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Director, Flow Cytometry Core Facility

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Institution: Duke University Medical Center
Keyword Names: Core/Shared Resource Laboratory, Academic/Research
Line 1: Duke University Medical Center
City: Durham
Country: United States
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Director, Flow Cytometry Core Facility, Duke University Medical Center, Durham, USA

Job Description:

The Flow Cytometry Core Director maintains a state-of-the art service facility, directs and develops a highly experienced staff, and works with investigators and trainees to educate them in experimental design, equipment use, and data analysis. The Director will be responsible for the management of operational and capital resources and will prepare planning reports in collaboration with the faculty advisor and business manager. The Director will report to the faculty advisor.


  • PhD or other advanced degree in relevant biomedical field (immunology, biology, microbiology, molecular biology, biochemistry, cell biology etc.), with at least 3 years of flow cytometry experience, and at least one year of previous supervisory experience
  • Strong technical background in biological sciences and complex flow cytometry assays
  • Demonstrated ability in the interpretation and evaluation of data.
  • Proven leadership skills based on previous supervisory experience.
  • Outstanding interpersonal skills. Individual must interact with peers, experts in the field, and vendors, to keep abreast of advances in cytometry and related fields. Individual must interact with diverse users with a wide range of technical expertise and education.
  • Evidence of and willingness to collaborate in the planning of research projects.
  • 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.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Oversee daily operation and all aspects of the Flow Cytometry Core Facility.
  • Operate and maintain existing analysis/sorting equipment. Participate in the selection of new facility equipment as needed to maintain 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 of equipment and application software, and assist users in experimental design and in interpreting and evaluating raw data.
  • Design and implement scheduling and other procedures and protocols appropriate for the management of multi-user equipment.
  • Perform various administrative duties. Work with the business manager to prepare and monitor facility budgets. Oversee the billing to users. Design facility advertisements, brochures, and web pages. Prepare progress reports, strategic plans, resource descriptions, and other related tasks. Attend Department/Institute-specific program meetings and retreats to ensure members are familiar with the services offered and to learn what new cytometry needs exist across the institution.
  • 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 staff members and facility users and monitor safety compliance as per university guidelines.
  • Additional duties as assigned.