CVI Research Director
Posting DetailsPosting Details Posting NumberS03934PWorking TitleCVI Research DirectorDepartmentVet Med Vaccines & Immunology CtrAbout the University of Georgia
The University of Georgia (UGA), a land-grant and sea-grant university with statewide commitments and responsibilities is the state’s oldest, most comprehensive, and most diversified institution of higher education (http://www.uga.edu/). UGA is currently ranked among the top 20 public universities in U.S. News & World Report. The University’s main campus is located in Athens, approximately 65 miles northeast of Atlanta, with extended campuses in Atlanta, Griffin, Gwinnett, and Tifton. UGA was founded in 1785 by the Georgia General Assembly as the first state-chartered University in the country. UGA employs approximately 1,800 full-time instructional faculty and more than 7,600 full-time staff. The University’s enrollment exceeds 36,000 students including over 27,500 undergraduates and over 8,500 graduate and professional students. Academic programs reside in 17 schools and colleges, as well as a medical partnership with Augusta University housed on the UGA Health Sciences Campus in Athens.About the College/Unit/DepartmentCollege/Unit/Department websitePosting TypeInternal (PEP)Retirement PlanTRS or ORPEmployment TypeEmployeeBenefits EligibilityBenefits EligibleFull/Part timeFull TimeWork ScheduleAdditional Schedule Information
Monday-Friday, 8:00am-5:00pmAdvertised SalaryCommensurate with experiencePosting Date09/13/2019Open until filledYesClosing DateProposed Starting Date09/20/2019Special Instructions to ApplicantsLocation of VacancyAthens Area EEO Policy Statement
The University of Georgia is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, ethnicity, age, genetic information, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation or protected veteran status.Position Information Classification TitleResearch Professional ADPay GradeFLSAExemptJob FamilyResearch And LabFTE1.00Minimum Qualifications
Requires at least a baccalaureate degree in the field. Please contact your Human Resources office for an evaluation of education/experience in lieu of the required minimum qualifications.Preferred QualificationsPosition Summary
Primary duties are expected to be in the area of Managing Research in the UGA Center for Vaccines and Immunology (CVI), but successful candidate will also be expected to hold monthly Research Lab Manager Meetings to ensure efficient communication between the CVI Executive team/CVI Faculty and the CVI Research Staff, Post-doc, and student members. In addition, duties will include coordinating with Principal Investigators and laboratories for use of Center common equipment and procedural trainings, meeting with the Center Director and Business Manager to coordinate overall operations, enforcing all Center research policies, coordinating with campus BSL3 and ABSL3 oversight entities, overseeing biosafety and other Center compliance requirements, liaising as Center representative with other departments and regulatory bodies on the UGA campus. Work involves research, development, and evaluation of CVI financial savings, methods, processes, instrumentation, and equipment for water management, energy conservation, autoclave sterility and waste management, as well as biosafety of researchers and research space.
Successful candidate will manage the 5 CVI Research Core Facilities (Cellular and Cytometry Core, Antibody Core, Biomarker Core, Protein Production Core, and Translational Medicine Core). Successful candidate will oversee daily operations, manage a minimum of 5, up to 10, research technical staff, interact with non-University clients to arrange for contracts, support the CVI Core Business model including billing and invoicing (in conjunction with the CVI Business Manager), give lectures on CVI Equipment and capabilities to local, state, national, and international groups. Successful candidate will be expected to attend National and International meetings to support the CVI Core Mission and Educate Scientists, Researchers, Company Representatives, Government Personnel on the CVI and UGA Research Capacity, Animal models, Clinical Trial Apparatus, and CVI Core Capabilities.
In addition, successful candidate will oversee the Vertical Integrated Projects (VIP) program for undergraduate scientific and applied education in the CVI. This will involve supervising 12-16 UGA undergraduate researchers in training in highly technical and cutting edge scientific, hands-on training for CVI research laboratories. Each year, you will be involved in the recruiting of new undergraduate researchers into the program, interviewing these candidates, and assigning to various CVI research laboratories or CVI Core labs for research learning and student mentoring in the biomedical sciences.
Lastly, successful candidate perform scientific research on influenza and potentially other vaccine development program and will present completed research findings and data in annual presentations at Scientific Meetings as well as write scientific manuscripts for peer-review publications.Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and/or Competencies
Methods of fulfilling responsibilities are usually at discretion of employee with a professional superior available for consultation and assistance. Work is performed under general direction of the CVI Director and is reviewed through periodically. Good communication skills and the ability to work independently and collaboratively are essential.Physical Demands
1. Ability to lift and carry up to 20 pounds, both assisted and
2. Dexterity in handling medium and small size laboratory
equipment and materials
3. Ability to communicate effectively via telephone, email, and in
person to various stakeholders
4. Ability to utilize computer technology for all applications in a
manner that meets performance expectations
5. Ability to remember, organize, and consistently focus on a large
amount of detail and come to appropriate conclusions
6. Ability to sit or stand for long periods of time and use of
repetitive actions during the entire work day
7. Ability to walk up and down long corridors
8. Ability to handle infectious material and immunological samples
collected from animal and human sources
Be advised a credit check will be required for all positions with financial responsibilities. For additional information about the credit check criteria, visit the UGA Credit Background Check website.Duties/Responsibilities Duties/Responsibilities
•Managing Research in the UGA Vaccine Center including Supervision of the 5 CVI Research Core facilities.
•Attend Faculty Meetings and hold monthly Research Lab Manager Meetings to ensure efficient communication.
•Coordinate use of Center common equipment and procedural trainings.
•Meeting with the Center Director and Business Manager to coordinate overall operations. Coordinating with campus BSL3 and ABSL3 oversight entities, overseeing biosafety and other Center compliance requirements, liaising as Center representative with other departments and regulatory bodies on the UGA campus.
•Manage 5-10 CVI Research Staff for efficient operations of the CVI and its Core Facilities.
•Maintain and perform immunological phenotype acquisition and flow cytometry cell sorting of fluorescently labeled cells.
•Work with Clients in the CVI and through contract arrangements to perform flow and other cellular immunology work.
•Develop new protocols and assays and work to enhance the range of activities for generations of scientific data by CVI investigators.
•Attend Scientific Meetings, Give Presentations, and generate new clients for the CVI Cores.
•Overall liaison for the CVI to the University community and outside of UGA. Give Tours of the facility, Give presentations on campus, the local community, and across the state.
•Work with the Strategic Partnerships Director to provide content to the CVI Social Media and outreach programs.
•Graduate and Undergraduate Training.
•Mentor students in the CVI and train on various immunological, virological, animal handling techniques.
•Manage and oversee the Vertical Integrated Projects (VIP) program for undergraduate scientific and applied education in the CVI.
•Supervise and Train 12-16 UGA undergraduate researchers in hands-on, highly technical training in scientific techniques.
•Recruiting of new undergraduate researchers into the program.
•Interviewing these candidates, and assigning to various CVI research laboratories or CVI Core labs for research learning and student mentoring in the biomedical sciences.
•Perform Scientific Research.
•Develop vaccines for influenza and other infectious disease agents.
•Test vaccines in small animal models.
•Assess vaccine success with challenge and immunological assays.
•Coordinate with the UGA CTRU to facilitate Vaccine Research Trials.
•Oversee and mentor junior staff to efficient run these Vaccine Research Trials.
•Present findings at Scientific Meeting and in Scientific Publications.
•Maintain records, attend laboratory meetings.
•Equipment Coordinating with Collaborators, and other duties as assigned.
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