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Scientific Director

  • Responsible for overall oversight, formulation of scientific and programmatic goals.
  • Reports to BioMed Dean and the Provost.
  • Senior faculty position (Full or Associate Professor).
  • Appointed by the Dean for a period of 3 years.

Associate Director for Operations

  • PhD level individual with background in the relevant fields.
  • Implements the scientific and programmatic goals set by the Director/Associate Director.
  • Performs/coordinates consulting and outreach activities on behalf of the Center.
  • Coordinates grant applications for the Center.
  • Reports to Director and Associate Scientific Director.
  • This is a staff position or non-tenure track faculty position.
  • Hired by the Director and Associate Scientific Director.

Associate Scientific Director

  • Works with Director to facilitate his/her role.
  • Provides leadership role in areas where Director is not expert (e.g., if Director is primarily in field of genomics, then Associate Director should be in field of proteomics).
  • Reports to/works in conjunction with the Director.
  • Nominated by the Director, appointed by the Dean for a period of 1 year.
  • Senior faculty level position (Full or Associate Professor).

Core Directors

  • PhD level individuals who operate the Center's core facilities.
  • Supervise staff working in the cores.
  • Report to Director and Associate Scientific Director; "dotted line" to Associate Director for Operations.
  • Most likely appointed as research track faculty.
  • Period of appointment typically 1 year (with renewal contingent on performance and availability of funds), but may be longer if deemed appropriate by Executive Committee.

Executive Committee

  • Committee of Center Faculty Members chaired by the Director.
  • Nominated by Director, approved by BioMed Dean. Period of appointment is 2 years, to be staggered for the sake of continuity.
  • Is a voting body.
  • Associate Directors (Scientific and Operations) also sit on the committee; Core Directors and Chairs of other Center Committees are called upon to attend as needed. Associate Director of Operations, Core Directors and Chairs of other Committees do not vote.
  • Responsible for the oversight of operations and governance of Center:
    • formulates scientific and programmatic goals,
    • determines governance and policy,
    • oversees cores and other activities of the Center
  • Advises Director and Associate Directors on all functions of the Center.
  • Appoints Members.
  • Appoints other committees as may be needed.
  • Meets regularly (approximately once per month).

Steering Committee

  • Committee of prominent Faculty from the local community. In addition to Brown Faculty, membership should be drawn from affiliated hospitals and URI. Members of outside institutions, for example, in the Boston area, may be invited if deemed appropriate.
  • Director and Associate Directors are members of committee but do not chair it or vote.
  • Role of Steering Committee is broad programmatic oversight of the Center.
  • Committee meets one (or twice) per year.
  • Period of appointment is 2 years, to be staggered for continuity.
  • Members are nominated and appointed by the BioMed Dean.
  • The Committee reports to the Dean on activities of the Center.

Core Users Committees

(one committee for each core facility)

  • Role is to ensure smooth running of cores.
  • Issues to be debated: user fees, instruments to be purchased/upgraded, operational aspects (e.g., access to instruments), policies, possible disciplinary actions, etc.
  • Is not a voting body but an advisory body that reports to the Executive Committee.
  • Members are nominated by Director/Associate Directors and approved by Executive Committee.
  • Core Directors attend meetings but do not chair them.
  • Committee is chaired by faculty member of committee.
  • Membership is drawn from frequent users of the core; should also include, in addition to faculty, research staff, students or postdocs.

Criteria for Faculty Membership

  • Membership will be open to faculty within the extended Brown community.
  • The mechanisms for establishing and maintaining faculty membership will follow, in broad outline, the precedents currently in place for existing graduate programs.
  • Nominations for membership (including self-nominations) will be reviewed and approved by the Executive Committee. Period of appointment is indefinite but will be reviewed each year.
  • The following main criteria will be used by the Executive Committee to determine whether appointment to membership is appropriate:
    • Significant research or teaching activity in the area of systems biology
    • Active research program
    • Commitment to advancing the goals of the Center
  • The intent will be to have the members comprise a relatively small, focused and credible group, rather than a large and diffuse group with tenuous links to systems biology.
  • Given that the Center will provide access to its services, such as core facilities, consulting services, workshops, etc., on an equal basis to all members of the Brown community, an important criterion for membership will be willingness to participate in the Center's activities. Thus, members will be expected to be involved with key Center functions such as grant applications, seminar series, oversight of cores facilities, outreach, consulting and educational activities, etc.