Job Opening - Academic Coordinator II in Neuroscience Research Institute Job #: JPF02446

March 30, 2023

Position Description:
The Clegg Laboratory in the Neuroscience Research Institute at the University of California, Santa Barbara invites applications for a part-time (37%) Academic Coordinator II (Mentorship Facilitator) position. The Mentorship Facilitator appointee will design and execute a Mentoring Program to ensure all CIRM EDUC5 COMPASS trainees receive customized, appropriate, and meaningful mentorship throughout their time in the program.

Duties include:

  1. Coordinate the resources and opportunities for students to participate in hands-on research in stem cell biology, gene therapy, or related regenerative medicine activities, either at UCSB or with a partnering “host” institution, which may be biotech or pharmaceutical companies, research universities or institutes.
  2. Design a structured mentoring program to ensure that the CIRM COMPASS Scholars experience the process of the scientific method including, but not limited to: extensive review and evaluation of published literature related to their research topic; robust design of experiments to test hypotheses; hands-on bench research; thorough analysis of results to i) form conclusions and ii) to inform the next experiments in the Scholars’ research program. The Mentorship Facilitator appointee will directly meet with Scholars to instruct how to clearly and logically communicate research findings and will coordinate oral presentations among the Scholars each quarter.
  3. Identify and train a team of individual(s) including external advisors that will serve as role models for students, and who will bring culturally aware knowledge and perspectives representing the targeted student groups that may not be present in the resident faculty of the academic institution.
  4. Establish the COMPASS Mentoring Program. Appointee will i) design the curriculum and ii) direct its execution. The Program must include:
  • Individual development plans for students
  • Formal training for the research advisors and mentors of the COMPASS Scholars, including implicit bias training and access to any institutional courses or resources relating to promoting Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) in the scientific and broader community
  • Development of mentoring agreements between students, research advisors, and/or any other key mentors supporting preparation and presentation of a culminating Capstone Project (see below)
  • Cohort-wide activities to guide personal and professional growth such as life skills workshops, resume/interview workshops, and networking events
  • Activities to develop soft skills such as presentation and scientific writing
  • Career counseling and introduction to diverse opportunities for applying regenerative medicine skillsets in the workforce such as manufacturing, quality control and assurance, regulatory affairs, entrepreneurship and business development, scientific communications, etc.
  • Plans for Sharing of Mentoring Program approaches and outcomes within and outside of the institution

The University is especially interested in candidates who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of the academic community through research, teaching and service as appropriate to the position.

Basic qualifications (required at time of application):

  • Doctoral degree in a field closely related to stem cell biology or regenerative medicine.

Additional qualifications (required at time of start):

  • Extensive previous experience (>4 years) in a leadership role as a mentor to biology students
  • Extensive experience (>4 years) in stem cell culture and aseptic technique
  • Publication(s) to demonstrate that the candidate has hands-on research experience with pluripotent stem cells and / or regenerative medicine
  • Publication(s) to demonstrate that the candidate has first-person pedagogical experience

Preferred qualifications:

  • Experience in clinical translation of a stem cell-derived therapy to clinical trials
  • Demonstrated excellence at teaching
  • Demonstrated excellence at communication and oral presentations

The University of California 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 status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

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