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Be a part of our mission to cure pancreatic cancer.   As the largest private funder of pancreatic cancer research, we work tirelessly to improve patient outcomes through funding the very best research.    We are dedicated  and pride ourselves on having a positive and friendly work environment.  We are dedicated and pride ourselves on having a positive and friendly work environment.  We offer competitive salaries with an excellent benefits which includes group insurance and a 401(k) plan.  We are an Equal Opportunity Employer based in Woodbury, New York

Vice-President, Research

The Lustgarten Foundation, the nation’s largest non-profit dedicated to pancreatic cancer research, is seeking an in-house Director of Research. Must have proven experience managing scientific/research programs, projects, and budgets such as previous positions in non-profit, pharma/biotech, or academic institution.

The Vice-President, Research will work with the Chief Scientist, Chief Medical Officer, and the President and CEO in the development and implementation of the Scientific/Clinical Research Program. The VP will fulfill the mission of the Foundation to advance the scientific and medical research related to the diagnosis, treatment, and cure of pancreatic cancer and to positively impact the lives of pancreatic cancer patients and their families.

Specifically, the Vice-President, Research will:

  • Work with the Chief Scientist in the implementation and ongoing development and refinement of the Strategic Research Plan including:
    • Identifying the researchers & institutions to conduct the research
    • Developing the best programs and grants to most effectively accomplish the goals and participate in evaluating grant proposals
  • Work with the Chief Medical Officer in the strategic direction and operational oversight in launching a national clinical/translational program to impact the lives of patients including:
    • Establish mutually beneficial relationships with corporate, industry and academic institutions
    • Focus on patient-centric clinical research that aligns decisions with patients’ needs including the delivery of specific education and support patients need to make these decisions and participate in their own care
  • Monitor developments, trends and competitive landscapes to further the Foundation’s mission and identify the newest areas of both basic and clinical/translational research to present emerging opportunities to leadership
  • Engage with scientific leadership at Stand Up to Cancer and develop and maintain other key partnerships with organizations such as NCI, AACR, ASCO
  • Coordinate the activities of the Scientific Advisory Board including organizing the annual in-person conference and telephone meetings
  • Work with the Development Office in engaging with the highest-level donors to keep them abreast of research highlights and breakthroughs
  • Oversee the Research Operation Manager and the direction of the Grants program and help negotiate grant contracts as necessary
  • Develop potential business opportunities where appropriate such as the commercialization of research efforts, including the Organoid and Early Detection programs. Explore opportunities with Venture Philanthropy
  • Represent the Foundation at select scientific and professional conferences

Applicants should have:

  • Advanced degree/s in Life Sciences
  • Scientist with a strong research background, preferably in cancer
  • Demonstrated ability to conduct and/or manage scientific/clinical research programs, projects, budgets, through one or more successful roles in: non-profit foundations, academic institutions, research centers in pharma, academia, biotechs, government agencies
  • Strong communications skills to interact effectively with the scientific community as well as conveying technical information to the lay community

Reporting Relationships:

  • To the President and CEO
  • To the Chief Scientist on matters dealing with the Foundation’s overall research program
  • To the Chief Medical Officer on matters dealing with Clinical/Translational Research programs
  • Supervises the Research Operations Manager

Please share this email with anyone who might be a good fit. Interested candidates, please send your resume to kkaplan@lustgarten.org

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