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Assistant Director, Microbial Genomics and Culturing

Application Window

Open date: June 16, 2023

Most recent review date: Friday, Feb 23, 2024 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: Monday, Dec 16, 2024 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

Assistant Director, Microbial Genomics and Culturing

The Benioff Center for Microbiome Medicine (BCMM) at the Parnassus campus of UCSF is recruiting an experienced microbiome researcher to serve as Assistant Director for the Microbial Genomics and Microbial Culturing technology hubs and to conduct microbiome research.

The general responsibilities of this position are as follows:
• Microbiome Research: Conduct specialized research studies related to the identification, isolation, and characterization of microbiome communities and their impact on the prediction, prevention, and treatment of human disease. Initial research projects will include the development of the microbiome in early life and interrogating microorganisms with therapeutic potential. Develop and implement novel genomics and culturing tools to address ongoing gaps in the field. Disseminate study findings through presentations and publications. Prepare funding proposals to sustain and grow research activities.
• Service: Serve as a campus-wide expert in microbial genomics and culturing. Develop and lead training opportunities in genomics and culturing for UCSF trainees and staff. Participate in professional societies and review research proposals/manuscripts related to metabolomics.
• Facility Management: Oversee all operations for the Microbial Genomics and Microbial Culturing technology hubs, including training and supervision of hub staff. Provide study design consultation, sample processing, data generation, analyses, interpretation, and project reports to users. Manage user projects, funds and billing.

Candidates will be expected to work independently and in a collaborative multidisciplinary team of immunologists, analytical chemists, biostatisticians and microbial genomicists. The Assistant Director will supervise a team consisting of a PhD-level researcher, a computational biologist, and technicians. Opportunities for career development will be provided and encouraged. The candidate and report directly to Dr. Susan Lynch, Director of the Benioff Center for Microbiome Medicine.

• 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.
• Advanced oral and written communication skills.
• Demonstrated ability to organize, interpret, evaluate, and present research findings in a variety of formats including manuscripts, grant proposals, reports to stakeholders, and oral presentations, and facilitate collaborative and instructional scientific interactions within laboratory and discussion settings.
• Advanced ability to think creatively and independently on concepts requiring advanced analytical skills.
• Advanced interpersonal skills and ability to work with diverse groups to achieve results.
• Advanced ability to work collaboratively with internal and external peers and managers.
• Highly skilled fundraising experience.

Please apply online at Applicants’ materials must list current and/or pending qualifications upon submission. The Specialist will supervise two or more employees and will be responsible for full oversight for staffing, performance management, and daily operations.

See Table 24A ( for the salary range for this position. A reasonable estimate for this position is $67,900-$175,600.

Application Requirements

Document requirements
  • Curriculum Vitae - CV must clearly list current and/or pending qualifications (e.g. board eligibility/certification, medical licensure, etc.).

  • Cover Letter

  • Statement of Research (Optional)

  • Statement of Teaching (Optional)

  • Statement of Contributions to Diversity - Please see the following page for more details: Contributions to Diversity Statement

  • Misc / Additional (Optional)

Reference requirements
  • 3-5 required (contact information only)

About UC San Francisco

As a University employee, you will be required to comply with all applicable University policies and/or collective bargaining agreements, as may be amended from time to time. Federal, state, or local government directives may impose additional requirements.

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