Scientific Director, Cancer Research | HBKU
Hamad Bin Khalifa University

Scientific Director, Cancer Research

Hamad Bin Khalifa University (HBKU), a member of Qatar Foundation for Education, Science, and Community Development (QF), was founded in 2010 to continue fulfilling QF’s vision of unlocking human potential. HBKU is an emerging research university that acts as a catalyst for positive change in Qatar and the region while having a global impact.

Job Purpose

To provide overall leadership in research project management, infrastructure development, strategic planning and scientific investigation on Cancer Research.

Key Result Areas

  • Develop a Master Plan and Implementation Approach for 5 and 10 years and provide recommendations on the niche areas of cancer research for QBRI
  • Prepare and lead the implementation of the annual budget and business plan for the Cancer Research Center at QBRI to ensure achievement of its strategic objectives
  • Develop and implement Project Management activities, programs and initiatives for setting up the Centre's
    infrastructure and laboratory facilities to ensure achievement of set project targets
  • Lead and develop a team of scientists & researchers to conceive new methods, demonstrate clinical feasibility & help deliver new & relevant solutions to high priority areas in Cancer research
  • Liaise with HBKU or other QF directorates on required support, budget and other project resources to ensure timelines, quality & budget targets are met to deliver programme objectives
  • Develop and implement policies and procedures for the safe conduct, compliance and regulatory issues of scientific research in biomedical research
  • Develop research communication and multidisciplinary research programs with synergies to on-going research to achieve an international standard for science and research activities
  • Provide support and advice to other researchers at the Cancer Research Center to ensure they achieve their research potential
  • Proactively develop collaborative relationships with existing research partners in Education City, other research institutions, pharmaceutical partners, government officials and religious leaders to ensure Cancer Research Centre's input on research ethics, policy and local regulations
  • Establish relationships with international research institutions to perform independent assessment of the Cancer Research Centre's scientific research activities
  • Identify, recruit, develop and motivate a team of Scientists to carry out research for approved programs in accordance with the QBRI vision and mission
  • Oversee and/or actively participate in basic and applied research at the Cancer Research Centre to ensure the Centre achieves its mandate and capacity building programme targets
  • Conceptualize and undertake activities to seek and secure external funding for research activities to complement resources and funding by QF
  • Prepare progress reports to update QF-Research Division and cross functional teams on project and Centre performance, activities, etc. and identify and recommend improvements
  • Other reasonable tasks as assigned by supervisor

Operating Environment, Framework & Boundaries

Work is performed in a standard office and laboratory environment. Compliance with research protocols and procedures of QBRI, HBKU and other local and international regulations is required.

Must comply with QF health, safety, and environment policy as well as legal regulations applicable to areas of responsibility.

Communications and Working Relationships

  • Executive Director - Formal reporting on on-going projects, request for approvals and feedback
  • HBKU President's Office - Contact as needed for funding requests, budget and approval of plans, programs and projects and research progress and performance reporting
  • Project Team, Principal Investigators and Researchers - Frequent contact to follow up on projects, status
    updates, approvals and feedback
  • HBKU or QF Directorates - Contact as needed for support with resources.
  • External partners - Contact as needed for collaborations, networking and sharing of information
  • National and governmental agencies - Contact as needed for approvals, developing and setting up research compliance protocols and procedures where needed

Problem Solving & Complexity

  • Proactively identifies problems that are inhibiting meeting organizational objectives
  • Encourages both individuals and teams to solve problems through empowerment and effective delegation and review mechanisms
  • Ensures the allocation of resources and invests in people and tools to optimize problem solving and decision
    making efforts
  • Removes obstacles and facilitates information flow to support effective problem solving across the

Decision-Making Authority & Responsibility

  • Applies judgment to decide when to make swift decisions even in the absence of all necessary information
  • Arrives at sound and timely decisions, based on past experience and an understanding of the current business environment and projected changes
  • Considers the impact of decisions on various stakeholders and takes this into account
  • Delegates decision making as appropriate to encourage and facilitate empowerment

Minimum Knowledge, Skills & Experience

  • PhD degree in a relevant field of Biomedical / Life sciences
  • 15 years of relevant full time work experience, 5 of which were in a senior research leadership position
  • Strong working knowledge of clinical, medical & biomedical research focusing on cancer
  • Proven and internationally recognized track record in managing research centers, with knowledge of research tools, procedures and protocols and technologies for biomedical research
  • Strategic thinker and ability to conceptualize ideas through detailed master plan
  • Project management experience with ability to manage budgets and implementing change
  • Process oriented and metrics driven in managing administrative functions
  • Strong leadership, people management, collaboration, team building and development skills
  • Philosophy and reputation for thriving in a highly diverse, multi-cultural environment
  • Ability to raise fund for research work and programs
  • Superior knowledge in biomedical trends and research and development
  • Knowledge of FDA, other local and international regulations for biomedical devices, drug development and clinical studies

How to Apply

Please submit your completed application (CV, cover letter, and the names of three references with their full contact information) via the following link: Click here to apply


Review of applications is expected to begin soon and continue until the position is filled. Shortlisted candidates will be called for interviews.


HBKU offers an attractive compensation package that includes a tax-free salary and additional benefits such as an education allowance, furnished accommodation, annual paid leave, air tickets, and medical insurance.

HBKU, as an equal opportunity educator and employer, is committed to maintaining culturally and academically diverse staff of the highest caliber.