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Laboratory Manager -Tagliabracci Lab

Primary Work Address: 6001 Forest Park Road, Dallas, TX, 75390-9050

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We are seeking a curious, thoughtful, and motivated Laboratory Manager to join the lab of Dr. Vincent Tagliabracci at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center. The Tagliabracci Lab wants to reveal new functions and catalytic activities for a group of enzymes that influence every aspect of cell life, from communication to division. Tagliabracci and his team study members of the protein kinase superfamily by bioinformatically identifying divergent or atypical members that are yet uncharacterized. The teamuncovers unique functions and activities using biochemistry, structural biology, and mass spectrometry. To learn more about the lab, visit their website.

In this role, you will be a key contributor within the lab - serving as both the day-to-day operations 'go-to' person while also working to ensure smooth operation of day-to-day activities and serving as a main point of contact for those in the lab encountering challenges.You will be incredibly organized, have a genuine interest in science administration, and have a strong desire to support the Tagliabracci lab's goals.Based on your experience, capabilities, and career goals, there may be an opportunity to get involved with the scientific work being conducted with the lab.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

Operational: 70%

  • Maintain current knowledge of applicable health and safety regulations and liaise with host regulatory offices (Environmental Health and Safety, DEA, IACUC) to ensure compliance with all applicable regulations; participate in periodic regulatory review.

  • Act as liaison between lab and HHMI and host institution administrative offices across the lab spaces on issues such as budget management, fixed asset inventories, purchasing, use of host accounts, etc.

  • Manage day-to-day activities within the research laboratory and ensure efficient operation of essential equipment; maintain all service records and contracts; arrange for repairs.

  • Resolve day-to-day operational issues as they are made known by co-workers.

  • Serve as primary contact in all lab operations as well as in emergencies such as power outages, freezer malfunctions, etc.

  • Ensure that adequate consumable and research material remain available for routine experimental procedures.

  • Oversee and be secondarily responsible for ordering/receiving materials via host and HHMI ordering workflow systems, train new staff on these workflows.

  • Participate in review of budgets, maintain updated list of fund numbers, advise staff to apply correct charging as appropriate.

  • Compile and maintain critical lab databases and research material inventories to support the lab's current location and in a future location.

  • Ensure labs' compliance with institutional IT requirements including computer software licenses and updates.

  • Assist with review of manuscripts and papers prior to publication

  • Provide support for onboarding/orientation functions including bench set up for new lab members and transition/handover for departing lab members.

  • May plan for and provide working supervision to the work of Research Technicians or other laboratory personnel of lower grade.

Research Support: 30%

  • Assist with research support activities, including standardizing processes and ensuring appropriate training of new lab members

  • Maintain laboratory guide and duty rotation schedule

  • Oversee the distribution of routine lab tasks among staff of the lab, which may extend to training in basic laboratory procedures (such as aseptic techniques and proper handling of research material, aliquoting, pouring plates, autoclaving, media preparation, archiving, etc.) and in routine techniques.

In addition to the duties specifically identified by this job description, the position will include other duties if and as assigned by the direct supervisor or others with supervisory authority over this position.

Skills You Bring:

  • Bachelors degree required, or equivalent combination of education and related work experience

  • Interest in scientific work, and the research being conducted by the lab

  • Prior experience working with pipetting in a research setting

  • Strong organizational skills, attention to detail, and ability to plan effectively.

  • Strong communication and record keeping skills.

  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, Outlook).

  • Exceptional written and verbal communication skills.

  • Ability to succeed in a fast-paced, collaborative laboratory environment.

  • Operational knowledge of advanced lab equipment.

  • Ability to supervise others.

  • Ability to initiate and compose written communications for various purposes in an appropriate style.

  • 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 develop instructional material for routine training purposes.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience in molecular biology a strong plus.

  • Experience creating buffers in a research setting.

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.

Compensation and Benefits

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