The Chief Scientific Officer, under the direction of Dr. Eric Verdin, President of the Buck Institute, will lead development and implementation of the Buck’s overall scientific strategy, and oversee research operations to support it. The CSO is an accomplished scientist with a record of outstanding scholarship in aging and age-related disease. The CSO will devote 50% effort to managerial and leadership functions while continuing to serve as principal investigator of his/her lab. We are particularly interested in candidates with a focus on the role of aging in cancer or neurodegeneration.
While leveraging the Buck’s legacy of leadership in aging research and history of successful partnerships with industry and academia, the CSO will have the vision and relationship-building skills necessary to dramatically expand those collaborations in the future. At a time when our understanding of the biology of aging is at an inflection point, the CSO will also have the credibility and gravitas to translate this opportunity into solicitations of gifts from donors for major research projects and in support of core facilities.
- Identify opportunities for research initiatives and major funding opportunities and oversee the submission of grant proposals.
- Oversee the allocation of research and lab space and resolve space related disputes.
- Direct budget management for scientific research programs and allocation of resources.
- Oversee the overall operation and integration of scientific cores.
- Work with faculty to develop plans for obtaining grants and promoting their scientific advances.
- Identify opportunities for resource sharing among faculty to promote institute-wide scientific progress.
- Coordinate with Chief Administrative Officer to ensure efficient and effective operation of research labs and vivarium.
- Partner with Business Development to identify opportunities for collaboration with industry affiliates.
- Work with Philanthropy and Communications to formulate ideas and pitches to secure large donations for major research projects and core facilities.
- Lead development and implementation of the Institute's research vision.
- Set priorities for executing on a world-class scientific research program.
- Lead and collaborate with Scientific Advisory Board, assuring the SAB's expertise and counsel provides scientific foresight and informs organizational planning.
- Lead faculty recruitment/retention.
- Monitor and evaluate faculty and staff performance to best cultivate the Buck's talent base.
- Coordinate with VP Academic Affairs on all aspects of graduate and post-graduate education.
- Approve appointments of all non-faculty positions.
- Coordinate with Human Resources and Communications on employee engagement programs.
- Doctoral degree (e.g. PhD, MD or equivalent) in a life science field from an accredited college or university
- 10+ years of job specific experience required
- Academic credentials and prior experience that merit a tenured appointment at the rank of professor or equivalent within a university or independent research institute
- Successful experience in administrative leadership in academia or in a comparable position in a leading non-academic research institution
- Prior measurable success defining and leading the strategic direction of a research organization
- Strategic thinker with an entrepreneurial spirit
- Passion for research; high level of enthusiasm, energy and self-confidence
- Possesses credibility that commands respect internally and externally
- Effective interpersonal relations, exceptional communicator and ability to rapidly adapt and respond to changing priorities