Research & Group Coordinator - Genome Heritage Group (Fixed-Term for 2 Years)

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UAE Nationals are encouraged to apply

New York University Abu Dhabi (NYUAD) seeks to appoint a Research & Group Coordinator to join The Genome Heritage Group.

The Coordinator will be an experienced individual who will conduct & manage diverse projects undertaken by the group. The Research & Group Coordinator plays a vital role in the sustenance of the research group and is responsible for managing the long-term projects of the group as well as daily operations. The Research & Group Coordinator takes responsibility for all aspects of the lab, including but not limited to: research and fieldwork, collaborations, overall management of the laboratory, outreach activities, and handling laboratory operations to ensure the group runs smoothly on a day to day basis. A large fraction of the responsibility will be conducting research and fieldwork in Abu Dhabi and elsewhere, including extended periods of stay in resource limited setting in remote locations. Part of the responsibilities will include project management, initiating/maintaining collaborations, outreach activities, and lab website as well as handling laboratory operations.

Key Responsibilities: 

  • Conduct surveys and biological sampling during fieldwork, which may be in highly resource limited areas and for extensive periods of time
  • Manage and support administrative side of the group including assisting in tracking progress/outcomes of all of the projects and proactively tracing deadlines and permit renewals (in-country permissions, IRB, external grants, etc.)
  • Assist in preparation of progress reports as and when required by grants, renewals, or regulatory agencies
  • Provide administrative and programmatic support on all aspects of the project including assistance in obtaining approvals (in-country permissions, IRB, IUCAC, etc.), and update the PI regularly on aspects related to project administration
  • Work with diverse organizations and individuals in Nepal (e.g. community organizations, research institutions, and the government agencies) to coordinate outreach/educational/research activities. Plus, oversee and/or execute all logistical aspects, including planning, organizing, and executing tasks related to a genomics symposium to be conducted in Nepal in 2023
  • Handle all grant related communications, including the website management and social media presence by consistently updating publications, news, media coverage, etc. resulting from the group’s work. Assist in writing and coordinating with Nepali and Hindi language newspapers to publish summaries of the work performed in the lab
  • Day to day laboratory operations and management including but not limited to assisting in developing and maintaining a up-to-date database of relevant research; be familiar with the regulatory and safety requirements specific to the lab and ensure all users are in compliance with those standards; schedule, conduct, and document necessary trainings for new/existing lab users on the correct use of the lab equipment and safety procedures in addition to mentoring and disciplining lab users for not following safety policies/procedures that have been established for the lab; oversee laboratory safety and ensure that the laboratory remains in compliance with all regulations, document and ameliorate non-compliance instances

Required Education:

  • Master’s degree in relevant areas such as epidemiology, public health, or public policy

Required Experience: 

  • 3+ years of experience in project management in a US/UK based academic research laboratory
  • Previous experience in field work and biological sample collection
  • Demonstrated skills in project management in an academic research laboratory including day to day operations, grant renewals, report generation, etc. and handling survey data
  • Previous experience in working in a collaborative environment
  • Demonstrated skills in planning and executing outreach activities and science symposium
  • Demonstrated skills in website development and social media management (Twitter, Instagram, Facebook & LinkedIn, may be TikTok)
  • Able to read, write, and speak Nepali and English fluently
  • Strong background in survey design
  • Demonstrated evidence for fieldwork (publications, news reports, etc.)

Preferred Experience: 

  • Statistical software (STATA, SAS, R, etc.)
  • Familiarity with Google and Microsoft Office Suite
  • JavaScript or other web design tools

Other Information

NYU Abu Dhabi is a degree-granting research university with a fully integrated liberal arts and science undergraduate program in the Arts, Sciences, Social Sciences, Humanities, and Engineering. NYU Abu Dhabi, NYU New York, and NYU Shanghai, form the backbone of NYU’s global network university, an interconnected network of portal campuses and academic centers across six continents that enable seamless international mobility of students and faculty in their pursuit of academic and scholarly activity. This global university represents a transformative shift in higher education, one in which the intellectual and creative endeavors of academia are shaped and examined through an international and multicultural perspective. As a major intellectual hub at the crossroads of the Arab world, NYUAD serves as a center for scholarly thought, advanced research, knowledge creation, and sharing, through its academic, research, and creative activities.