Director, Berkeley Stem Cell Center

The Berkeley Stem Cell Center is seeking a new Director, effective January 1, 2021. We invite nominations of tenured Berkeley faculty who are highly qualified and willing to serve. The candidate should have a well-established research and professional reputation as well as leadership and administrative abilities. This appointment is made for an initial five-year period, at the discretion of the Vice Chancellor for Research, and provides additional compensation for the duration of the directorship term.

About the Berkeley Stem Cell Center

Stem cell research at UC Berkeley is organized and coordinated by the Berkeley Stem Cell Center, a cornerstone of the University’s Health Sciences Initiative. Its mission is to carry out the highest quality basic and translational research essential for the development of stem cell-based therapies. Founded in 2004, the Center supports research and teaching in stem cell biology, engineering, and medicine at UC Berkeley, the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, and the Children's Hospital Oakland Research Institute (CHORI). It awards pre- and postdoctoral fellowships to outstanding scientists in training, funded by the NIH and the Siebel Stem Cell Institute, and enriches the campus community by sponsoring seminars, an annual retreat, and the UC Berkeley Student Society for Stem Cell Research.

With funding from the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine (CIRM) and the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, the Center established the Shared Stem Cell Facility in Stanley Hall, and the CIRM Center of Excellence in the Li Ka-Shing Center for Biomedical and Health Sciences. These campus resources are now operated in collaboration with QB3 and the Cancer Research Laboratory, providing a fully equipped laboratory for tissue engineering and analysis, core facilities for flow cytometry, high throughput screening, molecular, cellular and whole animal imaging, and outstanding technical expertise.The Siebel Stem Cell Institute facilitates stem cell research collaborations between investigators at UC Berkeley and Stanford University, and provides funding to bring notable visiting scholars to campus.

The Center is organized around several multidisciplinary research interest groups. Faculty from the Departments of Bioengineering, Chemical Engineering and Materials Science and Engineering form the Tissue Engineering Group, located in Stanley Hall. The Hematopoietic Stem Cell Group is centered at CHORI and the Life Sciences Addition. The CIRM Center of Excellence houses investigators pioneering new methods of imaging and genome editing, and applications of these technologies to problems of basic stem cell biology including gene expression, aging, cancer and metabolic control. These research activities are supported by individual grants from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and CIRM, biomedical research foundations including the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, training grants from CIRM and the NIH, and private philanthropic donations.

Desirable Candidate Qualifications

  1. Established credentials in a Stem Cell-related discipline and commitment to multidisciplinary research
  2. Proven ability to successfully apply for major funding and interest in attracting funding for the Center
  3. Experience in leadership and administration 
  4. Commitment to serving as PI for significant training grants held at the Center 
  5. Commitment to developing links to industry and philanthropy
  6. Strengthening ties with existing and potential partners such as QB3, CHORI, BBH, UCSF, Stanford 
  7. Knowledge of and commitment to UC Berkeley’s Principles of Community

Nomination Process

Please submit nominations by completing the online nomination form as soon as possible and no later than Monday, November 2, 2020. Self-nominations are welcome. Upon receipt of nominations, the appointed search advisory committee will request that the top nominees submit a letter of interest.