Associate Director - Microbiome Research Program

Broad Institute
Closing date
Dec 10, 2021

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Associate Director - Microbiome Research Program
Cambridge, MA

Job Description

We are looking for an exceptional, self-motivated and enthusiastic individual to join a dynamic research team as an Associate Director in the office of Dr. Ramnik Xavier at the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard. The Associate Director will assist Dr. Xavier and other Broad investigators in driving an exciting Microbiome Research program and maintaining it as an active hub of collaboration across disciplines and institutions.

The Broad Institute is an amazing place -- we apply our deep knowledge of human genetics to empower a revolution in biomedicine and accelerate the pace at which the world conquers disease. Through our partnerships with Center for Microbiome Informatics and Therapeutics (CMIT), Harvard, and the Harvard teaching hospitals, we've become a worldwide hub of cutting-edge biomedical science.

In this position, you will:

Build and engage a vibrant community of world-leading scientists. You will have a unique opportunity to both shape and implement the vision for the Microbiome Research program, working closely with Dr. Xavier, Broad leadership, and other scientists who are driving the field.

Communicate the science. You are a natural editor who reads journals with an eye toward the significance of the work, and gets annoyed when the science is conveyed poorly - it can keep you up at night! You are also a scientist who thrives in an intellectually stimulating, collaborative, and social environment. You enjoy utilizing your scientific knowledge and strong communication skills to shape scientific content.

Contribute intellectually. You look forward to attending scientific conferences and program meetings and digesting scientific literature in order to keep current on a wide range of microbiome, immunology, and metabolism research. You enjoy engaging in discussions with accomplished scientists, and you're confident and forthright with your own ideas -- but also OK with working in the background and deferring to others.

Get things done. You have superb time management skills and are used to things flying at you from all directions. You have a knack for knowing how and what to prioritize, and your leaders and collaborators trust that you will deliver -- because you do, every time.


You are a talented writer and thoughtful scientist looking to take on a new challenge. You have a PhD in Microbiology, Computational Biology, Statistics, Immunology or related fields, and a broad set of skills in project management, scientific writing, and editing. You love working with diverse teams in a fast-paced environment, and have a desire to contribute scientifically to breakthroughs in microbiome, immunology, and metabolism research.

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or protected veteran status.
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About Us
The Broad Institute is pioneering a new model of collaborative biomedical science to transform biology and medicine. To do that, we have created a unique community of amazing, creative people - "Broadies" - each with a passion for pushing scientific frontiers.

Broadies have a diverse collection of talents, expertise, and backgrounds, creating a rich collaborative environment for solving intractable scientific problems. We are always looking for new team members within Research , Computational Biology , Software Engineering , and Administration to help us tackle important problems at the cutting edge of science.

Why Broad?

It comes down to our culture . Our community transcends academic and organizational barriers, encouraging different points of view and making all Broadies part of something meaningful.

If ours is a community you would want to be a part of, then please apply!

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