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    Opportunity: Director, Viral Genomics (#853) @ Broad Institute -- Cambridge, MA (US)
    Submitted by Laura Bonfitto; posted on Tuesday, August 14, 2012


    The Genome Sequencing and Analysis Program brings together scientists, computational biologists and engineers focused on deciphering the important information encoded in the genomes of many different species including microorganisms as well as their hosts. Understanding these components is fundamental to the study of human physiology in both health and disease. We are looking for an enthusiastic and motivated individual to establish the scientific vision of our Viral Genomics program and direct the development and implementation of research plans that ensure achievement of Program and Institute goals.


    The successful candidate will be responsible for setting direction and managing the Program's efforts in viral genomics, including genome sequencing of viral strains and populations, genetic characterization of infected patients, and studies of gene expression, and immune responses in humans and animal models. This will include the candidate's own independent research agenda as well as oversight of collaborative projects that fulfill the goals of the GSCID. He/she will work with the GSAP co-director and leaders of the GSCID to identify scientific opportunities that are in line with the mission of the Institute and lead efforts to secure funding to pursue these. Management responsibilities include oversight of PhD and technical scientists developing projects and software tools, carrying out research, and writing manuscripts and grant applications in viral genomics. He/she will present scientific findings through research publications, seminars, talks at scientific meetings and report progress as required by funding sources as well as serve as a primary contact for members of the viral research community interested in collaborating with the Program.

    • Develops the Program's scientific goals in viral genomics and host/viral pathogen interactions.
    • Manages the productivity, impact and career development of viral scientists by providing oversight of project planning, execution, analysis, publication, and grant writing.
    • Develops project goals, metrics and priorities with viral scientists and collaborating researchers and helps to plan and implement complex research projects that meet Program and Initiative goals.
    • Works with Platform and Program Project Management staff to oversee the implementation of scientific and logistical strategies and progress toward goals, priorities and timelines.
    • Writes, assists and oversees writing white papers and grant proposals, scientific publications and reports required by funding agencies. Provides oversight to the Viral Research Scientists and Project Management staff in the preparation and submission of grant proposals, renewals, funding agency reports, biosafety, IRB and IACUC documents as well as contracts, MTAs and licenses.
    • Oversees goals and budgets of viral grants and is responsible for communication of all pertinent information relevant to Platform and Program workgroups. Works with GSAP co-director, GSAP Associate Director, Genomics Platform leadership, Grants Manager and others as appropriate on financial planning, strategy, and priorities.
    • Delivers scientific talks representing the Broad's viral genomics work, prepares and shares progress updates and reports as needed by funding agency staff.
    • Works closely with Program and Platform leadership to identify and pursue new, major areas of laboratory and analytical methods for analysis of viral disease.
    • Assures compliance with all related requirements of funding sources and project contracts.


    • Ph.D. or M.D., and post doctoral research experience in virology, molecular biology or epidemiology, or related field
    • Minimum of 7 years research experience including experience with genomics, genome analysis and use of next generation sequencing data for viral or microbial genome analysis
    • Documented success in writing grant applications for federal and/or private funding.
    • Outstanding record of research, mentoring and management accomplishments in the area of viral genomics, high throughput sequencing or genotyping, virology, computational biology or infectious disease
    • Excellent written and oral communication skills with a strong record of research publications and scientific presentations
    • Dynamic leader of people with excellent interpersonal and collaborative skills to work in a team-oriented, matrix environment
    • Ability to adapt to and effectively manage changes in a fast paced and dynamic environment


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