Principal Investigator - Infectious Disease Research
SOUTHERN RESEARCH INSTITUTE is seeking outstanding scientists to join the faculty of the Infectious Disease Department in the Drug Discovery Division. We are a grant-based research enterprise focused on the discovery and development of new treatments for infectious diseases as well as immunological diseases of non-infectious origin. Candidates with research interests in bacterial and particularly viral biology targeting novel interactions are particularly encouraged to apply. To be considered, applicants must: 1) possess a Ph.D. (or equivalent) degree in biomedical sciences or related disciplines, and 2) have an active funded research program. This position is equivalent in rank to an Associate or Full Professor in an academic institution depending on experience. In contrast to traditional academic environments wherein the Principal Investigator's time is typically split between research, teaching and administrative responsibilities, Southern Research uniquely offers the opportunity for a Principal Investigator to exclusively focus on engaging in research and professional development activities. Competitive start-up funds will be provided. Applications should include curriculum vitae, a 1-2 page description of prior research experience, and a description of future research goals.
The Division offers opportunities to collaborate with expert teams engaged in investigations focused on oncology, neuroscience, high throughput screening directed at drug discovery, medicinal chemistry, in vitro and in vivo pharmacology, preclinical in vivo pharmacokinetic assessments, and clinical trials. Routine opportunities exist for facile interactions with Drug Development Division scientists enabling translational in vivo evaluations using animal models ranging from mice to non-human primates, and investigations of medical devices and related bioengineering technologies.
Southern Research is a not-for-profit research organization that is academically affiliated with UAB. The Drug Discovery Division successfully focuses on three therapeutic areas: infectious diseases, oncology, and CNS diseases. The Division has a long-standing record of continuous funding through the National Institutes of Health and other federal and private organizations. As part of a large biomedical research community in Birmingham, we are committed to providing a stimulating and rewarding research and work environment.
The Institute is adjacent to the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) campus, the UAB Medical Center, and affiliated research centers, which afford opportunities for clinical collaborations, basic science research, as well as joint appointments with UAB. To be considered, applicants must: 1) possess a PhD, MD or MD/PhD degree with a research emphasis in microbiology, immunology, biomedical sciences or related disciplines; 2) have an active externally funded research program; and 3) submit a curriculum vitae, a 1-2 page synopsis of prior research with external funding, and a two page description of future research goals.
Birmingham, Alabama has a high standard of living afforded by a moderate climate, beautiful wooded terrain, outstanding residential communities and schools, world-class healthcare, below-average cost of living, and a vibrant arts and entertainment scene. In 2015, Birmingham is No. 1 on Forbes' list of America’s Most Affordable Cities.
The investigator will function as an independent researcher who manages self-funded programs within the Drug Discovery Division. The role will be responsible for successfully preparing research proposals, planning and conducting experiments, interpreting and reporting results, and management of research staff.
Must independently design a research program and be responsible for all work pursued in their laboratory.
Ability to function as an independent investigator who manages a research program.
Accountable for advancing research in a specified area.
Sought out both internally and externally as a scientific/technical specialist in a field of research.
Position Specific Responsibilities
Applies learned skills in project management methodology to ensure that research grants/research contracts are effectively managed. Ensures quality of product and/or service delivered; manages project budget and project risk factors.
Publishes work in high quality journals.
People reporting relationships may be a combination of direct and/or indirect. If role has direct reports, incumbent will receive training in HR related processes including performance management, salary administration, discipline, and hiring.
Provides training and development opportunities for both indirect and/or direct reports as necessary.
Provides resolutions to diverse range of complex scientific problems.
May sit on national advisory committees.
Uses judgment within defined policies, practices and procedures.
Ensures compliance to all regulatory and safety requirements for work with select agents.
Observes appropriate safety requirements.
Perform other duties as may be required by supervisor.
Ph.D. in cancer biology, biochemistry, molecular biology, pharmacology, or a related discipline.
Cancer biology research experience.
3+ years of independent research experience.
Must have an externally funded research program.
Excellent written & oral communications skills.
Ability to write successful grant proposals.
Track record obtaining significant external research funding.
Must be recognized as a scientific/technical specialist in a field of research.
Strong project management skills.
Knowledge of use of protective equipment and safety protocols
Southern Research is a not-for-profit research organization that is academically affiliated with UAB. The Drug Discovery Division successfully focuses on three therapeutic areas: infectious diseases, oncology, and CNS diseases. The Division has a long-standing record of continuous funding through the National Institutes of Health and other federal and private organizations. As part of a large bi...omedical research community in Birmingham, we are committed to providing a stimulating and rewarding research and work environment.