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Palo Alto Veterans Institute for Research (PAVIR) has an exciting career opportunity for a Flow Cytometry Core Manager to join the second largest research program in the VA system!

In this impactful role, the Flow Cytometry Core Manager will maintain strong relationships with PAVIR researchers and investigators, many of whom are internationally renowned recipients of prestigious scientific awards, hold dual appointments at VA and Stanford University, and possess a sustained track record of successful competition for peer-reviewed research funding from NIH, DOD, and foundations. The FACS Manager will have opportunities to contribute to research collaborations and publications.


The FACS Core Manager will support the flow cytometry needs of a user base of approximately 100 researchers, each tasked with a scientific discipline aimed at improving the well-being of Veterans of the United States military branches. It is rewarding to know that what you do makes a difference in the lives of others.

Flow Cytometry Core Manager will keep the FACS Core facility and its instrumentation operational and provide training and expert advice to ensure quality data.

The Flow Cytometry Core is located at the Palo Alto VA campus and currently houses five cell sorters and three analyzers. Find out more about our state-of-the-art FACS facility here:


PAVIR offers competitive salary, supportive and collaborative environment, professional development training, comprehensive health, dental and vision insurance, 14 paid holidays, paid vacation, sick pay and a generous 401(k) with a fully vested 6% company match and 3% profit share. Plus, we pay for life, short-term disability, and long-term disability insurance.


Provide training, guidance, and assistance to new and existing users:

  • Train users on the operations of the suite of FACS instrumentation and software, as well as the basics of analysis and cell sorter. Assist users in making rudimentary assessments of their data.
  • Assist in the development of experimental protocols and panels for use on flow cytometers and cell sorters.
  • Provide expertise to users on multi-parameter flow cytometry for various cell phenotype and multi-parameter data analysis.
  • Set up framework for initial analysis and support researchers in analysis of data, as well as advise on follow up experiments.

Maintenance and operations of instruments:

  • Daily setup and calibration; Weekly and monthly facility maintenance; Organize service and preventative maintenance visits.
  • Troubleshoot, maintain, and operate multiple flow cytometry analyzers and cell sorters on regular schedules to maximize equipment function.
  • Consult with vendor technicians to address equipment issues. Oversee service requirements of all instrumentation to ensure minimal downtime of instrumentation.
  • Create and maintain user group to assess current needs and to predict and support emerging needs.
  • Read technical journals or manuals and attends vendor seminars to learn about new hardware and add on equipment.

Provide Technical and Logistical Support for instrument operations:

  • Collaborate and communicate effectively with colleagues and management to enhance the technical capabilities of the laboratory.
  • Update and oversee a facility website.
  • Administer the facility calendar, scheduling, and usage tracking software package.

Oversee facility budget and purchases:

  • Track and prepare a monthly summary of instrument usage.
  • Work with purchasing to ensure that the facility is supplied with all necessary reagents and spare parts for operations.


  • 3-5 years of hands-on research experience in flow cytometry assays with human and mouse blood, cells, and tissue.
  • Proficiency in flow cytometry acquisition and analysis (FlowJo) software.
  • Experience with the maintenance and operations of a variety of instrumentation including Becton Dickinson (BD), Sony, Cytoflex, etc.
  • Familiarity with a broad range of flow cytometry assays.
  • Bachelor's degree or equivalent experience.
  • Effective written and oral communication skills and a willingness to share information. A collaborative style with a strong service mentality.
  • Ability to establish credibility and effective partnerships in a lab environment that interacts with a diverse group of research and technical personnel.


  • Master's and/or Ph.D.
  • Theoretical knowledge of Immunology, Cancer Biology, Molecular Biology, General Chemistry or Genetics and a combination of education and lab experience.
  • Experience with Beckman Coulter and Sony instruments.
  • Experience assisting in the preparation of funding proposals.
  • Knowledge of FACSDiva database logistics.
  • Understanding of the administration of a remote data server.

As a condition of employment, all PAVIR employees are required to have an approved appointment with VAPAHCS and complete a background check before they can commence work.

PAVIR is pleased to be an Equal Opportunity Employer. Minorities, Women, Veterans, and Individuals with a Disability are encouraged to apply. We welcome and encourage diversity in the workplace regardless of race, color, religion, age, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. If you need special assistance or an accommodation to apply for a posted position, please contact - Human Resources department.

Location: 94304

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