Lilly Senior Research Scientist in Fort Dodge, Iowa



The Clinical Laboratory Senior Research Scientist is responsible for supporting ongoing clinical studies by planning, organizing and conducting laboratory experiments as well as thoroughly documenting and preparing laboratory data for statistical analysis in support of clinical trials. In addition, the Senior Research Scientist will be responsible for identifying and applying new technologies and innovations to update the capabilities of the clinical laboratory.

Technical Responsibilities:

The following are functions, duties or tasks that are performed independently and able to coach/train other peers by a Senior Research Scientist at the R2 Job Level:

  • Serve as a clinical laboratory scientist lead for non-regulated, GLP-regulated, and GCP-regulated studies

  • Work with the Sponsor and Study Manager to determine project requirements

  • Identify and develop new viral/bacterial culture methodologies and analytical methods

  • Develop and review protocols and sample analysis plans

  • Approve validation methods and reviews sample analysis data

  • Identify scientific issues or scope changes within the study

  • Independently reviews and approves raw data

  • Lead troubleshooting to enable completion of studies

  • Reviews and approve laboratory data packages for scientific accuracy and completeness.

  • Provides technical support as needed

  • Plans, prioritizes, and manages workload for large and complex projects

  • Maintain infrastructure of laboratory and an organized, clean and safe working environment

  • Evaluate and incorporate new laboratory equipment, innovation and techniques

  • Prepare SOPs/working procedures

  • Work according to external and internal guidelines (e.g. SOP’s, GxP, HSE, AW)

  • Comply with quality systems and standards (e.g. no critical findings at internal or external audits)

Laboratory Technical Skills:

  • Cell culture, both primary and continuous cell lines

  • Viral/Bacterial Titrations and Re-isolations

  • Serum neutralization assays

  • Perform viral neutralization assays


  • Hemagglutination Assay

  • Hemagglutination Inhibition Assay

  • Immunofluorescences Assay

  • Growth Kinetics Studies

  • Optimization Studies


  • Western Blot

  • Calculate dilutions require to hit target titers

  • Embryonated egg work

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Additional Skills/Preferences:

  • Excellent knowledge of GCP and/or GLP and local regulations

  • Thorough understanding clinical laboratory of study design, execution and operations

  • Proven interpersonal skills with demonstrated expertise while working in teams

  • Good presentation skills and scientific/technical writing skills

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


Senior Research Scientist

Job Category:

Animal Health

Basic Qualifications:

  • PhD in biology, microbiology, immunology, animal science or related scientific discipline

  • Minimum of 5-8 years of experience in laboratory sett

Company Overview:

Elanco is a global research-based company that develops and delivers product and services to enhance animal health and production. We value innovation, both in scientific research and daily operations, and strive to cultivate a collaborative work environment for more than 7,000 employees worldwide. Founded in 1954, Elanco is a division of Lilly. Our worldwide headquarters and research facilities are in Greenfield, Indiana.


Fort Dodge



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North America