Harvard Jobs in Providence – Director of Research


Job Description:

Reporting directly to the Chair of the Department of Neurobiology with considerable independence, the Director of Research plays a critical role in ensuring the success of the department by creating and maintaining effective communication and cooperation among faculty and staff, encouraging and cultivating a collegial working environment, and developing a cohesive and functional research vision for the department. A primary role of the Director of Research is to free the Chair of department managerial duties pertaining to research so that the chair can focus on the scientific and educational mission of the department.

Job Responsibilities:

  • Process faculty hiring, appointment and promotion materials
  • Assist Chair and Associate Director with department space management.
  • Work with Chair and the Office of Resource Development on fundraising efforts for the department.
  • Assist with the recruitment of world class faculty
  • Supervise office staff including research operations manager, department administrative coordinator, executive assistant to the chair, and others
  • Work with Chair and faculty to identify long range strategic plans and prepare related documents for HMS department reviews.
  • Support and coordinate collaborative research efforts between scientists in Neurobiology and at other HMS and hospital departments
  • Identify relevant funding opportunities for Neurobiology faculty in the department and across the quad, and work closely with faculty to prepare and submit grant applications
  • Work closely with the Director of Finance & Administration to develop research-related strategies that contribute to the financial health of the department

Job Requirements:

  • Knowledge of research and graduate/medical education issues is helpful. Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Academic research management
  • Ability to effectively identify and actively work to resolve conflicts between individuals and groups.
  • Ability to plan and support the development of individuals’ skills and abilities.
  • Space planning, facilities planning and/ or interdepartmental, shared resource management.
  • Management of interactive venues (such as websites and Slack Channels) for staff, faculty and students.
  • Proven ability to work as a member of a management team.
  • Demonstrated leadership, managerial, communications and negotiation skills
  • Ability to align the evolving needs and goals of the department with the evolving abilities and goals of staff.

Qualification & Experience:

  • The successful candidate will have a broad scientific background with a Ph.D in neuroscience, the biological sciences or related fields. A minimum of five years of progressively responsible experience managing a complex laboratory, office or department within a large organization is strongly preferred.
  • PhD in neuroscience or related field and 7 years of research experience required.

Job Details:

Company: Harvard

Vacancy Type: Full Time

Job Location: Providence, RI, US

Application Deadline: N/A

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