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Director - Cell Line Development

Eli Lilly and Company
Indianapolis, Indiana
Start date
Mar 15, 2023

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.

The Lilly Bioprocess Research and Development (BR&D) team has an exciting opportunity for an innovative Scientist to join our process development organization. You will be part of a diverse team of, biochemists, molecular biologists, chemical engineers, and analytical chemists to develop cell lines, technology and processes for production of recombinant therapeutic proteins.

Top candidates for this position will be able to:

  • Optimize Cell Line Development processes leading to the generation of API.

  • Design, execute and interpret AAV production experiments to optimize the production process.

  • Use mathematical methods and computer tools to model and explore experimental systems.

  • Show proficiency in cell culture, molecular biology, protein expression, flow cytometry, next generation sequencing and various analytical techniques.

  • Participate in and/or lead cross-functional process development teams, and effectively collaborate with other groups in Bioprocess and Bioproduct Development, Discovery, MS & T and Manufacturing.

The ideal candidate will have strong technical problem-solving capability, be highly motivated and internally driven, have experience of leading and motivating a group of scientists to deliver strong performance


    • Work collaboratively cross-functionally within Development and cross-organizationally with Discovery and Manufacturing organizations.

    • Work effectively with external parties on development projects, research collaborations and outsourcing efforts.

    • Leading /supporting organization initiatives, bringing new capabilities / technologies and providing internal / external influence

    • Strong written and verbal communication to speak to both technical and business-related implication

    Basic Qualifications:

    • PhD in in Molecular Biology, Cell Biology, Biology, Biochemistry, Chemistry, Chemical Engineering, or related field.

    • 5+ years of industry experience in cell line development for therapeutic protein manufacture and/or AAV production.

    Additional Skills/Preferences:

    • Expertise in cell culture, molecular biology with an emphasis on cell culture process development and optimization.

    • Proficient in English

    • Familiarity with FACS/Flow Cytometers, qPCR, next generation sequencing.

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

    • Ability to balance multiple activities, prioritize and handle ambiguity.

    • Effective oral and written communication skills.

    • Must be able to work efficiently in an interdisciplinary team environment.

    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 ( ) 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). 


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