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Research Advisor - Bioproducts Research & Development

Eli Lilly and Company
Indianapolis, Indiana
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.

The Bioproduct Research and Development (BR&D) organization strives to deliver creative medicines to patients through the development and commercialization of insulins, oligonucleotides, monoclonal antibodies, novel therapeutic proteins, peptides and gene therapy systems. This organization is a multidisciplinary group that works collaboratively with our discovery and manufacturing colleagues. Located in Indianapolis, IN scientists have full access to our scientific excellence and engineering capabilities.

Do you enjoy developing strategies to prevent and eliminate viral contaminants from the production of bioproducts including monoclonal antibodies, recombinant proteins, viral vectors, or peptides? Do you have experience or curiosity about designing and leading all aspects of viral infectivity assays? Are you interested in crafting and implementing viral clearance studies for purification steps to support clinical trial and marketing applications? If so, then a role as a Viral Safety research scientist is waiting for you.

As a scientist in the Viral Safety development group, you will develop new biosafety strategies for Lilly’s bioproducts produced in mammalian cell processes. You will work with process scientists and develop and evaluate unit operations to eliminate potential viral contaminants new biologic candidates and making improvements to existing processes. This role will require you to employ critical thinking to overcome technical hurdles and support process technical transfer to GMP manufacturing facilities, as biologic candidate make their way from discovery to the clinic. Work responsibilities will vary and you should be flexible and adaptable in accepting new projects and challenges. The ability to troubleshoot issues as they occur, and to identify trends and opportunities to improve processes, are also key.

A strong scientific foundation, particularly in virology, is a prerequisite for this role. In addition, ability to exhibit a high level of attention to detail, a quality-minded approach to experimental design, and record keeping is essential. Maintaining accurate records and interpreting data to provide detailed information and analysis on the execution of experiments will be a daily activity. Writing technical reports, sections of regulatory documents and giving presentations to summarize development activities are meaningful results.

This role requires effective interaction and communication of technical information with, but not limited to; Safety, Environmental and Quality Team members, Purification Development, CMC Team members, Discovery team members, Analytical Services, Tech Service/Manufacturing Science representatives, Operations, Engineering, Regulatory and Maintenance personnel.

Basic Qualifications
  • Ph. D. degree in Virology, Biochemistry, Molecular Biology l or related field OR

  • BS/MS in Biochemistry, Molecular biology, Microbiology, or related field with at least 7 years proven experience.

Additional Skills/Preferences
  • Experience with tissue culture assay development, virus infection and virus purification.

  • Broad knowledge of Virology and Molecular Biology principles including cell-based/qPCR based titration methods for human and/or animal viruses.

  • Understanding of the processes in involved in the purification of biological products

  • Prior experience developing Viral Safety strategies for proteins or gene therapy products

  • Knowledge of the regulatory expectations for the production of bioproducts in the pharmaceutical industry particularly as it relates to Viral Safety

  • Good oral and written communication skills

  • Exceptional problem solving and decision-making skills.

Additional Information

  • Location - Indianapolis, IN LTC-N

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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