We are currently looking for a highly motivated Laboratory Manager to support the lab of Dr. Keiko Torii at the University of Texas at Austin in Austin, Texas. The Torii lab has a long-standing interest to unravel how plant stem cells function and contribute to growth and development, with specific emphasis on signal transduction pathways and underpinning genomic/epigenomic mechanisms. In addition to harnessing chemical and synthetic biology, we are designing and building synthetic signal transduction circuits to control plant growth and development suited for a changing climate. More information about the lab can be found here: https://www.plant-stomata.org/
The selected Lab Manager will be responsible for:
Compiling and maintaining critical lab databases and inventories of equipment and materials to support the lab's functions and organizing and managing daily operations of the lab’s plant science research program.
Organize and manage day-to-day lab functions as well as special projects as assigned;
Develop, implement and maintain efficient operating procedures and laboratory practices;
Maintain current knowledge of applicable health and safety regulations by interacting with designated University managers; monitor lab practices and take appropriate measures to assure continuous compliance;
Orient and train all personnel on lab safety, appropriate conduct, operating standards, and technical and administrative practices;
Oversee operation and maintenance of essential equipment and maintain all service records and contracts;
Maintain appropriate inventories of supplies and materials; purchase all supplies, materials, lab services, and equipment; manage vendor relationships, and monitor expenditures;
Oversee organization and storage of research materials, including cells, seeds, and clones; develop and maintain electronic inventory systems for all materials; verify materials to be shipped to other researchers, and oversee verification, recording, and storage of materials received from others; handle routine processes associated with Material Transfer Agreements (MTAs);
Perform assigned research tasks, such as: genotyping plants; transforming and caring for rare, transgenic, and mutant plants to promote seed propagation; constructing, isolating and analyzing plasmids; expressing and purifying recombinant proteins; using basic and advanced microscopy to characterize plant phenotypes and fluorescence protein/dye expression patterns. Specific focus on these research activities will be determined based on the experience, qualification, and preference of the selected candidate.
Evaluate new materials, research methods, computer systems, and equipment and coordinate implementation as directed.
Manage HHMI Operations budget and grant budgets, as well as UT Austin institutional funding provided for support of Dr. Torii’s research. Provide administrative support in coordination with departmental administrative staff. Coordinate utilization by the lab of University core services such as sequencing and use of greenhouse facilities.
Bachelor’s degree (Master's degree a plus) in molecular biology, genetics, cell biology, biochemistry, or plant biology is required.
At least 2-3 years of previous experience performing basic research tasks in molecular biology, plant biology, or biochemistry in a large laboratory and demonstrated understanding of the basic logic behind use of specific techniques.
Strong organizational, communication and time management skills.
Knowledge of standard safety regulations and appropriate laboratory practices applying to research in biology and biochemistry; demonstrated ability to engage others effectively in learning and applying appropriate practices
Basic computer skills (use of basic computer software, such as Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, ImageJ, Google Docs). Experience in statistical analysis (e.g., in the use of R) is a plus
Exceptional ability to be proactive and goal-oriented in organizing and overseeing lab operations.
High degree of self-motivation and skill in developing and carrying out operational plans, with consistent attention to detail.
Experience with planning and organizing team functions and coordinating ongoing team activity.
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