Scientific Advisor


We are the Indiana Biosciences Research Institute (IBRI). We are a leading translational research institute that advances academic and industry science through collaboration to improve patient health outcomes. Building your career at the IBRI in Indianapolis’ 16 Tech Innovation District, means being part of a team of renowned scientists, creative thinkers and innovative leaders.

Today’s research is being driven by significant advances in our abilities to study complex disease processes and propose new ways to improve patients’ lives. To reflect the evolving nature of life sciences research and encourage synergies through collaboration, we’re enhancing our integrated capabilities, adding depth to how we approach patient-informed translational science and pursuing four foundational areas of scientific focus. These four areas will provide us the core talent and capability to pursue translational science in this new patient-centric framework:

  • Disease, Systems, Pathways – We’re working to better understand diabetes and identify new ways to combat the disease. We’re applying this learning to other diseases that share common systems and pathways.
  • Molecular Innovation – We’re developing new capabilities for molecular design and drug discovery to investigate disease processes and pursue new therapeutic approaches.
  • Integrated Data Sciences – We’re pursuing advanced data sciences to create novel end-user inspired solutions that address complex analysis, simulation and prediction across the translational sciences.
  • Enabling Technologies – We’re building a rich platform of enabling technologies that give our scientists, partners and collaborators access to the best tools to solve complex scientific problems.

The IBRI’s vision is to build a world-class organization of researchers, innovators and business professionals that catalyze activities across the Indiana (and beyond) life sciences community. To achieve that vision, we look for curious and collaborative team members who are energized by innovation, guided by integrity and inspired by diversity.

The Opportunity:

The IBRI has a Scientific Advisor position available for a talented individual with training, knowledge and experience in the pharmacology of metabolic and related diseases.  As a Scientific Advisor at the IBRI, you will serve as a technical Subject Matter Expert (SME) in the pharmacology of metabolic and related diseases and be responsible for the identification and strategic execution of internal and external drug discovery opportunities in this therapeutic space.

The position will be highly cross-functional and will require effective collaborations with IBRI colleagues as well as potential external partners and funding sources.  Success in this role will be measured by the ability to drive scientific excellence in a team setting through participation in translational research projects leading to publications, funding, patents, tools, and innovation. This position will directly assist the IBRI’s financial sustainability by participating in grant application, sub-contract budget preparation, and sponsor project scope of work proposals. 

This position is ideal for you if you want to work in an innovative institute in the middle of a technology district with opportunities to interact with other life sciences organizations in the region.


  • Identify and validate potential opportunities for innovation in metabolic and related disease intervention though continuous evaluation of relevant literature as well as knowledge of emerging biological targets, clinical trends, technologies, and methodologies. Prioritize opportunities that best synergize with ongoing IBRI research and/or create avenues to new areas.
  • Define translational research project strategies and timelines; and drive execution toward preclinical development, including identification of resources, design of screening plans and proof-of-concept experiments, interpretation and communication of project data, management of relevant stakeholders, securing intellectual property rights, and publication.
  • Work with IBRI teammates to identify and pursue potential funding mechanisms (grants, sponsored research agreements, etc) to support the strategy and recruit collaborators.
  • Build and maintain a network of relevant opinion leaders in academia, biotech, and industry; and identify opportunities for collaboration that support scientific innovation and the IBRI strategy.
  • Identify and lead opportunities for creation of spin-out companies from the IBRI for maximizing value of assets and creating a path toward clinical experimentation.
  • Advise IBRI colleagues in translational pharmacology efforts though application of subject matter expertise.
  • Prepare precise technical report summaries, protocols, and analysis; and maintain appropriate documentation for internal and external communication such as conference presentation, scientific publication, patent applications, and due diligence reviews.


  • PhD or equivalent in pharmacology, molecular biology, cell biology, or a related field with at least 8 years of post-doctoral and/or industrial experience in a translational research and/or drug discovery environment.
  • Expert knowledge of metabolic and related disease pharmacology and emerging targets in drug discovery, including relevant in silico and in vitro screening technologies and in vivo disease models.
  • Extensive experience in research project management, including establishment and coordination of external collaborations across research sectors.
  • Ability to work independently and as part of multi-disciplinary teams to drive translational research projects, exhibiting self-motivation, adaptability, and a positive attitude.
  • Excellent written, verbal and interpersonal communication skills including tack, diplomacy, and flexibility in order to work and interact effectively with staff, researchers, and management in various forums.
  • Proven track record of scientific publications and/or patent applications.

Additional preferred qualifications:

  • Experience preparing and submitting applications for external research funding.
  • Experience managing and/or mentoring colleagues.
  • Hands-on laboratory experience with in vitro and/or in vivo experimental systems relevant to metabolic disease pharmacology and drug discovery.


Competitive salary and comprehensive benefits offered, commensurate with experience.

Equal Employment Opportunity:

The IBRI provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants 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.


Please visit us at to learn more and/or apply for this opportunity. Interested individuals are encouraged to provide their CV/resume and a brief cover letter with their application.