Under the general direction of designated principal investigators and the Program Managers for the Center for Cancer Research, the laboratory manager provides laboratory and administrative and some financial management support to the assigned research laboratories.
The laboratory manager is responsible for the daily operation of the laboratories and implements policies and procedures to accomplish efficient and effective management.
He/she is responsible for ensuring compliance with MGH policies, training staff in proper laboratory procedures, purchasing and maintaining equipment, monitoring hazardous materials use and disposal, reviewing monthly financial reports to ensure proper use of grant funds and limit over-expenditures.
The Laboratory Manager works to resolve any problems relating to safety, supplies, equipment, computers, and phones by contacting and interacting with appropriate hospital personnel, Buildings and Grounds and outside vendors.
Overall Management of Operations
- Order and maintain laboratory equipment. Coordinate testing and certification of biosafety cabinets. Coordinate cleaning and calibration of all balances and microscopes annually.
- Serve as primary resource and point of contact for principal investigators, departmental staff, and purchasing agent.
- Orient new laboratory staff to lab policies and procedures and serve as resource for questions.
- Coordinate inspection preparation activities to prepare laboratories for internal, local, State, and federal regulatory agency inspections. Prepare required inspection documents and responses.
- Order lab consumables and maintain stocks of shared lab and office supplies
- Manage vendor relationships and work with them directly to ensure competitive pricing
- Obtain quotes and weight options for capital purchases.
- Responsible for monitoring grant funds and billing PIs for a subset of expenditures.
- Assists grants manager with problems regarding to incorrect orders & refunds/credits.
- Updates and maintains written safety plans: Chemical hygiene plan, Fire safety plan, updates MSDS sheets; maintains updated Infection Control Manual, Radiation Safety Manual, etc
- Ensure that all laboratory staff complete mandatory training.
- Prepare renewal for Radiation use permit. Complete all necessary paperwork relating to radioactivity permits and maintain records.
- Prepare renewal for controlled substance use permits.
- Monitor radiation/isotope use
- Monitor CO2 and LN2 levels
- Monitor biohazardous material use and disposal
- Monitor chemical and solvent use, disposal and storage.
- Monitor and maintain controlled substance use and records.
- Maintain current Emergency contact lists on freezers, incubators and cold rooms connected to central alarm system.
- Renew/initiate equipment service contracts. Serve as laboratory contact for equipment repair personnel.
- Maintain equipment inventory. Research and coordinate new equipment purchases.
- Serve as laboratory contact for Buildings and Grounds.
- Maintain copier, fax machine and shared lab printers.
- Serve as the Unit Safety Officer
Implement and monitor safety programs in compliance with CDC, NIH, OSHA,
EPA, NRC, and MGH under the direction of the Department Safety Officer
Provide safety orientation for all new laboratory employees, including:
fire,chemical and biological and radiation safety
Plan and train for laboratory emergencies
Maintain an up to date file of MSDS for all hazardous chemicals
Coordinate safety training sessions with appropriate departments, such as
Safety Office and Radiation Safety Office. Ensure that all laboratory staff complete mandatory training for fire safety, biohazard safety, and radiation safety annually as needed.
Keep signage up to date
Ensure that there is adequate and appropriate personal protective equipment
Respond to Safety Office suggestions for improving workplace safety
Attend regular safety meetings
Provide manuals of Chemical Hygiene Plan, Radiation safety plan, OSHA Bloo
borne pathogen and Exposure control plan, Fire Safety Plan and Evacuatio
Maintain Chemical and Solvent inventory
Provide safety advice and act as an information resource
Incident reporting and follow ups.
· With the Grants Manager, review monthly lab purchases and provide financial information to principal investigators
· Investigate charge discrepancies and resolve.
· Monitor lab spending to ensure allowable budget limits are not exceeded and identify unallowable expenses.
· Assist with execution of material transfer agreements
· Preparation and upkeep of Biosafety, IACUC and IRB protocols.
· Process reimbursements through PeopleSoft.
· Periodic administrative assistance to Principal Investigators
BS or BA in a relevant field and at least 5 years of experience working in a research laboratory environment. Masters degree a plus.