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Research Manager, Arnie Charbonneau Cancer Institute, Cumming School of Medicine

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Job ID: 12932

Updated: July 13, 2017

Location: Foothills Campus

Position Overview

The Arnie Charbonneau Cancer Institute in the Cumming School of Medicine invites applications for a Research Manager.  This Full-time Fixed Term position is for approximately 12 months (based on length of grant funding), with the possibility of extension.

Reports to the Principal Investigator.

The Arnie Charbonneau Cancer Institute in the Cumming School of Medicine is dedicated to meeting today's growing cancer challenge. Individual members, including the Director of the Institute, are engaged in many aspects of discovery and applied cancer research with emphasis on: the biological basis of cancer, cancer clinical trials, novel models of cancer care delivery, the psychosocial impact of cancer and cancer risk in populations. The Institute draws its membership from all spheres of cancer research activity, building upon existing strengths, as well as identifying and developing emerging areas in both research and training. 

The Research Manager is a highly skilled senior scientist with a comprehensive understanding of the principles, concepts, technical aspects and practices essential to directing complex cancer-oriented research projects.  The Research Manager's role will be multifaceted, and include directing the research program.

National and international travel will also be required to attend project-related meetings and conferences. At times, may be called upon to present at meetings.

 

Position Description

Summary of Key Responsibilities (job functions include but are not limited to):

  • Project Direction and Management
    • Direct and manage the research program
    • Develop, design, and implement research projects for summer students, graduate & post-doctoral students, as well as research staff
    • Developed and implement scientific vision
    • Manage performance and development of individual team members to maximize success and motivation
    • Oversee research progress and adjust project objectives as necessary
    • Oversee development of technical protocols
    • Contribute to departmental administration (organizing meetings, journal club, seminar series)
    • Oversee the development and management of the lab budget
    • Demonstrate fiscal responsibility with respect to cost of experiments, technology, external collaborations, and travel
    • Direct lab manager to ensure lab operations meet all university compliance and regulatory guidelines
    • Oversee management of legal issues related to research (i.e. ethics, MTAs, IP)
    • Coordinate the assembly and submission of papers for publication
    • Coordinate the assembly and submission of provincial and national grants to obtain funding
    • Seek out new opportunities and provide recommendations to enhance technology and support systems
    • Oversee application process for summer studentship funding and for graduate studentships
    • Mentor students and staff on a daily basis to ensure success and progress of projects
    • Ensure graduate students are meeting university requirements as they progress through their program
    • Oversee hiring, training and assessment of students and staff
    • Oversee staff performance development
    • Direct and Manage national TFRI brain tumour research program
  • Use of technical knowledge & expertise
    • Applying expertise in cancer biology to influence project progression
    • Build cross-functional projects that cut across disciplines, including molecular and cell biology, biochemistry, cellular screening, bioinformatics and in vivo pharmacology
    • Serve as research lead on cross-functional laboratory, preclinical and clinical project teams; working as leader to design, plan and deliver multiple individual projects via team and matrix management
    • Authoring or contributing to abstracts/manuscripts for publication
    • Review assay validation and bioanalytical reports and provide training to internal staff
    • Oversee the development and validation of experimental methods
    • Oversee the design, implementation, optimization for technical aspects of new research projects
    • Evaluate success of research projects and adjust experimental direction as necessary
    • Review scientific literature routinely to ensure research projects are using new/innovative methodologies and incorporate contemporary concepts
    • Engage clinicians and scientists to promote knowledge translation and the development of clinical trials
    • Author scientific publications 
  • Communication
    • Engage the external environment through thought leadership and by publishing scientific work
    • Establish and maintain visible and active engagement with key opinion leaders, professional societies, and academic institutions
    • Work closely with collaborators on in vitro and in vivo oncology models to enable an increased understanding of disease etiology
    • Oversee completion of semi-annual reports
    • Develop presentations to report scientific progress
    • Present project progress at conferences and meetings to encourage collaboration
       

Qualifications / Requirements:

  • PhD. in neuro-oncology is preferred, or a cancer-related field
  • 5-7 years of related experience with evidence of increased managerial/supervisorial activities; post-doctoral work considered
  • Record of regular publishing in medium to high-impact peer-reviewed journals
  • Demonstrated track record of directing and managing complex local and national research projects
  • Demonstrated depth and/or breadth of expertise in developing and maintaining collaborative relationships
  • Superior ability to understand highly complex and technical cancer research projects
  • Experience in managing and directing research finances and operations, ranging from basic to complex mutli-institute projects
  • Demonstrated ability to develop collaborations with colleagues within and outside of the organization
  • Superior skills in technical and business writing and presentations
  • Proven acumen in the politics, science, and governance of cancer research
  • Proven experience in collaborative efforts between cancer researchers and stakeholder groups
  • Proven ability to assimilate and document information gathered through collaborative efforts
  • Demonstrated ability to convey complex concepts in a clear, concise, and logical manner
  • Superior organizational, analytical, and problem solving skills
  • Excellent diplomacy skills and ability to converse easily with prominent academics
  • Extensive experience in the direction, supervision and guidance of research personnel
  • Sound judgment and decision-making capabilities
  • Ability to work both independently and collaboratively
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
     

Application Deadline:  June 2, 2017

We would like to thank all applicants in advance for submitting their resumes. Please note, only those candidates chosen to continue on through the selection process will be contacted. 

Additional Information

This position is classified in the Research Career Band, Level 3 of the Management and Professional Staff Career Framework. 

To find out more about management and staff opportunities at the University of Calgary and all we have to offer, view our Management and Staff Careers website. For more information about the Cumming School of Medicine visit Careers in the Cumming School of Medicine.

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The University of Calgary recognizes that a diverse staff/faculty benefits and enriches the work, learning and research experiences of the entire campus and greater community. We are committed to removing barriers that have been historically encountered by some people in our society. We strive to recruit individuals who will further enhance our diversity and will support their professional success while they are here. We encourage all qualified applicants to apply, however preference will be given to Canadian citizens and permanent residents of Canada.

 

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