The Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard is the world’s leading biomedical research institute dedicated to the bold mission of using the full power of genomics to transform the understanding and treatment of disease. The Broad Institute seeks to describe all of the molecular components of life and their connections; discover the molecular basis of major human diseases; develop effective new approaches to diagnostics and therapeutics; and disseminate discoveries, tools, methods, and data openly to the entire scientific community.
Founded in 2004 by Eric Lander and philanthropists Eli and Edythe L. Broad, the Broad Institute includes faculty, professional staff, and students from throughout the MIT and Harvard biomedical research communities and beyond, with collaborations spanning more than a hundred private and public institutions in more than 40 countries worldwide.
Committed to meeting the most critical challenges in biology and medicine, the Broad Institute stands on the leading edge of biomedical research, with a mission to broadly disseminate discoveries and information to the scientific community. Broad scientist pursue a wide variety of projects that cut across scientific disciplines and institutions. This position will join a multi-investigator program aimed at: integrating information from human disease genetics with novel approaches in functional genomics and chemical biology to make progress towards therapies for immune mediated diseases and translating the microbiome in clinical medicine.
Areas of Interest: Genetics, Immunology, Microbiome, Pharmacology, Research/Science Management, Project Management
The Assistant Director will work with Dr. Ramnik Xavier to initiate and oversee participation in scientific endeavors and in the development and implementation of research plans and organizational structures to achieve program and Institute goals. The incumbent will serve as a primary contact for other Broad programs, platforms, and initiatives, and for the broader communities interested in collaborating with the program; manage projects and promote communications that span working groups across the Broad Institute and with outside collaborators; interact and collaborate closely with laboratory-based and computational faculty, staff and trainees to ensure priorities are aligned across work groups; act as ambassador for the program director within and outside of the Broad Institute; proactively identify funding sources to develop optimal research funding opportunities; work with program and assist in the writing of grant applications; opportunity to participate directly in program research.
PRINCIPAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
- With the program director, translate the vision of the group into collaborative research plans and drives strategic planning process within and across scientific programs to ensure that scientific goals are aligned. Advise program director on the implementation and status of plans and goals.
- Function as key resource for the development and comprehensive understanding of the program’s current scientific goals and obligations to funding sources.
- Set up and manage external collaborations with a wide-range of scientific groups-from initial contacts, to project design, through completion. Ensures regular and timely communications with outside collaborators.
- Monitor progress on projects; communicate status of development projects, project deadlines, and blocking issues between groups at Broad and outside collaborators and other agencies.
- Write grant proposals, renewals and funding agency reports, and provides oversight in managing the preparation and submission of grant proposals, renewals, and funding agency reports as well as contracts and licenses. Assist lab members with editing manuscripts.
- Responsible for developing, implementing, and directing all operational and administrative functions.
- Ensure organizational and administrative accuracy and timeliness of internal operations as well as external deliverables.
- Work closely with Finance and Office of Sponsored Research to oversee and track budgets to actuals and ensure they are in line with research objectives; work closely with program leadership to develop project budgets and forecast.
- Work closely with the Office of Strategic Alliances and Partnering to review and execute research-related agreements on behalf of program research.
- Assist in evaluating space and staffing needs, follows through with relevant administrative departments to ensure that scientific aspects of program requirements are met.
- May scientifically mentor or supervise members of the program.
- Directly supervise Broad personnel responsible for hiring, performance management, and professional development.
- Ph.D. in biomedical research, with post-doctoral training and/or significant scientific contributions to the field and post graduate leadership experience
- Research experience and expertise in genetics, immunology, chemical biology, or the human microbiome
- A minimum of 5 years experience in personnel, project and/or program administrative management, with experience managing and working with teams of large budgets
- Strong record of research publications and high profile scientific presentations
- Expertise and interest in writing grants, reports and scientific papers and identifying funding sources
- Demonstrated ability to develop and shift plans and organizational structures to adjust to rapidly changing scientific priorities and technologies
- Proven experience and recognized achievements in critical evaluation of scientific methods and technologies
- Excellent communication (both in writing and presenting), analytical, and interpersonal skills
- Excellent organization and time management skills
- Ability to build excellent working relationships and foster collaboration
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