Research Division, Cornell University

Position ID:Cornell-Research Division-SRRA [#10843, WDR-00013733]
Position Title: CNF Director of Operations
Position Type:Other
Position Location:Ithaca, New York 14850, United States [map]
Subject Areas: Biotechnology
Chemistry / Engineering Chemistry
Nanotechnology/Devices / Nanotechnology
Nanoscience / Experimental Nanoscience
Chemical Engineering / Chemical Engineering (more...)
Appl Deadline:2018/04/10 finished (2018/02/08, finished 2018/10/14, listed until 2018/04/30)
Position Description:    

*** this position has been closed, and no new applications will be accepted. ***

Director of Operations

Sr. Research Associate

Cornell NanoScale Science and Technology Facility (CNF)

Cornell University is seeking candidates for the position of Director of Operations for the Cornell NanoScale Science and Technology Facility. The Cornell NanoScale Science & Technology Facility (CNF) is a pre-eminent national user facility that supports a broad range of nanoscale science and technology projects by providing state-of-the-art resources coupled with expert staff support. Research at CNF encompasses the physical sciences, engineering, and life sciences with a strong inter-disciplinary emphasis. Serving the science and engineering community since 1977, CNF has over 500 users per year many external to Cornell who use the fabrication, synthesis, computation, characterization, and integration resources of CNF to build structures, devices, and systems from nanometer to micrometer length-scales.  With a multi-million dollar operation, CNF is part of the National Nanoscale Coordinated Infrastructure (NNCI), the NSF-funded nanofabrication network.

Reporting to the Director of CNF, the Director of Operations is the chief operating officer of CNF whose responsibilities include oversight of facility management and operations, user research programs, facility financials, external and internal relations, industrial relations, and program development, including outreach, education, and sponsored research funding, that are necessary for successful fulfillment of the mission of CNF and the NNCI.  Working with CNF’s Director and its Executive Board, the Director of Operations plays a key role in strategic planning, development of and implementation of new and innovative programs, as well as the acquisition of facility tools and capabilities to meet current and emerging research needs with a goal to grow the CNF user base. 

Preferred Qualifications:

The preferred candidate will have a Ph.D. in a related physical science, life science or engineering discipline and at least 10 years of academic or industrial experience or equivalent combination.  Additional valued qualifications include one or more of the following:

  • Technical knowledge of the equipment and the diverse research that occurs in this type of facility;
  • Ability to work with both industrial and academic users, working entrepreneurially to build a broad base of users
  • Demonstrated effective organizational and communication skills
  • Ability to effectively manage and develop a team of technical and professional staff.
  • Proficiency in sponsored funding and experience with financial management

CNF staff enjoy working in a collaborative and innovative organization within Cornell University, an award-winning employer recognized for supporting employee health, workplace diversity, and environmental sustainability.  CNF 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 a high quality of life surrounded by natural beauty and a vibrant community.

To apply, please submit a resume/CV, letter of application, and a list of 3 references to Kristie Devine at

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. With our main campus located in Ithaca, NY, Cornell's far-flung global presence includes the medical college's campuses on the Upper East Side of Manhattan and Doha, Qatar, as well as the Cornell Tech campus located on Roosevelt Island in the heart of New York City.

We offer a rich array of services, programs and benefits to help employees advance in their career and enhance the quality of personal life, including: employee wellness, workshops, childcare and adoption assistance, parental leave, flexible work options.

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. 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:
395 Pine Tree Road, Suite 302
Ithaca, NY 14850

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