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Research Associate, Chemistry/Biochemistry

Pasadena, California

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Req ID R-30081 Title Research Associate, Chemistry/Biochemistry City Pasadena State / Province California 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.

Protomer is a recently -acquired, wholly owned subsidiary of Eli Lilly and Co. based in Pasadena, CA. The team operates as a group within Lilly Research Laboratories (LRL). LRL is focused on the discovery and development of new therapeutics for the treatment of a plethora of diseases. The scientists in LRL work cross-functionally between therapeutic target area disciplines, including Diabetes, Heart Failure, Renal, Neuroscience, ASCVD, Incretins and Insulins.

The team at Protomer is working on responsive biotherapeutics that can be controlled using small molecule modulators. Protomer team is based in Pasadena and the research labs are located in Pasadena. We are currently expanding the team to advance several programs, including glucose sensing insulins (GSIs), and are looking for a research associate with experience in biochemistry, synthesis, bioconjugations, and purification/characterization of therapeutic compounds of interest.

The ideal candidate will have a bachelor’s or master’s degree in chemistry, chemical engineering, biochemistry, biology, or a related field, as well as in-depth understanding of basic biochemistry and chemistry techniques and experience with development, validation, and implementation of experiments in a biomedical research setting.

The applicant must be a fast-learning, task-oriented, and self-motivated person who can perform detailed work with minimal supervision. A requirement of this role is to work well as a team player in a fast-paced research setting. The applicant will be responsible for assisting Protomer’s senior chemists with synthesis, bioconjugation,  purification, and characterization of compounds of interest. The successful candidate will actively participate and present in team meetings and is expected to contribute to the team’s progress and success.

Responsibilities:

  • Work closely with senior scientist to accomplish team objectives and research milestones
  • Purify and characterize compounds using HPLC, FPLC, and various biochemical methods
  • Introduce and maintain state-of-the-art technologies with respect to peptide therapeutics, including developing and implementing assays and maintaining critical instruments.
  • Perform data analysis. Critically evaluate data and results and troubleshoot experiments.
  • Demonstrable ability to function independently, work within a team-oriented lab environment, and work within cross-functional project teams.
  • Maintain accurate record keeping, perform independent data analysis, and report data in written and oral formats and retain excellent electronic lab notes.
  • Perform work in compliance with Lilly Research Policies.

Basic Qualifications:

  • Undergraduate degree in chemistry, biochemistry, chemical engineering with working knowledge of standard biochemistry or chemistry lab techniques.

Additional Skills/Preferences:

  • Academic or industry research experience
  • Proven ability to work in a flexible, team-oriented environment.
  • Experience with standard biochemistry techniques.
  • Strong communication skills and experience presenting data in a team environment.
  • Strong relationship-building and interaction skills with peers and management.

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.

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). 

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To submit resume, visit https://www.lilly.com/careers and apply to Req ID R-30081.

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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