Posted: Jan 14, 2022

Director of Shared Research Facilities (Job Id: 42704)

University of Louisville - Louisville, KY
Salary: Monthly
Application Deadline: N/A

Minimum Qualifications

Master's degree in related field and five years related experience or an equivalent combination of education and experience may be substituted for the requirements noted. Grade EX.

Preferred Qualifications

Operational and managerial experience within a shared/core research facility in academia or industry, including a successful history of managing finances and obtaining/facilitating external funding. Experience in relevant professional organizations such as the Association of Biomolecular Resources Facilities. Familiarity with federal cost studies and core facility accounting practices.

Position Description

The Director of Shared Research Facilities will serve as the institutional expert and coordinator for core research facility operations across the university in order to advance the mission and competitiveness of the research enterprise. In collaboration with Office of Research and Innovation leadership and core facility stakeholders, the Director will establish strategic planning initiatives, operational best practices and infrastructural and financial support for the university's network of shared research facilities. The Director will develop and oversee centralized shared support services/resources and establish effective operational and compliance oversight of core facilities.  They will work closely with core facility leadership on establishing strategic priorities and sustainable business models and act as an advocate for the importance of shared research facilities within a Carnegie R1 research institution.

The Director of Shared Research Facilities will:

  • Serve as the institutional expert on research core facility development, management and operations and provide strategic guidance to university leadership on building and sustaining a robust core facility infrastructure.
  • Develop, facilitate, and lead the UofL Core Facility Network, including coordination and engagement with the Core Facility Advisory Committee and individual core facilities across all three UofL campuses.
  • Engage with core facility leadership and provide advice and guidance on establishing strategic priorities, effective business models, securing extramural funding and best practices for core facility operations.
  • Establish and maintain institutional business guidelines and practices for the formation, approval, continuation and evaluation of core facilities.
  • Establish and support the oversight infrastructure necessary to facilitate institutional compliance with federal regulations governing core facility operations.
  • Develop and oversee a centralized, shared administrative and financial support operation, including acquisition and implementation of tools, technologies/software, and other shared resources (e.g., lab management software, core facility website, equipment database, reporting tools).
  • Facilitate the development and delivery of business training and professional development opportunities for core facility personnel.
  • Serve as a central point of contact for the strategic support of core facilities and related research initiatives, including faculty recruitment and the pursuit of externally funded instrumentation and infrastructure.

The University of Louisville is a vibrant and inclusive community, and we actively seek candidates who are interested in contributing to diversity and equal opportunity within higher education. UofL's Office of Research and Innovation strives to exceed customer expectations and seeks a highly motivated candidate with an excellent customer support orientation and strong interpersonal skills. Candidates should demonstrate sound, ethical decision making ability and balanced judgment, with the flexibility of thought and style needed to maximize benefit to University stakeholders and external partners. The ideal candidate should be comfortable as a confident, visible, and innovative leader and have advanced organizational and analytical skills.  They should be a collaborative, dependable leader, team member, and prospective thinker, able to lead organizational change and to align shared research facilities with the vision and goals of the University.

Equal Employment Opportunity

The University of Louisville is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer, and is committed to providing employment opportunities to all qualified applicants without regard to race, sex, age, color, national origin, ethnicity, creed, religion, disability, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity and expression, marital status, pregnancy, or veteran status. If you are unable to use our online application process due to an impairment or disability, please contact the Employment team at [email protected] or 502.852.6258.

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