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Laboratory Manager - Urology

University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
Houston, Texas
Closing date
Oct 25, 2023

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The mission of The University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center is to eliminate cancer in Texas, the nation, and the world through outstanding programs that integrate patient care, research and prevention, and through education for undergraduate and graduate students, trainees, professionals, employees and the public.


The primary purpose of the Laboratory Manager is to work with the leadership team of the Urology Department, serving as the primary resource regarding establishing, maintaining and administering laboratory operations, processes and procedures to ensure the smooth operational readiness of a complex laboratory through technical expertise and effective management. This position is responsible for planning, organizing, monitoring, coordinating, assessing and improving the day-to-day operation of the laboratory.


Manages laboratory staff

• Supervise, coordinate, implement, and evaluate the various activities, functions, and procedures involving the daily section work activities.
• Coordinates these activities with the various sections and departments with which the section interacts.
• Train, supervise, schedule, coordinate, and evaluate the activities and job performance of assigned staff.
• Perform disciplinary actions as needed.
• Oversee and direct activities of clinical and anatomic pathology laboratories.
• Make recommendations to the Director of Research and Urology Administration for hire, merit increases, and promotions.
• Ensure that all safety policies and procedures are up to date and laboratory inspections are scheduled and completed as required.
• Supervises the safety and effectiveness in the laboratory to ensure the policies and procedures are adhered to and makes changes or suggestions when needed.
• Attends necessary institutional, division, and department meetings.

Manages laboratory expenditures

• Meets with Operations Manager monthly to review balances on grants
• Provides Principal Investigators with monthly summaries of grant balances
• Tracks laboratory supply expenditures in real time and provides a monthly summary of expenditures to the Principal Investigators
• Presents a fiscal summary to all laboratory members monthly

Manages laboratory data

• Meets with all new laboratory personnel to advise them of laboratory data management operating procedures
• Performs regular audits of laboratory notebooks and online databases to ensure compliance with the data management policy
• Advises the Principal Investigators of violations of the data management policy and leads disciplinary action

Ensures compliance with institutional regulations

• Continuously reviews institutional policies generated by the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee, the Institutional Biosafety Committee, Human Resources, and other entities to remain abreast of current regulations
• Oversees all inspections and monitoring procedures (wipe tests, etc)
• Ensures compliance with employee annual educational events
• Provides the Principal Investigator with monthly compliance reports

Tracks inventories and maintains laboratory stocks

• Orders all new laboratory supplies
• Maintains a database of major reagents for molecular and cell biology (antibodies, PCR primers, siRNAs, etc)
• Reviews purchase requests for redundancy
• Maintains a DNA fingerprint-validated human cell line repository

Other duties as assigned.


Required: Bachelor's degree.

Preferred: Master's degree in one of the natural sciences 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:Experience in laboratory management and supervision of personnel, management of budgets and projects, knowledge of safety and lab procedures to ensure laboratories operate smoothly, degree in biology, chemistry, biochemistry or other health and science field, self starter, excellent communication skills.

Other Requirements:

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.


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 2023 rankings. It is one of the nation's original three comprehensive cancer centers designated by the National Cancer Institute.

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