DEPUTY DIRECTOR OF TRANSPLANT SCIENCE is sought by Terasaki Research Institute in Los Angeles, CA.

The Terasaki Research Institute (TRI) is a non-profit, transplant research institute that serves to solve the biggest problems in organ transplantation. Research at TRI is always patient focused. We are working to bring breakthrough innovation to help the patient. TRI is a nexus for collaboration with scientists across multiple disciplines. Our current goals are to solve the shortage of organs for transplant, end transplant failure, and ensure an optimal life for the people who have received an organ transplant. We aim to accomplish these goals within the next two decades.

The Transplant Science Team is seeking an outstanding senior scientist that can innovate, bring in extramural funding, and supervise and lead a group of laboratory researchers/ research associates. Types of research that will work well in the TRI facilities are biomedical engineering, transplant immunology, and genomics research. Some of our current research interests and focuses are in the areas of microRNA, HLA antibodies, gene editing, genomics, and new transplant diagnostic and biomarker development. TRI’s Patient Analytics and Software Development Teams are currently doing clinical trials, “big data” analysis, and artificial intelligence work to create patient focused innovation. Collaborations with these groups is ideal. Successful candidates for this position will be independent, collaborative, resourceful, rigorous, and creative researchers, capable of experimental design, execution, troubleshooting, data analysis, and grant and manuscript writing.


• Create an innovative vision for the organization by understanding strengths, weaknesses and opportunities.
• Create and execute short-term (tactical) and long-term (strategic) research plans.
• Define and translate a research vision into actionable plans.
• Collaboratively publish scientific results.
• See the “bigger picture” and understands how transplant scientific discoveries can help patients.
• Design, develop, and implement scalable workflow processes and operating procedures such that any new research innovation can be effectively utilized by all TRI scientists.
• Assist TRI and its collaborators in making appropriate new technology choices in a project-dependent manner.
• Provide strategic and tactical planning, development, evaluation, and coordination of new equipment acquisitions.
• Identify and improve workflow bottlenecks.

Candidate Profile
In terms of the performance and personal competencies required for the position, we would highlight the following:

Educational Level and Field of Expertise
• Doctorate (Ph.D. and/or MD ) in Biology, Biochemistry, Chemistry, Engineering, Immunology, or a closely related field

Setting Research Strategy
• Able to create an innovative technology vision for the organization by understanding strengths, weaknesses, and opportunities.
• Sees the “bigger picture” and understands how research can best be leveraged to help the transplant patient.
• Able to obtain extramural funding from NIH or other grant funding agencies.

Executing for Results
• “Hands on” leader, comfortable working in a fast-paced start-up environment.
• Not hesitant to work at the bench when needed.
• Capable of executing short-term (tactical) and long-term (strategic) plans.
• Capable of writing manuscripts that will be accepted in high-level journals.

Leading Teams
• Defines and translates a vision into actionable plans.
• Develops loyalty and commitment in others by articulating an appealing vision for the future, communicating high expectations, developing and mentoring direct reports and setting an example in her or his own behavior.
• Able to gain credibility quickly with internal and external constituents.
• Implement and communicate requirements (sample handling, data analysis, etc.,) as needed to collaborators.

Building Relationships and Using Influence
• Able to influence and achieve alignment across a range of opinions and interests.
• Strong communication, listening and negotiation skills; able to convey important messages in a clear and compelling manner.


Applicants should email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. the following:

CV, NIH biosketch, cover letter, photo, initial research plan/vision.

Job Title:                               Deputy Director of Transplant Science
Experience Required:            5+ (years)
Education Required:              Doctorate (Ph.D.)
Number of Openings:           
Job Start Date:                      Open
Rate of Pay:                           Negotiable


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