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New Iberia Research Center
The New Iberia Research Center (NIRC), a major research facility that is part of the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, is one of the largest primate research centers in the US. Since its inception, NIRC has been a leader in housing primates and conducting biomedical research, as well as providing services to investigators throughout the U.S. and abroad. The NIRC specializes in contract research, breeding, management, and importation of a diverse range of non-human primate species and offers a broad range of diagnostic, laboratory, and human resources for the development and characterization of non-human primate models for applied and basic research aimed at promoting human and animal quality of life.
Designated a “Research University with High Research Activity” by the Carnegie Foundation, UL Lafayette has an enrollment of 16,885, including 15,321 undergraduates and 1,564 graduate students. The institution has 600 full-time faculty members and 100 adjuncts.
In 1990 the University of Louisiana at Lafayette-New Iberia Research Center expanded its mission by providing pre-clinical safety, pharmacodynamic, pharmacokinetic, and efficacy evaluations of pharmaceuticals and biotechnology products. In addition to the research component, the Center has focused its resources on the development of species appropriate housing for the approximately 6,500 non-human primates at the facility.
The Center has a committed staff of 240 employees, supports over $20 million of sponsored research, including both federal (20 percent of the total) and industry sponsorship (80 percent of the total).
The University of Louisiana at Lafayette seeks a visionary individual to lead and to manage the NIRC. Reporting directly to the UL Lafayette Vice President for Research, the Director will provide management, leadership, strategic direction, and oversight for the Center. Likewise, s/he needs to be committed to advancing the broader academic and research mission of the University, including the engagement of research faculty, graduate and undergraduate students in the Center’s research activities, where appropriate.
• D.V.M. and/or Ph.D.
• Strong financial, administration, and people management experience that includes overseeing a $5+ million budget and over 50 people.
• Credibility in non-human primate circles as evidenced by a successful track record with non-human primate care, medicine, and research activities.
• An excellent understanding of biomedical research in animal models and a detailed comprehension of regulatory requirements.
• Demonstrated track record of setting direction and a strategic vision that involves engaging a broad range of stakeholders to develop the operational tactics.
• Superb organizational, interpersonal, leadership, and oral/written communications skills.
• A visibly involved leader with strong influencing and relationship skills combined with a reputation for transparency, integrity and high ethical standards of excellence.
• A successful academic track record of personal clinical or investigative research is desirable, and an academic appointment at the Associate or Full Professor level, commensurate with the candidate’s academic achievements, is available.
Term of Appointment:
Interested candidates should submit credentials to NIRC@divsearch.com
Dianne Downey, none
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