Director Molecular Diagnostics

National Jewish Health
Job Location
1400 Jackson St.
Denver, CO 80206
Salary and academic rank is commensurate with experience
    • Medical coverage HMO plans, POS plan, High Deductible Health Plan, or PPO Plan for regional offices.
    • Dental coverage which includes DMO and PPO Plans
    • Vision coverage
    • Flexible Spending Accounts
    • Health Savings Account
    • Aflac Accident & Critical Illness Coverage
    • Group Life Insurance and AD&D is provided at no cost for eligible employees
    • Voluntary Life Insurance
    • Voluntary Accidental Death & Dismemberment Insurance
    • Short Term and Long Term Disability
    • National Jewish Health 403(b) Plan with employer contributions*
    • Generous Paid Time Off including vacation, sick and 6 paid holidays.
Job Description

Our Advanced Diagnostic Laboratories is looking for an experienced, board certified laboratory director to manage and grow our Molecular Genetics Laboratory. This positon will complement our team of world-renowned colleagues in the Complement, Immunology, Microbiology, and Mycobacteriology Laboratories.  Salary and academic rank is commensurate with experience.


The Laboratory Director is responsible for the overall operation, leadership, direction and administration of the Molecular Genetics Laboratory in accordance with Federal and State Regulations governing clinical laboratories.  The successful candidate will provide excellent laboratory services to internal clients, referral customers, and industry clients working with the Executive Director, Director of Operations, the Business Development Director, Director of Quality, and the individual Laboratory Directors on issues related to the overall advancements of Advanced Diagnostic Laboratories.


Knowledge and Skills

  • Persuasive professional communicator at all levels--customer, employee, and executive leadership and market influencers--with global industry and executive contacts.  
  • Exceptional analytic and decision-making skills, with proven ability to identify business issues, provide strategic and tactical framework, and analyze relevant financials.  
  • Negotiation and contract development experience.  
  • Knowledge of CAP, ISO 15189, and CLIA regulations.  
  • Leadership experience in laboratory operations.  
    Expertise in hands-on development of molecular diagnostic assays and bringing them through clinical validation and operational implementation.    


Certification and Licensure 

  • Board-certified by the American Board of Pathology, or similar certification with specialty training in molecular genetics.



  • MD or PhD in Molecular Biology required. 


Work Experience

  • 10 years post-fellowship experience working in Clinical and Molecular Diagnostic Genetics.
  • Track record of successful commercial assay development.
  • Leadership responsibilities of at least 3 to 5 years required.
How to Apply

For a full job description, and to learn more about the outstanding work at National Jewish Health, visit

If you have any questions please e-mail Dr. Max Salfinger, Executive Director of Advanced Diagnostic Laboratories at [email protected]

Email CVs and position inquiries to [email protected]

About Our Organization

National Jewish Health is the only facility in the world dedicated exclusively to groundbreaking medical research and treatment of patients with respiratory, allergic, and immune and related disorders.  As the leading respiratory hospital in the nation, National Jewish Health is pioneering a new era of preventive and personalized medicine. By combining our efforts in comprehensive care, academic education and groundbreaking research, we are able to develop treatments that help our patients live more productive lives.


National Jewish Health is located in beautiful Denver, Colorado; the Mile High City where 300 days of sunshine, a thriving cultural scene, diverse neighborhoods, and natural beauty combine for the world’s most spectacular playground.  If you believe in Science Transforming Life mixed with an adventurous playground in a sun-filled climate, we invite you to join our team. 


Important Notes:

A cornerstone in the Denver healthcare community, National Jewish Health is a non-profit, non-sectarian institution. National Jewish Health is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.  Our commitment is to provide equal employment opportunities for all job applicants in a manner that does not discriminate against any person because of race, color, national origin, sex, religion, age, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity, citizenship status, marital status, disability, veteran status or any other status protected by applicant law in a tobacco and fragrance free environment.

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