The mission of the UCSD Center for Epigenomics is to develop a quantitative and molecular framework to study the function and regulation of the human genome, with the goal of understanding the molecular basis of human diseases. This center aims to be a world class research organization focused on making discoveries regarding the regulation and function of the human genome, developing innovative technologies and computational tools, and translating fundamental knowledge about gene regulation into improved clinical outcomes. The center will achieve these goals by pursuing three main objectives: 1) to foster synergistic interactions among UCSD laboratories; 2) to provide institutional support to campus investigators so that they can apply the latest epigenomic technologies and concepts to their research; 3) to sustain UCSD's premier reputation as a world class research institution in epigenomics. The center consists of three technology platforms specializing in a different suite of cutting edge technologies including an epigenomics platform, a single cell genomics platform, and a functional genomics platform.
The program manager is a mission critical role for achieving the main objectives of the UCSD Center for Epigenomics. To accomplish center-wide goals, the program manager will play multiple roles including but not limited to: 1) developing and managing a diverse portfolio of collaborative projects; 2) acting as a functional manager and scientific advisor to the three technology platform teams regarding individual projects; 3) acting as representative and advocate for the center by contributing to scientific outreach, publications, and funding applications.
The program manager will serve alongside the director in short and long term strategic planning aimed at driving the development and management of diverse collaborative projects between the center and investigators within and outside of UCSD. The program manager will work directly with the director and collaborators to identify impactful scientific questions, develop innovative projects, design prioritized project strategies, establish timelines and budget, and ensure that project goals and key decision points are met. The program manager will fulfill these responsibilities by leveraging prior experience integrating epigenomics with other basic science fields as well as his/her experience navigating multi-investigator/institute collaborations. The program manager will act as a primary point person for the center and facilitate effective information flow by coordinating transparent communication between all involved parties.
Advanced theoretical knowledge and/or Ph.D. in biological sciences, molecular biology, medical science or related discipline with experience in project or program management in research.
Four or more years' experience developing, mentoring and leading scientists in a mentor or management role.
Proven experience managing research projects and proven ability to make contributions to research projects at a conceptual level as well as research design and methodology.
A proven track record of scientific excellence integrating epigenomics with other basic biology fields such as stem cell biology or human disease.
Proven ability to translate scientific goals into executable experimental plans while understanding technical risks, mitigations and alternatives.
Demonstrated ability to approach complex scientific and technical problems effectively and efficiently though thoughtful and innovative experimental design.
Strong leadership skills including meeting facilitation, cross-functional team integration, strategic thinking and advising. Must be able to create an environment for collaborative work necessary for the team to be effective. Demonstrated experience with communicating the status and content of technical projects to a broad variety of people in written form, in person, on the telephone and e-mail. Advanced presentation skills appropriate to persuasive communications with a very high-level technical audience. Excellent project management skills/experience including resource allocation, fiscal, personnel, and management of grants, gifts, and contracts
Successful writing, and publication of multi-authored professional publications.
5+ years of post-Ph.D. experience in epigenomics alongside at least one additional related field such as stem cell biology, human genetics, disease biology etc.
Some travel will be required. Although not a laboratory position, entering and working within laboratory or animal facilities where biological, allergenic, radioactive, or chemical hazards are present may be required.
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