Senior Scientist, Reproductive Health

Center for Biomedical Research, Population Council
Center for Biomedical Research at Rockefeller University, New York City
Commensurate with experience
March 27 2018
Position Type
Full Time
Organization Type
Job Type
Senior Scientist


JOB TITLE:    Senior Scientist, Reproductive Health, Center for Biomedical Research (CBR)

REPORTING TO: Executive Director, CBR

LOCATION:    CBR, New York, NY



The Senior Scientist will establish and lead a new Female Reproductive Health (FRH) laboratory that conducts cutting-edge basic and translational research specifically focused on reproductive biology. The Senior Scientist will maintain an externally funded research laboratory at the Council’s Center for Biomedical Research (CBR), located on the campus of Rockefeller University, and mentor other scientists in his/her laboratory including fostering their growth into independent investigators. S/he will develop/maintain an international presence in areas aligned with the Council’s Mission by collaborating with biomedical researchers within and outside the Council; publishing the results of scientific research in peer-reviewed journals; representing the Council at national and international conferences, workshops, and donor meetings; and attracting external funding. The Senior Scientist will also contribute to CBR’s research priorities, direction, and overall strategy. Working with administrative staff, the incumbent will be expected to develop and track laboratory budgets.

We are looking for someone to start as soon as possible and ideally by the start of the 2018/19 academic year. We have funding to support the establishment of the new laboratory but would welcome applicants from candidates with transferable grant funding and/or with significant funding opportunities already being explored.

About the Center for Biomedical Research

CBR researchers pioneered the field of long-acting, reversible contraception (LARCs), developing intrauterine devices (IUDs) such as ParaGard® (the copper-T IUD) and Mirena®; and implants such as Norplant® and Jadelle®; which have led to dozens of technological descendants. Today, more than 170 million people worldwide are using contraceptive technologies developed at CBR or based on CBR’s technologies.


  1. Establish and lead a basic/translational FRH laboratory.
  2. Conceive and develop new areas of research in FRH and at the interface of FRH and HIV/STI prevention and actively seek out opportunities for collaborations with CBR colleagues, the Council’s International offices, and external scientists.
  3. Identify new funding opportunities for research conducted at CBR in general and in this laboratory in particular. Prepare/submit grant applications and reports to funding agencies. Manage research, reporting, and budgets of secured grants.
  4. Present research at national and international meetings, publish research in peer-reviewed scientific journals, review scientific articles and grant applications.
  5. Recruit research fellows, investigators, and staff, supervising and mentoring them in research design and execution, data analysis and interpretations, and writing of manuscripts and grants to foster their development as independent investigators
  6. Coordinate research in progress meetings at CBR (preclinical, clinical, and behavioral Reproductive Health researchers) and invite seminar speakers to foster external collaborations.



  1. M.D., Ph.D., or M.D./Ph.D. with expertise in Female Reproductive Biology, some internal medicine background also preferred. The ideal candidate will be viewed as a leader in his/her field.
  2. Minimum 10 years of independent lab head experience, with a strong record of scientific achievement; 15+ years of relevant research experience preferred.
  3. Excellent record of publications in peer-reviewed journals.
  4. Research background in basic science with orientation and/or experience in translational R&D. Ideal candidates will have translational R&D experience leading to a product that reached clinical testing and beyond.
  5. Established NIH track record of securing grants. Preference will be given to candidates with multiple cycles of grants secured and/or a funded laboratory that can be transplanted to CBR.
  6. Excellent team building, management, and collaborative skills. Demonstrated teaching experience and/or experience training fellows, preferred.
  7. Excellent writing, communication, analytical, and troubleshooting skills.
  8. Ability to function independently, as well as part of a research team; strong organizational skills; demonstrated ability to adhere to deadlines.

APPLICATION DEADLINE: April 27, 2018. When applying through the web portal, please attach your CV and Cover Letter in Word or PDF format.

The Population Council is an international, nonprofit, nongovernmental institution that seeks to improve the well-being and reproductive health of current and future generations around the world and to help achieve a humane, equitable, and sustainable balance between people and resources. The Council conducts biomedical, social science, and public health research and helps build research capacities in developing countries. Established in 1952, the Council is governed by an international board of trustees. Its New York headquarters supports a global network of country offices.  We are seeking an individual to fill the position described.  If you know of a qualified candidate or are interested in this position, please apply at:

The Population Council provides equal opportunity; it does not discriminate against any person with regard to age, color, creed, national origin, disability, political belief, veteran status, religion, marital status, gender, gender identity, or sexual orientation. Decisions on employment are based on an individual’s qualifications as related to the position for which s/he is being considered. The Council especially encourages applications from qualified women and members of minority groups. The Population Council is international in the composition of its board of trustees and its staff, as well as in the nature and deployment of its activities.

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