Research Collaboration Manager

Cambridge (Boston), Massachusetts

Canon Medical Research USA, Inc. (CMRU) is a multi-modality R&D organization creating next-generation medical imaging systems. It is equipped with cutting-edge instrumentation, prototyping, hardware labs and scientific computing facilities in order to perform research targeted to pre-clinical and clinical CT, PET, MRI, X-ray and Ultrasound systems. For those who like to develop new technologies and research new ways of using them, Canon is a rewarding place to work, due to its focus on innovation as the lifeblood of new products.

CMRU is committed to recognizing and appreciating the variety of characteristics that make individuals unique in an atmosphere that promotes work/life balance and celebrates individual and collective achievement. We are especially interested in qualified candidates who can contribute, through their experience, education, research and/or service, to the diversity and excellence of our organization and the scientific and engineering community at large.

CMRU offers a great work environment, professional development, challenging careers, and competitive compensation and benefits. We are an equal opportunity employer (EOE).


CMRU has an immediate opening for a Research Collaboration Manager in our Collaboration Innovations Center (CIC). CIC is a new center within CMRU that brings together the best of collaborative spirit of biotechnology along with the resources and capabilities of a global leader of diagnostic imaging systems. We are seeking an experienced professional with effective communication and facilitative skills to provide research management and collaboration alliance support for internal and external teams. This individual will bring scientific research and development expertise, and organizational skills to coordinate the advancement of in-vitro diagnostic research platform.


  • Build strong relationships to create long-term value with collaboration partners. Interfacing with external counterparts to ensure corporate goals are achieved, partnering with internal teams to ensure development goals are aligned for project success.
  • In addition to the management of research programs (especially in vitro diagnostic research), review research outcomes and facilitate business strategy proposals with internal teams and/or relevant biotech facilities and companies.
  • Create and cascade inter-company communications, develop purposeful agendas, manage key joint committee meetings, and document key discussion points & decisions. Conduct regular reviews/meetings with senior management and other functions as appropriate to communicate key issues, milestones, etc. and gather feedback.
  • Track program status and progress, and coordinate good documentation practice for research projects by:
    • Organizing and maintaining program files on a shared file system
    • Organizing roundtable and discussion meetings as necessary to ensure team alignment
    • Serve as a point of contact for coordinating research workplans and timelines
    • Assist leadership team with the development and oversight of project timelines
    • Serve as a liaison by identifying, organizing, and communicating material
  • Ensure research programs and collaboration alliance contracts are aligned with corporate strategies and goals.



  • Bachelor's degree (M.S. or Ph.D. highly preferred) in the sciences, including biochemistry, plus 7+ years of relevant experience in biotechnology or related field. Experience
  • Experienced in highly regulated medical device and diagnostic industry.
  • Relevant certifications and experience in program and/or alliance management preferred.
  • Previous experience in in vitro diagnostic research and development preferred.

Key Competencies

  • Applied knowledge of key alliance management principles including how to understand/apply contract language, escalate/mitigate issues, and demonstrate creative problem-solving.
  • Excellent interpersonal and EQ skills with ability to lead, engage, focus, negotiate, and resolve conflict internally and externally.
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently, proactively and with agility in a complex, matrixed environment, dealing well with ambiguity, building internal alignment, influencing others, and managing differences effectively.
  • Must be proficient in the use of MS Power Point, Excel & Word. Work Location
  • Hybrid work model based in the Cambridge/Boston area.


  • Ability to complete domestic and international travel (10% of time).
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