Principal Research Scientist-Immunologist

San Diego
February 24 2017
Life Sciences
Position Type
Full Time
Organization Type
Job Type
If you are talented scientist interested in working for the company ranked No. 4 by Science Magazine's Top Employer Survey, read on.

It's an exciting time to be at Lilly as we grow our capabilities in immunology discovery research. The immunology discovery research group at Lilly's Biotechnology Center in San Diego is looking for an experienced Ph.D. level drug discovery scientist with research experience in immunology and autoimmunity. You will join a team responsible for developing novel therapeutics for the treatment of autoimmune and inflammatory diseases. You will participate in a leadership team responsible for the delivery of both large and small molecule clinical candidates. The scope of this position includes
  • mentorship of early career scientists
  • identification and validation of targets for drug discovery
  • leadership of project teams, and directing academic partnerships
  • engagement with clinical research programs
The ideal candidate is a highly motivated team player, with a passion for scientific research and drug discovery, and possesses a broad knowledge of immunologic signaling pathways in order to drive preclinical discovery of novel therapeutics for Lilly's Immunology Portfolio. A track-record of high quality publications in peer-reviewed journals will also show your connection to the science.

Some key attributes and responsibilities could include:
  • Experience and leadership abilities in the discovery and development of new small or large molecule research programs in the areas of immunology, inflammation and autoimmunity.
  • A strong background in at least one of the following areas:
    • molecular and cellular biology of immunologic systems
    • deep expertise in animal models of relevance to discovery and development of therapies for auto-immune or inflammatory disease states
    • experience in translation of human disease-identified targets and pathways with a demonstrated ability to convert these observations to viable drug discovery projects.
  • Analyze and predict downstream needs for drug discovery projects allowing their migration to clinical development.
  • Collaborative and mentoring skills will be an essential aspect of this role as it will involve leadership of specific drug discovery programs
  • Participate at the level of overall strategy development and implementation
  • Establish and manage external research programs, particularly with academic laboratories, but also possibly with biopharma partners.
  • Scientific depth and proficiency in the understanding of immune cells and molecules (both animal models and human), current and emerging analytical techniques and genomics are expected, as well as the ability to design and interpret complex in vitro, ex vivo and in vivo experimental data.
  • Establish physiologically relevant immunology assays suitable for guiding drug design and optimization
  • Experience utilizing human disease translational data and approaches to identify new targets for drug discovery is also a key expectation for this position.
Basic Qualifications
  • Ph.D. in immunology or a related area with at least 7 years of research experience.
Additional Skills/Preferences
  • Intellectual curiosity and well-informed on the latest scientific advances in the fields of immunology and inflammation.
  • External influence through involvement in scientific organizations
  • Demonstrated ability to establish a vigorous research program, both with internal and external collaborators.
  • Ability to interact effectively with people in a highly collaborative, team-oriented environment.
  • Authorship on high quality publications in top tier peer-reviewed journals, and/or patents as well as presentations at national or international immunology conferences is a plus.
Additional Information
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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