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We have an exciting opportunity to join our team as a Assistant Director-Research Admin.
The Assistant Director, Research administration is responsible for providing robust oversight of scientific activities on the pipeline of projects overseen by Therapeutics Alliances (TA) team. As background, (TA) is a recently created department whose mission is to advance promising NYU projects to far more advanced and validated point in order to enable industry licensing partnership. TA is a very novel model, operating like an in-house biotechnology company for NYU Langone by (a) funding, overseeing and project managing research activities and (b) engaging investors, biopharma and non-profits on TA-related projects. Rather than only funding research, TA staff and its network of consultants and contract research organizations (CROs) also are deeply involved on the scientific and logistical aspects of very complex projects. Our consultants are almost a dozen veteran scientists who have spent decades in pharmaceutical industry doing drug discovery and our CROs are a similar number of premier service vendors who provide clients (mostly pharmaceutical companies) drug discovery services.
Since inception in late 2013, with a very small staff and modest budget, TA has taken on almost 40 NYU projects and 10 projects have been successfully partnered with industry. Moreover, our efforts have led to over $10M of nonprofit grants to be awarded, scientific papers get published and new patents get filed (where TA staff have been co-authors and inventors respectively).
The Assistant Director, Research Administration, is a daunting, specialized and high-level responsibility since it oversees the scientific operations of TAs project pipeline, which is about 15 projects at any given time focused on target discovery, target validation, hit finding and early hit to lead optimization. Each of these projects is focused on a different target, derived from a different NYU faculty, and has its own unique mix of technical, logistical, scientific, resourcing and licensability issues. Indeed, each of the aforementioned drug discovery projects is very complex from a scientific, logistic and project management angle and akin to what a biotechnology startup company would focus on, with the caveat that a startup would typically only handle 1-3 projects at a time while the Assistant Director, Research Administration is overseeing on average 15 projects simultaneously.
- The Assistant Director, Research Administration supports the Sr. Director and TA team to develop new strategic initiatives to enhance TAs mission such as novel seminar series, journal clubs, and white papers on best research practices and new technologies.
- Directs the inception and development of scientific workplans and proposals for TA projects. Each of the 15 projects in TAs pipeline is highly complex and requires highly technical and customized workplans involving different technology needs, scientific rationales, budgets, milestones, reagent supply, and alliance management between TA, faculty, CROs and consultants. Each workplan takes months to craft, refine and align with TAs budget. Additionally, typically multiple workplans are solicited in parallel so that TA (under the recommendation of the Assistant Director, Research Administration) selects one to pursue.
- Direct Administration and provides support for the active TA project pipeline, working closely with faculty and their lab staff, CROs, consultants, and other TA team members. Each of the approx.15 active projects require a high degree of scientific, project and alliance management skills as well as the ability to direct and manage a large group of internal and external stakeholders located within NYU and across the globe. The Assistant Director, Research Administration closely monitor research progress in real-time on approx.15 projects simultaneously. As described above, the TA drug discovery projects are highly complex and technically risky so the Assistant Director, Research Administration is constantly reviewing raw data, progress reports, and troubleshooting with TAs various internal and external collaborators. The Assistant Director, Research Administration also prepares weekly summaries to the TA Director and TA team on pipeline progress, issues and delays, problems and proposed solutions. The Assistant Director, Research Administration also reviews and approves the monthly invoices received by all the CROs involved on the TA project pipeline, and updates the internal TA database with project documentation.
- As described above, TA is involved in both the scientific operations as well as engaging on the business development efforts for its project pipeline. The Assistant Director, Research Administration plays a key role here as well by regularly providing research operation updates and materials to the TA team focused on business development including critical data and feedback on patent application drafting and patent prosecution, development of presentations and workplans (non-confidential and confidential) to investors and biopharma, participating in in-person, phone and WebEx meetings with interested investors, biopharma and nonprofits, and transferring data/protocols upon successful licensing deals. Moreover, the Assistant Director, Research Administration often plays an important role post-license by engaging with licensees senior R&D scientists to ensure smooth continuity of the TA drug discovery project.
- In addition to managing many consultants and CRO scientists, the Assistant Director, Research Administration also directly supervises the TA Research Associate who is a senior laboratory technician that is placed in 1-3 NYU labs at a time, to provide additional support to complete TA-supported workplans in faculty labs. The Assistant Director, Research Administration regularly develops and finalizes the TA Research Associates rotating schedule in investigators labs, communicating TAs needs, evaluating TA Research Associates project progress, issues, hours, and FOCUS performance metrics
- TA is constantly evaluating new ideas from NYU faculty for new projects entering the pipeline. These ideas tend to be raw, underdeveloped, and require significant time and effort to review internal data, literature, and multiple rounds of discussions with multiple stakeholders to lead to a decision to initiate workplan development. The Assistant Director, Research Administration plays an important role by working with the TA team and advisors on assessment of new candidate projects on very complex criteria involving scientific tractability, feasibility, technology needs, patent review and licensability.
- TA is regularly assisting and collaborating with faculty on incorporating TA workplans into grant applications to funding agencies to attract additional funds for the drug discovery work. The Assistant Director, Research Administration provides much input on reviewing and editing TA project related grant proposal submissions, coordinating with TA team members, NYU Principal Investigators and TA consultants.
- TA is constantly identifying new drug discovery technologies. The Assistant Director, Research Administration directs new technology identification and assessment and to enhance TAs research capabilities via both (a) internal resources by engaging NYU core facilities on their platforms and (b) external resources by identifying and engaging new consultants and CROs on their expertise and capabilities, relative to current and future TA needs.
- OTA presents its Advisory Board with progress updates on its activities. The Assistant Director, Research Administration prepares, presents to and discusses with the Board on project progress
- OTA has several interns composed of NYU postdocs and senior PhD students that assist OTA staff on due diligence purposes. The Assistant Director, Research Administration directly mentors and supervises the activity of 1-2 interns at a time.
To qualify you must have a
- PhD or comparable degree in life sciences required.
- Four or more years experience preferred post-degree in translational and/or preclinical research including drug discovery, target validation and pharmacology.
- Experience in participation and project management in research collaborations (e.g., academia-biopharma, academia-disease foundation, biopharma-CRO, academia-CRO, etc.).
- Excellent organizational skills with and communication abilities (written and verbal).
- Strong inter-personal skills and ability to work on collaborative projects. Intellectual curiosity and ability to rapidly acquire an understanding across multiple biomedical disciplines.
- Energetic, self-starter and strong problem solving skills.
- Skilled in Microsoft Office, Excel and Powerpoint. Experience with Microsoft Project is a plus.
Qualified candidates must be able to effectively communicate with all levels of the organization.
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