Director for the Biomanufacturing Research Institute and Technology Enterprise (BRITE)

Durham, North Carolina
Feb 17, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Research at BRITE is focused on transnational research encompassing biomanufacturing and drug discovery. The Institute owns a 475,000 compound library which is the largest academic collection in the USA. BRITE serves approximately 200 students annually who are majoring in Pharmaceutical Sciences at the undergraduate or graduate level. BRITE serves as the major research arm of the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences in the College of Arts and Sciences.

The Division of Academic Affairs is seeking a Director for the Biomanufacturing Research Institute and Technology Enterprise (BRITE) to provide overall leadership and supervision of the unit. BRITE is one of NCCU’s major research institutes. The Director reports to the Associate Provost /Dean for Research and Sponsored Programs.

The qualified candidate will have a demonstrated record of leading translational research in drug discovery to advance leads and candidate drugs; demonstrated record of organizational management, including the ability to set high, but reachable goals, define priorities, manage individual performances and infuse the team with a sense of purpose and urgency. Academic experience and a successful record of obtaining external funding is desired but a minimum of 5 years of managerial experience working in the pharmaceutical/biotechnology industry is required; ability to implement processes necessary to accomplish objectives, organize people and resources and measure progress; demonstrated industry experience with a record of effective project leadership and an in-depth understanding of drug discovery and development from target to clinical trials; demonstrated track record of innovation and development; excellent publication and patent record and experience in giving presentations at various conferences and meetings; ability to initiate and manage internal and external collaborations; engage key opinion leaders; demonstrated strong interpersonal, leadership and collaboration skills to work in a team-oriented, matrix environment and the ability to work through conflicts; outstanding verbal and written communication skills; high ethical standards and a passion for research, teaching, student learning and student success.

The Director is expected to have an earned Ph.D. (or M.D. or PharmD) in Biochemistry, Chemistry, Biology or a related field and an in-depth understanding of the pharmaceutical industry. It is expected that the incumbent will qualify for tenure as a full professor.

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