Lab Manager Position available in Hengen Lab

This position is full-time and works approximately 37.5 hours per week. This position is in the Department of Biology.  This position is for the Danforth Campus.

Position Description: A full-time position that combines the roles of lab manager and surgical technician requiring good communication and organizational skills, and a willingness to learn and implement new techniques.  The successful candidate will be able to direct/coordinate lab business independently, and will be expected to design and implement experiments, analyze data, and troubleshoot as needed. The Hengen Lab is a dynamic, fast-paced, and interdisciplinary group. Daily tasks are highly variable, and require the manager to be involved in/aware of many projects, people, and developing directions in the Lab. This position requires extensive communication with individuals outside the lab such as the accounting department, HR, IACUC, and DCM staff, as well as communications with sales reps from companies from which supplies are purchased.

Primary Duties and Responsibilities

  1. Assist PI with conception, design, and execution of in vivo and ex vivo neurobiological experiments and assays as outlined by the supervisor. Primary duty is to design experiments, master and complete complex surgical techniques and approaches, master and complete complex micro-electronic fabrication. All scientific work will involve data collection and analyses.
  2. Laboratory management. Maintain lab health and safety compliance and order laboratory supplies necessary for laboratory operation. Do routine maintenance of laboratory equipment and carry out or supervise repairs when needed. Manage critical database updating to ensure accuracy and completeness. Determine when and what research supplies to order at best prices.  Adapt and develop new protocols needed to achieve research goals as new lab members join to bring the skills and knowledge required to accomplish the research. Maintain and update essential documents (e.g. IACUC and IBC protocols), amend when necessary as well as maintain compliance with safety procedures and required documentation in the lab.
  3. Mentor and train students and lab personnel. Communicate necessary information to all members of the lab concerning trainings, lab meetings, lab discussions, etc. 
  4. Oversee and maintain the mouse colony. Maintain satellite animal facilities.
  5. Basic scientific/experimental assistance/tasks as assigned.

Required Qualifications:

  • B.A. or B.S. in biology-related major and three years of related work experience.
  • The successful candidate should have a familiarity/comfort with lab function and organization.
  • Highly efficient and effective organizational skills, and an ability to keep good digital records.
  • Strong communication skills (written and oral) as well as excellent interpersonal skills and an ability to work effectively in a team environment.
  • The successful applicant must also be able to handle multiple assignments simultaneously with great attention to detail.

Preferred Qualifications:

M.S. in a biology, neuroscience, or computer science-related area.

Salary Range:

The hiring range for this position is $38,162 - $51,500 annually.

Candidates can apply by navigating to and searching for the job opening number 44906.