Position Description: The UCSF-Stanford Center of Excellence in Regulatory Sciences and Innovation (CERSI) brings together a world-class team of collaborative scientists from two outstanding academic institutions, with the goal of collaboratively supporting the FDA’s mission to protect the public’s health. Launched in 2014, UCSF-Stanford CERSI focuses on mission-driven regulatory science—generating new knowledge that helps the FDA in its regulatory decision-making. The UCSF-Stanford CERSI includes four components, each with a distinct goal: Core, Education, Collaboration and Research. The goal of the Core is to support our education, research and collaborations units by providing management and oversight, and effective communications among the components and between the CERSI and key stakeholders in regulatory sciences. The goal of the Education unit is to provide state-of-the-art training and educational programs for students, postdoctoral fellows, faculty and scientists in the industry and at FDA. The goal of the Collaborations unit is to sponsor and support a robust FDA Visiting Scientist program, and conduct workshops and seminars in regulatory sciences at both UCSF and Stanford and at the FDA. Through strategic collaborative research efforts, the goal of the Research unit is to conduct mission-driven research in innovative regulatory sciences that addresses key scientific issues for advancing FDA’s mission in protecting the public health.
The External Relations Director provides high level leadership and strategic planning on multi-institutional level (i.e. UCSF and Stanford University) for the UCSF-Stanford CERSI program, and sits on its Executive Committee. The External Relations Director will be charged with direction and management of the Collaboration unit of UCSF-Stanford CERSI, including day-to-day operation and management of the FDA Visiting Scientist Program, FDA workshops and FDA seminars. The FDA Visiting Scientist Program hosts FDA scientists on a biweekly basis, and the External Relations Director serves an essential role in the overall success of the CERSI by making appropriate matches between UCSF/Stanford faculty and FDA scientists, which often leads to collaborative research projects and other sustained interactions between UCSF/Stanford and FDA. In this role, the External Relations Director will have frequent interactions with faculty members at UCSF and Stanford University, staff and scientists in various offices at the FDA, and individuals at Bay Area companies and organizations, and will often be the first contact someone has with UCSF-Stanford CERSI. It is therefore imperative that the External Relations Director is familiar with the program and can diligently serve as its representative to external parties.
Required Qualifications: PhD in related biomedical field (by hire date), preferably in pharmacy, medicinal chemistry, bioengineering, bioinformatics. Strong understanding of the biopharmaceutical, therapeutic, regulatory or related sciences preferred. Experience working with government agencies or other national health and science-related agencies preferred. Advanced communication and presentation experience preferred. Experience with grant awards, scholarly publications and international projects preferred.
UCSF seeks candidates whose experience, teaching, research or community service has prepared them to contribute to our commitment to diversity and excellence. UCSF is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age or protected veteran status.
Review of applications will commence in January 2017. Applicants should send a CV, cover letter, and a two-page summary of past research and future goals. In addition, applicants will be asked to provide the contact information of three references.
The University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) is a leading university dedicated to promoting health worldwide through advanced biomedical research, graduate-level education in the life sciences and health professions, and high-quality patient care. It is the only UC campus in the 10-campus system dedicated exclusively to the health sciences.