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BioBank Assistant

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Position Summary

Conducts a variety of BioBank procedures under the general supervision of the Research Program Director or designee. Assists BioBank personnel and other medical personnel as appropriate. Set up, process, and maintain the day-to-day technical tasks of the BioBank. Must be able to recognize problems or deviations in BioBank process and procedure and notify appropriate personnel. Masters routine techniques and procedures relevant to overall goals of the BioBank. Position availability is directly related to grant funding and/or BioBank revenue stream

Required Minimum Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Interpersonal skills necessary to communicate and work effectively.
  • Visual acuity, manual dexterity, math skills and a scientific acumen are required.
  • Associate degree in related field required. Bachelor’s degree preferred.
  • One year of relevant experience preferred.

Faculty Scientist II- Health Outcomes/Health Services Research

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Job Details

  • The ideal candidate for this position will be a health outcomes researcher with a substantive focus in one or more of the following areas: health communication, decision sciences/medical decision making, health services research, or a related field of inquiry.
  • Mid-career researchers with an established program of research and a strong track record of extramural funding and peer-reviewed publications are preferred; however, early career candidates with appropriate skills and experience will be considered.
  • Candidates with an MD/DO, PhD, ScD, DrPH, or other relevant doctoral degree will be considered for this position. For physician-scientists, candidates with formal research training (e.g., MPH, research fellowship) are strongly preferred.

Position Summary

Conducts a variety of research activities, often heading projects independently, but may enlist the assistance of more experienced scientists as collaborators. This position will receive mentorship from one or more senior scientists in areas such as grant writing and applications, teaching, and navigating research administration and research compliance issues. This position will be responsible for the independent conception of research projects, obtaining external funding for these projects and the publication of results from these projects in a timely manner. These studies should be of sufficient importance and impact to bring recognition to the investigator, resulting in increased or sustained funding, etc. This individual will assist in the development of operational guidelines for the research. As an independent position, the individual should exercise good judgment in decision making with regard to the management of personnel, budgets, and other matters that pertain to running a program or project as an independent investigator. With regard to problem-solving, the individual in this position should know the limitations of his or her problem solving skills both scientifically and administratively and should use good judgment to seek advice and input from reliable sources when the problem is beyond the scope of his or her expertise. Follows safety, human subjects and animal use guidelines. Manages grants or projects including supervision of multiple staff, project reports, etc. Monitors the project budget. Where inventions or other intellectual property are developed during the course of the research, will contribute to the process of working with the patents and licensing office to seek appropriate rights. Ability to supervise and to coordinate efforts of several staff for complex internal/external groups. Position availability is directly related to grant funding.

Minimum Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities Required

  • Demonstrated ability to read, write, and speak English effectively
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Outstanding interpersonal skills
  • Visual acuity, manual dexterity, math skills and a scientific acumen are required.
    Doctoral degree in relevant biomedical discipline
  • 5 years of experience as a Faculty Scientist I (or Assist Prof)
    Successful track record of R01 funding or equivalent research support
  • First or Senior author publications in major peer-reviewed biomedical journals
  • Evidence of beginning of national recognition in selected field as demonstrated by invited presentations at national biomedical meetings and invited reviews for major biomedical publications
  • Demonstrated ability to design and conduct novel and potentially high impact biomedical experiments
  • Evidence of significant mentorship and teaching accomplishments
  • Evidence of significant institutional citizenship

Essential Functions

  • Supervises major research project(s) and writes grants and obtains extramural funding for major research projects.
  • Ensures timely, accurate and complete communication of research findings at regional, national and international meetings and in major and specialty-specific biomedical journals.
  • Teaches and mentors (as assigned by Center Director) summer students, interns, graduate student and research fellows.
  • Serves on Institutional committees (as assigned by Director, MMCRI) and participates in regional and national professional societies and activities.
  • Ensures compliance with all state and federal regulations pertaining to safety, the ethical conduct of research, financial reporting to funding agencies, and standards of professional conduct.
  • Promotes teamwork and collaboration within MMCRI and with outside institutions.

Research Assistant III – Nadeau Lab

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Position Summary

Conducts a variety of laboratory procedures under the general supervision of the principal investigator or the PI’s designee. Assist biological and medical scientists in laboratories. Set up, operate, and maintain laboratory instruments and equipment, monitor experiments, make observations, and calculate and record results. Must be able to recognize problems or deviations in experimental conditions and notify appropriate personnel. Masters routine techniques and procedures relevant to overall goals of the lab. Position availability is directly related to grant funding.

The ideal candidate will have experience in mouse reproduction and genetics as well as with mouse breeding, genotyping, record keeping, and data analysis. This position will work closely with the Principal Investigator, Dr. Joseph Nadeau, to plan the work and analyze results. Specifically, this person will be responsible for setting-up the test and control crosses, conducting the embryo, ovary and sperm assays, including scoring embryo number, viability, sex and genotype; for counting corpora lutea and testing the fit between number of ovulated eggs and litter size; and for assessing sperm number, genotype, morphology, and swimming. As needed, Dr. Nadeau will provide (or arrange) additional training.

Required Minimum Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Demonstrated ability above that of a Research Assistant II.
  • Interpersonal skills necessary to communicate and work effectively.
  • Visual acuity, manual dexterity, math skills and a scientific acumen are required.
  • Bachelor’s degree in a relevant field.
  • 2 + years of relevant experience.

Research Coordinator II

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Position Summary

This is a clinical and technical position responsible for coordinating clinical research.

Required Minimum Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

1. Bachelor’s degree in a health science or related field required.
2. Knowledge of basic statistical principles and methods.
3. Ability to function independently and as part of a team.
4. Excellent communication skills, verbal and written.
5. 2 years of clinical experience in a healthcare setting required.
6. Demonstrable computer competency in Microsoft Word and Excel.
7. Certification by the Association of Clinical Research Professionals preferred.

Research Fellow –  Hernandez Lab

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Position Summary

Conducts a variety of complex laboratory procedures and is able to conduct independent research in consultation with the principal investigator.  The research fellow has a sufficient level of experience, expertise and independence to conduct a defined research project, in coordination with the fellows dissertation to be responsible for its inception, implementation and completion with reporting of results in a peer reviewed forum.

Desired Profile

The successful candidate will work in the laboratory of Arturo Hernandez at Maine Medical Center Research Institute. Research projects will involve the use of transgenic mouse and cell culture models to delineate the pathophysiological consequences and underlying mechanisms by which developmental overexposure to thyroid hormones leads to disease in later life, and also in non-exposed subsequent generations via epigenetic mechanisms. The laboratory focuses on endpoints relevant to complex endocrine, developmental and neurobehavioral conditions in humans including autism, schizophrenia, depression, congenital defects, obesity and infertility.  The candidate is expected to be a motivated individual that has recently completed or is close to complete his/her Ph.D. The candidate should have a strong background in biochemistry, molecular and cellular biology, and genetics.  Experience in one or more of the following fields, including endocrinology, neuroscience, epigenetics, developmental biology, thyroid hormone physiology and/or bioinformatics, will be valued.

Minimum Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities Required

  1. Communication skills that are sufficiently developed that the individual at this level will be able to present research results at regional and national research conferences.
  2. Candidate for a PhD in biochemistry, molecular biology, genetics, biomedical sciences, physiology, neuroscience or related field relevant to the position
  3. The research fellow will have demonstrated a level of independence to perform laboratory responsibilities.

Essential Functions

  1. Conducts complex laboratory procedures and analyses using a variety of manual techniques and laboratory instrumentation. The research fellow may serve as a laboratory or institute resource as a principal user or expert in a specialized instrument or technology
  2. Collaborates with the Principal Investigator and other institute investigators as part of the overall responsibility for project inception and completion
  3. Participates in the training of undergraduates, summer students and other laboratory and institute personnel in candidate’s areas of expertise.
  4. Stays current in literature relevant to area of research interest and expertise.
  5. May provide substantial input, both data and its interpretation, in the preparation of both manuscripts and grants.
  6. Contributes to the interpretation and presentation of research results in manuscript form for publication or in presentations at regional, national or international scientific meetings.

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Technology Manager – Mass Spectrometry

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We are seeking an experienced scientist to manage and execute projects within our mass spectrometry core facility at Maine Medical Center Research Institute. This shared resource focuses on state-of-the art protein and lipid analyses using Sciex instrumentation platforms and software. This individual’s primary role will be to work with the Director of the facility to manage all aspects of ongoing projects involving proteomics and lipidomics analysis. Responsibilities will include using biochemical, cell and molecular biology techniques to prepare tissue and cell samples for mass spectrometric quantitative analysis of protein and/or metabolic intermediates. The ideal candidate will have a MS or PhD degree in a related discipline, with working knowledge of Sciex mass spectrometry instrumentation.

The ideal candidate will:

  1. Have training in mass spectrometry techniques and related instrumentation.
  2. Have training in basic and analytical biochemistry, molecular and cell biology.
  3. Be a self-starter, intellectually engaged in the science and technology development, and able to work independently to troubleshoot problems and analyze the data obtained from mass spectrometry experiments.
  4. Have good organizational and personnel management skills.
  5. Be able to work with a variety of researchers to help design and implement projects.

* This is a grant funded position

Summary of Position Description

This individual’s primary responsibility will be to manage applications of nano- and micro-scale liquid chromatography and mass spectrometry. This includes, but is not limited to oversight of using this technology, maintenance of the instrumentation, overall technical and quality assurance operations, supply management, and training and instruction of the technology. May or may not have direct supervisory responsibility depending on the requirements of the project or program. Supported by grant funding that includes NIH funding or our Center of Biomedical Research Excellence

Minimum Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities Required

  • Ph.D. or M.S. plus experience or a B.S. in a specialized related field.
  • A minimum of 2 years of directly related experience.
  • May be proficient in operation of one or more applications within a specific technology. Skills should include ability to troubleshoot problems and analyze the data obtained from instrumentation.
  • Certifications based on technology, if applicable
  • Must have good organizational and personnel management skills.
  • Project management skills, communication skills, both personal and written, business skills and schedule planning acumen.
  • Visual acuity, manual dexterity, math skills and a scientific acumen required.

Vice President Research MMCRI

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Position Summary

The Vice President of Research (VPR) reports to the Chief Academic Officer and oversees and directs all functions of the Maine Medical Center Research Institute (MMCRI). In that role, the VPR provides vision for growth and development of the research mission, fostering innovation and the advancement of biomedical knowledge that enhances the capabilities of MaineHealth (MH) in patient care activities and the overall health of the region.

The VPR works in partnership with research center directors, medical education, physician and staff leadership and MaineHealth IT to advance the research enterprise at MaineHealth.

The VPR oversees and directs the hiring of research-intensive faculty, the development of research space, major research equipment acquisitions and IT and technology services, as well as the building of interdisciplinary research programs.

The VPR oversees financial planning and the financial viability of MMCRI, and works in collaboration with Maine Medical Center Research Finance Office to develop, implement and manage the Institute’s budget.

The VPR is responsible for ensuring the effectiveness and efficiency of research administration, integrity and compliance.

The VPR’s goal is to attract and retain the most qualified basic, health services, population health, and clinical research professionals available by creating an environment where people of distinction, stature, and reputation will want to work.

The VPR strives to enhance the profile of the research faculty and staff within MaineHealth, the region and nationally, in part though intramural, interdisciplinary and inter-institutional collaborations.

The VPR ensures that faculty, staff and trainees have access to state-of-the-art research training and education, and facilitates their participation in research activities across the breadth of biomedical investigation.

The VPR will be responsible for enhancing and promoting the clinical and translational research mission of MaineHealth by strengthening ties with the Tufts Clinic and Translational Science Institute (CTSI) and the Northern New England Clinical and Translational Research Network (NNE-CTR).

Essential Functions

  • Provides leadership and vision for MMCRI and MH’s research programs, by stewarding and growing a thriving research portfolio through sponsored research, scientific collaboration and dissemination;
  • Leads the design and development of innovative programs to enable the achievement of Maine Medical Center’s and MMCRI’s goals and priorities;
  • Works collaboratively with clinical departments, service lines, and IT to promote growth of research programs that support institutional strategic objectives;
  • Develops a high performing MMCRI staff and provides guidance and support for their career growth and professional development;
  • Represents MMCRI through service and participations on boards, committees, panels, and conferences to represent organizational, health, and research interests at the local, regional, and national level;
  • Assures system-wide research activities are aligned with Maine Medical Center’s and MaineHealth’s goals;
  • Provides oversight of all aspects of MMCRI’s long-range planning and mission, direction, and objectives. Develops and fosters a diverse and meaningful scientific portfolio that results in a world class scientific program that translates into knowledge that improves health for a variety of stakeholders, including MaineHealth patients and our local communities;
  • Provides scientific leadership and guidance to improve the research activities of others. Represents Maine Medical Center, MMCRI and MaineHealth at national groups and represents the interests of MMCRI to external funders;
  • Develops and tracks measures of research productivity and seeks ways and venues to further disseminate and implement research findings;
  • Promotes and facilitates the utilization of technical and analytic resources within the Research Institute, and in collaboration with IT, in the evaluation of health system data to advance scientific knowledge and clinical care;
  • Facilitates intra-institutional cooperation and interactions with external research and academic partners to spur collaborative growth and research synergies;
  • Serves as MaineHealth’s Research Integrity Officer (RIO) as well as the Institutional Official (IO) with oversight responsibility for the IRB, IACUC and IBC.

Minimum Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities Required

  • An MD or PhD with a minimum of 10 years of research administrative experience in research, with progressive responsibilities.
  • Demonstrated ability to lead, plan, organize, coordinate, and facilitate the work of large groups of working scientists.
  • Interpersonal skills to effectively interact in delicate, sensitive, or complex situations; effective and persuasive presenter to a variety of audiences.
  • Successful track record of leading an externally funded research program in the biomedical sciences.
  • Scientific leadership experience in a health-related research setting.
  • A recognized scientific leader as demonstrated through peer-reviewed publications and direct contact with leaders in health care and research communities.
  • Has a broad understanding of high-level goals and the ability to translate into effective action plans.
  • Has experience communicating both technical and non-technical concepts with collaborators, stakeholders and community members.