Cornell University, Institute of Biotechnology

Position ID:Cornell-Institute of Biotechnology-FLOW [#13782, WDR-00019230]
Position Title: Flow Cytometry Facility Director
Position Type:Other
Position Location:Ithaca, New York 14853, United States [map]
Subject Areas: Cellular and Molecular Biology
Flow Cytometry
Molecular Biology
Biomedical Sciences / immunology
Appl Deadline:2019/07/15 11:59PMhelp popup finished (2019/05/21, finished 2020/02/16)
Position Description:    

*** this position has been closed and new applications are no longer being accepted. ***

The Institute of Biotechnology at Cornell University is seeking a Director for the new Flow Cytometry Facility within the Biotechnology Resource Center (BRC). This core was recently established through a $2,000,000 investment by the Provost and the Deans of various colleges, reflecting the campus commitment to state-of-the-art core facilities. In line with this significant investment of funds, the Institute is looking to expand personnel resources to operate and maintain the suite of new instrumentation located at a main facility in the Biotechnology Building and a satellite facility at the College of Veterinary Medicine.  The new Flow Cytometry Facility includes an array of recently purchased sorters (FACSAria Fusion, FACSMelody, Sony MA900) and analyzers (Symphony A3, two ThermoFisher Attune NxTs).  The Flow Cytometry Facility is part of an innovative and collaborative group of core facilities within the BRC, with a mission to catalyze and promote research in the life sciences.

The Director is responsible for leadership, management, and vision of the Flow Cytometry Core Facility, and leads the continued growth and technological advancement of this new facility in line with ongoing campus-wide improvements in infrastructure and resources. The Director collaborates with senior members of faculty, a faculty advisory board, and Institute directors to ensure the upward trajectory of the core,  in conjunction with the university’s significant faculty recruitment efforts as part of Cornell’s “Radical Collaborations” initiative ( and the newly established Center for Immunology (  The Director is responsible for expanding a robust user community among faculty researchers, and keeping services and instrumentation at the cutting edge of flow cytometry science.

Specific responsibilities include:
  • Personnel supervision and training for facility staff and students.
  • Acquiring and maintaining a portfolio of advanced flow cytometry instrumentation and associated software
  • Establishing operating and maintenance protocols, as well as quantitative metrics, to ensure safe and effective instrumentation operations.
  • Financial management for cost recovery operations, including establishing service rates and managing the facility budget.
  • Developing and overseeing user training programs, user seminars, and user groups for new instrumentation and emerging technologies.
  • Identifying and pursuing funding opportunities for the procurement of new instruments through grant-writing and collaborative activities.
  • Preparing and presenting quarterly and annual operating reports.
  • Liaising with the facility faculty advisory board.
  • Consulting with diverse academic researchers on flow cytometry strategies for accomplishing research goals, including panel design, sample preparation, and data analysis.
  • Promoting the use and operations of the facility, through interactions with Cornell and external users, and via multiple media platforms (e.g. website, brochures, and interactions with the Institute outreach and communications personnel).

Position requirements include a Ph.D. in Cell and Molecular Biology, Biomedical Science, or a related field. The Director must have extensive knowledge of and more than five years of experience in flow cytometry and cell sorting instrumentation and related technologies, protocols, strategies, sample preparation, and data analysis.

Additional desired qualifications include:

  • A demonstrated ability to work extensively with a broad range of users, including faculty, to provide research project consultation and advanced training for user groups.
  • Experience supervising an employee team.
  • Experience with data-driven analysis and management for instrument usage, cost, and forecasting for cost recovery financial management.
  • The ability to troubleshoot equipment issues and keep instruments operating efficiently.
  • Enthusiasm for scientific research and business development, and ability to keep abreast of changes in the field and technological advances in instrumentation.

This position is an initial three-year term non-faculty academic appointment, with the possibility of extension contingent upon continued funding. 

The Institute of Biotechnology is a dynamic hub for life sciences research at Cornell University.

The Institute ( offers cutting edge biotechnologies, expertise in applications, technology testing and development and consultation for life sciences researchers at Cornell University and outside institutions. The Institute houses the Biotechnology Resource Center (BRC), which offers shared core facilities services to catalyze and promote life sciences research, and is involved with many intercampus initiatives and multi-institutional collaborations. In addition to Flow Cytometry, the BRC includes core facility operations in Genomics, Bioinformatics, Imaging, Proteomics, Metabolomics, and Biotechnology Development.  The Institute also administers the Center for Advanced Technology (CAT) in the Life Sciences to assist life science researchers in the development of biotechnologies with commercial potential in partnership with New York State industries, and the Kevin M. McGovern Family Center for Venture Development in the Life Sciences, a state-of- the-art business incubator for emerging biotechnology companies. 

Institute of Biotechnology staff enjoy working in a collaborative and innovative organization within Cornell University, an award-winning employer recognized for supporting employee health, workplace diversity, work-life fit, and environmental sustainability.  Cornell University offers competitive compensation and benefits.  The Institute is located on the main Ithaca campus, in the heart of the Finger Lakes of central New York State.  Ithaca and the surrounding area is noted for high quality of living surrounded by natural beauty and a vibrant community.

Diversity and Inclusion are a part of Cornell University’s heritage. We are a recognized employer and educator valuing AA/EEO, Protected Veterans and Individuals with Disabilities. We also recognize a lawful preference in employment practices for Native Americans living on or near Indian reservations. Cornell University is an innovative Ivy League university and a great place to work. Our inclusive community of scholars, students, and staff impart an uncommon sense of larger purpose, and contribute creative ideas to further the university's mission of teaching, discovery, and engagement.

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Further Info:
130 Biotechnology Building
526 Campus Road
Ithaca, NY 14853

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