Laboratory Manager - Advanced Microscopy Core (Leukemia)

Houston, Texas
July 13 2021
Health Sciences
Organization Type
The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston is one of the world's most respected centers focused on cancer patient care, research, education and prevention. It was named the nation's No. 1 hospital for cancer care in U.S. News & World Report's 2019 rankings. It is one of the nation's original three comprehensive cancer centers designated by the National Cancer Institute.

The Laboratory Manager manages the Advanced Microscopy Core facility including equipment operation and coordinate administrative activity with the Principal Investigator including business related projects, operational, and safety activities of laboratory operations. Ensures operations are effective, efficient, and meet regulatory guidelines. Manages fiscal, operational, and safety related outcomes.


Operations, Human Resource Coordination & Fiscal Responsibility
  • Provides general oversight for the laboratory-based operations of the Advanced Microscopy Core.
  • Provides personnel training in equipment utilization and supervision in biomedical research imaging including Super-Resolution Microscopy.
  • Handles administrative and strategic planning issues including equipment acquisition and maintenance, information systems issues, etc.
  • Defines and develops protocols according to laboratory needs.
  • Uses laboratory knowledge and expertise including in advanced optical microscopy to identify, troubleshoot and resolve laboratory imaging research and operational issues and interacts with all levels of internal and external resources to resolve problems.
  • Responsible for design, execution, and effectiveness of a system of internal controls.
  • Processes confidential paperwork.
  • Follows up to ensure timely completion of assignments.
  • Initiates requests for new laboratory personnel. Works with PIs and MHT Research Administrator to identify potentially qualified applicants for educational appointment and assigned support positions.
  • May provide direct supervision of laboratory and clerical staff in accordance with departmental and institutional policies.
  • Tracks Core Facility utilization for user billing.
  • Aids in fiscal year budgetary planning. Provides cost breakdown of individual P.I.'s account usage. Prepares lab operating budgets including justifications for new expenditures.
  • Uses the computer to review on line status and accuracy of account records, expenditures and balances.
  • Reconciles all purchase orders with purchase requisitions and delivery slips.

Procurement Services and Physical Resource Management
  • Visually monitors inventories of consumable common supplies and replaces depleted items in a timely fashion to ensure continuity in lab experimental procedures. Reviews and approves requests for new common supplies and implements purchases when necessary. Works closely with and maintains open communication with appropriate departmental buyer.
  • Acts as property controller for all inventoried laboratory equipment. Maintains and updates equipment manuals and records. Resolves missing equipment items. Coordinates with vendor the delivery, installation and personnel training of new equipment.
  • Makes recommendations on the advisability of service contracts for major common equipment and oversees and manages service contracts.

Laboratory Safety
  • Enforces personnel safety for Class IV lasers.
  • Coordinates laboratory educational activities for all laboratory personnel in the department. Requires and encourages lab personnel to take safety courses and any other courses that may benefit them in their job performance, such as English as a Second Language. Plans and ensures that appropriate training of lab personnel (e.g. technicians, students, and postdoctoral fellows) is conducted with respect to proper laboratory techniques, use of laboratory equipment and supplies, and safety procedures. Coordinates with the appropriate MDACC offices to provide specialized courses when needed.
  • Provides first-day new employee laboratory and basic safety orientation for all new lab personnel.
  • Demonstrates and practices general laboratory safety precautions. Provides verbal and / or written instructions to lab personnel on standards and specialized laboratory safety procedures. Maintains and updates laboratory safety notebooks (e.g. MSDS, Emergency Plan, Radiation Certificates, Safety Plan, Isotope Disposal, Wipe Tests, Chemical Hygiene Plan, and Radiation Plan).
  • Consults with Environmental Health and Safety personnel concerning safety procedures required for installation and usage of equipment.


Required: Bachelor's degree in one of the basic sciences or related field.

Preferred: Master's degree in Biology or related field.


Required: Seven years experience in laboratory operations to include two years in a supervisory capacity. Successful completion of the LEADing Self Accelerate program may substitute for one year of required supervisory or management experience.

Preferred: Five years experience with Live Cell and Super-Resolution Fluorescence Microscopy and Class IV lasers safety.


Required: Must pass pre-employment skills test as required and administered by Human Resources.

It is the policy of The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center to provide equal employment opportunity without regard to race, color, religion, age, national origin, sex, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, disability, protected veteran status, genetic information, or any other basis protected by institutional policy or by federal, state or local laws unless such distinction is required by law.

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