Research Scientist / Laboratory Manager

Less than 5 years experience  • 

Salary depends on experience
Posted on 03/21/18
Less than 5 years experience
Salary depends on experience
Posted on 03/21/18
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Research Scientist / Laboratory Manager

Tracking Code 022539 - Research Scientist / Laboratory Manager 710-908Job Description

Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) is a science philanthropy whose mission is to advance biomedical research and science education for the benefit of humanity. We empower exceptional scientists and students to pursue fundamental questions about living systems, and work to share scientific discoveries with researchers, students, and science-curious individuals around the world.

Founded in 1953 by aviator and industrialist Howard R. Hughes, HHMI is headquartered in Chevy Chase, Maryland, and employs more than 2,500 people across the U.S. Visit hhmi.org/careers to learn more about working at HHMI.

Research Scientist / Lab Manager

HHMI is looking for a full time Research Scientist or Lab Manager at Stanford University including up to 30% time dedicated to research projects related to core focus of the lab. Managerial duties are to supervise and perform technical and administrative tasks in a large laboratory; oversee equipment maintenance; ensure adequate supplies for experimental needs; assist Investigator in personnel management; manage and enforce lab safety programs to ensure compliance with all applicable regulations; assist in laboratory space and facilities planning; make recommendations for changes; maintain inventory of laboratory furniture and equipment; serve as liaison to Building Manager, Environmental Health and Safety Personnel and to Plant Growth Facilities Personnel.

Representative Essential Duties and Responsibilities (specific duties will depend on needs of the laboratory):

  1. Manage day-to-day activities within the research laboratory, including such activities as ensuring operation of essential equipment, making sure adequate supplies are available for routine experimental procedures, negotiating with vendors, reviewing budgets, etc.
  2. Supervise laboratory technicians and may also supervise undergraduatestudents.
  3. Act as liaison between lab and Building Manager and to Plant Growth Facilities Personnel to ensure appropriate functioning of lab and facilities including plant growth facilities across campus.
  4. Act as liaison between lab and Stanford University safety and regulatory office to ensure compliance with all applicable regulations.
  5. Develop laboratory guidelines; maintain procedures manuals (SOPs); and evaluate new materials and equipment.
  6. May carry out research project. May evaluate new techniques and technology. May develop molecular tools for laboratory use. Presents work and project results in lab meetings.
  7. Train incoming personnel in proper lab conduct and health and safety regulations. May instruct in experimental protocols.

Organizational Scope and Impact of Position

Shares major responsibility for results of entire laboratory. Intermediate to long-term impact.  Is able to manage own research project.

Interactions with Others

With minimal input from the supervisor, reviews operational needs and develops and implements intermediate and long term goals. May develop and manage work schedules for entire group. Work is reviewed at key stages by supervisor but individual is largely self-directed. Resolves conflict in the work unit within established policies and guidelines. Recognizes when to escalate resolution to superiors. Able to develop instructional material for routine training purposes. May plan for and provide working supervision to the work of Research Technicians or other laboratory personnel of lower grade. Leads others in managing the group problem solving process. Monitors performance of others and provides or proposes required training. Develops, or leads the development of, training tools.

 

Preferred Qualifications:

Education and Experience:

Master’s or PhD in life or physical sciences, or Bachelor’s and at least three year’s full time lab research experience including at least 1 year's supervisory experience. Previous Experience working with plants desirable, but not required.

Knowledge/Understanding/Skills & Abilities: 

  • Ability to perform highly complex experiments with high levels of reliability and accuracy within time constraints.
  • Ability to supervise a diverse group of scientists of different educational levels.
  • Ability to initiate and compose communications for various purposes in an appropriate style.
  • In depth knowledge in a specific area and general knowledge in broad areas of responsibility, such as plant biology, molecular biology, biochemistry and genetics.
  • In-depth understanding of organizational structure both within and outside the work unit, including the role of each position in the group and in other groups.
  • Ability to review goals, analyze processes necessary to achieve those goals, and develop techniques and systems required to meet those goals. Often explores new areas and seeks opportunities to apply new knowledge to work.
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