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Microbiome Genomics CoLab Director

Recruitment Period

Open date: October 9th, 2019

Last review date: Monday, Jan 18, 2021 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications received after this date will be reviewed by the search committee if the position has not yet been filled.

Final date: Friday, Apr 9, 2021 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications will continue to be accepted until this date, but those received after the review date will only be considered if the position has not yet been filled.

Position description

Microbiome Genomics CoLab Director

The Benioff Center for Microbiome Medicine (BCMM) at the Parnassus campus of UCSF is looking to appoint a Specialist to serve as Director of the Microbial Genomics technology hub and the conduct microbiome research. The Director will collaborate with investigators across campus to produce, analyze and interpret microbiome sequence datasets, efforts that will form the basis of their research efforts.

The UCSF BCMM is focused on human microbiome research, with a particular interest in accelerating discovery and translation in the fields of early life microbiome and therapeutic development. The Center is developing multiple collaborative labs (CoLabs), technology hubs that facilitate microbiome research projects. Research projects facilitated through the Microbiome Genomics technology hub will be diverse, spanning disciplines within all schools across campus, and may include one or more of the following: Providing expertise on appropriate sample collection and preservation methods, sample extraction for library preparation, sequencing (16S rRNA, ITS2, metagenomics and RNASeq) and data analyses. In addition, the Director of Microbiome Genomics will be responsible for development of novel genomics tools to address ongoing challenges in the field of translational Microbiome research.

The Microbiome Genomics CoLab director will be expected to assist in the submission of original research proposals to government agencies to secure additional funding for research. Co-author publications including scientific articles and reviews. They will also be expected to lead training programs, interact with other CoLabs and build collaborations with researchers both in academia and industry.

Candidates will be expected to work independently and in a collaborative multidisciplinary team of immunologists, biostatisticians and microbial genomicists. The director will supervise a team consisting of a technician and a data analyst. We anticipate that this team will grow with increasing Microbiome Genomics CoLab use. The candidate and report directly to Dr. Susan Lynch, Director of the Benioff Center for Microbiome Medicine.

• Specialists appointed at the junior rank must possess a baccalaureate degree (or equivalent degree) or at least 4 years of research experience.
• Specialists appointed at the Assistant rank must possess a master’s degree (or equivalent degree) or at least 5 years of experience in the relevant specialization.
• Specialists appointed at the Associate rank must possess a master’s degree (or equivalent degree) or at least 5-10 years of experience in the relevant specialization.
• Specialists appointed at the Full rank must possess a terminal degree (or equivalent degree) or at least 10 years of experience in the relevant specialization.
• Proven project management skills; experience assessing technical and resource needs and demands and establish priorities, and manage multiple sub-projects simultaneously.
• Experience in existing program development and creating new programs to broaden institutional reach and reach out to industrial collaborators or customers.
• Capacity to develop a robust business plan with an aim towards a sustainable Microbiome Genomics CoLab within 5 years of inception.
• Experience in industry/university relations with a track record of successfully bringing university researchers and industry together to create new research partnerships and programs.
• Demonstrated ability to organize, interpret, evaluate, and present research findings in a variety of formats including research manuscripts, grant proposals, external manuscripts, and oral presentations and in collaborative and instructional scientific interactions within laboratory and discussion settings.
• Experience writing proposals for significant projects.
• Proven advanced analytical and statistical skills to evaluate information, procedures or situations to define a problem or objective, identify relevant concerns, recognize alternatives, formulate logical and objective conclusions, and prepare reports.
• Demonstrated understanding of the philosophy of quality service with proven aptitude for working as part of a team.
• Ability to utilize on-line databases and other software to create, retrieve, and compile reports using standard software programs.
• Demonstrated interpersonal skills to establish and maintain excellent working relationships with colleagues, faculty, donors, and industry partners, with an emphasis on collaboration, tact, diplomacy, flexibility, professionalism, and discretion.
• Demonstrated interest in and knowledge of technology development processes.
• Solid communications skills with the ability to speak and write clearly about technical and scientific research and develop narrative for correspondence, brochures, and other public relations material.
• Capacity to innovate and implement.

UC San Francisco seeks candidates whose experience, teaching, research, or community service has prepared them to contribute to our commitment to diversity and excellence.

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age or protected veteran status.

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Application Requirements

Document requirements
  • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V.

  • Cover Letter (Optional)

  • Statement of Research (Optional)

  • Statement of Teaching (Optional)

  • Statement of Contributions to Diversity (Optional)

  • Misc / Additional (Optional)

Reference requirements
  • 3 required (contact information only)

Job location

San Francisco