Director, Center for Biotechnology Innovation and Training

University of Washington Bothell
United States WA Bothell


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University of Washington Bothell
Bothell, Washington

The University of Washington Bothell (UW Bothell) seeks an innovative, collaborative, and visionary leader to serve as the inaugural director of the Center for Biotechnology Innovation and Training (CBIT). The CBIT, administered under the School of STEM, will be a new partnership between UW Bothell and local biotech, medical device, and other life science sectors in the region. It will serve to develop a future workforce of UW Bothell graduates with a high level of training specifically tailored to the biotech industry. The CBIT will house a multidisciplinary core of UW Bothell faculty from chemistry, biology, physics, engineering, computer science, and health sciences, and business with expertise in multiple areas of biotechnology, biomedical device engineering, and advanced manufacturing.

The University of Washington (UW) is one of the oldest state-supported higher education institutions on the Pacific coast. In 1990, the Washington State legislature established two new UW regional campuses, in the cities of Tacoma and Bothell, south and northeast of Seattle respectively, to broaden access to higher education for the state’s place-bound residents. Located in the heart of the Puget Sound region, the University of Washington Bothell is in the center of the Pacific Northwest’s large, vibrant, and booming high-technology corridor and economic region. The campus offers more than 50 undergraduate and graduate degrees, with a current enrollment of approximately 6,000 students.

There is a high density of biotechnology firms in the Bothell-Woodinville corridor, and this density is expected to increase. The higher education sector in Washington has not been able to keep pace with the growth, leading to a significant shortage of industry-ready employees to support these companies. The CBIT will address the needs of the biotech industry in biomedical device engineering and manufacturing, medicine, public health, disease outbreak prevention/preparedness in the post-COVID era, and environmental impacts. Full maturation of CBIT will have local, regional, and national implications for the development of this critical industry in the region; the inaugural director will be instrumental to this effort.

The CBIT’s inaugural director will be an indispensable catalyst for the development of the Bothell community’s workforce. By increasing awareness of biotechnology on campus and collaborating with key stakeholders, this individual will oversee the recruitment students, including those from underrepresented groups, into curriculum and research training, paid internships, and ultimately career placement. They will be responsible for providing students with cutting edge and real-world learning experiences through hands on industry collaborations and professional development. The incoming director will be responsible for procuring grant funding to support the CBIT’s critical mission while managing a staff and budget consistent with campus policies and provisions.

The University of Washington has retained Isaacson, Miller, a national executive search firm, to assist in the search. Screening of complete applications will begin immediately and continue until the completion of the search process. For the complete position profile and to submit inquiries, nominations, and referrals, please see the Isaacson, Miller website for the search: Electronic submission of materials is required.

Joe Kralick, Rafa Escobedo, and Julia Hochner
Isaacson, Miller
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University of Washington is an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer. All
qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, creed,
religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, pregnancy, genetic information,
gender identity or expression, age, disability, or protected veteran status.

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opportunity as important contributions to a faculty member’s academic profile and
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Start date

To be determined

How to Apply

For the complete position profile and to submit inquiries, nominations, and referrals, please see the Isaacson, Miller website for the search:


Joe Kralick, Rafa Escobedo, and Julia Hochner