Jon Phipps has been named director of Core Facilities at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Phipps has been part of the university research community for more than a decade: as a student, as a post-doc, and most recently as a Biological Safety Specialist in the Office of Research and Engagement.
“I am excited to have been selected to take part in this endeavor, and look forward to helping build the Core Facilities Program,” said Phipps. “Given the current funding environment, the continued growth and development of this program will be critical to the mission of the university by ensuring that our faculty have access to cutting-edge technologies and remain competitive among their peers.”
Core facilities are shared resources available to faculty, staff and students at UT as well as academic and non-academic clients for non-commercial research purposes.
In many cases, core facilities contain large pieces of equipment that, while vital to the mission of the university, may be cost prohibitive if purchased and operated by individual faculty members or departments.
As director, Phipps will be responsible for formulating and implementing a strategy to create an effective and efficient organizational structure for the UT Core Facilities Program, coordinating and integrating the various resources that are available through core facilities, and working closely with the leadership of individual cores to ensure the quality and affordability of research services and accountability for day-to-day operations.