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Biologist - Cell-Free Expression - Molecular Biology

Eli Lilly and Company
San Diego, California
Start date
Jun 8, 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 Biotechnology Discovery Research Division at LBC-San Diego, responsible for generating, characterizing, and optimizing biotherapeutics from lead generation through lead optimization and preclinical development is hiring. We support cross-disciplinary efforts to engineer innovative biotherapeutics that treat metabolic, autoimmune, and neurologic diseases. Join our team of scientists working to improve lives of patients around the world.

We are seeking a highly motivated biologist with experience in molecular biology and cell culture to join the Protein Biosciences Group. The successful candidate will have an in depth understanding and hands-on experiences in molecular cloning, and broad knowledge and experience in related fields such as protein expression, protein purification and basic analytical technique for protein characterization.


  • Assist in experimental development of cell free expression systems-preparation of lysate and in vitro protein expression. 

  • Assist in experimental development of protein expression systems.

  • Work independently at bench and complete work within project timeline.

  • Conduct common experimental techniques that include bacterial culture, PCR, cloning, protein purification and analytics.

  • Maintain a supply of custom reagents under the supervision of senior scientists; develop standard lab operation protocols and procedures.

  • Maintain accurate record; Provide detailed reports and timely presentations to senior scientists.

Basic Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's or master's Degree in biochemical sciences biology, molecular biology, biochemistry, or related field) with 1-3 years of post-degree relevant experience in a pharmaceutical, biotech, or research organization.

Additional Skills and Preferences

  • Strongly Preferred: Experience in cell free expression systems-preparation of lysate and in vitro protein expression. 

  • Experience in cloning, PCR and understanding of modern molecular biology techniques.

  • Experience in maintaining E. Coli cell lines. Additional experience in mammalian and insect cell line preferred.

  • Familiar with affinity purification.

  • Experience with bacterial and mammalian expression vectors; Proficiency in scientific software used to design and analyze biological data.

  • Excellent work planning, data analysis and electronic record keeping skills with strong attention to detail.

  • Plan and present research with clarity.

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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