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Director of Research, Medicines for All Institute

Virginia Commonwealth University
New York, IA
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Dec 3, 2021

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If you would like to bookmark this position for later review, click on the Bookmark link. If you would like to print a copy of this position for your records, click on the Print Preview link. Bookmark this Posting | Print Preview | Apply for this Job Position Information University Code 32411 University Title Director, Research University Job Family Research & Innovation ORP Eligible Yes For more information on ORP, visit: Retirement Plans Recruitment Pool All Applicants Recruitment Type Job Series Scope of Search National Working Title Director of Research, Medicines for All Institute Position Number 591790 Is this employee on a H1B Visa? Position Type Staff Job Status Full-Time FLSA Indicator Exempt Employee Group University Employee Department Medicines for All Organizational Overview

At VCU , we Make it Real through learning, research, creativity, service and discovery - the hallmarks of the VCU experience. A premier, urban, public research university nationally recognized as one of the best employers for diversity, VCU is a great place to work. It's a place of opportunity, where your success is supported and your career can thrive. VCU offers employees a generous leave package, career paths for advancement, competitive pay, and an opportunity to do mission-driven work.
Position Primary Purpose and General Responsibilities Virginia Commonwealth University ( VCU ) is a nationally ranked public research university. It is a vibrant place where discovery and creativity go hand in hand, and differences are celebrated and embraced. The university plays an integral role in the vitality of its home city of Richmond, Virginia, which is constantly receiving recognition for the richness of its cultural scene and entrepreneurial spirit. The Medicines for All Institute (M4ALL) based at VCU's College of Engineering seeks a Director of Research to strategically lead the development and execution of high quality, responsive, and timely research initiatives. Reporting to the Chief Operating Officer, this role will serve as a mission driven leader through delivering scientific excellence in line with the strategic vision and organization strategy. M4ALL Mission: As a research-related institute operating within a university, we strive to educate and train the next generation of chemists and engineers by imparting the principles and foundations of innovative modeling that will lead to affordable high-quality medicines. At M4ALL, we combine academic ingenuity and industry practicality to improve access to safe, effective, and affordable medicines. Founded in 2017 with significant funding from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, M4ALL optimizes active pharmaceutical ingredient ( API ) production and provides access to manufacturers around the world to enhance the security of medicine supply chains. Through this funding from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, we have been able to contribute to the greater availability of key medicines, including global health drugs to treat malaria, tuberculosis and HIV /AIDs. M4ALL's manufacturing optimization process has the potential to significantly impact the pharmaceutical supply chain and we are looking for a trusted advisor to lead our research efforts. This position is integral to carrying out our mission with key responsibilities of:
  • Developing and executing research initiatives for the Medicines for All Institute, focusing on organic synthesis, process chemistry, green chemistry and flow chemistry. The person in this position will manage a team of research scientists and post docs focused on multiple simultaneous projects for M4ALL research sponsors with assertive deadlines and multiple stakeholders; these projects will primarily focus on global health drugs.
  • Developing and implementing best research practices and training for the team at Medicines for All. Working with the research scientists, lab manager, and senior executives, the person in this position will continually assess and propose appropriate research practices to keep M4ALL teams functioning at their professional best. As part of a university, training for staff, post docs, and students is a critical part of the job at M4ALL.Supporting younger scientists as they develop their skills and consider their career options is an integral component of this position.
  • Interfacing with organic chemistry, process chemistry, and engineering teams on emerging and enabling manufacturing technologies. M4ALL teams are multi-disciplinary and reflect the value M4ALL places on collaborative research. In addition to interacting with internal teams, the Director of Research engages with collaborators at VCU , other academic institutions, contract research organizations, and outside subject matter experts engaged to bring additional expertise to M4ALL's projects.
  • Building a team with depth of expertise that brings needed capabilities to the M4ALL research mandates. The person in this position will have significant involvement in resource planning, hiring and training new scientific team members.
  • Building relationships with key research sponsors: M4ALL's research sponsors are keen to remain in touch with research progress, the Director of Research will work closely with the scientific team and project manager to present research findings and implications for research project plans on a regular basis.
Minimum Hiring Standards
  • Ph.D. in organic/synthetic chemistry or equivalent professional work experience that equates to a Ph.D
  • Demonstrated experience as a senior leader in healthcare/pharmaceutical or closely related industries
  • Experience with process chemistry or process development
  • Demonstrated experience in making decisions, good judgements, and weighing alternative courses of action after carefully weighing complex information from multiple sources
  • Medicines for All at VCU supports a diverse faculty, staff, and student environment. The candidate will demonstrate experience that shows their commitment to fostering such an environment
  • Demonstrated experience as a designer and builder of strong teams and organization. A critical eye for talent and development of people
  • Ability to organize, express and communicate ideas in a clear, succinct, accurate and convincing manner through a variety of communication settings and styles
  • Must possess energy and passion to thrive in a start-up environment and to deliver on the mission of the Medicines for All Institute to improve access to affordable medicines
  • Adaptive and effective communications suitable for a wide range of audiences
  • Ability to analyze information, summarize findings and present them in ways easily understandable to decision-makers and audiences with non-technical backgrounds
  • Experience supervising professional level staff and working with multidisciplinary teams
Preferred Hiring Standards
  • Experience with flow chemistry approaches is strongly preferred
  • Experience working in both academic and industry laboratories
  • Experience with process scale-up and product commercialization
  • Experience with proactively developing and promoting key stakeholder relationships by listening, problem solving, and generating solutions using customer perspectives and needs
Required Licenses/ Certifications Anticipated Hiring Range Commensurate based on qualifications and experience Application Process/Additional Information To learn more about us, please visit:

We are proud to partner with the Executive Talent Search Team at VCU . Confidential inquiries, nominations and application materials may be directed to Tanya Giscombe, Interim Lead, Executive Search Team, at and Lindsey Ryder, HR Manager, at Campus MCV Campus Hours/Week 40 Normal Work Days/Hours Monday-Friday Job Open Date 09/03/2021 Posting will close on or before Open Until Filled Yes Job Category Research Is this a restricted position? Yes Is this position eligible to participate in alternative work arrangements? No Sensitive Position No Resource Critical Yes Quick Link Posting Specific Questions
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