Director, QB3 - California Institute for Quantitative Biosciences

The California Institute for Quantitative Biosciences (QB3) is seeking a new Faculty Director, effective July 1, 2020. We invite nominations of highly qualified tenured Berkeley faculty. The candidate should have a well-established research and professional reputation as well as leadership and administrative abilities. We are seeking an individual with the talent and commitment to attract innovative collaboration with allied campus institutes and industrial and philanthropic partners. The successful candidate will be poised to lead and respond to emerging opportunities in Bioscience, both nationally and internationally.


QB3 is a university, industry and government partnership involving campuses of the University of California (UCB, UCSF, UCSC). Its mission is to harness the quantitative sciences to integrate our understanding of biological systems at all levels of complexity - from atoms and protein molecules to cells, tissues, organs and the entire organism. This long-sought integration allows scientists to attack problems that have been simply unapproachable before, setting the stage for fundamental new discoveries, new products and new technologies to solve some of the greatest challenges facing society in the areas of health, environment and energy. 

QB3 builds on strengths in the engineering and physical sciences at UC Berkeley, engineering and mathematical sciences at UC Santa Cruz, and the medical sciences at UC San Francisco, as well as strong biology programs at the three campuses.

In addition to the creation of fundamental new knowledge and potent new technologies, a major goal of the Institute is to train a new generation of students able to fully integrate the quantitative sciences with bioscience research.

QB3-Berkeley currently has over 100 faculty affiliates (~40 reside in Stanley Hall). It is anticipated that the annual 2020-21 operating budget will be approximately $1.35 M. In support of the faculty affiliate’s research programs, QB3 operates 10 core research facilities in the biosciences available to the UC Berkeley campus, including the Biomolecular Nanotechnology Center (BNC), the Central California 900 MHz NMR Spectrometer Facility, the QB3 Macrolab, the QB3/College of Chemistry Mass Spectrometry Facility, the Vincent J. Coates Proteomics/Mass Spectrometry Laboratory, the High Throughput Screening Facility, and QB3 Genomics (which includes the Vincent J. Coates Genomics Sequencing Laboratory, the Functional Genomics Laboratory, and the Computational Genomics Resources Facility).

QB3 oversees several campus-wide programs such as the Graduate and Postdoc Career Development Office, the Biophysics Graduate Group, QB3-Berkeley Incubators, the Biosciences Symposium Program, Undergraduate Summer Internship Program, and a summer laboratory bootcamp. 


Each QB3 campus partner appoints a Campus Director reporting directly to the local campus Vice Chancellor for Research. The Campus Director is responsible for the allocation and oversight of resources on their campus; development and implementation of local campus research, education, industry, and outreach programs; and for local operations. The Director appoints faculty affiliate members following the process adopted by each campus. The Campus Director is responsible for working with the central QB3 leadership to develop and implement QB3’s scientific vision including defining research themes and developing research priorities, goals and programs. The QB3-Berkeley Campus Director serves as the Stanley Hall Building Director and oversees the allocation and management of space in Stanley Hall. 

The QB3-Berkeley Director is responsible for overseeing all QB3 core facilities including resource allocation supporting operations, development of new facilities, and overall management of current facilities. The Director is responsible for working proactively with facilities leadership to identify and procure additional resources for facilities including equipment grant funding and philanthropic/foundation support.

A key responsibility for the QB3-Berkeley Director is facilitating coordination and integration among the different research areas, program activities, and constituencies. The Director must establish and direct effective organizational structures and frameworks to create a successful program by allocating resources to leverage infrastructure, seeding key projects and activities where possible, and supporting faculty efforts in the formation of new research, education, industry and outreach programs. The Director makes the final determination about allocation of available resources, including space, access to facilities, and support staff, to achieve the goals of QB3-Berkeley. The QB3-Berkeley Director coordinates with the BEST Region for administration of services.

Prior Experience and Qualifications

The Director must be a tenured professor and have an exceptional international research reputation and stature in an academic discipline relevant to the research agenda of QB3. Candidates should have demonstrated academic and research management experience, as the equivalent of a university department chair. They must be able to demonstrate considerable management experience suitable for a diverse and complex research environment that involves academia as well as private industry. The ability to interact effectively, build partnerships, and develop shared goals and objectives with a large, independent, and diverse community of researchers across multiple campuses and with industrial and government partners, is essential.

The Director must play a major role in presenting the vision and the results of the Center's activities to outside constituencies: the State Legislature, federal and state agencies, the California legislative delegation in Washington, the taxpayers of California, and QB3’s donors and industry partners. Cultivating the continued support of these constituencies, as well as expanding support to new constituencies, is a critical role for the QB3-Berkeley Director.

The Director must have both excellent judgment and technical expertise, be able to accept a broad range of inputs, and be able to make informed decisions at the end of the consultative process. Effectively communicating decisions, directions, and policies to the broad community of QB3 investigators, staff, and sponsors, is an essential skill. Excellent organizational as well as spoken and written communication skills are crucial.

The appointment of the Director will be for a period of 5 years, renewable after review and by mutual agreement of the UC Berkeley Chancellor. 

Nomination Process and Desirable Candidate Qualifications 

  • Established credentials in a relevant discipline as well as commitment to broadly multidisciplinary research
  • Demonstrated ability to manage multiple competing priorities 
  • Commitment to developing links to industry and philanthropy
  • Knowledge of and commitment to UC Berkeley’s Principles of Community 
  • Experience in leadership and administration 
  • Commitment to developing a successful funding strategy
  • Interest in cross-disciplinary outreach

Please submit nominations by completing the online nomination form as soon as possible and no later than Thursday, April 2, 2020. Self-nominations are welcome. Upon receipt of nominations, the appointed search advisory committee will request that the nominees submit a letter of interest by Friday, April 17, 2020. 

Your assistance in sharing this communication with your colleagues is greatly appreciated. 


Linda Rugg 

Associate Vice Chancellor for Research