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Director of Research

Cancer Institute (W.I.A)
Chennai, Tamil Nadu (IN)
Open to negotiation
Closing date
4 Jun 2024

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Biomedicine, Clinical, Health Science, Life Science
Job Type
Employment - Hours
Full time

Job Advertisement: Director of Research

Organization: Cancer Institute (WIA), Chennai, India.

I. Job Title: Director of Research.

II. Job Description:

The Director of Research will spearhead all research endeavors across multiple campuses of the Cancer Institute (WIA). Key responsibilities include:

  1. Developing a comprehensive long-term vision to establish national leadership in select areas of cancer research and formulating strategic plans for its realization.
  2. Establishing a world-class cancer research facility at the proposed new site in Gummidipundi, a suburb of Chennai, adhering to global benchmarks.
  3. Overseeing the robust academic pursuits within the research division, including:
    • Introduction of new medical and paramedical courses.
    • Facilitating faculty appointments in alignment with esteemed institutions like Dr. MGR Medical University/Madras University to attract research-oriented individuals.
    • Identifying training needs and organizing relevant courses for faculty and staff.
    • Orchestrating meetings, seminars, workshops, and conferences to foster knowledge exchange in the field of cancer research.
  4. Cultivating partnerships and collaborations on a national and international scale to advance the institute's vision.
  5. Spearheading fundraising initiatives to support the execution of research plans.
  6. Assuming overall administrative responsibilities for the Research Division.
  7. The primary objective is to secure an exceptional leader capable of driving groundbreaking research initiatives critical to the institution's future and its contribution to global/national knowledge.

​​​​​​​III. Selection Criteria:

  1. Medical Doctor with a Ph.D. from a reputable University (Optional).
  2. Minimum of 15 years of experience in lab research.
  3. Clinically relevant translational research within distinguished institutions.
  4. Demonstrated track record of high-quality original publications in leading research or medical journals, indicative of substantial impact.
  5. Proven leadership acumen, particularly in nurturing and developing emerging researchers.
  6. Preferably below the age of 60.
  7. Open to the possibility of a joint appointment with the candidate’s current institution, with a suggested commitment of at least 75% to the Cancer Institute (WIA) for the initial 3 years to attract top-tier candidates.

IV. Location: Initially based at the Cancer Institute (WIA) premises in Guindy/Adyar, Chennai, with relocation to Gummidipundi upon completion of facilities.

V. Remuneration:

Requirements for establishing the Institute and remuneration are open to negotiation. 

VI. How to apply:

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