Location: Seattle, USA
Type: Academic staff
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The director will lead the Fred Hutch Cellular Imaging Core Facility team and will be responsible for all aspect of the core functions, including providing outstanding imaging services and support to Fred Hutch investigators, scientific collaborations, strategic planning, acquisition, development and dissemination of new technologies. The resource provides equipment and expertise to assist investigators in applying sophisticated light and electron microscopy techniques.
The mission of the Cellular Imaging Shared Resource is to accelerate cancer and fundamental research for Fred Hutch/UW Consortium researchers by providing state of the art imaging and image analysis technologies, and by providing expertise on the use of such technologies and how to apply them to a variety of research projects. More specifically, the Resource evaluates current and future needs, evaluates new technologies and their potential benefits for research at the Center, obtains funding for the purchase of needed instruments, hardware and software, trains users, provides assistance with the utilization of all available technologies, provides specialized services, and disseminates and promotes the use of imaging and quantitative image analysis techniques through demonstrations, workshops, and seminars.
Scope of Responsibilities
The Core Director of Cellular Imaging reports to the Associate Vice President of Shared Resources and works independently in supervising resource operations and staff. Strong interpersonal and communication skills are used in interacting with users and in promoting the resource. Expected to work under limited supervision and exercise considerable judgment and initiative in duties and responsibilities.
Major Job Duties
Research & Collaborative Development
- Identify, consult, and develop areas of collaboration for the core facility with faculty and industrial partners. Work with investigators to develop innovative applications for imaging technologies, assisting and collaborating in experimental design.
- Identify equipment grant opportunities and develop/submit grant to acquire new technology/instrumentation for the core.
- Work with researchers on individual equipment and/or image analysis grant opportunities to supplement the core.
- Develop collaborative relationships with appropriate faculty members and partner with industry to bring in new technology.
- Keep current in the field by maintaining contacts with colleagues, attending conferences and training sessions.
- Elevate and maintain the core facility’s status as the premier scientific imaging core in the Pacific Northwest.
- Lead by example, demonstrate good judgment and transparency, get the best out of the core team.
- Responsible for developing and implementing a strategic plan for the core facility in collaboration with core facility users and advisory committee.
- Engage and maintain positive working relationship with users of the core facility.
- Work with researchers to determine and guide appropriate imaging strategies for specific experiments and/or research projects.
- Communicate effectively about the services/resources available within and outside the institution to increase user base.
- Effectively address potential researcher concerns – including determining the cause of the problem; selecting and explaining the best solution to solve the problem; expediting correction or adjustment; following up to ensure resolution.
- Work with Morphometrics/Image analyst to determine instrumentation and/or imaging limitations that need to be considered for image analysis development.
- Help researchers obtain preliminary data for grants using existing imaging technologies and/or image analysis software.
- Provide support letters for investigator research grant applications.
Education & Training
- Develop and maintain a microscopy training program that utilizes existing expertise and provides users with a solid foundation for Core utilization and troubleshooting.
- Conduct demo/workshops demonstrating capabilities of existing imaging equipment and analysis software.
- Conduct demo/workshops demonstrating novel technology in partnership with industry.
- Appropriate guidance and education for individual users to meet their research needs.
- Oversee daily operation of the laboratory. Delegate and oversee staff assignments.
- Work with Shared Resource Administration to project and develop annual resource budget. Operate and maintain the core facility budget. Manage operating budgets including the development of financial projections and business cases for each facility. Evaluate work flow and service levels, develop policies and procedures to optimize work flow and deliver high quality service. Maintain cost effectiveness.
- Work with Shared Resource Administration to establish fee schedules and policies for Center and outside users.
- Working with SVP and SR Administration, develop/establish and execute a business plan for the core.
- Generate reporting metrics on facility deliverables and service levels to advise Scientific Leads and Core Facilities Committee. Lead the process to meet annual reporting requirements.
- Interface with researchers and advisory committee to identify future instrumentation needs for the core.
- Supervise and ensure the accuracy, completeness and timeliness of record keeping including: schedules, instrument log books, records of user activity, personnel and staff time, supply inventories, purchase orders, equipment use and maintenance, metric reporting and monthly billing.
- Development and monitoring of an effective staffing and retention strategy, including hiring and terminating employees, mentor and provide learning and development opportunities for direct reports, collaborate with human resources business partners to meet the talent management goals. Provide support and guidance to team members regarding Fred Hutch policies and procedures, organizational programs, and personnel issues.
Perform other responsibilities as required.
Must have the knowledge and skills typically acquired through the completion of a PhD in Biophysics, Molecular Biology, Genetics or related field, with 3-5 years related experience. Demonstrated expertise in advanced imaging techniques e.g. confocal and two photon microscopy, light sheet, super-resolution, and/or electron microscopy. Demonstrated ability to integrate multiple types of research approaches. Strong organizational skills, attention to detail and accuracy and the ability to work in a team environment are essential. The individual will have excellent communication skills for interfacing with expert and non-expert users, as well as lay audiences. Proven customer service and end user support experience.
Required Qualifications – Experience, Education, Knowledge & Skills
- Ph.D. (or equivalent experience) in related science and/or engineering field
- Demonstrated research experience
- 3-5 years of experience in managing a program/team
- Peer-reviewed publications with a focus on advanced microscopy
Preferred Qualifications – Experience, Education, Knowledge & Skills
- Demonstrated experience for teaching and collaboration
- Demonstrated experience in acquiring external funding
The successful candidate will:
- Have excellent oral and written communication skills
- Be self-directed and highly motivated, capable of working independently yet in a large, interdisciplinary research environment
- Be committed to maintaining a positive work environment and fostering the establishment of new research directions/funding
- Work effectively with diverse populations
- Work independently on a wide variety of tasks and in different roles
- Work productively in a team-oriented environment and have a proven track record of team work
- Maintain effective attention to detail, meet deadlines, prioritize competing demands, and should be skilled at prioritizing, organizing, and working on multiple projects