LSI Research Facility Director

University of British Columbia - Vancouver, BC (30 days ago)

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Job ID:

Vancouver - Point Grey Campus

Employment Group:
Management&Professional (AAPS)

Job Category:
Research & Facilitation

Classification Title:
Research&Facilitation, Level D

Business Title:
LSI Research Facility Director

Faculty of Science

Life Science Institute

Salary Range:
$89,710.00 (minimum) - $112,135.00 (midpoint) - $140,171.00 (maximum)

Full/Part Time:


Desired Start Date:

Funding Type:
Budget Funded

Closing Date:

Available Openings:

Guiding principle: "Midpoint" of the hiring salary range means the individual possesses full job knowledge, qualifications and experience.

This position is expected to be filled by promotion/reassignment and is included here to inform you of its vacancy at the University.

Job Summary

Dr. Josef Penninger joins UBC as the Canada 150 Research Chair in Functional Genetics in the Department of Medical Genetics, and as the Director of the Life Sciences Institute (LSI). Dr. Penninger is one of the leading medical researchers in the world who has made multiple ground-breaking discoveries that have revolutionized the field of functional genetics and translational medicine and have led to the development of novel therapeutic entities. The Life Sciences Institute (LSI) is a unique interdisciplinary, multi-department research unit containing faculty, staff and students from both the Faculty of Science and the Faculty of Medicine. There are currently 80 Principal Investigators working on cutting-edge research at the Life Sciences Institute.

The incumbent is responsible for advancing the research program and LSI research core services by leading the design, implementation and management of (1) research projects and syntheses, (2) capacity development initiatives, (3) knowledge translation activities, (4) program fundraising and financing, and (5) human resource planning and recruitment.

The LSI Research Facility Director will establish LSI functional core services, recruit strategic personnel, and manage core operations of the seven research facilities currently located at LSC with plans for further expansion. The LSI Research Facility Director will also oversee the business development and partnership collaboration for the facilities located at LSI in conjunction with the LSI Director, Scientific Directors, and the Business and Development Manager.

Organizational Status

The LSI Research Facility Director reports to Dr. Josef Penninger. External interactions will be at the local, national and international levels with other departments, research organizations, community organizations, university, and research institute personnel.

Work Performed

  • Manages all technical and operational aspects of all LSI facilities, including protocol support, instrumentation and equipment, physical plant, and systems infrastructure.
  • Provides strategic guidance, direction, and support to internal and external users of facilities, to include assistance with project proposal preparation.
  • Oversees and directs the day-to-day provision of operational and user support, ensuring optimal customer satisfaction, and compliance with all relevant regulations, guidelines, policies, and standards.
  • Reviews incoming facilities usage proposals to assess technical feasibility and clarity, availability of resources, and internal support capability; interacts with prospective users and internal and external technical experts to resolve associated problems and issues.
  • Develops and implements policies and procedures for identifying, processing, and administering user proposals; develops comprehensive systems for capturing appropriate tracking data.
  • Oversees, directs, and coordinates the development and implementation of operational, fiscal, and administrative policies, systems, and procedures for the facility.
  • Establishes and implements short- and long-range organizational goals, objectives, strategic plans, policies, and operating procedures; monitors and evaluates programmatic and operational effectiveness, and effects changes required for improvement.
  • Designs, establishes, and maintains an organizational structure and staffing to effectively accomplish the organization's goals and objectives
  • Develops and manages annual budgets for the organization and performs periodic cost and productivity analyses.
  • Performs miscellaneous job-related duties as assigned
Supervision Received

This position operates independently and receives little direct supervision. The incumbent must be able to identify circumstances that require consultation with appropriate associates, project managers, scientific facility directors, Senior Advisory Committee, faculty, and other staff and must be able to seek out that consultation in a timely and professional manner.

Supervision Given

Directly responsible for hiring and supervising research personnel, which also includes performance appraisals, payroll management, and ensuring that performance goals are met within an appropriate budget. The LSI Research Facility Director will be responsible for directly managing up to 20 staff.

Consequence of Error/Judgement

The incumbent must be able to work independently and exercise extensive judgment and decision making in developing policies and procedures and in the overall coordination and management of the services and operational objectives of the LSI.

Error in judgment could have the following adverse consequences:
  • Inability to successfully develop and implement strategic initiatives could diminish the research program and LSI's ability to attract the support of the scientific community.
  • Inability to successfully meet funding agency deliverables, may result in reduced future funding
  • Poor public/private sector relationships or animal oversight could result in a negative image of both the research program and LSI and may impact on research funding made available through partnerships

Post-graduate degree or equivalent professional designation if responsible for a research project or Undergraduate degree if not responsible for a research project. 7 years relevant experience or equivalent combination of education and experience if not responsible for a research project. 5 years experience in a field of specialization or equivalent combination of education and experience if responsible for a research project. The candidate must have a Master's degree or Doctorate in a relevant discipline. Training in project management would be an asset. Must have familiarity and experience working in biomedical research. Must have at least 5 years of experience managing and supporting large, complex research projects. Must be familiar with university research environments and grant funding processes. Ability to independently identify research goals, develop and implement research projects. Strong leadership skills and a demonstrated ability to take initiative. Ability to analyze problems, identify key information and issues, and effectively resolve. Ability to think conceptually (i.e., use creative, conceptual, or inductive reasoning or thought processes to identify patterns in complex data, and identify key or underlying issues in complex situations). Ability to prioritize and work effectively under pressure to meet deadlines. Ability to develop and monitor project budgets and knowledge of budget processes. Ability to effectively use the normal range of programs at an intermediate level. Ability to communicate effectively verbally and in writing with a variety of different audiences. Strong interpersonal, conflict resolution and negotiation skills. Ability to establish effective relationships with a variety of stakeholders, including government, communities and various academic collaborators.

Equity and diversity are essential to academic excellence. An open and diverse community fosters the inclusion of voices that have been underrepresented or discouraged. We encourage applications from members of groups that have been marginalized on any grounds enumerated under the B.C. Human Rights Code, including sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, racialization, disability, political belief, religion, marital or family status, age, and/or status as a First Nation, Metis, Inuit, or Indigenous person.

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.