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 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.

Company Overview

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

Are you looking to make a significant difference by contributing to the development of novel analgesics that would improve the lives of millions of chronic pain sufferers?

We are seeking an ambitious post-doctoral scientist with strong research and communication skills to contribute to high visibility research projects in the Pain Research Group. Your work will contribute to the understanding of novel spinal mechanisms that underlie sexual dimorphism in chronic pain. Recent preclinical studies in rodents have identified sexual dimorphism in the neuroimmune mechanisms that initiate and maintain hyperexcitability in the spinal dorsal horn (SDH) after peripheral nerve injury. This proposal will build upon these learnings to identify novel translatable mechanisms of spinal hyperexcitability in donor spinal cord tissue. Through modulating specific molecular processes in defined spinal circuitry, your research may determine targets required for SDH hyperexcitability in both sexes which may lead to more effective clinical analgesics for the treatment of chronic pain.

In this role, you will:
  • Discover novel biology and build translatable assays to validate human pain pathways
  • Collaborate with academic experts in the field of spinal pain biology
  • Be part of an experienced drug discovery team comprising scientists from many areas of research and development
  • Identify key research gaps and champion creative solutions to address those gaps
  • Maintain external awareness and learning to benefit the organization
  • Present findings at conferences and publish in high quality peer-reviewed journals


Basic Qualifications
  • PhD in Neuroscience or life science related field
  • Strong background in pain biology
  • Published work using protein biochemistry methods in tissue


Additional Information
  • This position is not permanent. It is for a fixed duration of 2 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.
  • Lilly is an EEO/Affirmative Action Employer and does not discriminate based on age, race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, protected veteran status, disability, or any other legally protected status.


Additional Skills/Preferences

If you are described with these skills, you could be a great fit for the role:
  • Experienced with tissue imaging using immunohistochemistry and/or calcium-sensitive dye indicators
  • Prior work or knowledge of preclinical in vivo pain models
  • Electrophysiology experience desirable but not necessary
  • 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
  • Proficient in data analysis and reporting (PRISM, Excel, PowerPoint, Photoshop, Spotfire, etc.)


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 is challenging, expensive and often filled with setbacks. 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.

Our employee resource groups (ERGs) offer strong support networks for their members and help our company develop talented individuals for future leadership roles. Our current groups include: Africa, Middle East, Central Asia Network, African American Network, Chinese Culture Network, Early Career Professionals, Japanese International Leadership Network (JILN), Lilly India Network, Organization of Latinos at Lilly, PRIDE (LGBTQ + Allies), Veterans Leadership Network, Women's Network, Working and Living with Disabilities. Learn more about all of our groups.

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 (subject to applicable law).

#WeAreLilly

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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