Faculty Scientist I- Center for Biomedical Research Excellence in Metabolism and Metabolic Disease

  • Scarborough, ME
  • Maine Medical Center
  • Full Time - Day Shift
  • Professional - Nonclinical
  • Req #: 136870
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We are seeking a researcher to join our Center for Biomedical Research Excellence (COBRE) in Mesenchymal and Neural Regulation of Metabolic Networks. This NIH sponsored program is designed to build research infrastructure and cultivate the careers of young investigators. MaineHealth has a long track record of success in sponsoring these program projects. The current program focuses on the science related to diseases of metabolism, including obesity, diabetes, and osteoporosis, and their regulation by neural signaling pathways. We have built a robust mentorship, advisory, and project support network to facilitate synergistic projects in this area, with the potential to support basic, translational, health services, or clinical research. Strong candidates will be junior investigators who have not held major research project grants, and who are committed to collaborative science within these themes. Our ultimate goal is to help candidates develop into independent researchers. A minimum of 50% effort towards research is required. Clinically active physician-scientist candidates are encouraged to apply, and will be connected to the appropriate clinical leadership during the application process. 

Faculty Scientists maintain academic affiliations with the University of Maine system and Tufts University School of Medicine, and are afforded privileges and resources related to these academic partners as well as MaineHealth. MaineHealth provides a unique and collaborative research environment within an outstanding healthcare system serving the population of Maine and New Hampshire.

We expect the faculty scientist to conduct a variety of research activities, often heading projects independently, but may enlist the assistance of more experienced scientists as collaborators. This position will receive mentorship from one or more senior scientists in areas such as grant writing and applications, teaching, and navigating research administration and research compliance issues. This position will be responsible for the independent conception of research projects, obtaining external funding for these projects and the publication of results from these projects in a timely manner. These studies should be of sufficient importance and impact to advance the science and bring recognition to the investigator, resulting in increased or sustained funding. This individual will assist in the development of operational guidelines for the research.  As an independent position, the individual should exercise good judgment in decision making with regard to the management of personnel, budgets, and other matters that pertain to running a program or project as an independent investigator. With regard to problem-solving, the individual in this position should know the limitations of his or her problem solving skills both scientifically and administratively and should use good judgment to seek advice and input from reliable sources when the problem is beyond the scope of his or her expertise. The candidate should follow safety, human subjects and animal use guidelines and manage grant or projects including supervision of multiple staff, project reports, etc. The candidate is expected to monitor the project budget in consultation with senior leadership. Where inventions or other intellectual property are developed during the course of the research, the person will contribute to the process of working with the patents and licensing office to seek appropriate rights. Also the candidate should have the ability to supervise and to coordinate efforts of several staff for complex internal/external groups. Position availability is directly related to grant funding and institutional support.

Required Minimum Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  1. Demonstrated ability to read, write, and speak English effectively
  2. Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  3. Outstanding interpersonal skills.
  4. Visual acuity, manual dexterity, math skills and a scientific acumen are required.
  5. Doctoral degree in relevant biomedical discipline
  6. 3 years post-doctoral fellowship experience.
  7. First author publications in major peer-reviewed biomedical journals
  8. Research presentations at national professional meetings
  9. Demonstrated ability to design and conduct novel and potentially high impact biomedical experiments
  10. Commitment to a career in research

Additional Information

Maine Medical Center is a Magnet designated 606-bed tertiary care and teaching institution. MMC is Maine's largest hospital and a state-wide health care resource. MMC offers outstanding career opportunities and quality of life in Portland.

We offer benefits that support an individual's needs for today and flexibility to plan for tomorrow. Our package includes health and dental insurances, paid parental leave, retirement program, generous paid time off, and much more! Our comprehensive array of benefits are competitive, affordable, and include choices that meet specific, but ever changing, needs.

MaineHealth is a not-for-profit integrated health system consisting of eight local hospital systems, a comprehensive behavioral healthcare network, diagnostic services, home health agencies, and over 19,000 employees. It is the largest health system in northern New England and provides preventive care, diagnosis and treatment to 1.1 million residents in Maine and New Hampshire.

With a career at any of the MaineHealth locations, you’ll be working with healthcare professionals that truly value the people around them – both within the walls of the organization and the neighborhoods that surround it. We are deeply invested in the wellbeing of our communities and employees. We believe in fostering a work environment of strong commitment, compassionate caring and continuous improvement. Our care – and the science behind that care – is top rate. Join us and your abilities will be challenged and enhanced as you take your career to another level.


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