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The Stanford Cognitive & Systems Neuroscience Laboratory (http://scsnl.stanford.edu) in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences is seeking a Director of Scientific Research. This is an exciting opportunity to manage ongoing the lab’s research on brain function and dysfunction across the human lifespan. The Director of Scientific Research will play a key role in day-to-day research operations of the lab and manage staff activities on funded research projects, including study and protocol design, data collection, data management & analysis, manuscript writing, and dissemination of scientific findings. The successful candidate will also take a lead in the development, writing, and submission of grant proposals across a range of funding mechanisms, including NIH, NSF, and private philanthropic foundations. The Director of Scientific Research will report to the Lab Director and Principal Investigator. This is an excellent role for an advanced postdoc with research experience in cognitive neuroscience, strong writing and analytical skills, excellent organizational and leadership skills, the ability to communicate clearly and effectively, and a passion for academic research.


Interested applicants should submit a CV and a cover letter describing qualifications for the position.


Duties include:


  • Develop and implement standard operating procedures for effectively collecting, managing, and disseminating scientific research.
  • Oversee preparation and managing submission of IRB and regulatory protocols and reports to funding agencies.
  • Write and edit content for grant proposals, peer-reviewed publications, and other program activities under the general direction of PI. Assist with the development of research grants, suggest new funding opportunities, write portions of grants, and/or summarize data for grant support. 
  • Facilitate publication of research papers and reports.
  • Oversee and administer research activities by evaluating academic programs, making recommendations that impact policies and programs, and coordinating and implementing changes.
  • Collect and analyze data, create reports, review and explain trends to determine program effectiveness; formulate and evaluate alternative solutions and/or recommendations to achieve the goals of the program.
  • Develop, implement, administer, and evaluate large-scale research programs in clinical neuroscience, psychiatry, and pediatric neuroimaging.
  • Represent the program or function as the key contact and subject matter expert within the department, unit or school and develop communications for internal and external constituencies.
  • Organize and/or participate in outreach activities such as events, partnerships, fundraising, training, and conferences. Lead workshops and facilitate meetings.
  • Monitor expenses, budgets, and finances of the program. Make recommendations on funding based on program spend. Develop strategic plans, budgets, and set timelines with the research team.
  • Oversee training of research staff and students.


* - Other duties may also be assigned




  • Ph.D. with focus on cognitive, developmental, clinical, or experimental psychology or neuroscience, with 2 years of relevant postdoctoral research experience.
  • Track record in successful grant writing.
  • Strong publication record.
  • Ability to plan, organize, and manage the daily activities and operations of complex research projects in a University setting.
  • Ability to provide necessary leadership, including helping to maintain a high morale among co-workers and keep projects on track over an extended period.
  • Excellence in both written and verbal communication.
  • Strong interpersonal skills for communicating with schools, parents, children, and community officials who will be involved or contacted over the course of the project.
  • Ability to lead project teams and maintain good working relationships with supervisors, coworkers, and research subjects.
  • Ability to work efficiently, meet deadlines and complete tasks with a high degree of accuracy with little oversight.




  • Bachelor’s degree and two years of relevant experience or combination of education, training, and relevant experience. Advanced degree may be required for some programs. Program administration and or research experience may be required.




  • Demonstrated oral, written, and analytical skills, exhibiting fluency in a relevant area of specialization.
  • Ability to oversee and provide direction to research staff.




  • Frequently stand/walk, sitting, grasp lightly/fine manipulation, perform desk-based computer tasks.
  • Occasionally use a telephone, writing by hand, lift/carry/push/pull objects that weigh up to 40 pounds.
  • Rarely sort/file paperwork or parts, lift/carry/push/pull objects that weigh >40 pounds.
  • Ability to use voice to present information/communicate with others.
  • On-campus mobility.


* - Consistent with its obligations under the law, the University will provide reasonable accommodation to any employee with a disability who requires accommodation to perform the essential functions of his or her job.




  • May work extended hours, evenings or weekends.
  • May travel locally.
  • Occasional overnight travel.




  • Interpersonal Skills: Demonstrates the ability to work well with Stanford colleagues and clients and with external organizations.
  • Promote Culture of Safety: Demonstrates commitment to personal responsibility and value for safety; communicates safety concerns; uses and promotes safe behaviors based on training and lessons learned.
  • Subject to and expected to comply with all applicable University policies and procedures, including but not limited to the personnel policies and other policies found in the University's Administrative Guide, http://adminguide.stanford.edu.

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