Research Lab Manager (Kepecs Lab)


Position summary

The Kepecs Lab seeks a dynamic and motivated individual interested in neuroscience to join our team as a lab manager. The primarily responsibilities will be to oversee laboratory operations, work with and coordinate research with lab members to ensure regulatory compliance and interact with other groups.

The Kepecs lab is a highly multi-disciplinary team, applying cutting-edge tools, high-density electrophysiological, molecular, optogenetic, optical and computational tools to understand how brains produce cognitive behaviors. By identifying the neural processes underlying specific behavioral capacities in rodents, the lab also seeks insights into what goes awry in the brain during mental illness to build a bridge from animal studies to psychiatry. Our lab is a highly collaborative environment both within the group and across other labs at Washington University School of Medicine, the US and abroad. A successful candidate in this role will promote smooth operations and contribute to multiple projects with groundbreaking fundamental and translational research potential.

This position performs, oversees and coordinates research projects. Oversees entire laboratory setting to promote smooth operation, regulatory compliance and interaction with other laboratories.

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Primary duties and responsibilities

  • With principal investigator, designs, performs and evaluates research procedures. ​
  • Performs laboratory administrative functions, such as scheduling common equipment, purchasing/maintaining contracts on equipment and procedures for record keeping systems.
  • Coordinates and supervises animal care, including IACUC protocols submissions. Helps maintain mouse colony and train new lab members in mouse breeding and colony management.
  • Helps train and supervise junior RAs, undergraduate interns and laboratory staff.
  • Oversees and directs all support activities of the lab, including human resources, budget, facility maintenance and purchasing of all lab materials.
  • Ensures compliance with laboratory safety regulations, including staff supervision and liaison with research oversight committees.
  • Develops and maintains all databases and inventories of chemicals, reagents and constructs.
  • Opportunity to assist in conducting experiments, as well as small animal procedures, behavioral training, molecular biology (e.g., DNA and RNA extraction, PCR, cloning), and immunohistochemistry and fluorescence microscopy.

Working conditions

This position works in a laboratory environment with potential exposure to biological and chemical hazards. The individual must be physically able to wear protective equipment and to provide standard care to research animals.

Preferred qualifications

  • Education in cell or molecular biology, neuroscience or a related field.
  • Team player with a high level of initiative and motivation; ability to work both independently and with a team.
  • Ability to think creatively to solve problems, and to know when to ask for help.
  • Strong software and computer skills to support laboratory operations.
  • Additional experimental skills would be welcome, such as immunohistochemistry, fluorescence microscopy, molecular biology, flow cytometry and small animal procedures.
  • Analytical and problem-solving research skills.
  • Ability to communicate in oral and written form with all levels of personnel and for technical publications.
  • Ability to prioritize tasks in a diverse environment.

Required qualifications

Master’s degree with five years of experience in research lab operations or equivalent combination of education and experience equaling 12 years.

Salary range

$59,200.00 – $107,400.00 / Annually

The salary range reflects base salaries paid for positions in a given job grade across the University. Individual rates within the range will be determined by factors including one’s qualifications and performance, equity with others in the department, market rates for positions within the same grade and department budget.

Pre-employment screening

All external candidates receiving an offer for employment will be required to submit to pre-employment screening for this position. The screenings will include criminal background check and, as applicable for the position, other background checks, drug screen, an employment and education or licensure/certification verification, physical examination, certain vaccinations and/or governmental registry checks. All offers are contingent upon successful completion of required screening.

Benefits statement

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EEO/AA statement

Washington University is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration without regard to an individual’s sex, race, color, religion, age, disability status, protected veteran status, national or ethnic origin, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation. Women, minorities, protected veterans and the disabled are strongly encouraged to apply.

Diversity statement

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