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Associate Scientist - Obesity Research

Eli Lilly and Company
Boston, Massachusetts
Start date
Apr 4, 2024

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Regulatory, Science/R&D, Biotechnology, Research
Required Education
Bachelors Degree
Position Type
Full time
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Job Details

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.

The Diabetes, Obesity and Complications Therapeutic Area (DOCTA) of Eli Lilly and Company, focuses on the discovery of biologic, small molecule, and genetic therapeutics for the treatment of diabetes, obesity, and associated complications.

We are seeking a skilled, motivated, and versatile individual who can help to build a highly collaborative, successful drug discovery and development team in the Obesity research group in Boston. The successful candidate will leverage a strong cell culture background and wet laboratory experience to support discovery efforts and pipeline projects focused on anti-obesity therapeutics. Responsibilities include setting up laboratory capabilities and collaborating with scientists to achieve project and department objectives.

Are you interested in working on groundbreaking science? Apply today to join the Lilly Team!

Key responsibilities include:
  • Plan and independently carry out in vitro experiments to support preclinical characterization and evaluation of targets/pathways that regulate energy metabolism.
  • Build out robust cellular models and implement signaling studies, cell-based assays, and mitochondrial respiration analysis.
  • Perform molecular and biochemical assessments on in vitro and ex vivo samples in collaboration with colleagues in other departments (qPCR, Western blot, ELISA, etc…).
  • Function independently, work within a team-oriented lab environment, and work within cross-functional project teams.
  • Requirement for accurate record keeping, independent data analysis, and reporting of data in written and oral formats. Will perform work in full compliance with Lilly Research Policies and complete all required training activities in the timeframe specified.
Minimum qualifications:
  • B.S. and/or M.S. in biology or a closely related field with 2+ years of laboratory experience.
Additional Skills/Preferences
  • Ability to perform routine rodent handling and dosing, including but not limited to parenteral routes of administration and tissue collection is a plus.
  • A background in the biology and physiology of energy balance regulation and metabolic disease, particularly skeletal muscle and adipocyte biology, is a plus.
  • Experience with real-time metabolic respiration measurement (Seahorse, Oroboros, etc…) is a large plus.
  • Experience working with human IPSCs is a plus.
  • Demonstrated ability to work on cross-functional teams and projects.
  • Strong communication skills and experience presenting data in a 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.



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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