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Director, Research Lab


Department Description: BIDMC ranks among the top four in National Institutes of Health (NIH) research funding among independent U.S. teaching hospitals. The Genetics laboratory is housed in the Center for Life Science building, a state-of-the-art biomedical research facility that is the largest research facility in the Longwood medical area and houses a number of additional outstanding research laboratories. BIDMC provides a host of leading-edge core facilities for its research labs as well as to surrounding academic research institutions and private corporations. Making use of sophisticated technologies and equipment, these technologically advanced facilities provide investigators with access to centralized expertise and service. They include state-of-the-art flow cytometry, confocal imaging, genomics, proteomics, preclinical murine pharmacogenetics and histology services amongst others. In addition, as an affiliated teaching hospital of Harvard Medical School (HMS), researchers at BIDMC have full access to the facilities and resources offered by this esteemed Institution. Indeed, the Longwood Medical Area, where both HMS and BIDMC are located represents one of the most important and stimulating campuses for biomedical research in the world.

Job Location: Boston, MA

Req ID: 32460BR


Job Summary: Independently responsible for the daily operations of the laboratory including both administrative duties and direct involvement in the research endeavors of the laboratory.

Essential Responsibilities:
  1. Responsible for the daily scientific endeavors of the laboratory including direct oversight of scientific design, planning and implementation as well as oversight of technical personnel and administrative duties under PI supervision.
  2. Responsible for design, implementation and coordination of scientific endeavors performed by the laboratory.
  3. Responsible for administrative duties of the laboratory. Remains current in the technologies used in the lab. Participates in improving operations of the lab, both administratively and scientifically. Recommends and implements changes.
  4. Writes or is involved in writing scientific publications, grants or parts of grant proposals or presentations.
  5. Presents scientific work at local, national and international conferences or meetings as well as stays abreast of scientific advances in the field while at these meetings.
  6. Has the authority to direct and support managers with functional area responsibilities. Has the direct responsibility to undertake the following employment actions: hiring, termination, corrective action and performance reviews. Direct Reports: More than 7 Indirect Reports: 1-5
  7. Assists in planning, monitoring and/or managing budget in functional area of department.
Required Qualifications:
  1. Bachelor's degree required. Master's degree preferred.
  2. 8-10 years related work experience required and 3-5 years supervisory/management experience required
  3. Advanced skills with Microsoft applications which may include Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint or Access and other web-based applications. May produce complex documents, perform analysis and maintain databases.
Preferred Qualifications:
  1. Strong background in molecular biology and Virology, particularly when applicable to vaccine innovation and design.
  2. Advanced skills with laboratory related software such as DNAstar, GCK, Graphpad Prism and/or other web based resources to fulfill needs for the work.
  3. Experience with GCLP practices.
Competencies:
  1. Decision Making: Ability to make decisions that are guided by precedents, policies and objectives. Regularly makes decisions and recommendations on issues affecting a department or functional area.
  2. Problem Solving: Ability to address problems that are highly varied, complex and often non-recurring, requiring staff input, innovative, creative, and Lean diagnostic techniques to resolve issues.
  3. Independence of Action: Ability to set goals and priorities for functional area. May make recommendations for department policies, practices and programs. Manager or Director provides broad guidance and overall direction.
  4. Written Communications: Ability to communicate complex information in English effectively in writing to all levels of staff, management and external customers across functional areas.
  5. Oral Communications: Ability to verbally communicate complex concepts in English and address sensitive situations, resolve conflicts, negotiate, motivate and persuade others.
  6. Knowledge: Ability to demonstrate broad and comprehensive knowledge of theories, concepts, practices and policies with the ability to use them in complex and/or unprecedented situations across multiple functional areas.
  7. Team Work: Ability to lead collaborative teams for larger projects or groups both internal and external to the Medical Center and across functional areas. Results have implications for the management and operations of multiple areas of the organization.
  8. Customer Service: Ability to lead operational initiatives to meet or exceed customer service standards and expectations in assigned unit(s) and/or across multiple areas in a timely and respectful manner.

Physical Nature of the Job:
Sedentary work: Exerting up to 10 pounds of force occasionally in carrying, lifting, pushing, pulling objects. Sitting most of the time, with walking and standing required only occasionally

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