A major mandate of RGCB is to translate research into products and solutions to improve human health through innovation that transforms science and data into actionable medical benefits. RGCB is looking for a dynamic, result-oriented and dedicated Program Leader to provide daily supervision, mentorship and direction to RGCB’s translational biotechnology goals including leading the newly sanctioned DST funded National Facility For Drug Discovery and Developmental Therapeutics (NFDDDT) as well as the Biotechnology Technology & Business Development Incubator (BioNest) jointly managed by RGCB and the Kerala Start up mission. The position has both managerial and technical leadership responsibilities. Managerial leadership responsibilities include direct staff supervision, validation, compliance consulting, and project delivery responsibilities. Technical leadership responsibilities revolve around provision of suitable strategic plans and protocol to lead drug development and drug repositioning studies. RGCB has also a strong base in discovery and evaluation of natural compounds that have to be taken forward for preclinical and clinical evaluation. This leadership role will include partnership with stakeholders for the development and implementation of new methods and procedures that will be constantly updated to improve capacity, reduce costs, and improve the clinical value of the development protocol. RGCB sees these programs as an eventual commercialization engine providing the expertise and infrastructure to transform basic health research in an academic institution as well as provide early-stage therapeutic technologies for start up enterprises as well as small and medium-sized companies into commercialized products improving human health. In doing so, RGCB can contribute to national health sciences industry and participate as a generator of economic prosperity for the country. The ideal candidate therefore will be an experienced leader in the biotechnology, pharmaceutical technology, innovation business and sectors, who brings demonstrated credibility with commercialization.
The candidate will hold a Ph.D. in Biological Sciences or Pharmaceutical Sciences or equivalent and have a minimum of 20 years relevant experience in the pharmaceutical/biotechnology industry supported by appropriate performance indices.
The appointment shall carry an initial consolidated emolument of Rupees 1,50,000 per month with an annual increase of 10%. The duration of the appointment will be for an initial period of 5 years or attainment of 62 years. The scientist will also have access to all other facilities that are available to RGCB scientists other than terminal retirement benefits.
Applications or nominations may be sent in confidence to the Director, Rajiv Gandhi Centre for Biotechnology, Thiruvananthapuram 695014, Kerala State, India. Soft copies of applications/nominations can be submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org. Applications or nominations must include detailed curriculum vitae of the applicant/nominee, a statement of research interests and a detailed account of the track record as explained above. Nominations must also include a concurrence from the nominee. The last date for receipt of completed applications or nominations is January 30, 2017.