Assistant Laboratory Manager - Bertozzi Lab

Location: Stanford University
Primary Work Address: Beckman Center, Stanford, CA, 94305-5323

We are currently looking for a highly motivated Assistant Lab Manager to support the lab of Dr. Carolyn Bertozziat Stanford University in Palo Alto, CA. In the 21st century, explorations at the interface of chemistry and biology will spawn new medicines and diagnostics that improve human health, technologies for probing natural biology, and roadmaps for creating synthetic forms of life engineered to serve human needs. The Bertozzi lab's research centers on creating new platform technologies that promote these endeavors as well as applying chemical approaches to study systems that elude more conventional methods of biological inquiry. Examples of technologies that drive their research are bioorthogonal chemistries, site-specific protein modification methods, and synthetic glycopolymers that emulate cell-surface glycoproteins. More information about the lab can be found here:

This support role will serve as back-up to the Lab Manager and will perform day-to-day operational tasks such as maintaining adequate supplies for experimental needs, assist in equipment maintenance, and help manage safety programs to ensure compliance with all applicable regulations. The ideal candidate will be incredibly organized, detail-oriented, assertive, and have a strong interest in laboratory operations along with a genuine desire to help support the Bertozzi lab's goals.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Maintain laboratory consumables and reagent inventories.

  • Order and receive supplies and equipment.

  • Create and maintain overall organization of the lab.

  • Use autoclave and dishwasher as needed.

  • Prepare media and stock solutions.

  • Attend and participate in laboratory meetings.

  • Assist with service contracts and repairs of laboratory equipment.

  • Assist in maintaining records of asset locations and participate in periodic asset inventories.

  • Assist in organizing lab events.

  • Work efficiently and cooperatively to support a large and diverse team of graduate students, postdoctoral researchers, and research scientists.

  • Scan paper lab notebooks into digital format and upload to the lab's Dropbox account.

  • Other duties as assigned.



  • Bachelor's degree in chemistry, biochemistry, or a related field is required.


  • A minimum of 3+ years of relevant experience with molecular and cellular biology experimental techniques.

  • Some lab management experience is preferred.

  • Solid understanding of underlying scientific principles.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Strong attention to detail with highly accurate work product.

  • Good computer skills, including proficiency with the Mac platform and Microsoft Office Suite.

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.

  • Able to interact effectively with a wide variety of people at all levels.

  • Ability to work inclusively and collaboratively with a diverse population.

  • Ability to use good judgment in responding to inquiries.

  • Strong organizational skills and ability to work efficiently.

  • Ability to be a team player who can work well both as part of a large group and independently.

  • Ability to learn new software applications and laboratory techniques.

  • Ability to keep accurate records of work performed.

  • Actively seeks opportunities to increase skills and expertise.

Physical Requirements

Remaining in a normal seated or standing position for extended periods of time; reaching and grasping by extending hand(s) or arm(s); dexterity to manipulate objects with fingers, for example using a keyboard; communication skills using the spoken word; ability to see and hear within normal parameters; ability to move about workspace. The position requires mobility, including the ability to move materials weighing up to several pounds (such as a laptop computer or tablet). Work may involve possible exposure to malodorous vapors, low dose radiation, contamination by toxic chemicals and acids and presence of carcinogenic substances.

Persons with disabilities may be able to perform the essential duties of this position with reasonable accommodation. Requests for reasonable accommodation will be evaluated on an individual basis.

Please Note:

This job description sets forth the job's principal duties, responsibilities, and requirements; it should not be construed as an exhaustive statement, however.  Unless they begin with the word "may," the Essential Duties and Responsibilities described above are "essential functions" of the job, as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act.

HHMI is an Equal Opportunity Employer
Salary Range
$79,000.00 - 153,000.00
per Year
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Stanford, CA 94305, US