application process. Any other correspondence will not receive a response.

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.

Indianapolis, Indiana

Across the globe, Lilly employees work to discover and bring life-changing medicines to those who need them, improve the understanding and management of disease, and give back to communities through philanthropy and volunteerism.
We were founded in 1876 by Colonel Eli Lilly, a man committed to creating high-quality medicines that meet real needs. More than a century later, we are passionate about building on this precedent in our continued pursuit to make life better for individuals, communities, and the world around us.
Our heritage and our values are the foundation of our promise to unite caring with discovery to make life better for people around the world.
Our mission 
We make medicines that help people live longer, healthier, more active lives.
Our values
Integrity, excellence, respect for people
Our vision 
We will make a significant contribution to humanity by improving global health in the 21st century.

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