Assistant Director, Aging Brain Initiative

Massachusetts, United States
17 Oct 2018
End of advertisement period
17 Dec 2018
Contract Type
Full Time

ASSISTANT DIRECTOR, AGING BRAIN INITIATIVE (ABI)Picower Institute for Learning and Memory, to assist the director in developing a world-class effort for understanding the aging brain that spans disciplines, departments, and research groups.  Will serve as an aspirational leader who will help support and shepherd the initiative’s vision, implement a strategic communication and outreach strategy, direct the operational management of research projects to achieve scientific goals, and support the founding PI’s in defining and developing the scientific vision and its implementation.  Will also support the mission and needs of the Picower Institute.

The Aging Brain Initiative, led by Li-Huei Tsai, director of the Picower Institute, is an MIT-wide effort to understand dementia, why it begins and progresses, and how it can be stopped.  This effort focuses on Alzheimer’s disease as a whole-systems failure and not the result of a single flawed component.

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Job Requirements

REQUIRED:  Ph.D. in neuroscience or neurodegenerative disease; substantial directly-related experience working in the life sciences, a clinical research setting, or management; at least five years’ exempt-level experience in an academic or research environment overseeing strategic planning, research proposal development, and ideally, the successful launch of a similar research endeavor; entrepreneurial approach; strong project management skills; ability to keep teams, projects, and deliverables on track and to evaluate/revise plans and methods; initiative; commitment to contributing to the progress of science research by facilitating the work of others; ability to think strategically, set priorities, exert influence, negotiate, work across boundaries, and deliver results; and superb written and verbal communication and presentation skills. Candidates with a Ph.D. in computer science or electrical engineering will also be considered. 

MIT is an equal employment opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, disability, age, genetic information, veteran status, ancestry, or national or ethnic origin.

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