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Research Center Administrator

The Organization

As an independent research organization, the Morgridge Institute for Research explores uncharted scientific territory to discover tomorrow’s cures. In affiliation with the University of Wisconsin-Madison, we support researchers who take a fearless approach to advancing human health in emerging fields such as regenerative biology, metabolism, virology and medical engineering. Through public programming, we work to inspire scientific curiosity in everyday life.

The Opportunity

The Coon Laboratory develops and applies mass spectrometric technology to study human health. We use these tools to answer fundamental questions in cell biology and to study human diseases including Alzheimer’s, diabetes, heart failure, cancer, obesity, asthma, among several others. The research team currently consists of twelve Ph.D. students, two postdoctoral fellows, two undergraduate researchers, and six staff scientists.

This position will serve as the administrative manager of the NIH Center for Quantitative Biology of Complex Systems (NCQBCS), an NIH Biotechnology Research Resource that is the central focus of the Coon Laboratory. This center has the mission of developing new technologies to make whole proteome analysis faster and broadly accessible. In addition to our technology development mission, we apply these technologies to various biomedical problems through collaboration. For those seeking to learn basic proteomic methodology or advanced training in our techniques, we offer hands-on learning experiences. This position is expected to establish and maintain effective working relationships with diverse individuals and groups at all levels of the organization to advance the mission of the center while working independently using initiative, creativity, and judgment to manage projects and solve problems.

Principal Duties

Outreach and Education (50%)

  • Develop and coordinate educational trainings and resources. Collaborate with the Principal Investigator (PI) to execute the educational programs.
  • Collaborate with the PI to review, adapt, and/or develop materials to meet each educational programs’ needs.
  • Establish public outreach by developing and maintaining a visible, public online presence for the NCQBCS including updating NCQBCS’s website, LinkedIn and Facebook page.
  • Organize and work with faculty and staff of the NCQBCS to collect information related to research, educational and outreach accomplishments.
  • Develop and maintain a database of key metrics of outcomes of NCQBCS activities (publications, patents, awards, graduate placements, etc).

Project Management (35%)

  • Serve as the primary point of contact for external and internal inquiries. Respond effectively regarding information requests and/or technical comments.
  • Serve as the primary contact for the NIH regarding reporting requirements. Prepare appropriate written and oral reports to document project activities.
  • Coordinate, develop, and maintain all protocols of the position.
  • Procure NCQBCS supplies and equipment.
  • Work closely with the entire research team to ensure smooth day-to-day operations, assuring data quality, adhering to protocols, and meeting project goals.
  • Oversee and supervise students and volunteers working within non-scientific areas of the NCQBCS. Participate in the recruitment, on-boarding and evaluation of staff.
  • Manage meeting logistics for annual advisory board meetings, research and education workshops, industrial consortium meetings, National Institute of Heath visits, etc. Participate and present logistical aspects of the NCQBCS at the monthly leadership meetings.

Grant and Fiscal Management (15%)

  • Coordinate the development and submission of grant related reports.
  • Prepare administrative and budgetary content for annual reports and proposals for renewal and supplementary funding.
  • Develop, manage, and implement budgets in compliance with UW policies and procedures and funding agency guidelines, provide budgetary updates to leadership.
  • Initiate and monitor expenditures. Ensure proper funding for all expenditures.
  • Ensure property control compliance and participate with audits. Review Property Control Equipment Acquisition Forms to ensure accuracy and correct inaccuracies.
  • Coordinate financial transactions for the NCQBCS program participants.

Qualifications

We require a bachelor’s degree, preferably in the area of biological sciences or a related field, and a minimum of two years experience in research laboratory management (preferably in a biotechnology laboratory). Excellent communication, organization and project management skills are also required.

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