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Pennsylvania State University Director of Biomedical Translational Research Center in Erie, Pennsylvania


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Penn State Behrend seeks an outstanding leader in biomedical research to serve as Director of its new Biomedical Translational Research Center. The center is a partnership with the Magee-Womens Research Institute (MWRI) which has an established satellite location in Erie, PA, in conjunction with UPMC. The research center is currently funded by $10 million in endowments with plans to grow this support. This position reports directly to the Vice Chancellor for Research and Graduate Studies and is expected to perform duties in both administrative and research capacities. This is a 2 year initial research faculty appointment with excellent possibility of renewal.

Key responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Lead the operation and development of the Biomedical Translational Research Center at Penn State Behrend in accordance with founded mission and vison.

  • Establishing annual plans and rolling 3-year strategic plans for the center.

  • Work closely with partners at the Magee-Womens Research Institute to identify, launch and support joint research through seed grants, seminars and other collaborative activities to advance faculty and student research.

  • Develop opportunities to collaborate with Penn State Behrend, University-wide research centers, and faculty in the center’s strategic research areas of: basic and translational research on the molecular and cellular mechanisms of disease; polymer/biological engineering for implants and drug delivery; applied behavioral and social sciences; and other related areas

  • Lead engagement with Penn State’s College of Medicine.

  • Work with the campus leadership to raise philanthropic gifts to fund the center endowment.

  • Seek and secure external sponsorship to support research and to support growth of the center.

  • Establish future years of Center budget and oversees expenditures in compliance with Penn State policies.

  • Manage the research facilities dedicated to the center and plan facility expansion and equipment procurement as needed.

  • Hire staff as appropriate and within budget.

  • Mentor faculty affiliated with the center.

  • Serves as the point of contact of the center for both internal and external stakeholders


Must have Ph.D and /or M.D. by time of appointment with strong emphasis in biomedical research and/or clinical practice. Must possess qualifications to be appointed as a research faculty member, which includes: demonstrated ability as a researcher and evidence of professional growth and scholarship in discipline . Preferred qualifications include experience establishing an academic center and significant involvement in biomedical research (minimum of 5 years). Evidence of strong commitment to improving women’s health through basic and applied clinical research is desired.

Please upload your CV at time of application.

Penn State Behrend, is an undergraduate and graduate college of The Pennsylvania State University. Situated on a beautiful, wooded 854-acre hillside campus recognized as a U.S. arboretum, we have four academic schools (Business; Engineering; Humanities and Social Sciences; and Science); student residential living; a range of research programs and outreach centers; and a highly successful business and technology park. With 5,000 students in resident instruction and online in college programs offered through Penn State World Campus, we uniquely blend the atmosphere and focus on teaching of a small college with access to the academic, research, and professional development resources of a Big 10, R1 University. Our college is an open laboratory of learning and discovery where students gain real-life experience engaging with business, industry, and community partners. We seek faculty members who share our commitment to both teaching and scholarship, to the holistic development of students, and to principles of respect, diversity, and inclusiveness.

Erie, Pennsylvania is a metropolitan area of more than a quarter million people located on the southern shores of Lake Erie, two hours from Cleveland, Pittsburgh, and Buffalo. The area’s economy reflects a mix of educational, medical, industrial, tourism, and service activity; the region is home to five colleges and universities in the region, including Penn State Behrend. Northwestern Pennsylvania offers abundant cultural, sports, and recreational opportunities with four seasons of adventure. Summers feature miles of beaches, a range of lake sports, and festivals every weekend, and the winters are made for skiing, skating, and more. It’s easy to get around, housing is affordable, and the cost of living is modest. Erie offers relaxed, comfortable living.

Workforce diversity, cultural inclusiveness, and employment equity are deeply rooted in Penn State's historic mission. Just as we are committed to being a diverse educational environment, we are also committed to being a diverse working community. As a community, we endeavor to be a mixture of cultural backgrounds, life experiences, individual perspectives, and numerous other characteristics that add variety and vitality to the workplace.


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