Scientific Advisor

Cambridge, Massachusetts
July 27 2020
Life Sciences
Position Type
Full Time
Organization Type

Scientific Advisor

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)

Cambridge, MA

The McGovern Institute for Brain Research at MIT seeks a scientific advisor to work with the director, faculty, and staff to facilitate strategic planning and implementation of major research initiatives that support its overall scientific vision and mission. 


  • Translate McGovern’s vision into collaborative research plans to ensure that scientific goals align with the vision
  • Draft reports and prepare public presentations and award nominations
  • Write descriptions of research within/beyond McGovern for the scientific community, donors, and the public
  • Serve as scientific advisor to McGovern headquarters and scientific mission liaison within/beyond the McGovern Institute community
  • Provide advice to faculty and staff on papers/presentations
  • Initiate and support joint scientific endeavors with external collaborators
  • Identify potential collaborators, initiate proposals, and oversee communication to nurture relationships and ensure efficient completion of projects
  • Monitor progress and help coordinate efforts within McGovern’s major research centers
  • Work with staff and external collaborators to resolve blocking issues and ensure achievement of key scientific goals
  • Work with directors to manage the McGovern Institute Neurotechnology Program, marmoset genetics program, and McGovern research centers
  • Support the McGovern director with developing and implementing strategic plans/policies
  • Assume administrative oversight of McGovern’s core facilities to ensure that technological capabilities are aligned with user needs and financial resources
  • Advise junior researchers
  • Seek out new sources of funding and write grant applications
  • Give presentations and tours
  • Perform elated tasks as requested 

Required Qualifications: 

  • Ph.D in neuroscience or related field
  • Experience developing and managing large strategic initiatives
  • Established publication record
  • Broad interest in neuroscience ability to discuss a wide range of projects
  • Excellent organizational and written and verbal communication skills

Preferred Qualifications: 

  • Editorial/communications experience

Interested candidates may apply online at Please reference job number 18853.

MIT is an equal employment opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, disability, age, genetic information, veteran status, ancestry, or national or ethnic origin.

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