HHMI is widely recognized as the world’s foremost medical research organization and a leading light in science education. We have achieved this leadership role by aligning our mission with our vision, capitalizing on change, encouraging risk taking, and fostering innovation. At the root of our work is the belief that significant advances in science are made possible when exceptionally talented researchers are given the time and freedom to pursue their interests and challenging, long-range questions.
At HHMI, you are not just an employee – you are a part of a creative and talented team with colleagues whose expertise ranges from biomedical research to investment management, from information technology to law. Together, we are working toward a common goal – advancing biomedical research and promoting science education.
We are searching for a Scientific Officer with expertise and broad knowledge in any area of biological science. The ideal candidate would have a broad view of their chosen research field, including Principal Investigator experience running a laboratory and interest or experience in academic administration, leadership in national societies, or on journal/grant review boards.
The Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) seeks biomedical scientists interested in a unique professional opportunity to serve as a Scientific Officer at the Institute headquarters in Chevy Chase, Maryland. Scientific Officers serve as liaisons to HHMI Investigators at universities and research centers in the U.S. and abroad regarding scientific and administrative matters. They attend all HHMI scientific meetings, Investigator reviews, and medical advisory board meetings held at headquarters or the Janelia Research Campus (JRC). Their activities include participating in the management of HHMI’s Investigator reviews, scientific meetings, and scientific competitions and in the development of policies for Science Department operations. They also interact with HHMI leadership in the Science Education Department and at JRC, as well as in Communications and the Office of General Counsel to coordinate institute operations. Active scientists may maintain research activities for a proportion of their effort, including travel to their laboratories on a regular basis.
HHMI is an intellectually exciting organization. The professional atmosphere at the Institute headquarters is highly interactive and heavily focused on science and scientists. Operations and program development are nimble and creative with a focus on promoting the best possible institutional framework for cutting-edge science that focuses on people, not projects. All aspects of the Scientific Officer position draw on the individual’s scientific experience and management skills with a strong focus on good judgment, common sense, and collaborative style. Candidates in all areas of biological science are encouraged to apply (See http://www.hhmi.org/content/scientific-officers for current list of Scientific Officers).
- Demonstrated leadership ability and management skills.
- Effective decision-making, negotiation, communication and mediation skills.
- Excellent interpersonal skills.
- Excellent analytical and organizational skills to manage multiple initiatives simultaneously.
- Demonstrated ability to work in and foster a collaborative research environment.
- Available for frequent travel to host institutions, including overnight stays during the work week.
- Available to participate in evening activities during the work week and in most months of the year that are associated with science meetings and Investigator reviews.
- M.D. and/or Ph.D. plus significant research experience in the biomedical sciences required.
- Scientific Officer: Experience as a Principal Investigator of grants or contracts and a record of publications in peer-reviewed journals. The candidate should have a minimum of 10 years of professional research experience (following first appointment as tenure-track assistant professor or equivalent) and demonstrated leadership in their field. Administrative experience such as overseeing graduate programs, MD/PhD programs, or other significant administrative roles, is required.
- Senior Scientific Officer: Experience as a Principal Investigator of grants or contracts and a record of publications in peer-reviewed journals. A minimum of 15 years of professional research experience (following first appointment as tenure-track assistant professor or equivalent) including at least 5 years of experience leading major academic programs or an academic department or with similar duties at a major research institute. The research of the Senior Scientific Officer is recognized by peers as a significant contribution to advancing their field.