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Research Scientist - Food Safety - Elanco - FDE(00895635)


Indiana - Greenfield


Education Required


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Years of Experience

More than 10

Functional Area

Elanco Animal Health - R & D

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Job Description

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 1,000 employees worldwide.  Founded in 1954, Elanco is a division of Lilly.  Our worldwide headquarters and research facilities are in Greenfield, Indiana.

If you are interested in being considered for employment with Elanco, please review the following opportunity:

Research Scientist Food Safety Elanco - FDE

This Position requires use of controlled technology. An export license from the U.S. Department of Commerce may be required in order to be employed in this position. Elanco Animal Health is seeking a highly motivated individual to participate in the acquisition and development of products for food safety. Within a multi-disciplined team, this individual will be responsible for coordinating and conducting activities necessary to evaluate, obtain and develop products including but not limited to efficacy, safety, manufacturing, and regulation for US and OUS markets. Specifically, the person will be responsible for all aspects of microbiological research needed to take a food safety product to market. Development of food safety products is a fast paced area requiring excellent communication skills and ability to work well within a team setting. Training and experience in the microbiology of food borne pathogens is highly preferred.


This is not a permanent position. It is for a Fixed Duration of up to 3 years.

  • Conduct/monitor research (~60%)


    • Technical expertise to evaluate opportunities and focus on key research needed to make Go/No Go decisions. Microbiology expertise is essential and experience specifically with food borne pathogens (understanding intricacies of serotypes, bacteriophages, etc.) is highly preferred.
    • Judgment-based experience to oversee Contract Research Organizations to expand FSPD capacity and capabilities: develop protocols, monitor and/or conduct research, identify and select contract research organizations, establish contract agreements, and maintain positive business collaborations with both Elanco Food Solutions business unit and Contract Research Organizations. (coordinate, supervise and/or conduct activities across functional areas)


  • Manage product development activities (~25%)


    • Deliver individual objectives in a high quality, timely, cost-effective manner.
    • Provide information to facilitate accurate and timely project and budget forecasts.
    • Manage project timelines and budget deliverables to facilitate delivery of the Elanco pipeline and coordinate with team members to prioritize activities.
    • Timely delivery and excellent documentation of work product to support project decisions, product submissions and launch. (internal and external distribution of data/information)


  • Interactions with Elanco Food Solutions business unit and industry (~15%)


    • Providing technical support, gaining understanding of industry, liaison with key business unit personnel and external customers is essential to the successful development of food safety products.



  • Ph.D. in Molecular Biology, Microbiology or a related field or M.S. with 12+ years of relevant experience.
  • Food Safety background/training is required; food safety industry experience is highly desired.
  • Technically proficient in planning, conducting and documenting microbiology experiments.
  • Excellent documentation skills to support product development to launch.
  • Fluent in English.
  • Ability to work independently and in a team.
  • Qualified candidate must be legally authorized to be employed in the United States.  Lilly does not anticipate providing sponsorship for employment visa status (e.g., H-1B or TN status) for this position.


  • Good judgment-based skill/experience to oversee Contract Research Organizations.
  • Excellent communication skills and teamwork skills.
  • Experience with bacteriophages or viruses.


  • Travel required, up to 40%.
  • Research monitoring and/or conduct may require exposure to food animals, antibiotics, biohazardous agents (Biosafety levels 1 and 2); and/or particularly hazardous chemicals.

Lilly credits its exceptional employees for its successes, and knows the key to ongoing achievement lies in attracting and retaining the best people. A company rich in heritage, Lilly employs individuals, conducts research and markets products worldwide.  By providing for the unmet needs of our customers through a continuous stream of innovation, we will outgrow all competitors.

Lilly earns consistent and wide recognition for creating an exceptional work environment while maintaining our highly regarded reputation in the Pharmaceutical Industry and Community.  The following is a selection of awards and recognition Lilly has received in recent years:
Awards and Recognition



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