Research Core Leader

Stanford University

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Research Core Leader
Dean of Research, Stanford, California, United States

Schedule: Full-time
Job Code: 4986
Employee Status: Regular
Grade: L
Requisition ID: 94402

Anchored in the Wu Tsai Neurosciences Institute and the Office of the Dean of Research, the new Knight Initiative in Brain Resilience is a cross-disciplinary scientific endeavor aimed at addressing neurodegeneration, aging and brain resilience. The Associate Director will have a direct report to the faculty Director of the Knight Initiative for Brain Resilience and a dotted line/indirect report to the Executive Director of the Wu Tsai Neurosciences Institute.

Diseases and associated issues of cognitive decline like Alzheimer's, Parkinson's, dementia, and related ailments are increasing with our rapidly aging global population. Stanford seeks to advance a new era of brain science focused on accelerating the fundamental understanding of the aging brain, both the biological causes of neurodegeneration and how to increase brain resilience throughout the lifespan. This will require a concerted effort to unite expertise and perspectives across disciplines (from chemistry and neurology to engineering), to question long-standing assumptions about the causes of neurodegeneration and to explore new creative approaches to understanding brain resilience and treating cognitive decline.

The initiative will take advantage of Stanford's fluid boundaries among departments and schools, incentivizing robust team research activities and building a campus-wide community focused on brain resilience and neurodegeneration. Initiative leaders will also seek to build meaningful teamwork with pioneering faculty at other institutions. Key to this endeavor is expanding the entrepreneurial, team-oriented community in the neurosciences - both by engaging researchers, scientists, and physicians across campus as well as recruiting outstanding junior faculty.

Our VPDoR Diversity Journey:

  • We create a hub of innovation through the power of diversity of disciplines and people.
  • We provide equitable access and opportunity to all members of the community in order to do their best work, regardless of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.
  • We listen to and value all colleagues who bring diverse perspectives to the advancement and development of a respectful community.
  • We promote a culture of belonging, equity, and safety.
  • We embed these values in excellence of education, research, and operation.


The Phil and Penny Knight Initiative for Brain Resilience and the Wu Tsai Neurosciences Institute at Stanford are seeking a Research Core Leader to direct and operate the Knight Initiative Core Laboratory. The Core Laboratory will provide cutting-edge scientific expertise, technical equipment and services specialized in next generation sequencing, mass spectrometry and other -omics technologies. The Research Core Leader reports to the Director of the Initiative and will oversee operations of a laboratory staffed with postdoctoral fellows, research scientists, and bioinformaticians. The Research Core Leader is expected to interact with faculty across all disciplines of biomedical sciences, engineering, and medicine, direct large research projects with multiple participating laboratories and faculty, actively participate in academic exchange and communication, and publish research findings.


  • Provide strategic planning for the Knight Initiative Core Laboratory; participate with Initiative Directors in higher level strategic planning. Communicate operational objectives and assignments and delegate to staff.
  • Manage a cutting-edge research core specialized in next generation sequencing, mass spectrometry, and other -omics technologies. Execute research studies as part of the Knight initiative. Provide technology services and advice to Knight funded investigators and beyond. Successfully implement strategic experimental studies.
  • Manage the daily operations of the Core Laboratory which include recruiting, hiring, training, developing, evaluating, and setting priorities of staff and postdoctoral fellows, coordinate business, technical, and educational activities for direct reports.
  • Interacting regularly with faculty and other stakeholders, oversee interdepartmental activities, projects, and efforts by applying advanced technical and professional knowledge. Serve as the initial managerial escalation point for problems from clients and other staff.
  • Manage project budgets, schedules, and resources. Oversee preparation of periodic financial and technical reports and operating plans.
  • Interface with clients to determine project requirements. Establish service level agreements with clients.
  • Monitor scientific, engineering, and/or technology trends and evaluate emerging technologies to recommend for adoption and implementation.
  • Communicate and implement policies, procedures, best practices, recommendations and guidelines compliance with established University administrative policies and procedures.


Education & Experience:

Bachelor's degree and five years of relevant experience, or combination of education and relevant experience. Ph.D. in biological sciences or bioengineering and postdoctoral training required.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Demonstrated skills, experience, and knowledge necessary to provide leadership in designing and implementing complex research projects. Expertise in management and analysis of large, data intensive studies.
  • Experience with genomic and proteomic technologies including next-generation sequencing, phenotypic screens, and mass spectrometry.
  • Experience leading scientific, engineering, or technical research projects or programs. Experience leading or overseeing the work of technical staff. Demonstrated management skills, sensitivity, and familiarity with the interdisciplinary nature of collaborative work and a demonstrated ability to work in a research environment.
  • Strong strategic planning skills, including the ability to match long range plans to fiscal resources, staff, and facilities.
  • Well-developed conceptual and analytical skills, including the ability to identify a problem, develop a solution and implement that solution in cooperation with others or independently. Experience owning problems, making decisions, and taking accountability for outcomes.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills working with a diverse population, and the ability to establish credibility as a valuable resource.
  • Ability to synthesize and articulate technical and scientific methodologies, specifications, and information.
  • Knowledge of emerging technologies, trends, methodologies, and resource management principles.
  • Ability to work and communicate effectively with others.
  • Strong customer relationship and consensus building skills.
  • Ability to influence and establish effective working relationships in a diverse environment.
  • Ability to resolve issues quickly and make decisions that meet university objectives in a collaborative culture.
  • Programming skills desired.

Certifications and Licenses:



  • Frequently perform desk-based computer tasks, seated work, use a telephone and use light/ fine grasping.
  • Occasionally write by hand, lift, carry, push pull objects that weigh up to 10 pounds.
  • Rarely stand, walk, sort, and file paperwork or parts.

* - Consistent with its obligations under the law, the University will provide reasonable accommodation to any employee with a disability who requires accommodation to perform the essential functions of the job.


  • May require extended hours, evenings, and weekends.


  • Interpersonal Skills: Demonstrates the ability to work well with Stanford colleagues and clients and with external organizations.
  • Promote Culture of Safety: Demonstrates commitment to personal responsibility and value for safety; communicates safety concerns; uses and promotes safe behaviors based on training and lessons learned.
  • Subject to and expected to comply with all applicable University policies and procedures, including but not limited to the personnel policies and other policies found in the University's Administrative Guide,

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Imagine a world without search engines or social platforms. Consider lives saved through first-ever organ transplants and research to cure illnesses. Stanford University has revolutionized the way we live and enrich the world. Supporting this mission is our diverse and dedicated 17,000 staff. We seek talent driven to impact the future of our legacy. Our culture and unique perks empower you with:

  • Freedom to grow. We offer career development programs, tuition reimbursement, or audit a course. Join a TedTalk, film screening, or listen to a renowned author or global leader speak.
  • A caring culture. We provide superb retirement plans, generous time-off, and family care resources.
  • A healthier you. Climb our rock wall or choose from hundreds of health or fitness classes at our world-class exercise facilities. We also provide excellent health care benefits.
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*The job duties listed are typical examples of work performed by positions in this job classification and are not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, tasks, and responsibilities. Specific duties and responsibilities may vary depending on department or program needs without changing the general nature and scope of the job or level of responsibility. Employees may also perform other duties as assigned.

*Stanford is an equal employment opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

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