The Evolutionary Studies Initiative (ESI) at Vanderbilt University seeks a highly motivated, organized, and creative Scientific Coordinator. The Scientific Coordinator will work with the ESI Director and a diverse team of faculty, scientists, and administrators in developing and executing complex, transformative, and large-scale projects related to evolutionary studies and ESI's mission. Reporting directly to the ESI Director, the Scientific Coordinator will manage scientific projects, coordinate and write grant applications in collaboration with ESI faculty members, coordinate communications, and oversee outreach activities.
The Vanderbilt Evolutionary Studies Initiative aims to unite a remarkably diverse array of scholars from diverse disciplines with broad interests and expertise in evolution-related fields. Our campus houses scholars that integrate evolution with anthropology, neuroscience, psychological sciences, economics, education, law, language, paleontology, education, ecology, and medicine, to name just a few. ESI is part of the College of Arts and Science Grand Challenge Initiative, where leading faculty are addressing some of the most challenging topics facing the world today. ESI supports diverse activities, including a seminar series, undergraduate and graduate courses, grant writing, trainee career development, and outreach. More information about the ESI can be found at: https://www.vanderbilt.edu/evolution/ .
This is a full-time position with a competitive salary and benefits. The successful candidate will work in the Department of Biological Sciences on the Vanderbilt campus. The Vanderbilt campus is a vibrant community embedded in the mid-town area of Nashville, with opportunities for extensive social and scientific interactions.
The Department of Biological Sciences has an excellent staff to facilitate issue resolution involving personnel, financial management, supply and equipment orders proposal submission, and infrastructure. The faculty in the department carry out diverse research projects and often collaborate with other members within the department and in nearby departments. This department covers a broad spectrum of biology, from molecules and cells to tissues and organisms to populations and ecosystems. Award-winning faculty and graduate students teach and carry out research in Biochemistry, Structural Biology and Biophysics, Cell Biology, Genetics, Molecular Biology, Computational Biology, Evolutionary Biology, Ecology, Developmental Biology, and Neurobiology.
Duties and Responsibilities
Manages ESI-related scientific programs including pilot grant programs and research fellowships
Leads the writing and preparation of ESI-related grant applications and reports in collaboration with ESI Director
Manages ESI-related project budgets in collaboration with grant managers
Oversees communication of ESI-related project outcomes to the public via website, social media, press releases, and other promotional materials
Coordinates ESI-related communications including organizing seminars, retreats, and workshops
Oversee outreach activities of ESI-related projects
Other duties as assigned
An advanced degree (Master's, Ph.D.) from an accredited institution, or equivalent experience in natural sciences, physical sciences, engineering, or an evolutionary studies-related field, is necessary
Excellent communication, interpersonal, and teamwork skills, demonstrated ability for communicating effectively with various stakeholders is necessary
Excellent time-management, organizational, analytical, and problem-solving skills is necessary
Ability to exercise discretion, confidentiality, sound judgement, and attention to detail is necessary
Self-motivated and able to work independently on multiple projects concurrently is necessary
Consistent demonstration of initiative, able to rapidly adapt and respond to changes in environment and priorities is necessary
Professional experience in running structured, multi-disciplinary programs and/or in research administration is preferred
Knowledge of standard software packages is preferred
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Vanderbilt University is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer. Women, minorities, people with disabilities and protected veterans are encouraged to apply.
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