Are you ambitious on behalf of cancer research? Are you a skilled, visionary and experienced leader? And can you with great commitment set new agendas and run a leading and recognized research center in order to also meet tomorrow´s cancer research needs? Then we are looking for a new research director who wants to help make a significant difference in cancer research.
The Danish Cancer Society is the largest patient association in Denmark – this places an obligation on us! The vision of a life without cancer is clear, and the cancer cause gives our 400,000 members, 46,000 volunteers and 800 employees a distinct common focal point. Our commitment is firm, professional standards are high, and we deliver acknowledged research, knowledge and counselling that makes a difference for cancer patients and their families – and for us as a society.
About the job
As the Danish Cancer Society’s research director, you will head the society’s cancer research, and you will ensure that research is conducted in all elements of the cancer cause, such as prevention, diagnostics, treatment, rehabilitation and palliation. You will be responsible for developing the center’s research environment, for the center’s finances with app. 60 % basic funding and app. 40 % external funding, and you will be in charge of the general management of the center. Together with your managers and employees, you will continue to develop the center as a research institution, embed changes launched, make new changes and create the best possible conditions for research and deliver relevant knowledge that can be translated into noticeable results in the cancer field. You will also be responsible for implementing the general framework of the research center such as committee legislation, personal data security, information security and employment structures.
The Danish Cancer Society’s involvement in research is decisive for the strong public support and political influence we enjoy. We have our own research center with 23 independent research groups that span from epidemiology over biostatistics/bioinformatics and psychology to cellular and molecular biology. The center has more than 200 researchers from more than 20 different countries as well as research support functions, which, for example, are responsible for our laboratories, statistics, finances, research dissemination and administration. You can read more about our research groups and research at https://www.cancer.dk/research/
Internal collaboration between research, prevention, support to patients and their families, fundraising, political influence and communication is good. The Danish Cancer Society is also represented in a number of national and international networks, including the Danish Comprehensive Cancer Center, the national cooperation network. Both you and the center’s leaders and employees are active participants in these networks, which are of paramount importance to collaboration and knowledge sharing about cancer.
As an association, the Danish Cancer Society contributes to ensuring that scientific developments in the cancer field happen as fast as possible and that new knowledge is of benefit to the population and in clinical practice.
Besides the society’s own research in the Research Center, the Danish Cancer Society has set up two scientific committees for Biology & Clinic and People & Society, respectively. The committees award research support to cancer researchers at Danish institutions and to Danish cancer researchers who carry out research abroad with a view to repatriating the results to Denmark.
Presently, we are faced with the preparation of a new research policy, which will shape the years to come. You will have the chance to leave your mark on the policy and become a key player in its implementation. The research policy describes, for example, how we carry out the best cancer research. To support this task, we have a Scientific Advisory Board, which evaluates our research on an ongoing basis, and you will play a crucial role in assisting our research group leaders in translating that evaluation into even better results.
Reporting to the Managing Director, you will also be part of the top management of the Danish Cancer Society, and you will have a strong voice in the development of the Danish Cancer Society as an association and a workplace. The Danish Cancer Society has three overall purposes: Research, prevention and support to patients and their families. You will contribute actively to creating coherence between these areas, and you will play an active role in the society’s three beacons: One step ahead of cancer, Reduce cancer inequality and No-one should be alone with cancer.
You are able to set a clear and ambitious direction for a dynamic, international and competitive research environment, which is among the leading in the world. You have a strong personality and professional integrity, have strategic judgement and lead naturally based on our values: Trustworthy, Respectful and Involving.
You are motivated by the role as a leader of other leaders and have proven experience in leadership of various professions in complex knowledge organizations. You can spot and unlock the full potential through leadership of the individual and as a management group. You create sustainable changes, see good results and a good working environment as each other’s prerequisites, and you are able to build and develop strong relations and joint leadership, based on dialogue. You have an appreciative leadership style, and you can see yourself in our leadership foundation and want to embed it in the research center’s management. You can read about our leadership foundation at: https://www.cancer.dk/international/about-the-danish-cancer-society/
You will appreciate the cooperation with a political management, with the Danish Cancer Society’s many volunteers in the local effort and with the other departments in the Danish Cancer Society. You have good communication skills In Danish/ Scandinavian and English and can easily deliver the message of why cancer research helps.
You have a relevant academic background, PhD or doctorate, in health sciences or a relevant field of natural science, and you have probably been a professor or acted at a similar level in the course of your career. You have already made a considerable contribution to cancer research, and you have relevant national and international contacts in the cancer community.
A very unique position in a nationwide patient association in a national and international cancer research environment with the possibility of making a significant difference for many Danes.
The right candidate will be employed on individual terms following negotiations.
You will primarily be working at Strandboulevarden 49 in Østerbro in Copenhagen, and smoking is, of course, not allowed during working hours.
The deadline for applications is 17 January 2022. Your application, CV, documentation for education and a full list of publications must be presented in English. The list of publications must include DOI numbers, so that we can search for the publications. Moreover, you must mark the ten publications that you value most. The material should be uploaded electronically at www.cancer.dk/job.
The Danish Cancer Society is a Danish association, Danish being the primary language in our Executive Committee, management group and in the day-to-day dialogue across the collaboration in the organization. English is the primary work language at the Research Center.
We expect to conduct job interviews in April 2022. Before this, an assessment committee of nationally and internationally reputable researchers will assess your professional qualifications in terms of research, based on your publications. During the recruitment process, you must be prepared to be tested by a management consultant, who will help assess your leadership skills and your personal qualifications.
Additional information can be obtained from Managing Director Jesper Fisker, email@example.com
, telephone +45 25 16 12 07, Head of HR & Organizational Development Maja Maar Outzen, firstname.lastname@example.org
, telephone +45 52 14 41 30 or Jens Marcussen from Genitor, email@example.com
, telephone +45 31 41 05 87.