Director of Life Sciences

Job ID 2023-2086
Scientific Research
Location : Location
Lovelace Biomedical Research Institute (LBRI)


Reporting to the Senior Director of Life Sciences and under limited direction, the Director of Life Sciences will manage, direct and coordinate all study related efforts in Lovelace’s Life Sciences Department.


The Director will manage the daily operations of the Life Sciences Study Directors to ensure efficient and effective operations of all study functions.  Will work with a variety of staff to develop study proposals and budgets, coordinate with study sponsors on timing of studies and monitor expectations for deliverables, guide and direct the efforts of all Study Directors, work with other Life Science Department leaders on effective use of technical staff, provide training in complex research areas as needed, compile and complete a variety of data reports and analysis, and perform all other related duties and tasks as required or assigned.


Will also perform Study Director duties for research studies assigned to the Director, and provide oversight and backup in the absence of other Study Directors as needed.


The Director will also lead and manage the Study Director staff to include identifying staffing needs and available expertise, providing leadership and mentoring to all department staff, directing the recruiting and selection process for all department positions, and working with the Human Resources Department as needed on performance evaluations, training and development of staff.


Requires a Ph.D. in toxicology or a related field and 7-10 years of directly related progressively responsible scientific study management experience; or an equivalent combination of education, training and/or experience from which comparable knowledge, skills and abilities have been attained. Requires a minimum of 2 years of previous personnel management.


Must have previous demonstrated experience in study conduct to include study oversight, budgeting, coordination, necropsy, compliance, reporting, and data analysis. Requires prior experience in protocol development and developing/overseeing animal studies in pharmacology and toxicology.  A fundamental understanding of and prior experience working in GLP environments is required.


Requires previous experience effectively leading a large team in a fast-paced, deadline-driven environment and the ability to prioritize departmental functions and responsibilities to meet deadlines and goals.  The successful candidate will be able to demonstrate previous success in developing professional and effective relationships with both administrative and non-administrative managers and colleagues, and the ability to effectively communicate research needs to Institute leadership.


Must have superior professional-level written and verbal communication skills; a high degree of professionalism, diplomacy and discretion; excellent judgment, problem-solving and decision-making skills; and strong customer-service skills.  Demonstrated ability in managing a wide variety of complex tasks and projects simultaneously while meeting multiple deadlines is required.  The ability to maintain confidentiality and handle sensitive situations with solid judgment and discretion is critical, as well as the ability to perform duties independently.

Preferred/Additional Qualifications

Board-certified in toxicology (D.A.B.T) is highly desirable.


Salary is commensurate with experience.


EEO - M/F/Veteran/Disability



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