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Director Obesity Research

Eli Lilly and Company
Cambridge, Massachusetts
Start date
Mar 25, 2023

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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.

Are you someone that is driven by science and have the passion to make a difference in patient's lives? Join the Lilly team!Responsibilities:
  • Build and lead an innovative lab passionate about novel approaches to identify and validate targets/pathways that will regulate energy balance through a prism of cellular energetics, muscle biology and/or lipid metabolism. Bring novel, high potential targets into the pipeline for therapeutic approaches for the treatment of obesity and related metabolic disorders.
  • Design and coordinate implementation of in vitro/ex vivo/in vivo tools to characterize novel drug discovery molecules for potency, efficacy and mechanism of action.
  • Directly recruit and supervise scientists and provide mentoring, performance management and career development.
  • Provide strategic insights and scientific direction to the overall goals and objectives of the obesity research platforms.
  • Communicate and work effectively in a team environment with inter-departmental colleagues to impact the project pipeline.
  • Provide preclinical biology leadership on cross-functional project teams to expeditiously solve challenges and progress projects.
  • Maintain scientific expertise and presence in the external scientific community through publication, collaborations, and presentations in the areas of diabetes and metabolic disease.
Basic Requirements:
  • Ph.D. and at least 7 years of relevant experience beyond post-doctoral training; a minimum of 2 years postdoctoral training preferred.
Additional Preferences:
  • Deep expertise in the pathogenesis of obesity or energy metabolism; detailed understanding of peripheral mechanisms that regulate energy balance with particular focus on muscle physiology and energy utilization.
  • Demonstrated experience in leading scientific projects either in an industry setting or through training of students/post-docs and/or cross functional collaborations in academia.
  • Experience with integrated physiological assessments of cellular metabolism, energy expenditure, muscle function, lipid flux/metabolism in the context of molecular regulation of metabolic control.
  • Exposure to drug discovery in the pharma/biotech industry or through collaborations.
  • Expertise with state-of-the art genomic tools and ability to effectively interact with data scientists and bioinformaticians.

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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