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$75,000 - $92,000 / Year
Hybrid Remote
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#122834 Academic Program Management Officer 3 (Hybrid)

Extended Deadline: Wed 5/22/2024

UC San Diego values equity, diversity, and inclusion. If you are interested in being part of our team, possess the needed licensure and certifications, and feel that you have most of the qualifications and/or transferable skills for a job opening, we strongly encourage you to apply.

Job posting will remain open until a suitable candidate has been identified.

This is a 100% Contract position for one (1) year with the possibility of extension or conversion to career status.


The Center for Micriobione Innovation (CMI) is one of the Agile Centers within the Jacobs School of Engineering Dean's Office and is responsible for operational oversight of collaborative projects with Industry through the research coordination of a range of Microbiome research projects performed by core CMI laboratories. The Center has experienced tremendous growth since its creation and needs to continue expanding its team to assist our fast-growing list of industry partners.

Under the direction of the CMI Executive Director, and working closely with the Director for Research - Applications, the incumbent's focus is external collaboration with CMI's current and future industry partners. The research projects will be very diverse in nature and may include one or more of the following technologies: Sample collection method, sample preparations, next-generation sequencing (16S and metagenomics library preparation and analysis), metaproteomics, metatranscriptomic, flow cytometry, digital PCR, and novel techniques designed to address ongoing challenges in the field of translational Microbiome research. The candidate will provide consultation and collaboration with industry sponsors to create synergistic projects with the CMI-affiliated faculty members at UCSD.

The incumbent could further be expected to assist in the submission of original research proposals to government agencies to secure additional funding for research. Co-author publications including scientific articles and reviews. In our academic setting lead and mentor training, build and strengthen collaborations with researchers both at UCSD and elsewhere including industrial, pharmaceutical, and private industry will be essential.

Cover letter required for a complete application.


  • Academic background and experience in selected area of research preferred. a Ph.D. Science in Engineering, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, or related field (advanced degree preferred), with four (4) years experience in high technology business, or equivalent combination of education and experience.

  • Thorough knowledge of administrative, budgetary, human resources and financial principles and practices.

  • Strong oral and written communication skills. Solid communications skills with the ability to speak and write about technical and scientific research persuasively and creatively.

  • Proven ability to think creatively and independently on concepts requiring advanced analytical skills.

  • Effective interpersonal skills and ability to work with diverse groups to achieve results. Skills to establish and maintain good working relationships with colleagues, faculty, donors, and industry partners, with an emphasis on collaboration, tact, diplomacy, flexibility, professionalism, and discretion.

  • Solid fundraising experience. Experience writing proposals for significant projects/gifts.

  • Ability to organize, interpret, evaluate, and present research findings in a variety of formats including research manuscripts, grant proposals, external manuscripts, and oral presentations and in collaborative and instructional scientific interactions within laboratory and discussion settings.

  • Proven experience assessing a broad spectrum of technical and resource needs and demands and establish priorities and manage multiple sub-projects simultaneously.

  • Experience in industry/university relations with a track record of successfully bringing university researchers and industry together to create new research partnerships and programs.

  • Proven project management experience.

  • Experience working in a scientific research environment. Understanding of the role of research and grant funding in a major research university.

  • Solid experience and strong ability to design, develop, plan and implement activities and events to further goals in a program setting.


  • This position is eligible for a Hybrid flexible work arrangement, which could include a non-standard work schedule, and/or the ability to work off-site part of the time.

  • Background check is required.

  • Cover letter required for a complete application.

Pay Transparency Act

Annual Full Pay Range: $82,500 - $151,500 (will be prorated if the appointment percentage is less than 100%)

Hourly Equivalent: $39.51 - $72.56

Factors in determining the appropriate compensation for a role include experience, skills, knowledge, abilities, education, licensure and certifications, and other business and organizational needs. The Hiring Pay Scale referenced in the job posting is the budgeted salary or hourly range that the University reasonably expects to pay for this position. The Annual Full Pay Range may be broader than what the University anticipates to pay for this position, based on internal equity, budget, and collective bargaining agreements (when applicable).

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