• Chief Scientific Officer (CSO)

    Job ID
    Employment Type
    Full Time
    Research Administration
    Hours / Pay Period
    St Josephs Hospital and Medical Center
    Standard Hours
    mon-fri 9-5
    Work Schedule
    8 Hour
  • Overview

    Located in the heart of Phoenix, Ariz., St. Joseph's Hospital and Medical Center is a 586-bed, not-for-profit hospital that provides a wide range of health, social and support services with special advocacy for the poor and underserved. St. Joseph's is a nationally recognized center for quality tertiary care, medical education and research. It includes the internationally renowned Barrow Neurological Institute, the Muhammad Ali Parkinson Center, the Norton Thoracic Institute, a campus of Creighton University's Medical School and the first Level I Trauma Center in Arizona verified by the American College of Surgeons. U.S. News & World Report routinely ranks St. Joseph's among the best hospitals in the United States for neurology and neurosurgery. For more information please visit our website at https://www.dignityhealth.org/arizona/locations/stjosephs.


    Position Summary:
    Serves as the Chief Scientific Officer (CSO) for Barrow Neurological Institute (BNI) and St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center (SJHMC) has primary responsibility and accountability for the overall performance of the BNI and SJHMC translational research programs. The CSO is expected to maintain an active program of laboratory research that is extramurally funded and recognized by national and international peers.

    In collaboration with senior institutional leadership, the CSO sets the vision for the BNI and SJHMC translational research programs, and ensures that the focus of these programs stay closely aligned with the patient populations served by BNI and SJHMC clinicians. The CSO serves as the chief liaison with other research and research-funding organizations at local, state and national levels. In collaboration with the Chairs of BNI and SJHMC research and clinical departments, the CSO guides clinician-scientist interdisciplinary translational research programs, which include the Ivy Brain Tumor Center, the Barrow Neuromodulation Center, the Fulton ALS Center, and the Norton Thoracic Institute.

    This position reports to the BNI COO, is accountable to the BNI President and CEO, the SJHMC CEO, and other specialty institute directors, and works cooperatively with the Chief Medical Officer for Clinical Research, the BNI CMO, the Director of Research Administration, the Chairs of BNI and SJHMC clinical departments, and the BNI and SJHMC management teams.
    Principal Duties and Accountabilities:
    • Maintains an active program of laboratory research that has achieved and sustained extramural funding and is recognized by national and international peers.
    • In collaboration with the Director of Research Administration, provides leadership and overall direction for the BNI and SJHMC translational research programs. Serves as the NIH Institutional Official for both BNI and SJHMC. Serves as an ex-officio member of the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC). Actively guides and mentors research division directors and translational research program leaders in setting and enforcing performance standards for scientific and academic productivity, extramural funding, professional conduct, and conducting research of high quality and relevance.
    • Serves as the chief BNI and SJHMC scientific liaison with other research and research-funding organizations at the local, state, national, and international levels. Represents the BNI and SJHMC research programs in philanthropic events as indicated.
    • Oversees institutional research planning and business development activities. Ensures that the BNI and SJHMC laboratory research programs have adequate physical and administrative infrastructure to optimize investigator competitiveness in a global research marketplace. In collaboration with research division directors, monitors individual investigator activities to ensure compliance with Dignity Health policies and procedures, federal-wide assurances, and applicable laws and regulations pertaining to billing, budgeting, safety, and conflicts of interest.



    Education and Experience: 
    • Postdoctoral training as a research fellow or medical resident/fellow required.
    • PhD or equivalent biomedical sciences or M.D. or equivalent preferred.
    • Professor or Associate Professor academic rank. Ten years as a principal investigator conducting academic, peer-reviewed, funded, laboratory biomedical research or conducting peer-reviewed, sponsored or investigator-initiated clinical studies.  Demonstrated success in securing extramural funding. Strong record of accomplishment in faculty and postdoctoral fellow mentorship. Strong and consistent record of peer-reviewed publications. Administrative and/or leadership experience as a laboratory chief or clinical practice partner, as a participant in scientific or medical societies, and in review of preclinical or clinical research reports and/or requests for funding support
    • Demonstrated ability to work effectively with researchers and clinicians. Demonstrated collaborative management style. Strong communication skills (verbal and written). Strong interpersonal skills. Excellent listening and influencing skills. Understanding of business and research information technology tools. Understanding of research business practices in finance, facilities, human resources, and cross-institutional interactions


    • Familiar with business management concepts, and having a record of collaboration with peers.     
    • Understanding of business practices in finance, facilities, and human resources, and having a background in cross-institutional interactions
    • Additional administrative experience. Additional experience on national or international committees reviewing research or managing a research enterprise, organizing meetings or other functions, chairing or co-chairing an academic department, and serving on institutional committees concerned with infrastructure and strategic initiatives.





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