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Clinical Pharmacologist

Eli Lilly and Company
Remote, Indiana
Start date
Apr 4, 2024

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Clinical, Clinical Research
Required Education
Masters Degree/MBA
Position Type
Full time

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.

Company Overview 

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 39,000 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.


Through the application of pharmacological training, expertise and relevant therapeutic area experience , the Clinical Pharmacologist (CP) participates in the following: the development, conduct and reporting of global clinical trials for new compounds, the implementation of global clinical trials, the reporting of adverse events as mandated by corporate patient safety; the review process for protocols, study reports, publications and data dissemination for products, new and updated labels, grant submissions and contracts, contacts with regulatory and other governmental agencies; and the outreach activities aimed at the external clinical customer community, including thought leaders.  In addition, the CP works with the basic research scientists to identify lead compounds and plan pre-clinical studies as well as network with the Business Unit to plan for the clinical pharmacology submission package.  The CP serves as a scientific resource for study teams, departments, and others as needed. The CP is aware of and ensures that all activities of the medical team are in compliance with current local and international regulations, laws, guidance (e.g. FDA, ICH, and CPMP etc.), Good Clinical Practices (GCPs), company standards, Lilly policies and procedures, and the Principles of Medical Research and are aligned with the medical vision.

Core Job Responsibilities

The primary responsibilities of the CP are generally related to clinical pharmacology including early phase exploratory and late phase biopharmaceutical submission studies.
The core job responsibilities may include those listed below as deemed appropriate by line management, as well as other duties as assigned.

Clinical Planning

  • Contribute to the development of the overall strategy and clinical plan for development of clinical compounds, focusing on studies required for product decision or regulatory submission.
  • Support preparation for first-in-human dosing studies including biomarker plans.
  • Support preparation of high-level plan for phase 2 and 3 studies for early phase and/or detailed biopharmaceutical plan to support submission.
  • Collaborate with other functional areas (Global Patient Safety, PK/PD, ADME, Statistics, Tailored Therapeutics organization) in the development of methods for assessing special clinical safety pharmacology studies.
  • Collaborate with other quantitative scientists (e.g., PK/PD, statistics, molecular epidemiology, ADME, modeling and simulations) to integrate study development and conduct with disease-progression and drug­ disease response models.
  • Contribute, as an integral member of the Clinical Pharmacology team, to global Phase 1 and 2 clinical studies as well as submission planning activities.
  • Work closely with discovery research scientists in the development of basic research strategies, clinical candidate compound selection, and pre-clinical development.
  • Work with Brand Team/Business Unit colleagues to provide appropriate market differentiation and regulatory support in the biopharmaceutical submission plan.

Clinical Research/Trial Execution and Support

  • Design and oversee implementation of all clinical pharmacology studies (e.g., single/multiple ascending dose, bioavailability, bioequivalence, drug-drug-interaction, food effect, renal impairment, hepatic impairment, mechanistic studies).  Capabilities include understanding the unique aspects of conducting such studies in healthy volunteers and patient groups/special populations.
  • Apply fundamental concepts of clinical pharmacology and clinical pharmacokinetics to clinical pharmacology research.
  • Design and oversee implementation methods for development and biomarker qualification studies.
  • Design, create, and provide oversight for protocol development.
  • Support development of documents for the conduct of studies in collaboration with functions and operations staff and affiliates in accordance with GCP and local requirements.
  • Collaborate with local clinical research staff, statisticians, health outcomes research scientists and selected consultants and/or investigators in the development of protocols, and data collection requirements.
  • Participate in investigator identification and selection, in conjunction with the clinical pharmacology sourcing group.
  • Review and provide input to risk profiles and local informed consent documents as required, ensuring appropriate communication of risk to study subjects.
  • Provide oversight ensuring that operational team has documented the completion of administrative requirements for study initiation and conduct (i.e., ethical review board, informed consent, regulatory approval/notification) consistent with Good Clinical Practices (GCPs) and local laws and requirements.
  • Assist in planning process and participate in study start-up meetings and other activities to provide the appropriate training and information to investigators and site personnel.
  • Serve as resource to clinical trial managers, clinical research monitors, investigators and ethical review boards to address any questions or clarify issues arising during the conduct of study.
  • Understand and actively address the scientific information needs of all investigators and personnel.
  • Monitor patient safety during the conduct of studies and conduct the appropriate tracking and follow-up of adverse events, in alignment with global patient safety policies and procedures.
  • Implement and communicate appropriate pharmacovigilance actions as needed during conduct of the study in collaboration with global patient safety.
  • Provide appropriate oversight and partnership with Third Party Organizations to ensure successful study execution.

 Scientific Data Dissemination/Exchange

  • Knowledge of and compliance with local laws and regulations, and global policies and procedures, compliance guidelines with respect to data dissemination and interactions with external health care professionals/customers.
  • Address the unsolicited scientific questions and information needs of external health care professionals according to guidelines above.
  • Participate in reporting of clinical trial data in Clinical Trial Registry activities.
  • Partner with NPP (New Product Planning) and scientific communications staff on publication strategy and process.
  • Prepare and present documentation of clinical trial results to corporate committees, regulatory agencies, and other external agencies.
  • Publish results of research projects as appropriate.
  • Consider, review, or develop pharmacoepidemiologic (quality of life, cost/effectiveness) and health economic aspects.
  • Support the planning of symposia, advisory board meetings, and other meetings with health care professionals.
  • Participate in data analysis, development of scientific data dissemination, and preparation of final reports and publications for clinical pharmacology-biopharmaceutical trials.
  • Provide clinical reports for local and international regulatory purposes.

Regulatory Support Activities

  • Support and assist in the preparation of regulatory reports, including the medical sections of the IND and Investigator Brochure, preparation of FDA advisory committee regulatory hearings and label discussions, and communications and resolution of regulatory issues, including regulatory response.

People Management and Development:

  • Develop and retain a scientifically excellent, innovation-minded, highly capable workforce with strong exploratory medicine experience.
  • Build an organizational culture that fosters inclusion and innovation, continual improvement, and with an external understanding and awareness.
  • Develop an organizational talent base that demonstrates judgment-based risk taking and decision making.

Business customer support (pre and post launch support)

Basic Qualifications 

  • Medical Doctor (M.D.) or Doctor of Osteopathy (D.O.). Non-U.S. trained physicians must have completed education and training at a medical school that meets the requirements of the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME). For the recognized list of foreign medical schools and the disapproved list, see PLA: Medical Licensing Information  and Medical Education | MBC
  • Must be board eligible or certified in appropriate specialty/subspecialty or have completed the comparable level of post-medical school clinical training relevant to the country of hiring. 
    • U.S. trained physicians must have achieved board eligibility or certification.
    • Foreign medical graduates in U.S. based jobs, who are not U.S. board eligible or certified may be hired directly for employment in the U.S. at the discretion of the Chief Medical Officer.
  • At least five (5) years of pharmaceutical industry experience, or similar, that provides adequate background relevant to clinical trial design and conduct of Phase 1 and Phase 2 studies (e.g., designing clinical programs, trials, and/or protocols, statistical/inferential methods, biomarkers/rating instruments, regulatory standards, safety assessment, investigator/site management).

Additional Skills/Preferences 

  • Pharmaceutical company experience preferable.
  • Clinical and/or research experience in neuroscience, neurodegeneration, and/or pain research preferable.
  • Broad experience in Clinical Pharmacology preferable.
  • Experience with genetic therapy modalities (e.g., siRNA, ASO, gene therapy) preferable.
  • Additional scientific training or degree (M.S., Ph.D.) preferable.
  • Demonstrated strong communication, interpersonal, organizational, teamwork and negotiation skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to influence others (both within teams and a matrix environment) in order to create a positive working environment.
  • Fluent in English; both written and verbal communications.
  • Ability to engage in domestic and international travel to the degree appropriate to support the business of the team (approximately 10-15%).

Lilly currently anticipates that the base salary for this position could range from between $217,500 to $363,000 and will depend, in part, on the successful candidate’s qualifications for the role, including education and experience. Full-time equivalent employees also will be eligible for a company bonus (depending, in part, on company and individual performance). In addition, Lilly offers a comprehensive benefit program to eligible employees, including eligibility to participate in a company-sponsored 401(k); pension; vacation benefits; eligibility for medical, dental, vision and prescription drug benefits; flexible benefits (e.g., healthcare and/or dependent day care flexible spending accounts); life insurance and death benefits; certain time off and leave of absence benefits; and well-being benefits (e.g., employee assistance program, fitness benefits, and employee clubs and activities).Of course, the compensation described above is subject to change and could be higher or lower than the range described above. Further, Lilly reserves the right to amend, modify, or terminate its compensation and benefit programs in its sole discretion and Lilly’s compensation practices and guidelines will apply regarding the details of any promotion or transfer of Lilly employees.

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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