As a leading global animal health company, Elanco delivers innovative products and services to improve the health of pets and farm animals around the world because we believe making animals’ lives better, makes life better. Since 1954, we have provided solutions that support veterinarians, farmers and pet owners to advance our vision of Food and Companionship Enriching Life. Elanco’s promise to employees: Together, we foster an inclusive culture where everyone can make a difference, encouraging ownership, growth and well-being.

Share your passion for innovation and complex problem solving with like-minded scientists at a cause-driven, customer focused company dedicated to positively impacting the health of animals, people and the planet.

The Technical Services & Manufacturing Sciences (TS/MS) team at Elanco Technology Center, Indianapolis plays a key role in continuous process and productivity improvements initiatives and support of Elanco’s network of manufacturing sites with a diverse portfolio of pharmaceutical and biotech products. This Senior Scientist role is ideal for the individual looking to make a meaningful impact while pursuing both their short- and long-term career goals. As a global leader in the animal health industry, Elanco offers a variety of career opportunities inside and outside of the Manufacturing & Quality function at exciting locations around the world.

Reporting to the Principal Research Scientist of the Elanco Tech Center, the incumbent will be responsible for providing technical and strategic direction for vaccine process optimization with a particular emphasis on the poultry vaccine projects within the Life Cycle Management (LCM) program. The incumbent will also support other platforms within the Biotech Network, including microbial fermentation and monoclonal antibodies.  The incumbent will collaborate with Scientists/Engineers in multiple geographies to deliver on a technical agenda focusing on product innovation, portfolio expansion, and productivity. The position is based in Indianapolis, with a vibrant community, a thriving life sciences industry and top-rated academic institutions.

Key Objectives/Deliverables:

  • Technical and strategic leadership of poultry vaccine life cycle management (LCM) activities at the Elanco Tech Center.  Responsibilities include:
    • Designing, establishing, and sustaining the poultry vaccine support core facility at the Elanco Tech Center
    • Manage scope, deliverables, and timelines to facilitate delivery of LCM portfolio of poultry vaccine projects
    • Design, conduct, and oversee the execution of laboratory experiments
    • Assisting with the establishment of appropriate and relevant characterization assays to enhance process development and optimization activities for biologicals
    • Utilize statistical modeling (DoE) approaches to deliver effective analytical solutions
    • Explore and champion emerging technologies that may be applied to the biological’s portfolio
  • Propose, gain support for, and implement technologies from the incumbent’s experience and knowledge to enhance process optimization of poultry vaccines
  • Prepare verification and validation studies in accordance with current regulatory compliance
  • Provide technical leadership to the network organization regarding process improvements, and troubleshooting
  • Participate in manufacturing site investigations as needed, enhancing poultry vaccine knowledge, understanding and problem solving
  • Coach and grow technical talent at ETC and across the network
  • Write technical papers and reports in a timely fashion
  • Utilize safe laboratory practices, lead in safety compliance and improvement

Basic Requirements:

  • B.S. (+8yrs), M.S. (+4yrs), PhD in Microbiology/Virology/Biological science/biochemistry or Veterinary science degree with Veterinary/poultry vaccine focus.
  • Experience with a variety of technologies and platforms is preferred including; poultry vaccine technologies, recombinant protein platforms, protein-based therapeutics, cell culture and fermentation technology
  • Qualified candidates must be legally authorized to be employed in the United States. Elanco does not anticipate visa (e.g. H1B) sponsorship for this position.

Additional Skills and Preferences:

  • Experience with upstream production of viruses in cell monolayers (T-flasks, roller bottles,, cell factories), batch/fed batch/perfusion bioreactors and/or embryonated chicken eggs
  • Proven record of successfully troubleshooting vaccine processes, QA/QC analysis, vaccine potency
  • Experience with biologicals manufacturing and aseptic manufacturing/Upstream and downstream process development
  • Knowledgeable in cell and egg-based assays for virus titrations, making virus stocks, primary cells, cell banks, virus growth kinetics, Virus inactivation kinetics,  downstream processes involving virus harvest, virus inactivation, virus concentration, viral vaccine formulations, lyophilization, stability studies etc,
  • Experience with monitoring and leading contract service provider relationships that support process improvements
  • Lean manufacturing and six sigma experience
  • Proven organization and time management skills to meet time sensitive deadlines, attention to detail, and collaboration in a team-based environment are essential.
  • Personal attributes: self-starter; attentive to details; results oriented; accountable; respectful of others; committed while maintaining balance and perspective; good written and oral communication skills.
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced and dynamic environment with changing priorities, and flexibility to support multiple projects simultaneously.
  • Ability to problem solve using innovative thinking and good decision making.
  • Ability to influence people
  • Ability to build collaborative relationships with areas inside and outside of Elanco
  • Familiarity with Global Regulatory Standards (FDA, EU GMP, USDA)


  • 0-10% Domestic and International travel

Notification of Drug testing and Background Checks

Elanco conducts urinalysis drug testing as a mandatory part of its pre-employment application and background check process after acceptance of a conditional offer of employment by an applicant. The drug testing will be conducted by a certified laboratory/testing service selected by Elanco, in accordance with the procedures required by applicable state and federal law. Additionally, Elanco requires successful completion of a urinalysis drug test if it has reasonable suspicion that an employee is under the influence of drugs or alcohol which adversely affects or could adversely affect the employee’s job performance as allowed by applicable law. Tested applicants will be given a copy of any positive test result. All test results shall be considered confidential and shall not be disclosed by Elanco, other than to those persons for whom such disclosure is necessary. Positive test results, or a refusal to consent to and participate in pre-employment drug testing, shall be grounds for denial of employment. Cooperation in scheduling the testing is important for processing an application for employment. By signing your acceptance to an offer of employment, you consent to be drug tested and acknowledge you have thoroughly read the foregoing notice and policy, and you understand and agree that in order to be considered for employment with Elanco, you will be required to comply with Elanco’s drug testing policy. Elanco’s background check requirements also include but are not limited to an acceptable criminal background check, educational verification, job history verification and motor vehicle report (if required to drive a company vehicle). If appropriate for the role, as outlined on the job posting, successful completion of Post Offer Exam, Work Simulation and/or Administrative Skills Testing may also be required.


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