Director of Research Affairs

Yale University, Department of Pathology
New Haven, Connecticut (US)
Salary and compensation commensurate with experience and in accordance with University standards.
Closing date
May 29, 2022

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The Department of Pathology at Yale University School of Medicine is searching for a Director of Research Affairs reporting to the Vice Chair for Basic and Translational Sciences and Chair. This individual will coordinate research activities of the Department including research initiatives, team and individual grant proposals, faculty recruitment, and integration of basic and clinical research. The Director will have the initiative, creativity, leadership skills, and independence to foster activities that promote highest impact of faculty research.
The Director will broker new research teams and collaborations within the Department and with other Yale departments and centers, taking advantage of complementary strengths of faculty, including links of clinical and research faculty.
The Director will lead development, writing, editing, production, and internal evaluation of new grant proposals and will re-target grant proposals towards new funding initiatives.
The Director will develop, facilitate, and evaluate new grant applications by fostering new initiatives for highest impact Departmental research.
The Director will work with faculty to support other private and commercial fundraising activities including commercialization of Departmental research and building collaborative projects with Pharma and biotech in collaboration with the Yale Office of Cooperative Research.
The Director will connect and serve as a conduit between Departmental research initiatives with those of other departments. The Director will work with Department administration to communicate research activities inside and outside of Yale. The Director will supervise one or more members of Pathology’s Office of Research Affairs to achieve these objectives.
The Director will work with the Vice Chair for Basic and Translational Sciences to advance other research-connected missions including but not limited to the education of trainees and access to research infrastructure.

Candidates should have a background in the biological/biomedical sciences and possess the initiative, leadership acumen, communications skills, and drive to bring Departmental research to the highest levels.


Essential Duties:

1.    Grant writer, editor, coordinator, and liaison  2.    Scientific coordinator: Coordinate scientific initiatives within and between the department and other departments  3.    Department public relations and outreach: Oversee and advance departmental public relations to enhance Dept. profile within and outside of Yale through coordination of multiple platforms.  4.    Department fundraising and commercialization of discoveries: Coordinate with and support faculty in fundraising efforts through preparation of presentations to private donors working closely with the Yale’s Development Office and Office of Cooperative Research.  Drive federal, industry, state and biomedical grant initiatives.  5.    Scientific Advisor to the Chair:  Ensure that chair/ vice chair and other department leadership are aware of opportunities and efforts in areas of responsibility including PR, fundraising, grant writing/organization, engagement, connections with other departments.


Required Education and Experience:

PhD or MD in the life sciences and 5 years of professional experience or an equivalent combination of education and experience.


Required Skill/Ability 1:

Expertise and experience in biological sciences (with MD, PhD, or equivalent degree), ideally including laboratory experience, scientific writing, and grant writing with a proven track record of successful funding.

Required Skill/Ability 2:

Outstanding oral and written communications skills.

Required Skill/Ability 3:

Ability to work effectively with scientists and staff at different levels, including trainees, and across disciplines.

Required Skill/Ability 4:

Ability to work closely and effectively with funding agencies and other internal departments including OSP, OCR, Development, and the Dean’s Office, among others, with a proven ability to facilitate effective working relationships.

Required Skill/Ability 5:

Proven ability to identify, analyze and solve problems. Ability to multi-task and shift focus with changing priorities.


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