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Associate Director, The Genome Foundry

Title: Associate Director, The Genome Foundry

Position: Full-Time, 2 years with the possibility of renewal, starting FALL 2020

Location: Centre for Applied Synthetic Biology, Concordia University


Purpose:  To identify and pursue new areas for research and strategic initiatives at the Genome Foundry, including new collaborative research funding opportunities, and to liaise with the scientific community, commercial/external partners, and Advancement and Alumni Relations. To develop a sustainable business model for the Foundry as well as to promote business development and industrial partnerships as they relate to research opportunities and to support the development of strategic research proposals. Work with CASB staff to integrate new research activity. The incumbent advises and assists the Centre Director in leading the implementation of the scientific direction across all areas of CASB as they relate to the Genome Foundry.


Reporting relationship: The incumbent reports to the Director of the Centre for Applied Synthetic Biology.


Accountability: The incumbent is accountable for ensuring that all Genome Foundry operations are contributing effectively towards shared research goals in line with the CASB Genome Foundry’s research development strategy. The incumbent is accountable for assisting in the development and implementation of a business development plan to align the Genome Foundry’s research capabilities and interests with research-related opportunities and sponsors. S/he is also accountable for identifying and developing proposals for large-scale, non-traditional research funding opportunities.


Position scope: The incumbent identifies and forms collaborative links between researchers within and outside of Concordia, and identifies and facilitates new research funding/business development opportunities that fulfill the Genome Foundry research mandate. The incumbent will lead research development strategies across all Genome Foundry operations by working with other Foundry staff. The incumbent will coordinate Genome Foundry resources necessary for the development of strategic partnerships with industry sponsors and large-scale research project proposals. In the absence of the Centre Director, s/he has responsibility for decisions affecting the Foundry’s research and strategic development.  S/he supervises the staff and functions of the Mammalian and Microbial areas of the Genome Foundry. The incumbent must be comfortable and skilled in communicating on a wide variety of life science research disciplines, with senior academics, administrators, industry executives, foundations and government representatives.


Judgment and autonomy: The incumbent will exercise significant autonomy in prioritizing duties, identifying new funding and research opportunities, and recruiting potential partners and collaborators. The scope of work often includes meeting external deadlines and the position requires flexibility in balancing numerous diverse tasks as well as high-level judgment in making decisions.


Working conditions and physical environment:  The incumbent will be situated in an office setting where minimal sustained physical exertion is required. Travel off-site occasionally to meet and establish potential industrial collaborations.


Quality and process:  The incumbent will ensure compliance with Health and Safety and other University policies, external regulatory guidelines, and ensure smooth and effective research operations of CASB Genome Foundry operations and staff under their direct management as they relate to research activity. Ownership of processes/Genome Foundry quality standards. Accountable for Genome Foundry and intra-Genome Foundry process performance.


Decision Making:

1. Determine the best course of action to capitalize on development, partnership and large-scale research opportunities.

2. Decide on the best course of action with regards to resources (human, financial, equipment, facilities, etc) required to implement and achieve the research development plans of the Foundry.

3. Decide on immediate and long-term needs for the operational sustainability of the CASB Genome Foundry.

4.  In the absence of the Centre Director, determine on best course of action for administrative matters affecting research operations.


Education and Experience Required:

·  PhD or Master’s Degree with relevant experience in a Life Sciences research discipline and a minimum of 2-4 years of related management experience.

·  Ability to quickly develop sound knowledge of the university research environment and external research opportunities related to primary responsibilities.

·  Demonstrated success in the development and implementation of research plans and protocols.

·  Demonstrated success in targeting and securing research funding.

·  Excellent project management and organizational abilities.

·  Excellent knowledge of Synthetic Biology research.

·  Experience with oversight and management of budgeting processes and programs.

·  Very good spoken and written English (Level 5) in order to write grants, to communicate with faculty members, external research partners, and internal units; good written and spoken French (Level 4) in order to communicate with external partners and write grant proposals.

·  Intermediate knowledge of Word, Excel and PowerPoint to create documents, spreadsheets, budgets and presentations.

·  Excellent communication and interpersonal skills, including the confidence, tact, discretion and judgment to work effectively with academic researchers, corporate contacts, government representatives, and senior administrators.

·  Pro-active attitude and problem solving skills with proven ability to work in a fast-paced service-oriented environment.

·  Excellent interpersonal and leadership skills, and a team player.

·  High level of personal initiative, innovation and flexibility.



·  Project management experience in managing multiple projects in cross-functional centre.

·  Experience with working in national and international research centers and understanding of research granting agencies.

·  Strong knowledge of research funding environment and programs in Quebec and in Canada.

·  Previous experience in an academic environment.



Applicants should send (by e-mail) their curriculum vitae, the names and contact information of three referees, and cover letter to the address below. Only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.


Audrey Morin

Research and Administrative Coordinator

Centre for Applied Synthetic Biology


Concordia University hires on the basis of merit and is committed to employment equity. We encourage all qualified applicants to apply. In accordance with Canadian Immigration requirements, priority will be given to Canadian citizens and Permanent Residents.

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