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Executive Director, Sanford Stem Cell Clinical Center - UC San Diego Health

Hiring Unit:

UC San Diego Health


Reporting to the Deputy Director, Sanford Stem Cell Clinical Center, the Executive Director will manage the general operations and resources of Sanford Stem Cell Clinical Center. By combining strong knowledge of regenerative medicine and stem cell research with deep understanding of financial structures, grant budgets, and capital planning the Executive Director will serve as the chief adviser to the Director in the strategic development, operational and programmatic growth of the department. The incumbent will also be responsible and accountable for the operation and performance of the department. The position oversees a range of activities in regenerative medicine clinical trials and development of research through Sanford Center program leads.

The position will be responsible for and provide direct oversight of the overall daily management and leadership of the financial and administrative activities of the Sanford Stem Cell Clinical Center. With a high degree of autonomy, key areas managed will include finance and accounting; contract and grant administration; clinical research; human resources (academic and staff); instructional services; space/facilities; IT and outreach. The position will independently oversee and manage all financial resources for the Sanford Center, including grants, university funds, and philanthropy funds including the annual operating budget of $22M and roughly $100M in research funds including the Sanford gift, CIRM grant, and institutional support.

This is a key managerial position responsible for the growing stem cell clinical research portfolio at UC San Diego Health. With a strong focus on the development of clinical research and care programs, the Executive Director will determine objectives and direct the implementation of the contents and operational infrastructure of Sanford Center’s six programs (Pull-Through, Regulatory Development, Counseling, Genomics & Imaging, Clinical Trials, and Clinical Care).

The Executive Director will serve as a member of the executive management team and participate in strategy sessions to address complex and sensitive issues. Provide administrative leadership in the development of policies, procedures and strategies. Partner with senior leadership and program leads on management and overall administrative direction of center programs including strategic planning, development of objectives, organization, allocation of resources, training, and development and supervision of personnel.

The incumbent will ensure all units and personnel comply with policies and regulations germane to the individual activities of the organization. The Executive Director will make decisions on behalf of the department/work unit, and has a central role in the process of formulating management decisions. Because of the enterprise-wide impact of the Sanford Center programs, the Executive Director position has a ‘dotted line’ reporting relationship to the Asst. VC/Controller in the Office of the Vice Chancellor and Chief Financial Officer. The incumbent will serve as liaison between scientific investigators, University and VC Health Sciences executive leadership, government agencies, and University administration, Sanford Consortium member institutions and other private or 501(c)3 entities.


  • Bachelor's Degree in related area; or equivalent combination of experience and training.
  • A minimum of eight (8+) or more years of relevant experience.

  • Excellent ability to establish metrics for department and employee goals.

  • In-depth expert knowledge of extramural contract and grant requirements and regulations for sponsored research, and university policies and procedures governing the administration of federal and non-federal contracts and grants.

  • Thorough knowledge of financial analysis and reporting techniques; human resources and risk management planning; accounting and payroll.

  • Proven ability to project budget costs, coordinate multiple projects, adapt programmatic objectives to changes in resources and establish priorities as affected by budgetary issues.

  • Excellent skills to work collaboratively and act persuasively in sensitive situations; skills in conflict management techniques. Experience with crisis situations and proven ability to facilitate and resolve interpersonal conflicts.

  • Strong project management skills and experience, including the capability of managing capital projects.

  • Excellent interpersonal skills to effectively lead, motivate and influence others and to develop and maintain high standards of customer service.

  • Proven leadership and managerial skills with ability to act within UC personnel policies and in the best interests of the employee, unit, and the University. Ability to function effectively under pressure and cope with a variety of personalities.

  • Skill in working as part of a team, collaborating with colleagues and faculty, and ability to establish and maintain cooperative, effective working relationships.

  • Very strong ability to quickly evaluate complex issues and identify multiple options for resolution. Skill in analyzing complex issues or problems, formulating and implementing creative and appropriate solutions having evaluated all risks and consequences.

  • Strong organization, negotiation, and decision-making skills, with expertise in clarifying and resolving conflict situations.

  • Thorough knowledge using a variety of software for word-processing, spreadsheets, data management, presentations, calendaring, web and publication design (e.g. Microsoft Office suite, Adobe suite, etc.)

  • Control of standard English in written and spoken form. Proven ability to communicate effectively in writing,electronically, and by spoken word with a variety of people from vendors to faculty.

  • Strong knowledge of management theories and techniques, strong managerial skills; effective supervision skills, including the leadership ability to establish and maintain positive and productive goal-oriented working relationships and to facilitate a quality team and public service environment.

  • Excellent supervisory skills to organize workload, delegate responsibilities, recruit, interview, select, train, mentor, evaluate and perform corrective action/ discipline staff; knowledge of University personnel policies and procedures.

  • Thorough knowledge of financial analysis and reporting techniques; human resources and risk management planning; accounting and payroll.

  • Knowledge of and experience with other research policies, including technology transfer, conflict of interest, conflict of commitment.


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Clinical Research Coordinator - UC San Diego Health

Hiring Unit:

UC San Diego Health


The Clinical Research Coordinator coordinates the clinical research efforts of the UCSD CIRM Alpha Stem Cell Clinic. Responsible for coordinating clinical trials, such as screening for patient eligibility, data collection, ensuring protocol compliance, adverse drug reaction reports, monitoring patient treatment and toxicities, laboratory and specimen submission, and maintenance of accurate and complete clinical research files.

Assist the Regulatory Department with human subjects submissions, renewals, and safety reports. Directly communicate with assigned physicians and disease groups, including attending meetings when requested. Provide direct assistance to the Patient Care Coordinator in reviewing, verifying and maintaining university research account statements, bulk accounts, VELOS, EPIC, script logs and Departmental Research Agreements, sponsor invoicing and any additional tasks.


  • Theoretical knowledge of biology, microbiology, social sciences, or related field.

  • Demonstrated experience performing clinical research duties in a clinical research environment.

  • Demonstrated experience interpreting medical charts, experience in abstracting data from medical records.

  • Demonstrated experience working with investigational drug authorization criteria.

  • Experience using statistical software applications. Knowledge of database, word processing and spreadsheet applications such as CREDIT, Access, Excel and MS Word.

  • Experience with laboratory procedures and values and experience in interpreting them to determine patient eligibility and potential toxicities.

  • Experience with research protocol in order to screen patients for eligibility, initiate treatment plan, collect specimens, and orient participating physicians.

  • Experience in medical assessment and patient interviewing to determine toxicities related to protocol management.

  • Demonstrated experience completing clinical trials case report forms via hard copy and online.

  • Excellent communication skills, both oral and written using grammatically correct English. Excellent interpersonal skills, including tact, diplomacy, and flexibility.

  • Strong ability to interact effectively with diverse groups, including professional and non-professional staff and clients.

  • Excellent planning and organizational skills and ability to work in a changing, multiple-demand setting in order to prioritize a large volume of work and meet deadlines efficiently and accurately.

  • Ability to work independently. Ability to maintain confidentiality.


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Postdoctoral Researcher - UC San Diego School of Medicine

Hiring Unit:

UC San Diego School of Medicine


A motivated and independent cancer biology postdoc scientist is sought to work on the identification of RNA and DNA modifications in hematological malignancies. The ideal candidate will have at a minimum, demonstrated molecular and cell biology expertise and experience with flow cytometry, Real-Time PCR, and in vivo mouse models. The successful candidate will design nucleic acid amplification primer and probes for detection of RNA and DNA modifications, clone/optimize lentiviral vectors, examine the developed assay in in vitro and in vivo leukemia models, and validate the function of these modifications using well-characterized clinical samples. The experience of flow cytometry, RT-qPCR, and handling BSL-2 (pathogen) is required.


The successful applicant must work within an integrated multidisciplinary laboratory and be able to work with project scientists, technicians and students in the team. In addition, the candidate will be expected to report findings to PI and senior scientists.

Appointment Length/Period:

One year


Dr. Qingfei Jiang
Interested applicants should email a cover letter, CV, and contact information for three references to Dr. Qingfei Jiang.

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