The UC San Diego campus has been fortunate to receive a path-breaking gift from the Tata Trust in India to create the Tata Institute for Genetics and Society (TIGS). TIGS will have operations on the UC San Diego (TIGS-UCSD) campus and at InStem, within the campus of the National Center for Biological Sciences, in Bangalore, India (TIGS-India). Starting immediately, TIGS-India is seeking applications from outstanding candidates for a Biosafety Team Leader. The position is a 5‑year contract and the person is expected to work in Bangalore at TIGS-India.
The aims of the institute include a focus on vector-borne diseases, which involve building and testing the efficacy and fitness of next generation gene-drive constructs in pilot experiments in fruit flies, mosquitoes, and possibly other insects. TIGS also will be involved in contributions to the identification and characterization of test sites for field trials for mosquito-borne diseases, as well as contributions to regulatory and community engagement processes. Extension beyond vector-borne diseases includes cancer cell therapy, agricultural research, reduction of antibiotic resistance, and economic, ethical and public policy implications of these next generation tools.
Under the general supervision of the Program Manager, the Biosafety Team Leader will function as a designated contact to ensure compliance with policies, procedures, regulations, and laws. The incumbent will work closely with the Institutional Biosafety Committee, the Institutional Animal Ethics Committee, and others as necessary, to obtain approvals, maintain compliance and to create and train the TIGS scientific staff in standard operating procedures. The Biosafety Team Leader will also work closely with the Regulatory Team Leader (to be advertised separately) to ensure compliance in cage and field trials. The successful candidate should have a Ph.D., or equivalent, with 6+ years of academia/industry experience in the relevant field. Additional requirements include an outstanding track record of independence, leadership, training, initiative, communication, project implementation and excellent command of English. Candidates will work in a socially-conscious and ethical manner toward implementation of the TIGS-India mission.