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Senior Research Scientist - Efficacy & Model Development


Last Updated: 1/28/23

Job Description

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.

The Senior Research Scientist - Efficacy & Model Development will provide functional subject matter expertise to support all in vivo stage projects up to Pipeline Entry with strong focus on Proof of Concept for Pet Health product candidates. The expert function (augmented with key external collaborators) will support diverse projects in type and stage and closely align with Research Project Leads and Discovery scientists to determine or build the relevant target animal studies for Proof of Concept and additional project de-risking as required. An ongoing effort to improve project quality via validation efforts, model upgrades, and strategic use of early field/clinic studies will be important. This position will be working closely with research project leads, clinical project leads and clinical operations teams.


  • Works very closely with the Research Project Leads, Discovery Project leads and Research & Breakthrough Innovation Leadership Team to shape the research portfolio strategy, from the efficacy view, helping ensure the team is focused on advancing the best opportunities with the highest value indications.
  • Constantly applies broad prospective of the veterinary product development process, with an early risk focused mindset and an emphasis on setting up the project for success in full development.
  • Works very closely with all R&D / Regulatory functions, to ensure the strongest measurable efficacy principles are understood and being effectively used where appropriate to shape new initiatives and strengthen projects.
  • Navigate across opportunities in diverse technology platforms, to include but not limited to small molecules, vaccines, monoclonal antibodies, and other large molecule approaches.
  • Provide knowledge and help drive an efficacy evaluation strategy in dogs and cats.
  • Keeps up with the efficacy model landscape and proposes internal capability adjustment, build needs, as indicated by organizational growth, diversification and technical complexity.
  • Operationally, able to align team and efforts to a risk based project approach, able to navigate incremental funding schemes, and set rational, logical iteration efforts aligned with generating optimal minimally viable products for full development execution.
  • Very effective working in a matrix. Supports and works to strengthen the portfolio holistic mindset of the organization – each person is critical, projects are owned by all involved, back up plans are important, and we succeed/fail together.
  • Supports and works to strengthen the environment of psychological safety, supporting and leading by example rigorous debate, challenge, while showing respect and trust.
  • Build/promote a culture of collaborative knowledge sharing and problem solving, helping ensure execution using best practices and a consistent engagement strategy with the regulatory agencies.

Key Leadership Behaviors:

  • Collaborative approach to research and development and the Elanco enterprise, operate with a One Elanco mindset
  • Flexibility and adaptability, fast iteration between projects and studies; willingness to adapt approach as the internal and external environment changes.
  • Strategic thinking, strong sense of curiosity and understanding of industry, competitive landscape, and relevancy of solutions to customers.
  • Strong empathy and emotional intelligence, very good at managing relationships in a positive way
  • Demonstrate resilience and embrace failures as key to learning and effectively manages set backs
  • Comfortable and competent in ambiguity and working outside core competency areas

Basic Qualifications:

  • Ph.D. in animal health clinical specialty.
  • 3+ years animal health clinical experience.
  • Qualified candidates must be legally authorized to be employed in the United States or Germany. Elanco does not anticipate providing sponsorship for employment visa status (e.g. H1B) for this position.

Additional Preferences:

  • Veterinary Specialty Board Certification
  • DVM
  • Animal Health industry experience

Other Information:

  • Travel (10-25%), including international, as needed

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.

Elanco 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

Company Details

Greenfield, Indiana, United States
Elanco Animal Health Incorporated (NYSE: ELAN) is a global leader in animal health dedicated to innovating and delivering products and services to prevent and treat disease in farm animals and pets, creating value for farmers, pet owners, veterinarians, stakeholders, and society as a whole. With nearly 70 years of animal health heritage, we are committed to helping our customers improve the health...