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Pulmonary Translational Research Principal Investigator

Southern Research
Birmingham, AL
Start date
Mar 14, 2023

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Regulatory, Research/Documentation, Science/R&D, Research
Required Education
Position Type
Full time

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Pulmonary Translational Research Principal Investigator

General Summary

Southern Research is seeking an early to mid-career Principal Investigator (PI) to join our Translational Research Drug Discovery Team in the Scientific Platforms Division. This is a unique opportunity for an accomplished researcher to build, sustain, and lead a translational research program focused in Pulmonary research that generates impactful discoveries and technologies. The successful candidate will be an established researcher with a strong record of leadership, mentoring, research, funding, and publications. Furthermore, the candidate will be expected to work collaboratively with the multi-disciplinary drug discovery units in the Scientific Platforms Division. Preference will be given to those applicants whose research complements and expands existing programs, including but not limited to, oncology, anti-virals, respiratory diseases, immunology, and high-throughput systems.   

Essential Duties & Responsibilities

  • Seek funding opportunities that match research expertise and suit the mission and objectives of Southern Research.
  • Resource and staff the laboratory, including budget allocation, hiring decisions, and assignments.
  • Set objectives and requirements for each project, provide feedback to staff, and ensure overall quality and progress toward those objectives.
  • Establish and coordinate collaborative efforts both within the laboratory and with outside partnerships.
  • Seek publications of research findings in high-quality scientific journals.
  • Attend department and divisional meetings and contribute to leadership decisions.
  • Act as an ambassador for the Southern Research mission, presenting to scientists, funding sources, educators, and the community at large.
  • Support the activities of Southern Research's educational outreach and economic development missions.

Requirements/Minimum Qualifications

  • Ph.D. or Ph.D./M.D. with distinguished record of leadership, teaching, research, funding, and publications.
  • At least 5 years of experience in an investigative research leadership position. 
  • Be able to develop and implement a strategic vision for cardiovascular research within the Scientific Platforms Division.
  • Work collaboratively with all departments to enhance the quality and excellence of the research being done by the Scientific Platforms Division.
  • Develop resources necessary to build a world-class cardiovascular research program.
  • Identify research needs and potential funding sources; initiate proposals and seek required funding through government or commercial entities.
  • Ensure the research methods and ultimate work product are reflective of the highest scientific standards of integrity, quality, and confidence.
  • Exhibit deep curiosity and enthusiasm for discovery by encouraging and sustaining the laboratory team and embracing the ever-changing scientific environment.
  • Knowledge of Microsoft Office Suites Products
  • Proven ability to work in a collaborative team environment.

Physical Demands

  • Ability to perform work utilizing a computer for extended periods of time.
  • Willing to work extended hours when necessary.


MOVING SCIENCE. Our experts turn what couldn't be done into what we can't live without. By translating research into innovation, we act as catalysts that save lives and cultivate Birmingham's biotech scene. We are conduits between Science and Society. With precision, we transform ideas into discoveries. We see possibilities before they exist and activate scientific progress that is purposeful. We move science, because the promise of a brighter future moves us. We work with more than 150 industry and academic partners to drive scientific discoveries. From drug discovery to development, to carbon capture and environmental health sciences, every layer of our scientific and professional teams serve a fundamental role in moving science. We're making Birmingham the biotech hub of the southeast. Coming in 2024, our new biotech center will feature 60,000 sq. ft. of commercial wet labs, A/BSL-3 space and data science facilities. Our team will grow 125 scientific jobs and help shape the future of biotech in Alabama. We're investing in renovations of 40,000 sq. ft. of facilities including vivarium space and launching a new clinical diagnostics lab.

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