Executive Director, International Brain Laboratory

University College London - UCL Medicine

The International Brain Laboratory is a transformational new collaborative scientific research project, spanning 20 neuroscience laboratories across Europe and North America. These laboratories are working together to solve one of science’s greatest challenges, how the brain works together to make a decision. This ambitious project will involve recording the activity of hundreds of thousands of neurons in the working brain, and building mathematical models of the resulting data, harnessing the close coordination of world-leading experimental and theoretical scientists.

We are seeking an Executive Director to lead this project. They will be responsible for conceiving and delivering the programme of work including the definition and attainment of key milestones, managing overall project budget and finances, facilitating project governance and internal communication, liaising with funders, external agencies and partners and identifying and establishing new funding streams. The team is internationally distributed, and therefore Executive Director may work remotely and communication will involve the use of electronic collaboration tools. The International Brain Laboratory is anticipated to scale up after an initial pilot period, and the Executive Director will play an instrumental role in this challenging transformation and expansion of the initiative.

This is a senior leadership position, and we seek an exceptional individual with the vision, leadership skills, management experience, and ambition to oversee and ensure the success of one of the most ambitious and groundbreaking scientific collaborations in the world.

The post is funded for two years in the first instance by a grant from the Wellcome Trust.

  1. Extensive and demonstrable experience of successful management and leadership of large collaborative projects of a comparable scale, with close involvement in financial management.
  2. Ability to develop a compelling scientific vision, think strategically and implement these plans to deliver results.
  3. High level influencing skills, ability to build strategic networks with a range of stakeholders.
  4. Experience of creating and managing large teams through matrix management, including teams that are geographically dispersed.
  5. Experience in successfully managing scientific, engineering, medical or clinical projects at a high level.
  6. Experience in presenting the results of scientific, engineering, medical or clinical projects to a wide range of audiences
  7. Understanding of and alignment with the aims of the International Brain Laboratory project
  8. A high level of self-motivation and strong communication skills to support managing a project that is distributed across multiple institutions in different countries.
  9. Experience of producing high quality written reports suitable for a range of audiences, from the wide public to experts in funding agencies.
  10. Complete facility with online collaborative work tools such as Slack, Trello, Zoom and Google Drive.

A PhD in any area of science, and/or an MBA, would be desirable. Experience with neuroscience research or neuroscience technologies would be desirable (though is not essential).

The appointment will be on UCL Grade 9. The salary range will be Grade 9 competitive with benefits , inclusive of London Allowance.

UCL vacancy reference: 1688389      

Applicants should apply online. To access further details about the position and how to apply please click on the ‘Apply’ button below.

For an informal discussion please contact Professor Michael Hausser (m.hausser@ucl.ac.uk) For any queries regarding this advert or the recruitment process please contact Marion Atkinson (marion.atkinson@ucl.ac.uk).

Interview Date: TBC

We particularly welcome female applicants and those from an ethnic minority, as they are under-represented within UCL at this level.

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