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Research Manager

Virginia Commonwealth University
Virginia, United States
Salary Not Specified
Posted date
Jun 29, 2021

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Faculty Positions, Science, Technology & Mathematics, Biology & Life Sciences, Administrative, Academic Affairs, Research Administration
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Full Time
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Position Number F67820 Is this employee on a H1B Visa? Position Type Teaching and Research Faculty Rank Open Working Title Research Manager School/Unit School of Dentistry Department Oral & Craniofacial Biology Number of Months 12 Tenure Status Non-Tenure Eligible Grant funded position? No
Mission or Goal of Unit
The primary mission of the School of Dentistry is to educate practitioners of Dentistry capable of meeting the general oral health needs of the communities they serve. Integral parts of the mission are research and other scholarly activity, patient care, and service and leadership in dental education and organized dentistry, and collaboration and participation with other units with VCU and VCU Health Systems. Chief purpose of this position in support of above mission or goal
Virginia Commonwealth University is seeking applicants for a full-time faculty member in the Department of Oral and Craniofacial Molecular Biology. The appointee will also be a member of the VCU Philips Institute for Oral Health Research. The major role for this position is to act as a Research Manager to assist with and improve our rapidly expanding research endeavors in the School of Dentistry. This position will report to the Director of the Institute and help coordinate research within the Institute and the School. Responsibilities of the role include, but are not limited to:

  • Coordinating grant applications for, and the purchase of, major equipment required by Principal Investigators (PIs)

  • Monitor grant applications and assist the Philips Institute Director and the Associate Dean for Research in improving award success rates

  • Help coordinate training grants and program grant applications to the National Institutes of Health in association with Principal Investigators

  • Prepare an annual report for the Institute and maintain the Institute website

  • Work with the Philips Institute Director, Associate Dean for Research, and senior colleagues in determining the distribution of intramural funding support

  • Work with senior colleagues to appoint an External Advisory Board and coordinate their site visits

  • Be involved in coordinating with VCU Safety to ensure that the Institute is in compliance at all times.

In addition to these administrative roles, the candidate must be an active scientist with experience in the growth and differentiation of primary human keratinocytes, and their interaction with human pathogens. While the candidate will not necessarily be expected to submit their own grants, they will be expected to be a part of teams that apply for grants. The candidate will also be expected to participate in the Institute’s teaching and service activities. Position Responsibilities
Administration: [60%]
Research income to the School of Dentistry has increased 6-fold over the past 6 years and there are now several NIH funded researchers working in the Philips Institute for Oral Health Research. The administrative role of the Research Manager and Coordinator will be to work with the Director of the Philips Institute and the Associate Dean for Research to advance the School of Dentistry’s already active and dynamic research program by enhancing its research infrastructure and assisting with programs and initiatives directed at increasing research funding. Duties will include:

– Assessing the facility needs of research faculty, preparing funding applications for acquisition of new equipment, and ensuring the smooth operation of existing Institute equipment.

– Assisting with the preparation of multi-investigator grants such as NIH program project grants and training grants by coordinating principal investigators, organizing preparatory meetings, and drafting documents.

– Interacting with the School of Dentistry’s Office of Research Administration and/or the VCU Office of Sponsored Programs when necessary to ensure the smooth submission of grant applications and to help resolve problems when they arise.

– Working with the School of Dentistry’s Research Executive Committee (which includes the Philips Institute Director and the Associate Dean for Research) to assist with grant resubmissions from faculty.

– Help to identify members of an external advisory board ( EAB ), and to coordinate site visits from the EAB, including preparation of site visit documents.

– Monitoring grant submissions and success rates.

– Working with the Philips Institute Director, Associate Dean for Research, and the Research Executive Committee to prioritize bridge funding for Philips Institute faculty. Monitor the success of bridge funding with regard follow on Grant funding.

– Maintaining the Philips Institute website.

– Identify funding opportunities and provide a bi-monthly newsletter to all School of Dentistry Faculty highlighting funding opportunities and deadlines

– Coordinating an annual report for the Philips Institute.

– Serving on the Philips Institute Safety Committee and assisting with implementation of VCU safety requirements and policy.

– Execute IT administrative rights to download software for active research members of the School of Dentistry, including students and post-docs as well as Faculty and Staff.

– On occasion, assist Faculty with grant preparations and submissions.

– Performing additional duties assigned by the Director of the Institute or the Associate Dean for Research as reasonably requested.

Teaching: [5%]
The candidate will be expected to teach in an integrated curriculum system that includes baccalaureate, graduate, and professional education. Teaching across traditional departmental lines and in multidisciplinary teams is required. The candidate will be expected to foster transformative learning that is informed by interdisciplinary and translational research, scholarship, and creative expression. This teaching will also incorporate training of research students and post-docs.

Research: [30%]
The candidate will be actively involved in research. In particular, the candidate must possess expertise in the growth and differentiation of primary human keratinocytes and their interaction with human pathogens, as this relates to a strategic goal for the Institute. While the candidate will not necessarily apply for independent funding, he/she will be expected to be an integral member of a team working in this area and therefore serve as a co-applicant on grants.

Service: [5%]
The candidate will be expected to assist the Department of Oral and Craniofacial Molecular Biology, the School of Dentistry, and Virginia Commonwealth University by serving on committees and task forces as requested. In addition, participation in dentistry-related community service activities is strongly encouraged. Required Qualifications
– Ph.D. degree in a relevant biomedical field

– At least three years of post-doctoral training

– Demonstrated understanding of research relevant to the Philips Institute as evidenced by first-author publications in national peer-reviewed journals

– Experience mentoring Ph.D. and/or Masters students

– Extensive research experience

– History of presentations at international meetings and/or workshops

– Must possess a well-developed scholarly portfolio with evidence of multi-disciplinary research

– Must possess excellent written and oral communication skills

– Must possess excellent organizational skills

– Demonstrate the ability to contribute to and participate in humanistic environment of learning with the ability to adapt to change and embrace modern technology

– Demonstrated experience working in and fostering a diverse faculty, staff, and student environment or commitment to do so as a faculty member at VCU

– Demonstrate the ability, or acquire and develop such ability, to incorporate adult learning theory, evidence-based oral health care, innovation in student learning, and critical thinking Preferred Qualifications
Date Posted 06/28/2021 Open Until Filled Yes Application Deadline Date Proposed Hire Date 08/01/2021 Type of Search National Application Process/Additional Information
Candidates must apply to this faculty position, F67820, through the university’s career website at to be considered for this position. Submit cover letter, CV, diversity statement and three references; include names, email addresses and phone numbers for the references. For further information about this position, contact Dr. Todd Kitten, Search Committee Chair, Department of Oral and Craniofacial Molecular Biology, VCU School of Dentistry ( ).

As a preeminent national, urban, public research university and academic health center, Virginia Commonwealth University is committed to organizational diversity, equity and inclusion – an environment where all can thrive in their pursuit of excellence.

Applicants are requested to submit a Statement of Contributions to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (typically between 150-300 words) providing your career aspirations and contributions toward promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion. Through this statement, you can share how your lived experiences; and past, present, and future academic and professional activities have or will contribute to VCU’s mission of promoting equity and inclusion.

Note: Examples include working with others to further the goals of equity and inclusion; leading in any capacity that tangibly promotes an environment where diversity is welcomed, fostered, and celebrated; creative activity, research and scholarship that promotes equity and parity; teaching and mentoring students, and/or engaging with faculty and/or staff from traditionally underrepresented groups to create a positive and successful organizational experience. Posted Salary Commensurate Quick Link Diversity Statement Information For more information on diversity statements, including guidelines, please click here . Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

Applicant Documents
Required Documents
  1. Cover Letter/Letter of Application
  2. Curriculum Vitae (CV)
  3. Diversity Statement (Required for all Faculty)
Optional Documents
  1. Other Document
  2. Reference Letter - 1
  3. Reference Letter - 2
  4. Reference Letter - 3
  5. Publications

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