The Lundbeck Foundation founded The Brain Prize in 2011 as the world’s largest brain research prize. The prize is a personal prize and awarded every year to one or more researchers for outstanding scientific contributions to brain research. The prize is worth DKK 10,000,000 and is awarded at a special event in Copenhagen, which brings together leaders from the scientific, business and policy communities in Denmark and across the world. Until 2017, The Brain Prize was aimed only at European scientists. However, the prize became global in 2018 and it now targets scientists from all over the world. Nominees undergo a strictly managed scientific evaluation process which is led and steered by The Brain Prize Selection Committee. The committee meets twice a year. Furthermore, The Brain Prize is accompanied by an ambitious Outreach Programme, which comprises lectures, workshops, seminars and exchange programmes aimed at spreading knowledge, creating interest, drawing attention to the challenge of brain research and new discoveries.
The Director of The Brain Prize is an independent programme leadership role and the incumbent is part of the Lundbeck Foundation Grants & Prizes team, which is responsible for the Lundbeck Foundation’s grant-giving activities. The team consists of 10 people who are led by Senior Vice President for Grants & Prizes Jan Egebjerg. The Director of The Brain Prize will work closely with colleagues at the Lundbeck Foundation and with a variety of international and external stakeholders and partners in the international scientific community. Some travel must therefore be expected as the Director will participate in meetings around the world.
The overall challenge for the new Director of The Brain Prize is to lead and develop scientific recognition of The Brain Prize and, in collaboration with the communication team, to drive local and global branding of The Brain Prize in order to raise visibility and awareness both in Denmark and throughout the scientific community. This requires extensive interaction with scientific communities abroad as well as close collaboration with the Lundbeck Foundation’s communication and event team.
The Director of The Brain Prize is responsible for planning, preparing and executing the Outreach Programme for The Brain Prize. This involves lectures, seminars and talent exchange programmes to follow up on the annual award and includes;
The Director of The Brain Prize is the Lundbeck Foundation’s key point of contact to international neuroscience organisations such as DSFN, SfN, FENS, ECNP, EAN, BNA, JNS and CAN. The Director of The Brain Prize also represents the Lundbeck Foundation at relevant annual meetings and forums such as Annual SFN meeting, FENS Forum, ECNP congress, EAN congress, JNS annual meeting, CAN annual meeting, Brain Conferences, BNA festival of neuroscience, Public Lecture AU and Neuroscience Day AU.
The Lundbeck Foundation has established The Brain Prize Academy, which gathers former and current prize winners as ambassadors for The Brain Prize and for neuroscience research in general and acts as an informal advisory board for the Lundbeck Foundation’s leadership. The Director of The Brain Prize is responsible for the planning and implementation of the meetings in the Lundbeck Foundation Brain Prize Academy and in the Danish neuroscience research community.
In addition to managing all key scientific activities related to The Brain Prize, the Director of The Brain Prize will take a broader role in the Lundbeck Foundation’s grant-giving activities, with responsibility for driving the internationalisation of local research talents. As part of its talent development agenda, the Lundbeck Foundation wishes to strengthen international collaboration and the international exposure of local talent through exchanges, collaboration and relationships with the international research community.
The role has no formal people management responsibilities but is considered a complex leadership challenge in view of the external stakeholder management and programme leadership activities.
The Lundbeck Foundation wishes to recruit a scientific leader with a passion for science and the energy and analytical skills to oversee a multitude of challenges and activities related to The Brain Prize, both in Denmark and internationally. The following qualifications and skills are expected;
The position should be filled as soon as possible and is based in Copenhagen, Denmark.
For further information, please contact Senior Vice President, Grants & Prizes, Jan Egebjerg, +45 39128006 or at email@example.com
To apply for the position, please send your application and CV to firstname.lastname@example.org before 1 February 2020.