Director of Research Service Facility, Genome Research Core

Chicago, Illinois
Salary commensurate with experience
April 13 2021
Position Type
Full Time
Organization Type
Job Type

The Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research at the University of Illinois at Chicago invites applications for the position of Director of Research Service Facility, Genome Research Core.  This position provides scientific leadership, management and day-to-day operations oversight of the Genome Research Core (GRC) in the Research Resource Center (RRC), which provides a centralized resource for high throughput technologies including instrumentation and expertise for gene targeting and editing approaches to cell lines and animal models, and for DNA, RNA and chromatin analyses including from bulk samples or single cells. Approaches include using sequencing, genotyping, real-time PCR, next-generation sequencing library generation, next-generation sequencing, nucleic acid extraction and QC for RNA/DNA/proteins, and miRNA/hnRNA gene expression analyses. The position advises the VCR and RRC Operations Director for the GRC, and provides technical expertise to facility users in research consultation, service and training. The Director ensures that the GRC research support capabilities are maintained in optimal state as required by UIC researchers from many research disciplines and external users, and publicizes the capabilities of GRC to develop its client base.

Collaborate with and support researchers from across the campus, and external customers, by providing support and guidance in experimental design, laboratory methodology, sample preparation, data collection and analysis.

Oversee GRC financial management, including budget allocation of resources, billing for services rendered, specification and contract negotiation for purchase of new instrumentation and hiring of support personnel in collaboration with the VCR.

Work collaboratively to support university-wide core facility strategic initiatives and executes duties within the regulatory, policy and compliance guidelines as set forth by the university.

Work closely with OVCR Finance on issues related to validation of recharge center models for core facilities as well as other core facility compliance issues.

Assist and advise UIC researchers and external users who require the services of the GRC, as well as train and advise research staff, students, and faculty members in using GRC instrumentation as required.

Serve in an advisory/referral capacity for researchers to promote services offered within our GRC, services offered within our collaborative network of universities, and at commercial vendors.

Maintain up-to-date and organized short-term sequencing data storage and collaboration pipelines. Ensure the timely delivery and analysis of genomic data to researchers.

Provide collaboration and support documentation for funding opportunities and assist investigators with experimental design.

Develop and implement best-practice procedures for genome-based sample analysis to deliver state of the art services in an efficient manner.

Develop and implement a strategic plan for genome-based resource development in the sciences to assure program sustainability and leading edge services.

Develop appropriate instrumentation maintenance schedules, maintain service contacts with instrument manufacturers, and supervise those who will maintain and repair the service facility’s instruments.

Advise the VCR, as a subject matter expert, on current developments in technology and methodology pertaining to research services related to the improvement of analysis, measurements and data interpretation.

Train and supervise faculty, research and senior research specialists, graduate and undergraduate students in research techniques, use of laboratory equipment, computer data analysis programs and software relevant for genome sciences.

Formulate procedures for greater efficiency, reproducibility and accuracy of analysis, synthesis and/or production, and assure user input to the lab with respect to future plans and appropriate goals by interfacing with the GRC Faculty Director and Faculty Advisory Panel.

Work with UIC researchers to apply for external funding for the acquisition of new and updating of existing instrumentation. Collaborate with UIC principal investigators to write proposals to granting agencies in support of new instruments, facilities, and technology development pertinent to genome sciences.

Work with national organizations such as ABRF to ensure best practices for genome-related shared services or facilities, and with research funding agencies and foundations to identify funding opportunities in areas supported by service facility.

Coordinate marketing of services offered by the GRC to potential users both on and off campus, in university and industry settings.

Plan, assign and review work of staff to ensure that group objectives are met. Hire, train, develop and manage staff to ensure that a qualified staff exists to meet group objectives.

Perform other related duties and participate in special projects as assigned.


A PhD in biology, biochemistry, chemistry, genetics, molecular biology or related field.

Minimum of three (3) years of experience in managing the administrative duties of a Core Facility to understand the complexities of the business model.

Minimum five (5) years experience in the broad genomic sequencing technologies and platforms in biomedical research.

Knowledge of laboratory tools, equipment and protocols relevant to molecular biology and high throughput nucleic acid sequencing and analysis.

Experience in the assessment, acquisition of and use of contemporary genome analysis instrumentation.

Experience with large datasets including analysis, statistics, and visualization.

Experience in the provision of genomics services to broad research and clinical user groups.

Proven ability to communicate effectively with faculty, researchers and external customers in a variety of disciplines.

Strong verbal and written communication skills are required.

APPLICATION: To ensure fullest consideration, application materials must be received by May 3, 2021.  Start date is as soon as possible after the close of the search. Salary is commensurate with experience and education. All candidates must create a candidate profile through and upload a cover letter, resume and contact information for three references by the close date.

Candidates must apply for this role by visiting the following link:

The University of Illinois at Chicago is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action employer. Minorities, women, veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

Offers of employment by the University of Illinois may be subject to approval by the University’s Board of Trustees and are made contingent upon the candidate’s successful completion of any criminal background checks and other pre-employment assessments that may be required for the position being offered. Additional information regarding such pre-employment checks and assessments may be provided as applicable during the hiring process.

The University of Illinois System requires candidates selected for hire to disclose any documented finding of sexual misconduct or sexual harassment and to authorize inquiries to current and former employers regarding findings of sexual misconduct or sexual harassment. For more information, visit

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