Support Pre-Proposal and Full Proposal Development:
Engage with HMS researchers in the basic science departments to identify potential applicants for Q-FASTR funding.
Work with HMS researchers to develop R & D plans that will advance early-stage research and potential technologies to the next level.
Identify and recommend enhancements to projects prior to submission of pre-proposals and final proposals.
Work with investigators to specify proposed deliverables and milestones.
Support Ongoing Research:
Facilitate communication between and among HMS researchers, project groups, programs/departments, and core facilities as appropriate.
Work with faculty directors and executive director of forthcoming therapeutics initiative to embed Q-FASTR programming as an important feature of the new initiative.
Assist Q-FASTR awardees in project management, including monitoring timelines, deliverables, milestones, and budgets. Facilitate reporting to the Q-FASTR Executive Steering Committee (ESC).
Coordinate development of agreements with contract research organizations, technical consultants, and other service providers as appropriate.
Manage multiple projects and be involved in due diligence and project planning for future projects.
Lead the development of resources that may be shared by Q-FASTR awardees, including shared communication website(s), grant management software, and other tools and technologies.
Participate in regular meetings of program and project managers in OTD, Harvard Catalyst, the Boston Biomedical Innovation Center (B-BIC), and affiliate hospital translational research groups to share best practices and resources for project management.
Work directly with OTD.
Act as liaison with other translational and therapeutics development efforts ongoing in the Longwood Medical Area, including the Harvard Catalyst, the Harvard Program in Therapeutic Science, the ICCB-Longwood Screening Facility, the Harvard Ludwig Center, and B-BIC.
Facilitate relationship with B-BIC to leverage B-BIC resources such as skills development center and grant management software, and support development of projects that might be appropriate for B-BIC funding.
Work directly with OTD and the Blavatnik Accelerator program to support development of Q-FASTR projects for future funding opportunities from the Blavatnik Accelerator program and other translational funding programs.
Manage Q-FASTR Award Process
Working with the Dean for Basic Science and Graduate Education and representatives from OTD, draft request for proposals (RFP) for review by the Q-FASTR ESC and other appropriate groups and individuals; manage RFP distribution process.
Coordinate activities of the ESC, including setting up review meetings, taking minutes, etc.
Prepare confidential disclosure agreements for external members of the ESC and ensure that they are returned prior to distribution of proposals to ESC members.
Assist in regular communications with key stakeholders, including School administration, faculty, Q-FASTR committees, and external audiences as appropriate.
Arrange access to funds to awardees.
Monitor income and expenses of Q-FASTR resources (i.e., the Q-FASTR fund and other funds that use the Q-FASTR process). Ensure adherence to any fund restrictions.
Support Q-FASTR Executive Steering Committee, Advisory Council, External Reviewers:
Recommend potential ESC and Advisory Council members, and external reviewers.
Advise ESC on research potential from technology development perspective.
Facilitate communication between researchers and ESC.
This is a term position for two years with the strong possibility of renewal.
Salary Grade: 060
Union: 00 - Non Union, Exempt or Temporary
Master's degree required. Minimum of 8 years of relevant experience in positions involving alliance management, foundation or grant project management, scientific/technical evaluation, and communications in an industrial or academic setting. Industry experience required.
Postdoctoral research experience and industrial experience strongly preferred. Awareness of the types and culture of research in an academic setting strongly preferred. The successful candidate must have: Exceptional interpersonal skills for building relationships with scientists and other stakeholders with diverse profiles at multiple organizational levels
Sound technical and scientific aptitude and proven ability to gain a sophisticated understanding of a range of scientific disciplines and areas of technology
Excellent oral and written communication skills
Strong competencies in planning, project management, and organization with the ability to coordinate multiple activities and resources, while maintaining a focus on quality
Strong appreciation for the value system of academic institutions and faculty
Solid analytical and strategic capabilities
Ability to produce and present clear, concise, and professionally written communications and presentations
Willingness and ability to handle confidential matters with utmost discretion
Ability to function effectively and independently in a fast-paced environment, organize and prioritize work, and meet tight deadlines
EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER: We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.
Harvard University is devoted to excellence in teaching, learning, and research, and to developing leaders in many disciplines who make a difference globally. The University, which is based in Cambridge and Boston, Massachusetts, has an enrollment of over 20,000 degree candidates, including undergraduate, graduate, and professional students. Harvard has more than 360,000 alumni around the world. T...he University has twelve degree-granting Schools in addition to the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, offering a truly global education. Established in 1636, Harvard is the oldest institution of higher education in the United States.