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HFSPO to appoint a new Director of Research Grants

The International Human Frontier Science Program Organization


The International Human Frontier Science Program Organization (HFSPO) seeks to appoint a Director of Research Grants. The Director conducts the scientific aspects of the HFSPO Research Grant schemes including application, review and administration in accord with HFSPO policies. The Director is a member of the senior management of HFSPO, working closely with the Secretary-General and the other Directors of the Secretariat. Information on HFSPO is available at

HFSPO Research Grants have a high reputation in the life sciences. They support teams to undertake frontier-extending interdisciplinary research in the basic life sciences. The Research Grants are selected following rigorous peer review of the highest quality with support from leading scientists from around the world.  The Director of Research Grants must be capable of upholding this standard.

Applications are welcome from scientists from any HFSPO Member country.

Primary job responsibilities include:

  • Organising the annual competitions for HFSP Research Grants, having implemented any changes agreed by the Council of Scientists, Board of Trustees and/or the Secretary-General.
  • Organising all aspects of the peer review of the applications including outstanding membership of HFSP review committees.
  • Overseeing the selection process and review committee meetings in Strasbourg.
  • Reporting to meetings of the Council of Scientists and the Board of Trustees and identifying any changes that should be considered to ensure HFSPO achieves its mission.
  • Overseeing post-award administration of Research Grants to ensure compliance with HFSPO policies.
  • Advising and helping resolve any complex issues that arise with an award that might affect the reputation of HFSPO, or require a major change in written policy.
  • Assisting in other scientific work of the Secretariat, such as scientific workshops.
  • Maintaining contacts with other funding organisations in life and biomedical sciences, especially HFSPO Members.
  • Representing HFSPO at scientific meetings and at the Awardees Meeting annually.

The position is held in Strasbourg, France, and assistance with removal costs is available. Appointments are for 3 years, renewable. A competitive salary will be offered.

Expressions of interest and curriculum vitae should be sent to by 31st December 2018.

Selection criteria:

The successful applicants will have:

  • A distinguished track record in frontier research in an area of life science.
  • A commitment to the mission of HFSPO and a broad understanding of the life sciences.
  • An understanding of the interdisciplinary nature of HFSP and an interest in biology in physics, chemistry, IT science and engineering and other disciplines.
  • An ability to interact with researchers and administrators at all organisational levels.
  • Demonstrated organisational skills and the ability to work with staff.
  • Excellent command of the English language and good writing and communication skills.





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