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Associate Scientist - In Vivo Pharmacology

Indianapolis, Indiana

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Req ID R-34475 Title Associate Scientist - In Vivo Pharmacology City Indianapolis State / Province Indiana 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. We make a difference for people around the globe by discovering, developing and delivering medicines that help them live longer, healthier, more active lives. Not only do we deliver breakthrough medications, but you also can count on us to develop creative solutions to support communities through philanthropy and volunteerism

We are seeking a highly motivated laboratory-based scientist with a strong background in behavioural pharmacology to join the Lilly Pain Drug Discovery team.  The ideal candidate will be a critical thinker, experienced in animal handling, dosing, animal surgery and demonstrated expertise in behavioural pharmacology. The candidate will be an integral part of multiple teams focused on developing novel medicines across broad pain disorders. Therefore, the ability to interact collaboratively with scientists with diverse expertise is a prerequisite for this role.  


The primary responsibilities of the candidate will be to support multiple in vivo animal studies in the Pain Drug Discovery group.


  • Demonstrates exceptional ability to work with fellow lab/team members in order to schedule, coordinate, and execute high-quality in vivo studies
  • Displays problem-solving skills and the knowledge of inter- and intra-departmental roles and responsibilities for coordination of work activities


  • Communicates with senior pharmacologist and other lab/team members regarding study activity, scheduling, and/or findings
  • Displays innovative skills to accommodate various study designs

Live-Phase Skills:

  • Design and conduct of rodent (mouse and rat) in vivo pharmacology studies
  • Planning the study in collaboration with the senior pharmacologist
  • Randomizing, blinding, formulating, dosing of test compounds to study animals (PO, SC, IM, IV, IP)
  • Collecting behavioral data of various modalities (manual observation and automated)
  • Accurately documenting clinical observations, dosing times, dosing volume, bleeding times, body weights, food consumption and unscheduled events
  • Collecting fluid and tissue samples (plasma, CSF, other tissues) at study termination and for larger studies conducting by other scientists
  • Processing, labeling, and delivering samples for analysis internally and externally
  • Analyzing data, graphically representing data and statistically analyzing data
  • Recording data in notebook, presenting in laboratory/project meetings

Surgical Skills:

  • Demonstrates aseptic procedures
  • Prepares animals for surgery, monitors animals for pain during and post-surgery and administers proper anesthetic
  • Conducts various surgical models, including nerve ligation

Necropsy Skills:

  • Demonstrates command of rodent dissection and prosection
  • Coordinates all preparations for the conduct of necropsies and demonstrates proficient dissection techniques
  • Delivers high-quality tissue samples


  • Ensures full compliance with all Lilly regulations, including understanding and following all Animal Care and Use protocols

Basic Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Biology or related field with relevant animal handling/dosing experience.
  • Demonstrated proficiency in dosing and handling mice and rats.
  • Skilled in sample collection (plasma, CSF, tissue dissection) and sample preparation.
  • Ability to work collaboratively in a team environment
  • Flexibility and adaptability to a changing work environment with changing priorities.
  • Strong organizational, multi-tasking, and time-management skills.

Additional Skills/Preferences:

  • 5+ years industry experience
  • Skilled in small animal surgical techniques.
  • Experience conducting pain-related behavioral pharmacology studies in mice and/or rats.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills, ability to document experiments clearly and according to Good Research Practice principles.
  • Interest / aptitude in Machine Learning  

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.

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 and apply to Req ID R-34475.

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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