Reporting to the Senior Vice Dean for Research and the Associate Vice Dean for Research, the primary role of the Director will be to guide institutional teams toward the completion of specialized scientific initiatives that promote the growth of the VP&S research mission. The Director will liaise between Finance, Procurement, Capital Projects Management, Facilities Operations, Facilities Engineering, departmental administration, vendors and any other institutional or outside entities. The Director will guide internal and external key stakeholders toward the completion of these special projects. This role will also require active management of projects involving the installation of mission critical scientific equipment and the implementation of other specialized proposals.
Additionally, the Director will assist Departmental Chairs and Institute/Center Directors and their faculty and staff to facilitate solutions to their research needs through the VP&S Office for Research concierge service. The research concierge supports new researchers launch their research program and helps all investigators navigate the resources available to conduct their research, including one-on-one consultations, identification of core facilities, availability of specialized equipment, identification of funding opportunities, and support writing grants, availability of specific equipment, etc. The Director will assist faculty with proposal development services by coordinating the preparation and submission of large grant proposals that are multi-departmental and multi-institutional in nature. Furthermore, the Director will interface with Facilities teams to target and implement research-based sustainability initiatives.
Support the development and operations of specialized research facilities including the CryoEM Center, the Columbia University Biobank and other core facilities.
Liaise between multiple institutional teams who span diverse professional backgrounds to ensure overall project goals are realized and efficient utilization of project resources
Apply project management support for specialized scientific initiatives
Provide counsel, guidance and direction for faculty and staff on the mechanisms, processes, and strategies for implementing special scientific projects, including the installation of a broad range of scientific equipment
Maintain and update lab management-related communications to the research community
Management of research-based sustainability initiatives
Assist faculty in the pursuit of funding opportunities for specialized equipment and core facilities.
Bachelor's degree or equivalent in education and experience and 5 years of related experience. PhD or MD may substitute in part for experience.
PhD or MD in biological sciences/biomedical research or related discipline.
Previous experience in a technical field that provides knowledge of building mechanical, electrical and plumbing systems. Knowledge of mechanical functions of scientific equipment. Experience in University administration.
Strong project management skills. Strong writing and presentation skills, and previous grant writing/submission experience. Understanding and/or be able to learn scientific concepts and investigators' research-related needs. Previous research experience and preference for those with basic science research experience. Requires flexibility and time-management skills, including the ability to prioritize among a large number of diverse responsibilities. Must be able to thrive in a fast-paced, deadline-driven environment. Excellent communication (both verbal and written) and interpersonal skills required. Capability to work both independently and as a team member, ability to multi-task and respond professionally in challenging situations is essential. Other desired experience includes work with Microsoft Office applications (i.e., Outlook, Excel, and Word); experience in establishing and maintaining effective professional working relationships; experience working collaboratively and adapting to changing processes and procedures; evidence of interpersonal skills and effective verbal and written communication skills.
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