Managing Director, DNA Sequencing Core, University of Michigan Medical School

Ann Arbor, Michigan
March 26 2018
Position Type
Full Time
Organization Type
Job Type
Lab Manager, Manager

Job Summary

The DNA Sequencing and Microarray Core, as part of the Medical School’s Biomedical Research Core Facilities (BRCF) within the Office of Research, provides high quality, low cost DNA analysis to investigators at the University of Michigan. 

The core occupies nearly 10,000 square feet of laboratory space at the North Campus Research Complex, with 30 technical staff operating a wide variety of instruments for DNA sequencing, genotyping, gene expression analysis, DNA quantification and quality control. The diverse service offerings of this Core include Next Generation sequencing, microarray analysis, Sanger sequencing, SNP typing and DNA isolation, plus numerous other technologies.


Technology and Operations Management

  • Direct the day-to-day operations of the DNA Sequencing and Microarray Core;
  • With input from a faculty director and a faculty Advisory Committee, assess and plan the strategic direction of the DNA Sequencing Core across multiple areas of service
  • Evaluate, introduce & implement new technology, evaluate and sunset services that are less strategic to current research initiatives
  • Work with vendors to negotiate equipment purchases, maintenance contracts, and other partnership opportunities
  • Oversee the development and maintenance of standard operating procedures
  • Prepare proposals for equipment grants, which can include internal and external opportunities (S10)
  • Represent the DNA Sequencing Core at internal and external seminars & conferences
  • Oversee continued development of an existing LIMS, and evolution of data transfer and storage in accordance with institutional policies; contribute to evolution of research data policy as appropriate
  • Collaborate with other BRCF cores to further promote team science; especially with the Epigenomics Core and the Bioinformatics Core.  Identify other partnerships or synergies with BRCF and non-BRCF core facilities
  • Prepare & provide educational seminars to enhance DNA sequencing knowledge base; participate in marketing activities

Human Resources

  • Interview, select and train of employees, planning and directing their work and  evaluating productivity and efficiency 
  • Identify & provide additional professional development and training opportunities for staff 
  • Create & sustain an environment for effective team building 

Fiscal Responsibilities

  • Prepare recharge rates for the core and set annual budgets; monitor metrics to support rates and budgets; take corrective action when required
  • Interface with MiCores/iLab software and University IT to enhance usability, and ensure timely & accurate billing and reporting; troubleshoot issues

Required Qualifications*

  • The successful candidate must have a Master’s Degree in molecular biology or a closely related biomedical research field.
  • Substantial experience of 5 to 7 years in an academic service facility is required, bringing with it diverse knowledge of biomedical research technologies.
  • Particular expertise in Illumina Next Generation Sequencing is required, as is an outstanding command of both written and spoken English.
  • Ideally, the selected candidate will have considerable experience in troubleshooting complex instruments and complex procedures.
  • We will be looking for an individual with well-demonstrated experience in managing a large technical staff.
  • Preference will be given to candidates who can demonstrate outstanding teaching skills, who are comfortable with complex computer systems, and who have previous experience with management of a large budget.
  • Exceptional communication skills with ability to work in a diverse customer based fee-for-service environment.
  • Previous personnel managerial experience. 

Desired Qualifications*

PhD in molecular biology or a closely related biomedical research field; 8 or more years in an academic service facility

Work Schedule


Work Locations

North Campus Research Complex

Background Screening

Michigan Medicine conducts background screening and pre-employment drug testing on job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent job offer and may use a third party administrator to conduct background screenings.  Background screenings are performed in compliance with the Fair Credit Report Act.

How to Apply

A cover letter is required for consideration for this position and should be attached as the first page of your resume. The cover letter should address your specific interest in the position and outline skills and experience that directly relate to this position. Apply online at

Application Deadline

Job openings are posted for a minimum of seven calendar days. This job may be removed from posting boards and filled anytime after the minimum posting period has ended.

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