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Lilly Post Doctoral Scientist-Materials Engineer in Indianapolis, Indiana

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 39,000 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.

The Delivery, Device and Connected Solutions (DDCS) organization within Eli Lilly and Company supports the design, development, and commercialization of drug products and pharmaceutical delivery systems including medical devices and container closure systems. The Materials Engineering team of DDCS provides value to the organization by providing materials selection and engineering support to Lilly’s existing and novel delivery device and packaging portfolio from advanced development through commercialization.


  • Contribute materials engineering expertise to product development projects (ranging from early innovation through commercialization) to ensure safe and reliable device performance. Specific topics include materials selection, structure-processing-property relationships, method development for materials screening, polymer analysis, polymer processing, troubleshooting material failures, polymer durability.

  • Effectively coordinate engineering recommendations with cross-functional teammates.

  • Characterize and evaluate novel polymeric materials, pressure-sensitive adhesives, coatings. Examples include renewable (bio-based) materials, coatings for electronics, elastomers, and wearable adhesives.

  • Execute a wide variety of experimental plans with internal and external resources.

  • Document results and conclusions in lab notebooks and technical reports.

  • Enhance Lilly’s competitive advantage through development of proprietary knowledge.

  • Presents technical information on projects, e.g. internal seminars or meetings.

  • Support failure analysis investigations on components, sub-assemblies and/or complete devices.

  • May represent department or company in interactions with internal and external committees or regulators, presentations, publications or other professional activities.

Basic Qualifications:

  • PhD in Materials Engineering, Polymer Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Biomedical Engineering or relevant area of study

Additional Skills/Preferences:

  • In-depth knowledge of the fundamentals of materials science and engineering with a focus on polymers, adhesives and coatings.

  • Experience in polymer processing (injection molding, extrusion) and structure-property-processing relationships preferred.

  • Hands-on experience in polymer analysis (thermal, chemical, mechanical, rheological and surface analysis techniques).

  • Expertise in the areas of characterization of adhesives and coatings.

  • Knowledge of relevant material characteristics and their implications to applications.

  • Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to work productively in an interdisciplinary environment.

  • Problem solving and decision making skills.

  • Strong oral and written communication skills.

Additional Information:

  • Travel may be required, usually 10-20% within US and OUS.

  • This position is not permanent. It is for a fixed term position up to a maximum of 4 years.

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.

At Lilly we strive to ensure our employees are part of a team that cares about them and our shared purpose of making life better for those around the world. How do we do this? We continue to look for ways to include, innovate, accelerate and deliver while maintaining integrity, excellence and respect for people.​ We hope that you seek to join us on our journey as we create medicine and deliver improved outcomes for patients across the globe!