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Principal Investigator - Neuroscience/Neurobiology

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Location: Birmingham, AL

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Principal Investigator - Neuroscience/Neurobiology
SOUTHERN RESEARCH seeks to fill a position for an established research neuroscientist to join the faculty of the Center for Neuromolecular Research (CNR) and the Department of Neurobiology in the Drug Discovery Division.  The position is equivalent in rank to an academic Associate or Full Professor, depending on experience. In contrast to traditional academic environments wherein the Principal Investigator's time is typically split between research, teaching and administrative responsibilities, Southern Research uniquely offers the opportunity for a Principal Investigator to exclusively focus on engaging in research and professional development activities.  The Center, Department and Division are collaborative grant- and contract-based research enterprises engaged in the discovery and development of new treatments for neurological diseases and central nervous system disorders. We are particularly interested in applicants with a funded ongoing research program focused on basic and applied investigations of neurobiology, neuropharmacology and/or neurotherapeutic agents; including, small molecules and biological entities (antibodies, gene therapies, antisense agents, etc.) that are amenable to translational development.
The Division has a long-standing record of continuous funding by the National Institutes of Health, other federal organizations, foundations and private enterprises.  The environment offers opportunities to collaborate with expert teams engaged with CNS investigations, oncology and infectious disease projects, high throughput screening, medicinal chemistry, in vitro and in vivo pharmacology, preclinical in vivo pharmacokinetic assessments, and clinical trials. Additionally, the Drug Development Division offers facile scientific opportunities that enable translational in vivo evaluations and also investigations of CNS devices and related bioengineering technologies.
Southern Research is a not-for-profit research organization that is academically affiliated with and adjacent to the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB). The UAB Medical Center, affiliated research centers, and campus departments afford opportunities for clinical collaborations, basic science research, as well as joint appointments with UAB. As part of a large biomedical research community in Birmingham, we are committed to providing a stimulating research setting, a rewarding work environment and comprehensive research resources.
To be considered, applicants must: 1) possess a PhD, MD or MD/PhD degree with a research emphasis in neurology, neuroscience, neurobiology, neuropharmacology, aging, biomedical sciences or related disciplines; 2) have an active externally funded research program; and 3) submit a curriculum vitae, a 1-2 page synopsis of prior research with external funding, and a two page description of future research goals. 
Birmingham, Alabama has a high standard of living afforded by a moderate climate, beautiful wooded terrain, outstanding residential communities and schools, world-class healthcare, below-average cost of living, and a vibrant arts and entertainment scene.  In 2015, Birmingham was defined as No. 1 on Forbes' list of America’s Most Affordable Cities. 
General Summary
The investigator will function as an independent researcher who manages self-funded programs within the Drug Discovery Division.  The role will be responsible for successfully preparing research proposals, planning and conducting experiments, interpreting and reporting results, and management of research staff.
Key Responsibilities
  • Must independently design a research program and be responsible for all work pursued in their laboratory.
  • Ability to function as an independent investigator who manages a research program.
  • Accountable for advancing research in a specified area.
  • Sought out both internally and externally as a scientific/technical specialist in a field of research. 
Position Specific Responsibilities
  • Applies learned skills in project management methodology to ensure that research grants/research contracts are effectively managed.  Ensures quality of product and/or service delivered; manages project budget and project risk factors.
  • Publishes work in high quality journals.
  • People reporting relationships may be a combination of direct and/or indirect.  If role has direct reports, incumbent will receive training in HR related processes including performance management, salary administration, discipline, and hiring.
  • Provides training and development opportunities for both indirect and/or direct reports as necessary.
  • Provides resolutions to diverse range of complex scientific problems.
  • May sit on national advisory committees.
  • Uses judgment within defined policies, practices and procedures.
  • Ensures compliance to all regulatory and safety requirements for work with select agents.
  • Observes appropriate safety requirements.
  • Perform other duties as may be required by supervisor. 
Requirements/Minimum Qualifications
  • Ph.D. in Neuroscience, Neuropharmacology, Molecular Imaging,  Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, Medicinal Chemistry, or a related discipline. 
  • Research emphasis in neurology, neuroscience, neurobiology, neuropharmacology, aging, biomedical sciences or related disciplines
  • 3+ years of independent research experience.
  • Must have an externally funded research program.
  • Excellent written & oral communications skills.
  • Ability to write successful grant proposals.
  • Track record obtaining significant external research funding.
  • Must be recognized as a scientific/technical specialist in a field of research.
  • Strong project management skills.
  • Knowledge of use of protective equipment and safety protocols.

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