University of California Santa Barbara
United States

BioPACIFIC MIP User Coordinator

Job #JPF01861
  • Office of Research - California NanoSystems Institute

Recruitment Period

Open date: October 23rd, 2020

Next review date: Thursday, Nov 5, 2020 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Apply by this date to ensure full consideration by the committee.

Final date: Monday, Mar 1, 2021 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications will continue to be accepted until this date, but those received after the review date will only be considered if the position has not yet been filled.


The BioPACIFIC Materials Innovation Platform (MIP) is a mid-scale infrastructure program in NSF’s Division of Materials Research (DMR) designed to accelerate advances in biomaterials research and discovery. Envisaged as more than a suite of technical resources, BioPACIFIC seeks to integrate internal, external, expert, and novice users alike into the mission of discovery of new bioderived materials, and emphasizes intellectual capital, technique know-how, and collaborative spirit in connecting users to the tools and the researchers of the MIP. BioPACIFIC operates a user facility that provides unique materials, research equipment, samples, data, and technical services open to a diverse community of external researchers at various institutions and accessible through a proposal process and User Program.

Reporting to the Executive Director at UCSB of the NSF BioPACIFIC MIP, and working closely with the Executive Director at UCLA, the User Coordinator will lead BioPACIFIC’s User Program. Through administration of this program, the User Coordinator will (1) drive the recruitment of a diverse community of external users to the BioPACIFIC platform through both remote and in-person marketing activities, (2) work with the education leads to coordinate user education and training activities, such as the BioPACIFIC summer school, (3) coordinate visits by external researchers to BioPACIFIC, and (4) highlight key achievements from the BioPACIFIC user community resulting from utilization of the platform.

The User Coordinator will employ marketing strategies to recruit facility users, including coordinating and participating in events such as trade shows; fielding a booth at technical conferences such as American Chemical Society, Materials Research Society; travel to Minority Serving Institutions (MSIs) and minority-focused conferences; and through ambassador partnerships with instrument builders that highlight tool deployment at BioPACIFIC facilities. The User Coordinator will also develop and implement promotional materials to promote awareness of BioPACIFIC in the scientific community and among funding agencies invested in biomaterials discovery.

The User Coordinator will also actively engage with users approved to conduct research at BioPACIFIC and promote a positive user experience by providing “concierge” services to potential users, connecting them with BioPACIFIC personnel for both preliminary technical discussions and for user training on equipment operation and laboratory safety once users arrive at BioPACIFIC, as well as through logistical services such as coordinating the submission of required business forms or helping visiting users to find appropriate housing near UCSB and UCLA. Upon completion of their research, the User Coordinator will work with users to create Highlight slides that will be reported to the NSF on a quarterly basis, incorporated in the BioPACIFIC MIP Annual Report, and showcased on the BioPACIFIC website, collect statistics about the MIP user program, including indications of demand for and usage of the MIP user facilities for reporting to NSF, and assist the Evaluation team in following up on user inputs to the Annual Report.

This appointment is renewable on an annual basis. Salary is dependent upon qualifications. The User Coordinator may be based in Santa Barbara County or remotely in Southern California including the Los Angeles and San Diego metropolitan areas. A remote employee will be required to spend at least 1 day in Santa Barbara each week, unless otherwise agreed upon with the BioPACIFIC Executive Director.

Basic Qualifications
• Appointees must possess a Master's degree or higher in Chem, ChemE, Materials, Biology, Bioengineering, or related field.

Preferred Qualifications
• 3+ years experience in strategic marketing and industry customer acquisition or related experience.
• Proficiency with publication and multi-media production, brand management systems, digital communications tactics and approaches, web-based communication, and media.
• Relevant knowledge of procedures and protocols related to University research processes and laboratories.
• Management of multiple projects in both team-oriented collaborations and independent ownership.
• Demonstrated supervision of professional staff.

For primary consideration, applications and the items listed below must be completed on or before Nov 5, 2020.

1) An updated CV (required)
2) Statement of interest/cover letter (required)
3) 3 References (contact information required)

The anticipated start date is January 4, 2021.

The department is especially interested in candidates who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of the academic community through research, teaching and service.

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

Job location

Santa Barbara County or Southern California Metropolitan Areas

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Document requirements
  • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V.
  • Cover Letter
  • Statement of Research (Optional)
Reference requirements
  • 3-5 required (contact information only)

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