Seeking full-time research manager to support a cutting-edge ancient DNA lab at Harvard that is responsible for producing more than half of the world's ancient DNA data. The successful candidate will facilitate multiple complex research activities in a laboratory that now includes more than 30 scholars, due to recent funding increases. We are looking for a dependable and detail-oriented individual with scientific knowledge, technical expertise, and excellent organizational skills. This position will support day-to-day research operations to ensure a successful research program within an integrated computational and experimental lab environment. For more information about the lab's research, please visit: https://reich.hms.harvard.edu/.
Enriching the lab's intellectual environment:
This position should view the lab in its entity (two locations, separated by 6 kilometers and many collaborators), helping the director continually improve its overall functioning by working with him on what is pending, overdue, lagging, or not getting done, and by facilitating resolution in consultation with director.
Organize weekly lab meetings by setting and keeping track of speaker schedule.
Organize two larger meetings per year that bring together archaeologists and geneticists. These meetings are external to Harvard, often held internationally. Conceive of potential speakers and invite speakers. Handle all logistics; develop meeting schedule (in consultation with lab director); follow up with individual speakers about their presentation and travel.
Organize lab's residency program for collaborating senior archaeologists. The ancient DNA lab collaborates with hundreds of scientists who would visit Harvard (2 weeks to 6 months visits) for collaborative study of population history based on archaeological samples. Arrange such visits by communicating with relevant lab members on schedule; follow up with individual collaborator on visit details; handle administrative details to ensure smooth visits by collaborating senior archaeologists.
Actively maintain relationships with collaborating archaeologists on projects the ancient DNA lab is carrying out and ensure that lines of communication (with research collaborators and funding agencies) remain open and research plans are being met.
Write progress reports for funders (about 6 per year). Proactively monitor lab's progress on granting agency's expectations and facilitate this progress by communicating with researchers involved and writing up what's needed. Effectively communicate/correspond with lab members and collaborating archaeologists, as needed, to ensure funding agency's expectations are met in timely fashion.
Organize opportunities for lab members to communicate with other scholars and the public through conference travel or public forums.
Facilitate communication and coordination of lab activities across the lab's two sites separated by 6 kilometers. Identify bottlenecks and structural problems and work with lab director and senior staff scientists to find solutions. Assess where lab processes are not functioning well; advise lab director and facilitate improvements to current processes; track progress of various tasks (grants-related, progress reports, papers for submission), politely prodding those involved to keep work progressing as needed, or doing the work necessary (organizing or coordinating, or writing scientific progress report or grant proposal), performing whatever task is needed to facilitate a well-functioning research program.
Grants preparation and relationship management:
Working with lab personnel, prepare renewal proposals for existing grants in ways that optimize chance of success. Work with lab personnel to prepare materials for research grant proposals. Identify new research funding opportunities and co-write new grant proposals with lab personnel. Write or co-write the scientific description of research proposals with other lab members.
Ensure that lab is meeting its grants-related commitments (for example, by writing progress reports for funding agencies, and promised initiatives).
Read and advise lab director and other lab members on fellowship applications and proposals.
On lab director's behalf, prepare MOU's with diverse collaborators. Liaise with collaborators to obtain relevant approvals for projects; liaise with institutional legal officers to ensure all lab's work complies with ethical guidelines. Work with sponsored research administrator on grant-related matters pertaining to ancient DNA lab, involving lab director as needed.
To be considered for this position, applicants must submit cover letter and resume.
This is an ideal opportunity for someone with PhD degree in archaeology, anthropology, or population genetics who has a deep interest in facilitating research and being part of an extraordinary team.
This is a two-year term position with possibility for renewal, dependent upon adequate funding and satisfactory performance.
Salary Grade: 056
Union: 55 - Hvd Union Cler & Tech Workers
B.A./B.Sc. in management, life sciences, anthropology, or a related field. Equivalent qualifications in other scientific fields will be considered. Two plus years of experience in a laboratory or research-related academic institution.
Advanced degree (Master's or PhD degree) in management, life science, or anthropology preferred. Excellent writing skills essential (writing sample will be requested as part of interview process). Experience drafting and editing scientific, regulatory, and policy documents preferred. Strong interpersonal skills. Excellent organizational skills and multi-tasking ability, and an ability to prioritize tasks in a complex environment with conflicting needs, are essential. Demonstrated ability to work with multiple constituents on a variety of projects; flexibility, and willingness to take on assignments. Ability to work independently, with minimal supervision, as well as part of a team, and to handle confidential information with discretion.
EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER: We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.
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