LSI High Throughput Facility Manager

University of British Columbia - Vancouver, BC (26 days ago)

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Job Posting

Job ID:

Vancouver - Point Grey Campus

Employment Group:
Management&Professional (AAPS)

Job Category:
Research & Facilitation

Classification Title:
Research&Facilitation, Level D

Business Title:
LSI High Throughput Facility Manager

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:

Job End Date:
Possibility of Extension:


Funding Type:
Grant 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

This position will manage the high-throughput screening facility and bioworks situated in the Life Science Institute (LSI). The facility will support diverse research initiatives through the LSI and Bioproducts Institute, and provide core support to researchers and highly qualified personnel (HQP) participating in small molecule screening, enzyme discovery and the "Ecosystem Services, commercialization and entrepreneurship (ECOSCOPE)" NSERC industrial stream training program. The position is responsible for a wide range of functions in order to manage strategically all technical, financial, legal, administrative and reporting components of the facility and to oversee operations and maintenance of the critical infrastructure.

Organizational Status

The position reports to the facility Director Dr. Steven Hallam and is a member of the Project Management Team. The incumbent will also act as a liaison between the project leader, various project participants, ORS, UILO, UBC Finance and the supporting grant agencies. Will work closely with LSI, Bioproducts Institute and ECOSCOPE members to coordinate activities and manage the facility in support of research, training and translational initiatives.

Work Performed

  • Provides Strategic Research Management and operations support for user facility e.g., manage acquisition and operations of core infrastructure, schedule screening activities, manage data resulting from completed screens, diagnose and troubleshoot errors or malfunctions associated with core infrastructure, oversee maintenance and service contracts, develop platform capabilities of infrastructure to expand core services.
  • Oversees project management to forecast, monitor and report on the completion of research milestones and facility operations.
  • Prepares, manages and oversees accounts and receivables on behalf of the facility e.g., develop operations plan with invoicing for fee for service and cost recovery, work with facility Director and UILO to develop service contracts for private sector users.
  • Manages scientific groups to produce timely & quality detailed reports to participants and granting agencies.
  • Plans performs, and presents the results of prototyping experiments that demonstrate the utility of core resources and infrastructure for the purpose of developing educational and outreach material for the facility.
  • Assesses human resources needs with project leaders, reviewing staffing levels, evaluating current needs including reducing appointments or hiring additional short term project staff or students. Working with the facility Director as to how to ensure milestones are reached with the staffing levels associated with facility operations and management.
  • Reviews and ultimately determines the successful applicants for hire. This position will hire, train, supervise, and review facility employees and if necessary discipline & terminate positions.
  • Writes grants for additional contributions to facility operations to a variety of agencies, private & public companies, such as the Vancouver Economic Commission, Western Economic Diversification Fund, and emerging venture partnerships in the biotechnology/cleantech space.
  • Approaches possible contributors to provide additional funding on in-kind contributions. Key decision making activities include fundraising e.g., on-line and alumni giving campaigns, public and private sector sponsorship and grant writing, selecting participants, entering contracts, booking, scheduling, and strategic networking with the Vancouver Economic Commission, venture firms, internship sponsors, and other training and certification programs on behalf of ECOSCOPE.
  • Budgets and generates financial reporting documents for the facility, including detailed financial & milestone reporting to the granting agencies.
  • Regularly maintains contact and communication with academic and private sector partners to ensure optimal training outcomes, meeting of the partner's research needs, and raising of necessary funds.
  • Performs business development by engaging with current and potential clients, partners, local businesses, academics, and funding agencies, cultivating market feedback and statistics, and adapting the business model to meet the needs of clients and partners.
  • Develops a program for community engagement, including planning events with the public, potential donors, alumni groups, business groups, and other academic institutions. This includes public presentations at events as well as academic and business conferences.
  • Develops curriculum for the biological engineering module of the ECOSCOPE core course and content management in collaboration with faculty program members to ensure core course is contemporary and balanced.
  • Makes strategic decisions regarding academic partnerships with business and design schools and relevant certification programs to meet educational goals.
  • Develops multimedia materials including a website for the facility, graphic design of outreach brochures, and figure editing for relevant publications.
  • Plans and presents related workshops. This includes deciding on the topics, researching and compiling the content, and giving technical presentations on core infrastructure capabilities.
  • Prepares & organizes additional activities for the facility including seminars and infrastructure demonstrations to support UBC iGEM, BIOMOD and BioDesign teams and partner organizations.
  • Writes & edits articles for facility publications including scientific reports and press releases.
Supervision Received

The successful applicant works under their own direction, operating independently within policies and procedures and must display a high level of initiative, drive and responsibility. Sets own priorities in consultation with facility Director.

Supervision Given

Manages a team of scientists, technicians and students and contractors working in the facility. Consults with granting agency representatives, collaborators from the private & public sectors.

Consequence of Error/Judgement

A high degree of judgment and initiative is required in making appropriate decisions, including those involving financial and human resource issues. Errors in judgment or decisions may negatively impact the trainees, financial and operational activities of the facility and training program. Errors in judgment may negatively impact the reputation of the facility, training program and the University.


Post-graduate degree or equivalent professional designation if responsible for a research project or Undergraduate degree if not responsible for a research project. MSc or PhD in business, management, engineering, microbial ecology, molecular biology, physics, chemistry, or biochemistry preferred. Candidates without advanced degrees in focus areas may also be considered if they have highly relevant management experience. 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. Should be comfortable with statistical programming, spreadsheets, word processing, information management, robotic workflows, instrumentation, grant and report writing, graphic design and website development. Must be able to multi-task and manage multiple projects simultaneously. Must be able to manage competing deadlines and forecast upcoming responsibilities. Experience with data-driven problem solving, visual analysis, and entrepreneurship a plus. Strong fundamentals in the following areas: statistics, management, public speaking, finance, screening, automation systems and biotechnology. Applies systems approaches to create the conditions for effective leadership and student training. Strong written and oral communication skills a must.

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.