Advertised Summary Job Description: The Columbia University Department of Systems Biology is an interdisciplinary program based in New York City whose goal is to advance the integration of quantitative and experimental research methods in the biological and biomedical sciences.
Dr. Harris Wang in the Department of Systems Biology is looking to hire a Scientific Program Director who will work in a complex, multi-investigator effort to employ powerful gene therapy approaches in pursuit of clinical treatment of radiation toxicity and morbidity using a combination of CRISPR technologies, high-throughput experimental assays, molecular biology, biochemical techniques, and animal studies. We are seeking a candidate who has expertise in project management, scientific writing, grant administration, and regulatory engagement with the FDA for translational studies. Working with the Principal Investigator (PI), the candidate will be responsible for the management, operations and administration of a large multi-million, multi-year DARPA supported effort and the coordination of the associated research and reporting activities as they relate to grant deliverables. This includes making sure scientific progress and/or deliverables occur in a timely fashion, communication of progress occurs amongst collaborating laboratories within and outside of Columbia, and scientific progress is communicated in oral or written form to the funding institution. The candidate will initiate and lead meetings among the scientific staff and will work closely with the PI and research team members to ensure that research studies are completed on time and within budget. Will assist in manuscript preparation and grant writing as needed. Furthermore, the candidate will lead and organize pre-IND regulatory engagement activities with the FDA towards clinical pursuit of desired research objectives as well as assist in potential technology transition of program results towards commercialization.
This is a position for a highly organized person with good management skills and includes cross-disciplinary project coordination, scientific communications, budget management, liaising with the Center for Radiological Research and Columbia Genome Center, liaising with DARPA Program Directors, technology transfer activities, IACUC proposal generation and maintenance, and a wide range of support activities.
General Minimum Qualifications: Master's degree plus five years of related experience, or equivalent combination of education/experience.
Additional Specific Minimum Qualifications: -Position requires strong familiarity with key components of the research program, such as gene therapy, genome engineering, computational biology/bioinformatics, molecular biology, radiation biology, and systems biology.
-Experience with writing scientific components of grant proposals and reports. Sufficient familiarity with scientific aspects of research to draft text independently.
-Project management experience, preferably experience overseeing a large, multi-component project. Strong familiarity with administrative aspects of managing large sponsored research projects, including knowledge of federal compliance requirements.
-Graduate-level experience in genetics, radiation biology, gene therapy, drug delivery, CRISPR technologies, molecular or systems biology, or a related field.
-A broad understanding and general interest in the field of gene therapy and genomics, its clinical and translational implications.
-Post-graduate experience in research, program management or scientific writing/editorial skills.
-Excellent written and oral communications skills.
-Some experience in grant administration processes.
-Knowledge and some experience in the administration of a science program which includes knowledge of budget management, project reporting, and supervision of staff.
-Independence and self-initiative are essential.
Preferred Qualifications: -A PhD in a relevant field is strongly preferred. -Published scholarly work in related field is preferred.
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Columbia University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer.
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