Assistant Director of Research and Operations, Center for Drug Discovery

Northeastern University
Massachusetts, United States
Salary Not specified
Posted date
Dec 1, 2021

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Faculty Positions, Health & Medicine, Other Health & Medicine
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Full Time

Assistant Director of Research and Operations, Center for Drug Discovery

About Northeastern:
Founded in 1898, Northeastern is a global research university and the recognized leader in experience-driven lifelong learning. Our world-renowned experiential approach empowers our students, faculty, alumni, and partners to create impact far beyond the confines of discipline, degree, and campus.

Our locations—in Boston; Charlotte, North Carolina; London; Portland, Maine; San Francisco; Seattle; Silicon Valley; Toronto; Vancouver; and the Massachusetts communities of Burlington and Nahant—are nodes in our growing global university system. Through this network, we expand opportunities for flexible, student-centered learning and collaborative, solutions-focused research.

Northeastern's comprehensive array of undergraduate and graduate programs— in a variety of on-campus and online formats—lead to degrees through the doctorate in nine colleges and schools. Among these, we offer more than 195 multi-discipline majors and degrees designed to prepare students for purposeful lives and careers.

About the Opportunity:
The Center for Drug Discovery is seeking an Assistant Director for Operations and Research to join their team!

Buoyed by nearly $60 million in established grants, the center is dedicated to better understanding drug mechanisms of action and developing new approaches and technologies aimed at improving the discovery of new therapeutic drugs. The main projects include drug design and synthesis, chemical/biochemical approaches for studying drug receptor interactions and the role of membranes in drug action using biophysical methods. Additional work involves studying the effects of drug molecules on membranes using solution and solid-state nuclear magnetic resonance and computational methods and using the results to design and synthesize improved medications. The classes of drugs being studied include cannabinoids, steroids and antineoplastic ether lipids. The work also includes studying the mechanism by which these molecules are transported across the blood brain barrier. The center, working with the biotechnology and pharmaceutical industries, is developing an educational component centered on drug discovery. Founded in 2003.

Please note: The primary work location for this position is the Boston MA Northeastern University Campus Location.

Reporting to the Director of the Center (“Director”), this position is responsible for the development and implementation of strategic and innovative administration plans to achieve maximum CDD functionality and to meet all institutional research department goals. The Assistant Director for Operations and Research is also responsible for assisting faculty affiliated with the CDD and other departmental administrative staff throughout the grant's management life cycle and with all daily operational requirements, including human resources and budget management.

  • Master's degree preferred; bachelor's degree required. At least seven to ten years of progressively responsible experience in management/executive level academic research department direction. Strong supervisory, interpersonal and leadership skills. Excellent communication and presentation skills.

  • 4 - 6 years of experience in pre- and/or post-award grant administration, preferably in an academic setting with broad understanding of academic operations and research required.

  • 3-5 years of grant accounting support experience is preferred.

  • Must be comfortable working independently and as part of a team and be comfortable meeting deadlines and balancing competing priorities.

  • Demonstrate technical proficiency required to do the job; possess knowledge in the profession; provide technical expertise to others; have and use cross-functional knowledge to support interdepartmental connections.
  • Knowledge of and experience in federal regulations including OMB Uniform Guidance, FAR, and other sponsor agency policies and regulations to maintain compliance with terms and conditions of the award.
  • Knowledge of regulations relating to federal grants and award administration. Direct experience submitting proposals, managing awards, and working with research investigators.
  • Knowledge of accounting standards and experience performing financial analysis.

  • A thorough understanding of the needs of a high functioning research department, together with the ability to interpret and make relevant application to strategic planning.

  • Experience working with diverse populations, highly organized and detail oriented, with a knowledge of higher education issues related to academic research departments and ability to manage deadlines.

  • The incumbent will be a team player with a strong work ethic who exemplifies the values of the institution and thrives in a high volume, fast-paced environment.

  • Demonstrated written and verbal communication and interpersonal skills competencies. Strong customer service orientation. Experience in maintaining confidential and proprietary materials.

  • Familiarity with Banner, Priority, Coeus,, or ASSIST, NSF Fastlane, and proposal central, strongly preferred.

  • Strong proficiency in financial analytical tools including Microsoft Excel.

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    Additional Information:
    For more than a century, Northeastern University's Bouve College of Health Sciences has championed a simple idea: Experience deepens learning. Here, at one of the nation's leading health science colleges, future pharmacists, policymakers, administrators, nurses, physical therapists, scientists, speech therapists, and psychologists learn from renowned professors, while apprenticing alongside preeminent clinicians and researchers at top health institutions.

    Bouve College of Health Sciences encompasses four exceptional schools, School of Health Professions, School of Nursing, School of Clinical and Rehabilitation Sciences, and School of Pharmacy. Together, these institutions leverage interdisciplinary collaboration and strategic synergies to tackle the world's most pressing health challenges. It is this cross-pollination of academic rigor, interdisciplinary perspectives and globally recognized experiential learning that distinguishes Bouve and its graduates.

    Our commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion: Bouve College of Health Sciences values and respects the multiple and diverse identities of our shared humanity across race, ethnicity, class, ability, language, gender, sexuality, age, nationality, and military service. We are committed to enlivening the climate of diversity at Bouve through teaching, learning, dialogue, and relationship building. We seek to nurture inhabitable and welcoming spaces where all members feel that their ideas, voice, and lived experiences matter. We avow that differences in perspectives exist, are to be anticipated, and that respect for our differences is foundational to the universe of ideas that enrich our lives and professions. We are committed to advocacy, inclusion, and justice for all.

    Northeastern University offers a comprehensive and competitive employee benefits program for all full-time regular faculty and staff including medical plans, a dental plan, medical and dependent-care reimbursement accounts, retirement plans, life insurance benefits, disability programs, and tuition reimbursement.

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    Northeastern University is an equal opportunity employer, seeking to recruit and support a broadly diverse community of faculty and staff. Northeastern values and celebrates diversity in all its forms and strives to foster an inclusive culture built on respect that affirms inter-group relations and builds cohesion.

    All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply and will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, age, sex, sexual orientation, disability status, or any other characteristic protected by applicable law.

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