Director of BSL Service Center

California, United States
Saturday, 30 May 2020
End of advertisement period
Monday, 29 June 2020
Contract Type
Full Time

Stanford University School of Medicine is seeking a Director for the In vitro BSL3 Service Center. The Director will provide specific research management expertise for Stanford’s In vitro BSL3 service center, which encompasses two BSL3 laboratories and BSL2 support laboratories. Responsibilities include planning and directing efficient and compliant operations, with an emphasis on laboratory safety and security.
The Director supports faculty, laboratory staff, post-docs and students working with higher risk pathogens and/or select agents in the facility. The director will supervise service center staff life sciences research professional(s) performing assays in the BSL2 and 3 facilities. The Director is also responsible for operating the center in accordance with University and School rules for Academic Service Centers. These responsibilities include developing breakeven budget plans and operating the center within breakeven cost-recovery guidelines.

Duties include:

  • Provide strategic planning for own work group; participate with senior managers in higher level strategic planning. Communicate operational objectives and assignments and delegate to staff.
  • Manage the daily operations of an assigned area(s) which include recruiting, hiring, training, developing evaluating and setting priorities of staff, coordinate business, technical, and educational activities for direct reports.
  • Oversee interdepartmental activities, projects and efforts by applying advanced technical and professional knowledge. Serve as the initial managerial escalation point for problems from clients and other staff.
  • Manage project budgets, schedules, and resources. Oversee preparation of periodic financial and technical reports and operating plans.
  • Interface with clients to determine project requirements. Establish service level agreements with clients.
  • Monitor scientific, engineering, and/or technology trends and evaluate emerging technologies to recommend for adoption and implementation.
  • Communicate and implement policies, procedures, best practices, recommendations and guidelines compliance with established University administrative policies and procedures.

  * - Other duties may also be assigned.     DESIRED QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Experience managing in a BSL3 or BSL4 laboratory.
  • Certified Biosafety Professional (CBSP) or Registered Biosafety Professional (RBP) from the American Biological Safety Association (ABSA).
  • Advanced life sciences degree.


  • Bachelor's degree in life sciences and five years of relevant experience, or combination of education and relevant experience.


  • Experience leading or overseeing the work of technical staff.Understanding of relevant scientific, engineering, or technical disciplines.
  • Ability to problem solve.
  • Ability to synthesize and articulate technical and scientific methodologies, specifications, and information.
  • Experience leading scientific, engineering, or technical research projects or programs.
  • Knowledge of emerging technologies, trends, methodologies, and resource management principles.
  • Ability to work and communicate effectively with others.
  • Strong customer relationship and consensus building skills.
  • Ability to influence and establish effective working relationships in a diverse environment.
  • Ability to resolve issues quickly and make decisions that meet university objectives in a collaborative culture.


  • Frequently sit, grasp lightly, use fine manipulation and perform desk-based computer tasks, lift, carry, push pull objects that weigh to ten pounds.
  • Occasionally sit, use a telephone or write by hand.
  • Rarely kneel, crawl, climb, twist, bend, stoop, squat, reach or work above shoulders, sort, file paperwork or parts, operate foot and hand controls.

* - Consistent with its obligations under the law, the University will provide reasonable accommodation to any employee with a disability who requires accommodation to perform the essential functions of his or her job.


  • May require extended hours, evenings and weekends.


  • Interpersonal Skills: Demonstrates the ability to work well with Stanford colleagues and clients and with external organizations.
  • Promote Culture of Safety: Demonstrates commitment to personal responsibility and value for safety; communicates safety concerns; uses and promotes safe behaviors based on training and lessons learned.
  • Subject to and expected to comply with all applicable University policies and procedures, including but not limited to the personnel policies and other policies found in the University's Administrative Guide,

  Additional Information

  • Schedule: Full-time
  • Job Code: 4986
  • Employee Status: Regular
  • Grade: L
  • Requisition ID: 86691