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Director, Discovery Biology and Preclinical Pharmacology

Cambridge, Massachusetts

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Req ID R-31455 Title Director, Discovery Biology and Preclinical Pharmacology City Cambridge State / Province Massachusetts Country United States Region Research

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.

Organization Overview:

At Lilly, we serve an extraordinary purpose. For more than 140 years, we have worked tirelessly to discover medicines that make life better. These discoveries start in Lilly Research Laboratories, where our scientists work to create new medicines that will help solve our world’s greatest health challenges.

At the Lilly Innovation Center in Cambridge, Massachusetts, we explore how next generation therapeutics, new technologies, data analytics and new care models can improve patient health and the healthcare system. Our Genetic Medicine team in Cambridge shares a passion for challenging conventional wisdom and creating an environment that embraces creative, break-through concepts. The Center offers a start-up environment with large company support. It is located in the heart of Massachusetts’ exploding science and technology cluster and is within walking distance of some of the best academic and industry innovators in the world.

The successful candidate will have a strong research track record in biology and be analytically minded, systematic, and embrace data-driven decision making. The scientist will collaborate with multidisciplinary teams across key Lilly therapeutic areas (e.g. neuroscience, diabetes, immunology) to perform experiments to aid development of RNA oligonucleotide drug candidates for the next generation of RNA therapies.

Responsibilities:

  • Hire, develop, and supervise a team of Ph.D.-level Scientists and Research Associates to design, optimize, validate, and execute studies within aggressive timelines,

  • Manage and execute preclinical animal studies both in-house and at external CROs

  • Drive exploratory target identification and prioritization, tool molecule screening, and proof-of-concept studies, in collaboration with a variety of cross-functional teams across multiple therapeutic areas (e.g. neuroscience, diabetes, immunology)

  • Visualize, summarize, and present results to team members and larger internal teams,

  • Identify and drive solutions toward innovation in the RNA Therapeutics area

  • Demonstrate high learning agility regarding grasping and exploiting new scientific concepts and methods,

  • Possess exceptional communication (oral, written), organizational, collaboration, EQ, and leadership skills.

Basic Requirements:

  • Ph.D. in biology, chemical biology, biological engineering, or relevant field with 5+ years of post-PhD experience preferably in biotechnology or pharmaceuticals.

Additional Preferences :

  • The ideal candidate will be a key emerging leader in the field of oligonucleotide therapeutics

  • Clear familiarity with preclinical discovery workflow and timelines and demonstrated successful completion of PoC studies

  • Demonstrated aptitude for data-driven study prioritization, timeline management, competitive intelligence, and resource planning

  • Clear and defined management style

  • Excellent communication, interpersonal skills, and team-player mindset

  • Demonstrated initiative and appropriate risk-taking

  • High level of organization and attention to detail

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.  If you would like to request an accommodation for medical or religious reasons, you may do so at workplace_adjustment@lilly.com. 

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 ( Lilly_Recruiting_Compliance@lists.lilly.com ) 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.

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). 

To submit resume, visit https://www.lilly.com/careers and apply to Req ID R-31455.

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.

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