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Scientist/Engineer – Cleaning Validation/Sterilization Validation – Technical

Eli Lilly and Company
Durham, North Carolina
Start date
Nov 14, 2023

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Science/R&D, Biotechnology
Required Education
Bachelors Degree
Position Type
Full time
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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 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.

Lilly is designing and building a new state of the art Parenteral, Device Assembly, and Packaging Facility located at the Research Triangle Park (RTP) in North Carolina.  This is an exciting opportunity to help build and operate a state-of-the-art manufacturing site and Quality System from the ground up. 

Position Description:

The Scientist/Engineer – Cleaning Validation/Sterilization Validation – Technical Services / Manufacturing Science (TS/MS) role is a technical position that develops and supports the validation of production equipment and systems and provides technical leadership with regard to temperature mapping, cleaning and sterilization validation strategies.


Primary objectives include the start-up and compliant manufacturing of RTP products, particularly as it relates to development and implementation of validation strategies, including sterilization validation, cleaning validation, filter validation, and other related activities.  The scope of the role includes device assembly, packaging, and syringe filling operations for commercially manufactured products targeted for transfer to the RTP site. 

Key Objectives / Deliverables:

  • Understand the scientific principles required for manufacturing parenteral drug products, device assembly and packaging, including the interaction of the chemistry, equipment, aseptic processes, and container closure systems.
  • Provide technical support for all start-up activities related to temperature mapping, cleaning and sterilization programs.
  • Assist in the development and execution of cleaning and sterilization strategies that focus on the validation of production equipment and systems (e.g., tanks, component/parts washer, autoclaves, filling isolators, etc).
  • Support periodic requalification activities for production equipment and systems.
  • Author and support the execution of validation protocols and reports.
  • Provide technical guidance to the Process Team for cleaning and sterilization processes.
  • Lead or provide technical support for root cause investigations related to cleaning, sterilization, and other related activities.
  • Analyze manufacturing data using statistical principles to identify trends, process disruptions, and opportunities for continuous improvements.
  • Coordinate with cross-functional process teams for the implementation of projects identified to improve productivity, quality, or continuous improvement of cleaning and sterilization processes.
  • Participate or provide guidance for equipment cleaning and sterilization programs during internal and external audits, including regulatory inspections, as needed.
  • Prepare, review, approve, and provide technical support for preparation of relevant technical documents, as required, such as: change controls, regulatory submissions, deviation investigations, validation protocols and summary reports, processing records, procedures, PFDs, VMPs, APRs, QPPAs, etc.
  • Support and/or lead TS/MS technical projects to ensure a successful start-up, improve process control, yield, product quality and/or productivity. Implement process changes and improvements through the technical agenda.
  • Serve as cleaning and sterilization interface external to the RTP site.
  • Work within or lead cross-functional teams in a positive fashion to implement TS/MS objectives and deliver on business plan and quality objectives.
  • Collaborate with and influence partners across the Parenteral Network and teams along a specific product supply chain.
  • Ensure a safe working environment through compliance with safety rules and improve safety culture by actively participating in safety-related activities.

Basic Requirements:

  • BS or MS in Microbiology, Biology, Biochemistry, Biochemical Engineering, Chemical Engineering, or other related scientific discipline
  • Experience supporting cGMP manufacturing (specifically within operations, validation, engineering, technical services/MSAT, quality assurance, etc.)

Additional Skills/Preferences:

  • Experience executing equipment qualification, cleaning validation, sterilization validation, facility temperature mapping, and isolator decontamination validation
  • Demonstrated successful leadership of cross-functional teams
  • Experience with data trending and analysis
  • Ability to analyze complex data and solve problems
  • Strong interpersonal and teamwork skills
  • Strong self-management and organizational skills
  • Strong oral and written communication skills that demonstrate an ability to effectively (clearly, succinctly) communicate with all levels of the organization
  • In depth knowledge of parenteral drug product manufacturing

Additional Information:

  • Role is Monday through Friday based.  Must be flexible in providing support to accommodate other inputs (production schedules, shutdowns, etc.).  Occasional extended hour and / or off-hour work may be required.
  • Position will be based out of RTP site with ability to travel to Indianapolis and other global Lilly sites as required.

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.



Science has been our calling from the beginning. Colonel Eli Lilly founded the company in 1876 and charged employees to “take what you find here and make it better and better.” More than 147 years later, we remain committed to his vision through every aspect of our business and the people we serve, starting with discovering the best treatments for those who take our medicines and extending to health care professionals, employees and the communities in which we live. Moreover, you can also count on the team at Lilly to be incredibly civic-minded, supporting our communities through philanthropy, volunteerism, and a creative and innovative can-do spirit. 

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