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Advisor/Sr Advisor - Obesity Research

Eli Lilly and Company
Cambridge, Massachusetts
Start date
May 19, 2024

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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.

The Diabetes, Obesity and Complications Therapeutic Area (DOCTA) of Eli Lilly and Company, is dedicated to the discovery of biologic, small molecule and genetic therapeutics for the treatment of diabetes, obesity and associated complications. We are seeking a skilled and motivated scientist who can help advance a highly collaborative drug discovery and development team in the Obesity research group in Cambridge, MA. The successful candidate will use their deep understanding of the neuronal control of energy balance to play a critical role in supporting early discovery efforts. This role will involve evaluating and experimentally validating novel targets relevant to body weight regulation, particularly targets in the central nervous system, at both in vitro and in vivo level. Your ability to make data-driven decisions and recommendations will allow you to make a significant impact on our obesity pipeline.

Are you passionate about advancing obesity research? Apply now to become part of the Lilly Team!

Key responsibilities include:
  • Provide strong scientific and technical leadership to assess new targets and generate and test hypotheses relevant for therapeutic approaches to treat metabolic diseases with an emphasis on obesity.
  • Be hands-on in the laboratory to leverage in vitro and/or in vivo systems to generate critical data supporting new and existing programs. Must be highly familiar with gold-standard models and systems used in the investigation of body weight and/or food intake regulation.
  • Function independently, work within a team-oriented lab environment and work within cross-functional project teams.
  • Provide supervision and mentoring to 1-2 scientists, performance evaluation and career development.
  • 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:
  • PhD in physiology, molecular biology, pharmacology, or a closely related field
  • Minimum 2+ years of postdoctoral training and/or industry experience
Additional Skills/Preferences
  • Experience with CRISPR gene editing in cellular and/or in vivo model systems.
  • Solid understanding of using genetic data to identify candidate regulators of body weight or other relevant traits is advantageous.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and sustained tendency for collaboration. Ability to prioritize activities across multiple projects independently and effectively.
  • Strong communication skills and experience presenting data to internal and external partners and teams.
  • Demonstrate initiative and appropriate risk taking

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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