Job Description

Payroll Title:
Hiring Salary Range
$87,000 - $170,000 /year
Appointment Type:
Appointment Percent:
Total Openings:
Work Schedule:
8 hrs/day, Mon-Fri

#115229 Director of the Technology Sandbox

Extended Deadline: Wed 10/12/2022

For the safety and well-being of the entire university community, the University of California requires, with few exceptions, that all students, faculty and staff be vaccinated against the COVID-19 virus and influenza before they will be allowed on campus or in a facility or office. For more information visit: Flu Vaccine Mandate / COVID Vaccine Policy

UCSD Layoff from Career Appointment: Apply by 03/23/22 for consideration with preference for rehire. All layoff applicants should contact their Employment Advisor.

Special Selection Applicants: Apply by 04/04/22. Eligible Special Selection clients should contact their Disability Counselor for assistance.

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



The Division of Biological Sciences is comprised of four academic sections, (Cell and Developmental Biology, Ecology Behavior and Evolution, Molecular Biology, and Neurobiology) which reflect broad foci in faculty research and in the academic programs offered by the Division. Each section is headed by a Chair who works individually to represent their section, and works collaboratively as a member of the Division's Council of Chairs (COC) on those Divisional concerns which cross the boundaries of section governance. The Division has over 100 faculty FTE and approximately 5000 undergraduate students in 8 majors, with annual enrollments of approximately 30,000.

The Technology Sandbox at UC San Diego will accelerate biological discovery by enhancing access to advanced technologies and to the expertise needed to deploy technologies in diverse systems, and by providing a space for collaboration with industry to develop new technologies, including with our first industry partner in the Sandbox, Thermo Fisher Scientific. It will also develop the next generation of biomedical researchers by allowing the integration of emerging advanced technologies into research programs and training courses, helping build the innovation workforce.

The Technology Sandbox will serve all biological researchers on the UC San Diego campus with a dedicated ~5000 sq. ft. space in Bonner Hall that will house specific equipment enabling any research group to access the advanced technologies and associated expertise for their research goals, and will provide a space for industry collaborations, equipment demonstrations and training courses. This will accelerate life sciences and biomedical research, broaden available experimental platforms, enhance competitiveness for external funding, and enable technological advances.

The Technology Sandbox will focus on 3 major themes and build upon UC San Diego’s strengths in data analytics, molecular dynamics, and modeling. These themes are:

1) Visualization across scales: Cryo-electron microscopy (cryo-EM) and Cryo-electron tomography (cryo-ET) are revolutionizing structural biology, cell biology, and drug discovery by allowing biological systems to be visualized at the chemical level. The Technology Sandbox aims to democratize access to cryoEM and cryoET and complement these core technologies with equipment and expertise in correlative light and electron microscopy (CLEM), focused ion beam (FIB) milling, and advanced light microscopy.

2) Biological mass spectrometry: The Technology Sandbox mass spectrometry suite will initially focus on proteomics and, in the future, may expand to other biological mass spectrometry applications.

3) Engineering genomes: The Technology Sandbox will provide a central resource for genome engineering applications. A future goal will be to facilitate bioassay automation by providing access to state-of-the-art flow cytometry and cell analysis tools, next generation DNA sequencing, and high throughput bioassay automation tools.


Reporting to the Faculty Directors of the Technology Sandbox, the Director of the Technology Sandbox will oversee the sandbox facility and serve as a liaison between the facility, faculty and staff researchers, supporting and participating in complex research projects including collaborations with industry partners. The Sandbox Director will oversee technical experts specializing in each of the three technical areas represented in the Technology Sandbox, coordinating with faculty and/or staff for trainings and demonstrations as needed.

In coordination with the Faculty Directors, the incumbent will provide overall strategic and managerial leadership and planning for the facility, including setting priorities and being responsible for the efforts to achieve its overall goals. The incumbent will work with faculty and industry partners on initiatives that would contribute to research goals, lead the development of new initiatives, and plan for the facility's long term activities and staff, including participation in new grant proposal writing. The Director of the Technology Sandbox will determine how to use resources to meet schedules and goals, while providing financial oversight, budget management, reviews, and reporting, and ensure the facility is running based on the planned budget in collaboration with the Assistant Dean of Biological Sciences. The Director will also facilitate strong relationships between the Divisions of Biological Sciences and Physical Sciences, Health Sciences, the Jacobs School of Engineering, the Halicioglu Data Science Institute, and the Scripps Institute of Oceanography, in addition to other essential internal and external academic and industry stakeholders.

The incumbent will manage the technological improvements (hardware, software, IT infrastructure) of the facility, initiate and negotiate major equipment purchases, direct the commissioning of new instruments, and manage the effective utilization of these world-class resources. The director will provide leadership and management to a team of technical staff at the facility who provide research and education support and service to the academic and industry research community within and outside UC San Diego.


  • Advanced degree in related area and / or equivalent experience / training.PhD degree in biology, chemistry, physics or related field with at least ten (10) years work experience utilizing cutting-edge instrumentation for research and/or development including trouble-shooting and technical experience, or the equivalent combination of education and work experience preferred.

  • Academic or research background and recognized expertise in selected area. Experience in instrumentation used in biological, biomedical, and biochemical research. Experience in related techniques and research areas and familiarity with technical and engineering aspects, troubleshooting, and IT concepts and related software processes.

  • Expert oral and written communication skills. Excellent oral and written communication skills that demonstrate correct grammar usage, syntax, editing and format, with the ability to communicate clearly and effectively to a diverse group of people. Proven ability to understand and interpret complex materials and data and to formulate and present oral and written material in a logical and comprehensive manner.

  • Leadership experience in academic and / or government agencies. Thorough knowledge necessary to apply scientific principles, practices, and procedures in completion of assignments and advanced experience in the design and implementation of complex projects that incorporate one or more of the technical areas that will be housed in the Technology Sandbox.

  • Expertise with program building within a leading academic institution and administrative, budgetary, human resources and financial principles and practices. Demonstrated experience with and knowledge of finance, general accounting practices, business management, fund accounting, audit trails, and use of cost-centers.

  • Expert ability to work with dynamic and diverse group of faculty, staff and students. Excellent interpersonal skills to effectively lead, motivate and influence others and to develop and maintain high standards of customer service. Strong leadership and supervisory skills, with a proven record of working collaboratively while achieving outcomes. Ability to function effectively in a diverse, evolving, and high-performance environment. Proven ability to maintain confidentiality in sensitive situations.

  • Managerial experience and proven success in managing a complex research or academic program(s). Ability to project budget costs, coordinate multiple projects, adapt programmatic objectives to change in resources, and establish priorities as affected by budgetary issues.

  • Proven fundraising experience. Demonstrated success in applying for and obtaining funding for research and/or infrastructure projects. Ability and willingness to work collaboratively with research development, industry partners, and strategic programs project manager toward application for funding opportunities

  • Strong negotiation skills and verbal and written communication skills; ability to influence / persuade all levels of staff. Excellent interpersonal skills with strong, demonstrated ability to communicate with individuals from a variety of backgrounds. Possess skills of tact, poise, diplomacy, confidentiality, and hospitality with a demonstrated ability to work in a collaborative environment with a diverse set of researchers, administrators, and staff.

  • Experience in developing research proposals.

  • Knowledge of recharge activity policies and procedures. Ability to contribute to the development of recharge activity proposals and rate charges annually. Knowledge of cost accounting practices and the administration of income producing activities.

  • Experience training users on high-value scientific equipment used in research, such as mass spectrometry and cryoelectron microscopy.

  • Technical expertise in one or more of the following Sandbox technologies: Cryo-EM, Cryo-ET, flow cytometry, or Mass Spectrometry, including experience utilizing in research projects and technical trouble-shooting.


  • Job offer is contingent on clear Background Check.

Job offer is contingent on successful engagement in the UC COVID-19 Vaccination program (fully vaccinated with documented proof or approved exception/deferral).

To foster the best possible working and learning environment, UC San Diego strives to cultivate a rich and diverse environment, inclusive and supportive of all students, faculty, staff and visitors. For more information, please visit UC San Diego Principles of Community.

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, age, protected veteran status, gender identity or sexual orientation. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy see:

UC San Diego is a smoke and tobacco free environment. Please visit for more information.

Application Instructions

Please click on the link below to apply for this position. A new window will open and direct you to apply at our corporate careers page. We look forward to hearing from you!

Apply Online