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Scientific Director of the Laboratory for Genomics Research (LGR)

Recruitment Period

Open date: January 9th, 2020

Last review date: Friday, Jul 31, 2020 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, Jul 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.


UCSF seeks an outstanding individual to assume the role of Scientific Director of the Laboratory for Genomics Research (LGR). The Scientific Director will have prime responsibility in organizing and overseeing all research and development efforts in advancing functional genomics technologies within the LGR, with a particular emphasis on the use of CRISPR-Cas based approaches to target discovery and validation within the context of genomic medicine. This will include the development and deployment of cutting edge functional genomic tools including single-cell RNA seq approaches, high content imaging, and robotic-enabled pooled and arrayed screens as well as modeling of disease and other complex biological phenomenon incellular systems including 2D and 3D cultures. Working with the support of a dedicated Alliance Manager, the Director will bear primary responsibility for all aspects of scientific collaboration between the LGR and GSK, as well as the LGR and UCSF and UC Berkeley. The Director will serve on the Joint Steering Committee (JSC) as a voting member, and share scientific strategy leadership responsibilities with other members of the JSC. The successful candidate will bring an established record of leadership in translational genetics and genomics; direct experience in functional genomics, in particular CRISPR-Cas, is preferred but not required. The successful candidate will have exceptional skills and a strong track record as a leader in translational biomedicine. Candidates must possess a PhD or an MD/PhD in Biological Sciences or related field with a strong track record in leading successful R&D groups within the functional genomics space. The ideal candidate will have leadership experience at the academia-industry interface. Having a robust working knowledge of the path of an experimental therapeutic from proof of concept to first-in-human clinical trials is a plus.

Required Qualifications:

  • PhD or MD/PhD Biological Sciences or Chemical Biology
  • Minimum 5 year experience working in an academic environment, health science organization or biotechnology company
  • Demonstrated leadership experience working within the research environment at a major research university or biotechnology company
  • High-level interpersonal skills to facilitate interactions with diverse stakeholders in all parts of the organization and ability to reach out to various constituents
  • Outstanding communication skills, written and verbal
  • Ability to efficiently coordinate interdisciplinary project teams

Please apply online with CV, cover letter, and statement of diversity, equity, and inclusion, and contact information of 3 references at To receive full consideration, please submit all materials prior to the initial review date. However, this position will remain open until filled. 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.

Job location

San Francisco, CA


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