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#96734 CMI - Director of Research - Applications

Extended Review Date: Thu 1/17/2019

Job posting will remain open until filled.


Under the direction of the CMI Executive Director, and working closely with the CMI - Director for Research - Innovation, the incumbent serves as Director of Research of the Center for Microbiome Innovation (CMI) with a focus toward external Life Sciences research collaborations with current and future CMI industry partners.

The CMI is responsible for operational oversight of collaboration projects with Industry through the coordination of a range of Microbiome research projects performed by core CMI laboratories. The Center has experienced tremendous growth since its creation and needs to continue expanding its team to assist our fast-growing list of industry partners, in many various applied fields, such as pharmaceutical, diagnostics, and biomarker research, neutraceuticals, consumer goods projects, food safety, food nutrition, environmental projects and many more...

As the research projects are very diverse in nature and the incumbent needs to be prepared to oversee work using the following technologies: Sample collection method, sample preparations, next-generation sequencing (16S and metagenomics library preparation and analysis), metaproteomics, metatranscriptomic, flow cytometry, digital PCR, and novel techniques designed to address ongoing challenges in the field of translational Microbiome research.

The candidate will provide consultation and collaboration with industry sponsors to create synergistic projects with the CMI-affiliated faculty members at UCSD as well as oversee a team to ensure timely and efficient delivery of collaboration projects. Developing an effective and realistic statement of work and budget will be key to success. The team under the Director of Research- Application will consist of a program manager and a data analyst, as well as others who will report indirectly as needed based on project needs.

The Director of Research - Applications could further be expected to assist in the submission of original research proposals to government agencies to secure additional funding for research as well as being a co-author in publications including scientific articles and reviews. In our academic setting, mentoring, building and strengthening collaborations with researchers at both UCSD and elsewhere including industrial, pharmaceutical, and private industry will be essential.

If you have a background in Life Sciences or related field, a good understanding of microbiome and the expertise to lead research projects, please apply to join our team.


  • A Ph.D. Science in Engineering, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, or related field (advanced degree preferred), with at least five (5) years experience in high technology business; or equivalent combination of education and experience.

  • Demonstrated background in Life Sciences or related field, a good understanding of microbiome and the expertise to lead research projects.

  • Demonstrated experience in evaluating and implementing genomics technologies.

  • Demonstrated experience writing proposals for significant projects.

  • Strong ability to utilize on-line databases and other software to create, retrieve, and compile reports using standard software programs.

  • Proven experience in existing program development and creating new programs to broaden institutional reach and reach out to industrial collaborators or customers.

  • Strong experience in industry/university relations with a track record of successfully bringing university researchers and industry together to create new research partnerships and programs.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Strong communications skills with ability to speak and write about technical and scientific research persuasively and creatively. Ability to write interesting and succinct copy for correspondence, brochures, and other public relations material.

  • Excellent interpersonal skills to establish and maintain good working relationships with colleagues, faculty, donors, and industry partners, with an emphasis on collaboration, tact, diplomacy, flexibility, professionalism, and discretion.

  • Proven experience assessing a broad spectrum of technical and resource needs and demands and establish priorities, and manage multiple sub-projects simultaneously.

  • Interest in and knowledge of technology development processes. Ability to contribute original ideas in design and methodology.

  • Ability to learn and independently apply campus policies on technology transfer, intellectual property, gifts, contracts, and grants. Understanding of the philosophy of quality service with proven aptitude for working as part of a team.

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, national origin, disability, age, protected veteran status, gender identity or sexual orientation. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy see: http://www-hr.ucsd.edu/saa/nondiscr.html

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