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Senior Research Lab Manager

Harvard University
Job Location:
Cambridge, 02138
Laboratory and Research
Harvard Medical School


Position Description
Onsite laboratory manager for a large [29+ people] complex biological laboratory that has extensive use of rodent models. Responsible for writing all animal protocols and ensure compliance with federal guidelines with respect to animal care regulations. Ensure compliance with institutional and federal guidelines in health and safety. Onboarding of new personnel, including ensuring their training and compliance with Harvard and Federal guidelines. Maintenance of lab reagents (such as plasmids and antibodies), their databases, and handling requests. Maintenance of equipment, infrastructure, and space allocation. The position is responsible for maximizing the efficiency and effectiveness of the flow within the laboratory and managing the ever-increasing requirements to comply with chemical, microbiological, radionuclide, animal care and use and microbiological as well as general laboratory safety regulations. Provide training and supervision in these areas in the name of the principal investigator, and be able to command the respect of highly scientifically trained doctoral level scientists. Communication with vendors. Must be able to handle the financial activities within the laboratory including budget formulation, the ordering of supplies, maintenance of inventories, service contracts and repairs of equipment while maintaining attention to the sources and uses of grant funds for these needs. Initiation and management of orders using B2P and other methods, track supplies and expenditures on a daily/weekly/monthly basis. Responsible for keeping spending in check and communicating with principal investigator about spending levels and spending patterns. This position will direct the day-to-day operations of a large, internationally recognized Molecular Neurobiology Research Laboratory at Harvard Medical School and calls for a responsible, conscientious and detail-oriented individual. This person should be committed to facilitating the research goals of this hard-working group of investigators in a friendly yet authoritative manner. This position calls for a mature, intelligent and highly competent person who enjoys interacting with people and taking on projects as they present themselves. Position will also be involved with direct participation in the research efforts of the laboratory and occasionally scientific manuscripts.

Basic Qualifications
Bachelor's in science-related field required. 3+ years of relevant experience

Additional Qualifications and Skills
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office applications (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, etc.).
  • Experience with mouse model research.
  • Training experience.
  • Experience in oversight of laboratory personnel and in enforcing policies and regulatory guidelines with respect to safety of lab personnel.
  • Distinguished record of safety practice and maintaining compliance.
  • Must be proactive.
    Preferred experience in academic lab managements.
  • Prior research experience in molecular biology and/or neurobiology.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills.
  • Must exhibit attention to detail and have excellent organizational skills.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Must exhibit a level of maturity and competence to maintain authority in a large laboratory.
  • Good problem solving skills.
Additional Information
This is a 12-month term appointment with the possibility of renewal contingent on funding.

Offer contingent upon successful completion of a pre-placement medical evaluation.

The health of our workforce is a priority for Harvard University. With that in mind, we strongly encourage all employees to be up-to-date on CDC-recommended vaccines.

Please note that we are currently conducting a majority of interviews and onboarding remotely and virtually. We appreciate your understanding.

The Harvard Medical School is not able to provide visa sponsorship for this position.

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Work Format Details
This is an in-person position based on our campus in Boston. 

We invite you to visit Harvard's Total Rewards website ( to learn more about our outstanding benefits package, which may include:
  • Paid Time Off: 3-4 weeks of accrued vacation time per year (3 weeks for support staff and 4 weeks for administrative/professional staff), 12 accrued sick days per year, 12.5 holidays plus a Winter Recess in December/January, 3 personal days per year (prorated based on date of hire), and up to 12 weeks of paid leave for new parents who are primary care givers.
  • Health and Welfare: Comprehensive medical, dental, and vision benefits, disability and life insurance programs, along with voluntary benefits. Most coverage begins as of your start date.
  • Work/Life and Wellness: Child and elder/adult care resources including on campus childcare centers, Employee Assistance Program, and wellness programs related to stress management, nutrition, meditation, and more.
  • Retirement: University-funded retirement plan with contributions from 5% to 15% of eligible compensation, based on age and earnings with full vesting after 3 years of service.
  • Tuition Assistance Program: Competitive program including $40 per class at the Harvard Extension School and reduced tuition through other participating Harvard graduate schools.
  • Tuition Reimbursement: Program that provides 75% to 90% reimbursement up to $5,250 per calendar year for eligible courses taken at other accredited institutions.
  • Professional Development: Programs and classes at little or no cost, including through the Harvard Center for Workplace Development and LinkedIn Learning.
  • Commuting and Transportation: Various commuter options handled through the Parking Office, including discounted parking, half-priced public transportation passes and pre-tax transit passes, biking benefits, and more.
  • Harvard Facilities Access, Discounts and Perks: Access to Harvard athletic and fitness facilities, libraries, campus events, credit union, and more, as well as discounts to various types of services (legal, financial, etc.) and cultural and leisure activities throughout metro-Boston.
Job Function

Department Office Location
USA - MA - Boston

Job Code
RS0156 Researcher II Natural Science

Work Format


Salary Grade


00 - Non Union, Exempt or Temporary

Time Status

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We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, gender identity, sexual orientation, pregnancy and pregnancy-related conditions, or any other characteristic protected by law.

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