Technical Manager-Flow Cytometry Core Facility
Omaha, Nebraska, USA
Creighton University invites applications for a Technical Manager of the Flow Cytometry Core Facility, which offers a range of flow cytometry services to the research community. This role will oversee a state-of-the art service facility but will also work with investigators to develop new flow cytometry protocols, and to support grant applications and publications.
Flow cytometers currently available at the Flow Core facility includes a BioRAD ZE5 (formerly Propel Labs YETI) analyzer and a recently upgraded BD FACSAria II/III SORP analyzer/cell sorter. The facility also has a variety of other shared equipment to support facility users.
- Oversee daily operation and all aspects of the Flow Cytometry Core Facility in conjunction with a Faculty Director and advisory committee
- Demonstrated experience applying flow cytometry/cell sorting technologies to research problems. Design and develop specialized methods and/or techniques to provide new protocols in cytometric procedures and assays.
- Operate and maintain existing analysis/sorting equipment, computer systems, and ancillary equipment. Participate in the selection of new facility equipment and software with advancing technology so that the facility maintains its status as a cutting-edge research facility. Perform and schedule routine and non-routine maintenance. Troubleshoot instrument problems and consult with vendor technical staff regarding the best approach for repair.
- Train new users. Conduct training sessions and/or workshops on basic and advanced techniques. Develop training material and user manuals.
- Design and implement procedures and protocols appropriate for the management of multi-user equipment.
• Operate application software. Train users in the use of the application software and assist users in interpreting and evaluating raw data.
- Manage data storage, backup, and retrieval. Troubleshoot networked computers and network architecture/connections to facilitate data transfer, storage, and retrieval.
- Work together with Faculty Director and advisory committee to establish facility priorities and to prepare long range strategic plans.
- Assist principal investigators in technical aspects of the development of research proposals.
- Perform various administrative duties. Prepare and monitor facility budgets. Oversee the billing to users. Design facility advertisements, brochures, and web pages. Prepare reports related to facility usage charts, progress reports, resource descriptions, and other related tasks as needed.
- Provide state-of-the-art advances in technology through workshops and seminars to users and interested researchers.
- Network with other facility directors around campus in discussions of facility management and technical support for facility related projects. Attends departmental meetings as necessary to facilitate operation and knowledge transfer.
- Provide a safe working environment for facility users and monitors safety compliance as per university guidelines.
- Support cross-training activity with other core facility staff and instrumentation.
- Additional duties as assigned.
- MS or other advanced degree in relevant biomedical field required (immunology, biology, microbiology, molecular biology, biochemistry, cell biology etc.);
- 6-8 years of research lab experience that includes at least 3 years of direct flow cytometry experience;
1-year supervisory experience required;
- Strong technical background in biological sciences and complex flow cytometry assays highly preferred;
Knowledge, Skills, Abilities:
- Demonstrated ability in the interpretation and evaluation of flow cytometry data;
- Proven leadership skills based on previous supervisory experience;
- Strong communication skills (verbal and written). Must be able to interact with peers and experts in the field to keep abreast of advances in cytometry and related fields as well as interact with diverse users with a wide range of technical expertise and education;
- Ability to work independently as well as part of a larger team (i.e. evidence of and willingness to collaborate in the planning of research projects);
- Prior experience in providing instruction to students, postdoctoral fellows, and other researchers concerning technical procedures and solutions related to flow cytometry;
- Previous experience working in a core/shared resource facility is a plus