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Senior Laboratory Manager - Dulac Lab

HHMI - Howard Hughes Medical Institute
Cambridge, Massachusetts (US)
$89,650.00 (minimum) - $112,000.00 (midpoint) - $145,640.00 (maximum)
Closing date
May 8, 2024

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Life Sciences, Genetics, Molecular Biology, Neuroscience
Position Type
Full Time
Job Type
Lab Manager
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The Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) advances the discovery and sharing of scientific knowledge to benefit us all. As a biomedical research organization and philanthropy, HHMI supports a vibrant community of academic researchers, educators, students, and professionals. Together, we’re unlocking the fundamentals of biology and building an open, inclusive future for science.


We are seeking an experienced Senior Lab Manager to join the team of Dr. Catherine Dulac at Harvard University. The position provides excellent opportunities for performing operational management as well as technical and scientific responsibilities. It is suited for a highly productive and dedicated individual with extensive experience managing a lab, who also wishes to spend a portion of their time at the bench.


The Dulac lab focuses on transcriptional, genetic, and optical approaches to explore the molecular and neuronal basis of instinctive social and sickness behaviors in the mouse. More information about the team and their research can be found at:


About the Senior Laboratory Manager role:
The Senior Lab Manager will play a key role in managing the day-to-day operations involved in running the lab, and serving as the primary liaison between the lab and various external partners. The ideal candidate is a highly motivated, extremely organized, engaged, proactive and resourceful individual who can multitask and thrive in a fast-paced environment. Additionally, the successful candidate will be passionate about the research being conducted in the lab and fully committed to fostering a collaborative, inclusive and team-oriented environment.


What we provide:

  • A competitive compensation package with comprehensive health and wellness benefits.

  • An opportunity to broaden research experience and contribute to publications.

  • A team that believes in mentorship, learning, and cultivating a collaborative environment.

  • Professional and educational development opportunities.

  • A vibrant and inclusive lab and research community.


What you’ll do:

  • Manage day-to-day activities within the laboratory; assure effective operation and maintenance of equipment; obtain and ensure adequate supplies for experimental needs; maintain compliance with all policies and regulations, ensure optimal organization of lab space, contributing to a safe and efficient working environment for all members.

  • Carry out research projects in collaboration with other lab members. Research activities may involve molecular biology, imaging of neural structures, performing mouse behavioral assays, or surgeries for virus injection or implanting imaging lenses into mouse brains.

  • Maintain inventories of lab equipment and scientific materials (i.e., probes, antibodies, etc.).

  • Establish and maintain online documentation system for protocols and equipment manuals/SOPs

  • Act as liaison between laboratory, HHMI staff and host institution staff to achieve scientific goals.  Coordinate with these groups on projects such as fixed asset inventories, etc.

  • Manage animal protocols and act as liaison between the laboratory and animal care regulatory offices to ensure compliance with all applicable regulations.

  • Act as Lab Safety Officer, liaising with Harvard Environmental Health & Safety to maintain a safe working environment in the laboratory.

  • Train incoming personnel in proper lab conduct and may provide instruction regarding experimental protocols.  Develop instructional material for routine training purposes.

  • Maintain lab website.

  • May plan for and provide working supervision to the work of research technicians or other laboratory personnel, including training and mentoring of team members.


What you bring:

  • Ph.D. in life sciences or equivalent combination of education and experience is required.

  • A minimum of 6 years of research laboratory experience with at least 3 years in a supervisory/management role is required.

  • Experience in managing a molecular biology or cellular biology research laboratory is preferred. 

  • Proven ability to perform highly complex experiments with high levels of reliability and accuracy within time constraints. 

  • Experience with mouse husbandry and genetics required.

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

  • Ability to review goals, analyze processes necessary to achieve those goals, and develop techniques and systems required to meet those goals.

  • Excellent problem-solving skills, adaptability, and high attention to detail.

  • Excellent organizational, communication, interpersonal, and teamwork skills.


Please include a cover letter detailing your interest in this position as part of your application.


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

Our employees are compensated from a total rewards perspective in many ways for their contributions to our mission, including competitive pay, exceptional health benefits, retirement plans, time off, and a range of recognition and wellness programs. Visit our Benefits at HHMI site to learn more. 


Compensation Range

$89,650.00 (minimum) - $112,000.00 (midpoint) - $145,640.00 (maximum)


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HHMI’s salary structure is developed based on relevant job market data. HHMI considers a candidate's education, previous experiences, knowledge, skills and abilities, as well as internal equity when making job offers. Typically, a new hire for this position in this location is compensated between the minimum and the midpoint of the salary range.


HHMI is an Equal Opportunity Employer


For 60 years, HHMI has been moving science forward. We’re an independent, ever-evolving philanthropy that supports basic biomedical scientists and science educators with the potential for transformative impact. We invest in people, not projects. We encourage collaborative and results-driven working styles and offer an adaptable environment where employees can function at their highest level. As HHMI scientists continue to push boundaries in laboratories and classrooms, you can be sure that your contributions while working at HHMI are making a difference.

To move science forward, we need experts in areas such as communications, finance, human resources, information technology, investments, and law as well as scientists.

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