Job Title: Deputy Director, Vaccine Design and Development Lab
Location: Brooklyn, New York, USA
Reports to: Executive Director, IAVI Viral Vaccines and Vaccine Design and Development Lab
This position will include significant responsibility for vaccine research and development oversight associated with the overall strategic program at the Vaccine Design and Development Lab. This includes management of a multidisciplinary vaccine research team and providing technical direction and supervision of senior scientists. The incumbent must have an established record of working on multifunctional teams engaged in complex projects and demonstrated experience assuming a leadership role responsible for facilitating collaboration both within the team and across functional units. As IAVI is a not-for-profit organization, skills also are required to support fundraising strategies and foster interactions with funding organizations. Research grant proposal composition is an essential element of this position.
The Deputy Director will be an integral member of IAVI’s R&D team, and will contribute to setting strategic scientific objectives, and ensuring that collaborations and programs are aligned with IAVI’s mission and organizational goals as well as play a fundamental role in the development of vaccine candidates moving into the clinic. This individual will work closely with colleagues across the organization to ensure implementation of plans and efficient use of IAVI resources. The Director will be responsible for executing on time-sensitive milestones.
The Deputy Director must have broad and advanced research experience in virology, viral vector development, and vaccine development and evaluation. The incumbent must have a proven record demonstrating the ability to take primary responsibility for composition of scientific publications, research program progress reports, and research grants. The incumbent must also have experience serving as the principal investigator on multifunctional teams engaged in complex projects that achieved a successful conclusion. Experience managing all levels of scientists is required.
• Managing senior research staff and research projects in association with funding agency milestones
• Managing research in alignment with IAVI project teams, senior management, and external partner collaborations
• Assisting with advancement of specific internal vaccine candidates to early clinical development; includes being a subject matter expert as well as direct involvement on teams involved in early development, clinical development, and grant submissions
• In association with senior scientists, lead the planning of preclinical study designs, execution, and analyses
• Lead in composition of research manuscripts, internal and external presentations, grant submissions for R&D programs, and internal and external reports on funded programs
• Represent IAVI at national/international donor, partner, scientific and industry meetings
• Communicate progress of collaborative and internal partnerships through publications, presentations at scientific meetings, and media/public contacts
• Manage and develop senior research staff and monitor performance
EDUCATION AND WORK EXPERIENCE:
• PhD in biological sciences
• More than 15 years of work experience subsequent to postdoctoral training
• Experience in vaccine development, virology, and molecular biology
• Immunology experience is a plus
• Work experience that includes primary responsibility for orchestrating complex projects, managing timelines, and managing scientific staff at all levels
• A successful record of manuscript composition and publication
• Successful record of obtaining research funding is a strong plus
• Excellent written and verbal communication skills
• A minimum of 10 years managerial experience demonstrating leadership skills of multi-level staff and decision-making ability
Work Environment and Physical Demands:
The work environment and physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
• Mobility to perform the essential functions of the position
• Hearing and speech sufficient to verbally communicate in person and on the telephone constantly (66-100%)
• Typical office environment
• Occasional travel off-site for team meetings with collaborators, as needed (up to 20%)
• Ability to travel to IAVI offices in New York
• Perform other duties as assigned
Location/Region: Brooklyn, NY