Sr Research Scientist, Molecular Neurobiology Laboratory, Dr. Martyn Goulding

  • Salk Institute for Biological Studies
  • La Jolla, CA, USA
  • Jun 15, 2021
Full time Biology/Biotechnology/Life Sciences

Job Description

Application Instructions:

Employment History Include your last ten (10) years of employment history, or length of your employment history if less, including all positions (even those that are not relevant to this position) and periods of unemployment. Incomplete information could disqualify you from further consideration.


Oversee the administrative and organizational management of the project. Serve as the vital nexus between the trainees and the PIs, part of this large cooperative U19 grant, and have a key role in supporting the team and the achievement of the grant milestones. Coordinate and work closely with lab managers, PIs and trainees for ensure the sustained productivity on the grant. Optimize design of experiments and research strategies for electrophysiological analysis and interface with the computational team to optimize the modelling effort.


 1) (50%) Project Management for Grant

  •  Partners closely with the Principal Investigator and Project Leadership Team to provide leadership, guidance, and support to the research teams.
  • Independently assesses the needs of the grant and makes operational and management recommendations to support the requirements for success.
  • Support risk management by identifying gaps and bottlenecks, analyzing critical path activities, and building scenarios so that decisions and contingency plans can be made swiftly and efficiently.
  • Apply scientific knowledge to promote cross-functional collaboration and streamline processes and deliverables.
  • Serve as a project leadership figure to monitor and drive research in a timely manner and monitor and manage team performance.
  • Ensures compliance with NIH requirements.
  • Coordinates the creation and maintenance of the project plan, budget, timeline, and milestones.
  • Partners closely with the Principal Investigator, Project Leadership Team and co-Principal Investigators to develop project plans and ensure each team is on track.
  • Monitors ongoing progress of key deliverables against project milestones.
  • Acts as a key liaison in the interactions between the teams, the funding agency, Salk Cores, Salk departments and other collaborative partners.
  • Manages the logistics for regular meetings and site visits, including developing agendas, managing budgets, and coordinating travel.
  • Ensures effective, accurate and timely communication of key issues and progress to/from the Principal Investigator, Project Leadership Team, co-Principal Investigators, other team members, and sponsors.
  • Manages project communication and schedule, and provides project reports, status updates on deliverables, and any other sources of project summaries and information.
  • Guide and collaborate with the scientific leadership in preparation for the annual grant progress reports, major presentations, publications, and other deliverables.
  • Oversee the DATA Core, coordinating data storage, curation and sharing.
  • Manage resources/supplies and coordinates sharing across different groups.

 2) (50%) Research and Experiment Design

  •  Make innovative contributions pertaining to experimental design and strategy according to the goals of the research project.
  • Design & execute experimental procedures, including new technologies, according to the research goals, with critical evaluation of research results.
  • Collect, organize and analyze data and conduct statistical analysis.
  • Independently perform electrophysiological recordings. And if needed, work collaboratively with other trainees to advance this technology in multiple projects.
  • Provide up-dates of research progress to the project team, in verbal and written forms.
  • Conduct presentations to laboratory and collaborators.
  • Prepare documents and supporting materials, including charts and graphs, for professional scientific conferences and publications in scientific journals.
  • Examine and interpret scientific literature, content of web sites, and other scientific resources to maintain cutting edge research studies.



  • At least five years of related post PhD/MD research experience or equivalent.




  • PhD or MD required in the field of science or related field.




  • Strong leadership skills.
  • Strong presentation and critical thinking skills.
  • Excellent strategic thinking and advising skills.
  • Excellent written, verbal and interpersonal communication skills.
  • Ability to successfully facilitate cross-functional teams.
  • Ability to effectively interact with all levels internally and externally to build credibility and relationships.
  • Ability to manage multiple projects and shifting priorities with exceptional organizational and time management skills.
  • Proficient in advanced techniques with relevant software: Excel, PowerPoint, Word, etc. in addition to experience working within shared work environments and communication platforms: Slack, Zoom, etc.
  • Ability to anticipate risks and proactively create contingency plans in collaboration with project teams.
  • Theoretical and hands on knowledge of electrophysiological and genetic techniques.
  • Ability to perform highly complex experiments and techniques with high levels of reliability and accuracy within time constraints.
  • Demonstrated ability to conduct and oversee independent research. This includes the ability to (a) develop, maintain, execute, and complete research projects of varying size and scope; (b) critically read, understand, and extract information from published medical, chemical, and biological literature to prepare background information for scientific abstracts, manuscripts, lectures, and grant proposals; (c) perform basic data and statistical analysis; and (d) produce high-quality abstracts, manuscripts, lectures, and grant applications.
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently, prioritize work and independently manage multiple, diverse and competing priorities while meeting deadlines; plan and develop meaningful objectives; and integrate multiple work initiatives into the overall department goals.
  • Demonstrated knowledge and experience in researching information and analyzing data to arrive at valid conclusions, recommendations, and plans of action.


  • Ability to generate and analyze Gantt-chart, resource, and budget information that facilitates scenario planning, contingency planning, risk assessment and management, problem solving, and decision-making.
  • Ability to coordinate interactions with finance to ensure programs have adequate budget and resources to support approved scope.
  • Demonstrated understanding of financial and resource planning systems and processes and ability to coordinate project-level budget/resource estimates and manage actual costs versus planned costs.
  • Demonstrated ability to influence outcomes and key project decisions in a matrix organization without authority.
  • Demonstrated ability to manage and lead others through change.


  •  Must be willing to work in an animal-related research environment.
  • Satisfactory completion of the Institute's background investigation.
  • Must be willing to sign a confidentiality agreement.


This position requires constant adjusting focus, hearing, keying, seeing, sitting, analyzing, calculating, communicating, reading, reasoning, writing and working inside. 

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