The Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center (GLBRC) is seeking a Core Facilities Coordinator to oversee, evaluate, and develop our core technology facilities and serve as its Core Facilities (CF) Coordinator. GLBRC, and its core facility labs, are located at both MSU and the University of Wisconsin‐Madison (UW‐Madison). GLBRC partners with national laboratories and other academic institutions to support our research and operational missions. The CF Coordinator will actively identify and work to fulfill the existing and evolving genomic, metabolomic, proteomic, and other technology needs of the GLBRC community. Paramount to this position is the ability to communicate to GLBRC members the depth of the resources available, the parameters associated with each resource, and provide advice on resource usage to maximize impact and achieve success in GLBRC research goals. This position will also manage the Center’s Material Production Chain, which involves analyzing and tracking feedstock that is subsequently provided to laboratory users. Finally, the coordinator will maintain active communication with CF staff, other Bioenergy Research Centers, and Department of Energy user facilities, including the Joint Genome Institute (JGI).
Core Facilities is comprised of a number of various labs based at MSU and UW‐Madison that (1) assemble, analyze, and benchmark biomass, (2) process polysaccharides and lignin, (3) analyze microbial stress during fermentation, (4) develop standard operating systems to ensure that materials meet quality assurance standards, and (5) provide researchers across the Center with access to state‐of‐the‐art analytical resources.
The specific capabilities of the CF labs include biomass analytical platforms, DNA/RNA sequencing, DNA synthesis, chemical genomics, droplet‐based microfluidics, enzyme screening, high‐throughput mass spectrometry‐based protein and metabolite analysis, mass spectrometry data exploration and visualization, isotope analysis, experimental fermentation facility, structural biology, cell wall imaging analysis, and chemical separations.
This position reports directly to the GLBRC Associate Director for Business Operations and is an active member of the GLBRC Management Team. The CF Coordinator will be expected to (1) make recommendations to Center Leadership regarding priorities for the development of new services and facilities, (2) develop annual CF budgets, based on periodic needs assessment and feedback from the GLBRC Management Team, (3) monitor CF expenditures to ensure compliance with available budget, and (4) oversee the purchase of necessary equipment to ensure a progressive CF unit.
Additionally, this position (1) provides communication between researchers and center leadership, (2) identifies solutions to core analytical capabilities to meet the research needs of GLBRC faculty and staff (3) implements best‐practices for development and establishment of standard operating procedures for the entire Center, and (4) in collaboration with bioinformatics scientists, ensures that data is efficiently captured and workflows are correctly established and maintained in the GLBRC LIMS.
The CF Coordinator will directly supervisor the MSU Biomass Analytics employees and ensure a positive and supportive work environment for this unit. The CF Coordinator will also develop individual performance standards for employees, track progress through regular performance feedback and evaluations, forecast future staff and equipment needs, and secure resources to assure that needs are met.
Unit Specific Education/Experience/Skills
Knowledge equivalent to that which normally would be acquired through completion of one or two years of post-bachelor degree work, such as Master’s Degree in molecular biology, plant biology, biochemistry, chemistry, genetics, horticulture, or related field. One to three years of related and progressively more responsible or expansive work experience in the field of biotechnology. Applicants are expected to understand the basic principles, and have some experience in, the practice of mass spectrometry, ‐omics, and bioengineering technologies such as plant transformation, plant cell wall analysis, gene synthesis, fermentation, etc.; or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
PhD in molecular biology, plant biology, biochemistry, chemistry, genetics, horticulture, or related field.
Preference will be given to candidates with 5 or more years of work experience in the field of biotechnology and project management. The ideal candidate should be a highly-motivated team leader with strong understanding of technology and its application to solve research problems, in a higher education research setting. The candidate needs to provide evidence of outstanding performance in previous roles; demonstrated ability in delivering technology solutions in a dynamic environment; and customer service skills that include managing expectations and relationships; and the ability to adapt to the needs of the rapidly evolving field of technology. Proven success as a project manager must include leveraging change, and providing solutions that will support research in a complex organization.
Required Application Materials
Cover Letter outlining previous experience
Current Resume or CV
Names and Contact Information for three Professional References
For questions regarding this posting, please contact: Brenda Boyce (GLBRC at MSU: HR Manager) firstname.lastname@example.org
Description of End Date
One year from date of hire with possibility of extension, contingent upon job performance and funding.
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