INTERNATIONAL HUMAN FRONTIER SCIENCE PROGRAM ORGANIZATION
POSITION AVAILABLE - Chief Operations Officer
The International Human Frontier Science Program Organization (HFSPO) is seeking a Chief Operations Officer. HFSPO is a unique international collaboration in frontier life sciences research. It promotes innovative, cutting edge research at the frontiers of the life sciences through international collaboration in the spirit of science without borders and for the benefit of humankind. It is supported financially by Australia, Canada, France, Germany, India, Italy, Japan, New Zealand, Norway, the Republic of Korea, Singapore, Switzerland, the UK, USA and the European Commission.
The Chief Operations Officer will be a senior administrator with scientific training, or a demonstrated understanding, experience and knowledge of the values and approaches to scientific research. This is a new HFSPO position. The COO will take responsibility for ensuring coordinated, integrated, high quality administration of the Secretariat’s work. The COO will have modern training and skills in administration and experience in governmental or semi-governmental organisations such as a Ministry, a governmental research agency or other large research agency, a major university or a research institution. The HFSPO Secretariat consists of 16 staff, located in Strasbourg France. It is headed by a Secretary-General, to whom the COO will report.
The COO will, inter alia,
Be responsible for all administrative support for HFSPO’s activities including oversight of
human resource activities
information technology activities
Be responsible for the maintenance of all HFSPO physical infrastructure.
Provide administrative support for all HFSPO meetings, including the Board, Council, peer review committees and workshops.
Provide administrative support for all research awards approved by the Board and paid to awardees through institutions.
Develop, update and maintain internal regulations, guidelines, standard operation procedures under HFSPO Statues and Bylaws.
Ensure the coordination and support of all HFSPO authorised travel.
Communicate with HFSPO Members and Trustees.
Support the needs of non-French Secretariat staff with local and national authorities and requirements.
Ensure that the accountability requirements of HFSPO Members and their MSPs are met.
have had administrative experience in a government or semi-governmental organisation, or another major scientific organisation involved in supporting research. This experience will have been at a level with substantial responsibility.
have been involved in scientific research, or be able to demonstrate knowledge of the funding mechanisms and values of high quality scientific research,
demonstrate an understanding of HFSPO’s unique role in life science research,
be able to provide skilled administrative support to the Board and Secretary-General through an understanding of HFSPO’s governance arrangements,
be proficient in English (HFSPO’s official language) and have a good knowledge of French.
About Human Frontier Science Program Organization
HFSP provides support for basic research at the frontiers of the life sciences in the form of Research Grants for collaboration between laboratories in different countries and Research Fellowships for postdoctoral scientists wishing to extend their expertise in a laboratory abroad. HFSP Fellows prepare for a decisive transition to independence and can apply for a Career Development Award to support their first laboratory. The highest international standards of scientific excellence and creativity guide the selection of HFSP awards.
Sources of HFSP Funding
Australia, Canada, France, Germany, India, Italy, Japan, the Republic of Korea, Norway, New Zealand, Singapore, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, the United States of America and the European Union together provide funding to the Program.
The heads of State approved the proposal by former Prime Minister Nakasone of Japan for establishing HFSPO at the 1987 summit of the G7 nations in Venice. The international scientific community discussed the scope of the Program and in 1989 the Secretariat started working in Strasbourg (France) to prepare the first awards for 1990. The original Management Supporting Parties (MSP) w...ere the countries of the G7, together with the EU. Switzerland joined in 1991. Australia, the Republic of Korea, India, New Zealand, Norway and Singapore have joined since 2004.
HFSP Scientific Programs
• HFSP supports a broad range of biological fields, from studies of the molecular basis of biological complexity to research into brain functions and biological systems.
• Program Grants support collaboration on frontier projects in the life sciences involving laboratories in different countries with expertise in different fields and disciplines. In 2001, the Young Investigator Grant was introduced to support early career scientists within the first 5 years of obtaining their first independent position (contact: email@example.com ).
• Long-Term Fellowships support postdoctoral training abroad to enable young scientists to broaden their expertise. In 2005, the Cross-Disciplinary Fellowships were introduced to encourage scientists with a PhD in the natural sciences or engineering to bring their expertise to bear on biological problems (contact: firstname.lastname@example.org).
• Career Development Awards enable former HFSP Fellows who are returning to their home country or moving to another HFSP member country to transit to scientific independence at a critical period in their career (contact: email@example.com).
• Awardees Meetings, held each year in a different MSP country, bring together HFSP awardees to report on the results of their research and to promote communication between scientists from different fields.
HFSP Nakasone Award
The HFSP Nakasone Award rewards conceptual breakthroughs at the frontiers of the life sciences. The award recognizes the vision of former Prime Minister Nakasone of Japan in the creation of HFSP. The 2018 winner is Svante Pääbo of the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology in Leipzig, Germany was awarded the 2018 HFSP Nakasone Award for his discovery of the extent to which hybridization with Neanderthals and Denisovans has shaped the evolution of modern humans, and his development of techniques for sequencing DNA from fossils
Since 1990, HFSP has supported more than 7000 scientists throughout the world.
• 1124 collaborative Research Grants, involving 4109 scientists. Of these, since 2001, 182 Young Investigator Grants have been awarded to 515 early career scientists.
• 3241 postdoctoral scientists of around 70 nationalities have been supported by HFSP Fellowships. Of these there were 3104 Long-Term and 137 Cross-Disciplinary Fellows.
• 246 Career Development Awards have been awarded to HFSP Fellows setting up their first laboratory.