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Amar Annamalai
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Department Director

VIB ( is a non-profit research institute in life sciences. About 1,300 scientists conduct strategic basic research on the  molecular mechanisms that are responsible for the functioning of the human body, plants, and microorganisms. Through a close partnership with four Flemish universities UGent, KU Leuven, University of Antwerp, and Vrije Universiteit Brussel and a solid  funding program, VIB unites the forces of 76 research groups in a single institute. The goal of the research is to extend the boundaries of our knowledge of life. Through its technology transfer activities, VIB translates research results into products for  the benefit of consumers and patients and contributes to new economic activity. VIB develops and disseminates a wide range of scientifically substantiated information about all aspects of biotechnology. For the VIB-Department of Medical Protein Research (UGent), we are looking for a (m/f):
Department director
The VIB Department of Medical Protein Research (UGent) has an outstanding track record in proteomics, interactomics and bioinformatics. The department director will set up his/her own research group within the department, with the ambition to unravel the molecular basis of key biological processes underlying human pathologies, using the strong technology base within the department by preference in new or emerging areas in life sciences such as posttranslational modification, multi-protein complexes, posttranscriptional regulation, epigenetics, RNA biology, synthetic biology, chemical biology, inter-cell-communication ...
The director will provide vision and leadership to the department, with responsibility for: * developing the departmental research strategy and its future mission * creating a stimulating environment and dialectic culture, which fosters talent and triggers excellence * organizing and managing the department in terms of science, tech transfer, logistics, finance and human talent. It is expected that the director will maintain active research interest in leading an independent research lab. The director will be a member of the VIB management committee in which he/she has co-responsibility for the overall success of VIB.
The successful candidate: * has a PhD degree and is expected to be an experienced visionary scientist, widely recognized in the academic field, has demonstrated a strong record of publishing in leading scientific journals and obtaining high-level grants * ranks as full professor with - preferentially - a track record of management in universities or research institutions * has an extensive international network with a wide scope of research collaborations * has excellent communication and negotiating skills and a strong will for developing a common vision and purpose for VIB and their own department * by preference, has experience with technology transfer and science policy.
How to apply? Please submit a cover letter, a full CV and a publication list to Jo Bury ( VIB Headquarters - Rijvisschestraat 120 - 9052 Gent - Belgium

Deadline: Friday, July 26, 2013

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