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Director, Research Services Infrastructure

Virginia Tech
Blacksburg, Virginia, United States
Salary Not Specified
Date posted
Mar 19, 2024

Job Description

The Director serves as a member of the Fralin Life Sciences Institute (FLSI) senior leadership team and is responsible for developing strategic approaches to help advance and sustain research service facilities and collaborations that support Institute and other campus research infrastructure. The Director manages research service facility leadership and coaches them on facility management and professional development. The Director engages in creative pathways to further define, expand, refine, diversify, and promote service capabilities and those whom the facilities serve, while initiating and nurturing productive collaborations/relationships with federal funding agencies, corporate sponsors/partners, and foundations. The Director strategizes with research service facility leadership and the senior leadership team to develop approaches for representing the FLSI in the scientific, technological, and public-private engagement communities, as well as forging relationships with other academic institutions and the private sector.

Responsibilities Include:
• Guidance and oversight of FLSI research service facilities (e.g., genomics, mass spectrometry, imaging).
• Career coaching and supervision of FLSI research service facility leadership, with an eye toward a culture of networking with external research service facility leaders.
• Collaborate with FLSI and other university personnel to obtain, coordinate, and direct data analytics and assessment of FLSI research service facility activities for dissemination to stakeholders, collaborators, and partners, as well as use outcomes to shape capabilities.
• Develop and deliver presentations (written and oral) for diverse audiences on aspects of FLSI research service facilities and associated capabilities.
• Provide timely research-related workshops that highlight FLSI research service facilities and associated capabilities.
• Collaborate with FLSI and other university personnel to create sustainable data management capabilities and data sharing workflows.
• Team up with others, as principal investigator or co-principal investigator, to develop and submit grant proposals for funding/expanding FLSI research services infrastructure.
• Proactively develop new research service opportunities in the context of strategic analysis of current and anticipated needs through the lens of data analytics and assessment.
• Work with FLSI and other university personnel to develop federally compliant rate structures for research facility services, and ensure mechanisms are in place/adhered to for timely billing for work performed.
• Ensure compliance of FLSI research service facilities with all health and safety requirements.

Required Qualifications

• Ph.D. or MS in the Life Sciences or related fields with substantial experience.
• Relevant experience in biotechnology, the pharmaceutical industry, or the research service facility environment (academic, national laboratory, or industrial).
• Strong technical background.
• Experience with proposal development to achieve federal and corporate extramural funding.
• Experience with oversight of professional laboratory personnel to include mentorship and professional development.
• Demonstrated creativity, independence, high motivation and energy, and excellent communication skills.
• Strong work habits and the ability to work independently as well as within research and project groups.
• Experience working in a highly collaborative team environment.
• Proven experience with budget development.

Appointment Type


Salary Information

Commensurate with experience

Review Date

May 7 15, 2024

Additional Information

The successful candidate will be required to have a criminal conviction check.

About Virginia Tech

Dedicated to its motto, Ut Prosim (That I May Serve), Virginia Tech pushes the boundaries of knowledge by taking a hands-on, transdisciplinary approach to preparing scholars to be leaders and problem-solvers. A comprehensive land-grant institution that enhances the quality of life in Virginia and throughout the world, Virginia Tech is an inclusive community dedicated to knowledge, discovery, and creativity. The university offers more than 280 majors to a diverse enrollment of more than 36,000 undergraduate, graduate, and professional students in eight undergraduate colleges , a school of medicine , a veterinary medicine college, Graduate School , and Honors College . The university has a significant presence across Virginia, including the Innovation Campus in Northern Virginia; the Health Sciences and Technology Campus in Roanoke; sites in Newport News and Richmond; and numerous Extension offices and research centers . A leading global research institution, Virginia Tech conducts more than $500 million in research annually.

Virginia Tech does not discriminate against employees, students, or applicants on the basis of age, color, disability, sex (including pregnancy), gender, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, national origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sexual orientation, or military status, or otherwise discriminate against employees or applicants who inquire about, discuss, or disclose their compensation or the compensation of other employees or applicants, or on any other basis protected by law.

If you are an individual with a disability and desire an accommodation, please contact Erin Cassidy at during regular business hours at least 10 business days prior to the event.

Advertised: March 19, 2024
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