Vice President for Science Administration

Cambridge, Massachusetts (US)
The Forsyth Institute, a Harvard affiliate, is seeking a Vice President for Science Administration.
March 30 2018
Position Type
Full Time
Organization Type

Vice President for Science Administration

The Forsyth Institute, a Harvard affiliate, is seeking a Vice President for Science Administration. The primary role will be to work with Dr. Wenyuan Shi (CEO and CSO), scientific and administrative staff to coordinate scientific activities, support research faculty, and assist in grant preparation and scientific writing within the Institute. We seek a highly motivated individual with an exemplary scientific track record who can work independently and within a team.

The primary responsibilities will be:

  • Interface between Dr. Shi and research faculty to advance Forsyth’s scientific mission and research endeavors.
  • Coordinate and facilitate scientific initiatives within the Institute, cultivate and establish strong collaborative relationships among investigators.
  • Provide scientific expertise and guidance to junior investigators within the institute.
  • Pro-actively monitor burgeoning research areas and scientific technology developments in the context of applying these to advance Forsyth’s science.
  • Assess competitiveness of existing projects and identify opportunities for future research projects development.
  • Assist the faculty in grant writing and manuscript editing.
  • Provide support to various faculty committees such as recruitment, and Institutional regulatory functions.
  • Oversee institution-wide research activities, such as symposium, annual meeting, workshops, seminars and invited talks, etc
  • Oversee institution-wide research supporting units such as Office of Sponsored Projects, safety/compliance office, research facility coordinator etc.

We seek an extroverted and dynamic individual with the following credentials:

  • A higher doctoral level degree (Ph.D, MD, DDS/DMD) with demonstrable experience as a leader in oral/dental sciences, personal interactions with funding agencies, sufficient publication record, and exceptional grantsmanship and funding successes. 
  • Excellent writing and managerial/administrative skills
  • Prior experiences of managerial responsibilities in research (Department head, Associate Dean for Research, etc) preferred
  • An ability to interact with and advise scientists at all career levels

TO APPLY: all responses will be acknowledged!  No agencies or third parties please!  

Please provide the following materials - e-mail them to Paula LaPalme, Director of Human Resources at 

  • Cover letter, addressed to Dr. Wenyuan Shi, CEO and CSO, Forsyth Institute, 245 First Street, Cambridge, MA 02142.
  • CV
  • List of applicable references (who can speak to your work directly).
  • Additional, you may also include other materials that would be helpful for our review, e.g. recommendation letters, sampling of published papers. 
  • LASTLY - complete our on-line formal application process (no need to submit your materials again), by going to    

We will acknowledge each submission when it is received, and again after our search committee has completed their review, which we anticipate in the early April timeframe.  Thank you! 

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