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Neuroscience Research Director - Saint Luke's - Kansas City, MO

Saint Luke's
Kansas City, Missouri
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Jun 21, 2024

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Full Time

Saint Luke’s Marion Bloch Neuroscience Institute (SLMBNI) and the Office of Research Services are actively searching for a Neuroscience Research Director. The ideal candidate will partner with the Co-Directors of the SLMBNI and the Office of Research Services to develop the vision for the Institute and directs a major research program under the direction of the Co-Directors in collaboration with VP of Research, including the design, development, and oversight of projects, and securing of extramural research funding. Candidate must be a MD/DO in addition to having a PhD in Neurology, Neurosurgery, or Neuroscience related field. 

Job Functions: 

•    Provides oversight to a major research program to include strategic planning, recruitment of investigators, and budget management in collaboration with Office of Research Services

•    Responsible for the recruitment and orientation of clinical investigators/clinical scholars in neurosciences and evaluation of their research-related performance and productivity

•    Collaborates with the Manager of Research Coordination in the hiring, orienting, and evaluating performance of clinical research staff supporting neurosciences

•    Develops and maintains relationships with internal/external sources including other departments, research institutions, sponsors, funding sources and the scientific/research community

•    Works with the Office of Research Services and Research Compliance Business Partner to ensure that research activities comply with federal, state, local and internal regulations and standards

•    Works in a constant state of alertness and in a safe manner

•    Directs and oversees clinical research activities

•    Engages in routine Research Investigator Advisory/Leadership Meetings to stay informed about the latest research developments within Saint Luke’s Health System and foster collaboration with fellow research leaders

•    Works with the Office of Research Services to ensure that appropriate research-related policies and procedures are consistently implemented

•    Provides mentorship support to neuroscience clinician investigators, staff, and trainees, including assistance with designing, reviewing, and implementing research study protocols, as well as analyzing and interpreting data, and preparing scientific presentations and publications

•    Collaborates with the Co-Directors of the Saint Luke’s Marion Bloch Neuroscience Institute, Manager of Research Coordination, and Neuroscience Research staff in determining prioritization and evaluating feasibility of proposed research studies, optimizing study start-up activities, and maintaining a balanced research portfolio

•    In collaboration with Office of Research Services, participates in regular reviews of neuroscience research portfolio performance, including patient recruitment, academic performance (e.g., presentations at national and international meetings and peer-reviewed publications) and financial performance

•    Works with Saint Luke’s Foundation, Co-Directors of the Saint Luke’s Marion Bloch Neuroscience Institute, and VP of Research to assist with fundraising efforts for neuroscience research

•    Maintains their status as an active clinician investigator, directs their own robust portfolio of funded clinical research studies (including extramurally supported studies) and demonstrates exceptional academic productivity.


•    Candidate must be a MD/DO in addition to having a PhD in Neurology, Neurosurgery, or Neuroscience related field 

•    6-10 years of experience in conducting and managing large and/or complex research projects/programs

•    Established national/international reputation as a leader in a neuroscience research-related field

•    Track record of research productivity, including presentations at national and international conferences, peer-reviewed publications, and extramural funding

•    Associate Professor or higher academic rank or commensurate rank from alternate career position (e.g., pharmaceutical or device industry, regulatory agencies)

•    Excellent leadership and team management skills, with the ability to inspire a diverse team and foster a collaborative culture

•    Relevant work or post-graduate education experience leading neuroscience research projects, including question development, study design, data collection, analysis, and reporting

•    An ability to interpret, synthesize, and translate research findings for diverse audiences

•    A familiarity with academic and practitioner research on relevant topics

•    Advanced knowledge of quantitative research methods

•    Exceptional stakeholder engagement and communication skills, including the ability to build relationships with campaigners, organizers, researchers, and donors

•    Project management expertise in a complex, fast-paced environment

•    Capacity to work independently and with self-direction as well as collaboratively with individuals of varying backgrounds and skill sets

•    Track record of mentoring trainees as well as early career faculty and staff in grant writing, study start up, and execution

About Saint Luke’s Health System
Saint Luke’s Health System is a faith-based, not-for-profit, aligned health system committed to providing the highest levels of excellence in quality, compassionate health care. With more than 14 hospitals and campuses and over 100 primary care and specialty offices, Saint Luke’s team of world-class physicians and caregivers deliver exceptional care to patients across 67 counties in Missouri and Kansas. For more than 140 years, Saint Luke’s has been dedicated to enhancing the physical, mental, and spiritual health of the diverse communities we serve. The health system’s outstanding clinical outcomes, reputation for exceptional customer service, dedication to research and innovation, and state-of-the-art facilities and technology reflect our vision of being “the best place to get care, the best place to give care.”

About Saint Luke's Marion Bloch Neuroscience Institute 
Saint Luke’s Marion Bloch Neuroscience Institute is a national leader in neurological treatment advancing clinical research and evidence-based clinical practice. The only dedicated neuroscience hospital in Kansas City, the Institute is consistently ranked by U.S. News & World Report as one of the Best Hospitals for Neurology & Neurosurgery. Our physicians provide patient-centered, leading-edge care to thousands of patients from all over the country. The Institute combines highly specialized neuroscientists in neurology, neurosurgery, interventional neuroradiology, psychiatry, and physical medicine and rehabilitation. We provide comprehensive treatment for the most complex neurological diseases including stroke, epilepsy, brain tumors, Parkinson’s Disease and movement disorders, multiple sclerosis, headache, concussion, as well as aneurysms and intracerebral hemorrhages. The Institute’s multispecialty team provides the latest in minimally invasive spinal surgical techniques for the treatment of acute and chronic back pain.

About Kansas City 
Saint Luke's is proud to call Kansas City home. With locations on both sides of the state line, the health system serves more than 2.1 million people and 240 neighborhoods in Kansas and Missouri. USA Today has regularly named Kansas City a top area for affordability, high-quality schools, and low traffic. The greater Kansas City metro area is a vibrant, growing community known for its thriving arts scene, world champion sports teams, natural beauty, and exceptional quality of life.

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