Director of Student Research and Internships

Apr 27, 2018
May 28, 2018
Education, Research
Full Time

Job Category : Admin or Professional Faculty

Working hours :

Salary : Commensurate with education and experience.

Web Announcement :
Director of Student Research and Internships

The George Mason University College of Science invites highly qualified candidates to apply for our Director of Student Research and Internships position. George Mason University has a strong institutional commitment to the achievement of excellence and diversity among its faculty and staff, and strongly encourages candidates to apply who will enrich Masons academic and culturally inclusive environment.

Responsibilities: Reporting to the Associate Dean of Academic Affairs and in collaboration with the leadership of existing high school and undergraduate research initiatives, the COS Director of Student Research and Internships will oversee the administrative direction and implementation of the colleges undergraduate student research, high school student research, student internships, and teacher engagement activities for the entirety of the college. This position also plays a key role in attracting highly talented local high school students to enroll in College of Science degree programs through the Aspiring Scientists Summer Internship Program (ASSIP) and Galileos Science Cafe program.

Specifically, the selected finalist will:

  • Develop, plan, organize and direct new initiatives in support of undergraduate research experiential learning activities;
  • Design, implement, manage, and direct undergraduate student internship programs in support of experiential learning, fulfilling their degree requirements, and retaining students in STEM majors;
  • Develop pipelines to place COS undergraduate students in governmental and non-governmental internships;
  • Encourage our students to continue in a STEM major; provide them with real-world experience they can use; and strengthen their resumes and job prospects upon graduation from Mason;
  • Create, plan, organize, conduct, manage, and direct further development of the Aspiring Scientists Summer Internship Program (ASSIP) to meet the programs strategic mission.
  • Create, plan, organize, conduct, and manage the Galileos Science Café monthly outreach event for the local community; and
  • Provide administrative management of local and international laboratory research courses and student research symposiums, including budget management, curriculum development support, marketing courses and events, and serving as the point of contact for students and collaborating institutions.

    Required Qualifications:
  • A masters degree in a field directly related to the degrees offered by the College of Science at Mason;
  • Knowledge of: biomedical concepts/methodology and recent advances related to human diseases such as cancer;
  • Knowledge of fund-raising mechanisms;
  • Knowledge of administrative and budgetary principles,
  • Extensive experience with laboratory management;
  • Hands-on familiarity with laboratory equipment and methods;
  • Excellent MS Office Suite skills (Word, Excel, Power Point) and proficient use of software to develop marketing materials, create multi-media curriculum, and statistically analyze data;
  • Ability to independently create, coordinate, plan, organize, and complete multiple and complex programs;
  • Ability to project, track, and manage program budgets;
  • Ability to secure funding from foundation, corporate, individual, and granting agencies to support managed programs;
  • Proficient public speaking skills with the ability to present complex concepts to a lay audience; and
  • Excellent interpersonal communication and networking skills with a diverse group of stakeholders such as students, faculty/staff, university leadership, private sector, local officials, and community groups.

    Preferred Qualifications:
  • A PhD in a field directly related to the degrees offered by the College of Science at Mason is strongly preferred;
  • Significant experience serving in a director-level position;
  • Successful experience with grant writing and submission;
  • Successfully published in peer-reviewed scientific publications;
  • Knowledge of international visa requirements for visiting scientists;
  • Knowledge of undergraduate and graduate degree program requirements;
  • Website editing and development;
  • Wet lab experience; and
  • Experience training students in scientific methods.

About us: The College of Science blends traditional science education with sought-after programs in molecular medicine, climate dynamics, planetary science, forensic science, environmental studies, and geoinformation science to prepare students for exciting careers at the cutting edge of interdisciplinary scientific domains. While serving as a vital community and regional resource for teaching and learning through hands-on programming for kindergarten through 12th grade (K-12) students, teacher training, and outreach programs, the college also undertakes pioneering research endeavors that offer insight and solutions to the complex issues that challenge todays world.

For more information about the College of Science, visit

For more information about the Aspiring Scientists Internship Program and Galileos Science Café, visit and respectively.

Special Instructions : For full consideration, applicants must apply at; complete and submit the online application; and upload a cover letter, resume, and a list of three professional references with contact information.

MasonAd : Great Careers Begin at Mason!

George Mason University is an innovative, entrepreneurial institution with national distinction in both academics and research. Mason holds a top U.S. News and World Report Up and Coming spot for national universities and is recognized for its global appeal and excellence in higher education.

Mason is currently the largest and most diverse university in Virginia with students and faculty from all 50 states and over 135 countries studying in over 200 degree programs at campuses in Arlington, Fairfax and Prince William, as well as at learning locations across the commonwealth. Rooted in Masons diversity is a campus culture that is both rewarding and exciting, work that is meaningful, and opportunities to both collaborate and create.

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Equity Statement : George Mason University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, committed to promoting inclusion and equity in its community. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, or protected veteran status.

Job Close Date : 2018-05-25

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