Eli Lilly and Company

Research Scientist-PBPK Modeler/DMPK

Indianapolis, IN, United States
Oct 05, 2018
Required Education
Bachelors Degree
Position Type
Full time
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The Mechanistic Pharmacokinetics group within the Department of Drug Disposition (ADME) is searching for a PBPK modeler. The Department of Drug Disposition is a multidisciplinary group, utilizing in vitro, in vivo, and in silico approaches to study the pharmacokinetics, absorption, and disposition of new chemical entities. You will function as a PBPK modeler, part of a team responsible for providing innovative mechanistic PK models to drive and influence decision making on drug Discovery and Development project teams.

  • Evaluate and apply innovative PBPK/MPK approaches to translate and predict human PK.
  • Use modeling as a tool to help generate hypotheses, design better studies, inform clinical plans and support registration.
  • Peer review modeling work from colleagues as appropriate, ensuring high quality standards.
  • Provide expert modeling consultancy, training and support to others within ADME and within the larger R&D organization
  • Liaise with ADME, PK/PD and Clinical Pharmacology representatives to communicate the assumptions, limitations, meaning and impact of mechanistic PK models.
  • Communicate the value of mechanistic modeling approaches both internally within R&D and externally including regulatory agencies.
  • Provide coaching to scientists within the department to increase mechanistic thinking and the application and impact of mechanistic modelling.
  • Build a strong external network in the field (e.g. academia, consortia) and keep up to date with emerging literature and science in the area.

Basic Qualifications
  • Bachelor's degree and 8 years of relevant experience or
  • Master's degree and 5 years of relevant experience or
  • PhD or MD with relevant training that includes PBPK modeling, pharmacokinetics or predictive drug disposition.

Additional Skills/Preferences
  • Hands-on experience in modeling software (e.g. SimCYP, GastroPlus, MatLab/Simbiology or NONMEM) is required.
  • Must have a thorough understanding of pharmacokinetics, ADME and ability to communicate theory and concepts clearly.
  • Collaborative behaviors to build and maintain relationships with R&D customers and the wider modeling community.
  • Ability to influence, negotiate and communicate with both internal and external stake holders.

Additional Information
  • Limited travel required for conferences, external reviews, and regulatory meetings.
  • 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.