We are seeking a Colony Laboratory Manager who will perform laboratory, scientific, and administrative tasks as required for the successful maintenance of three animal colonies associated with a systems neuroscience lab in the Department of Biomedical Engineering. Tasks include overseeing of animal husbandry techniques, coordinating animal breeding programs, maintaining inventories, ordering supplies, and training personnel. In addition, this role will be responsible for research activities that support the overall mission of the lab, including the development of transgenic lines and performing behavioral studies.
Specific Duties & Responsibilities
Responsible for the coordination of all activities in animal breeding colonies serving a systems neuroscience laboratory in the Department of Biomedical Engineering at the Johns Hopkins Medical Campus. The laboratory is active in three research areas, behavioral testing of auditory perception, neurophysiological investigations of auditory processing and creation of genetically modified animal models for scientific studies. The laboratory maintains animal breeding colonies in two locations. The successful candidate will be held accountable by Principal Investigator for all colony functions.
Coordinate overall operational elements of the laboratory with responsibility for administrative activities.
Maintain animal breeding colonies and manage the breeding program. Keep track of animals' genetic background, weights & health records. Provide oversight for animal health inspections, administration of physical exams and medications, injections, blood draws, etc. Will communicate and coordinate findings with veterinarians and Animal Resources staff to maintain good husbandry procedures, address colony needs and all animal issues. May design concepts for computer databases to appropriately track colony health and husbandry data. Perform data analysis utilizing inherently intellectual and varied methods.
Assign shared responsibilities to lab members and technicians and regularly review to ensure tasks are being completed as required by regulations and/or laboratory procedures.
Manage and prepare laboratory for yearly inspections for biosafety and other regulatory review processes.
Ordering and coordinating transfer of laboratory animals based on grant guidelines.
Oversee inventory of laboratory supplies, including intake of new orders, record keeping, and working with technicians to ensure timely ordering of supplies. Ensure compliance with the University's suite of courses in laboratory safety, biohazard, and animal welfare.
Place orders for materials and supplies, negotiating with vendors, and cost analysis of research projects.
Utilize discretion in budget preparation and forecasting. Work with the Administrative Manager to track budget and grant expenditures, make sure they are charged appropriately to sponsored accounts and adhere to grant stipulations.
Work independently on defined experiments (e.g., set up, scheduling, data acquisition) and report on the findings to the PI. Defined experiments will be focused on assisting with the creation of new transgenic lines and with behavioral studies of auditory behavior.
Responsible for orientation and training of new and temporary laboratory personnel in general duties, protocol specific laboratory skills, and equipment usage. May manage staff including recommendations for hiring, terminating and performance appraisal of a unit.
Contribute to development of laboratory systems and methods. Prepare documentation of methods and procedures. Provide professional expertise in the creation and revision of laboratory Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) and protocols. Set environmental health and safety standards and policy.
Demonstrate organization, problem solving, resourcefulness and flexibility. Manage laboratory systems consistent with JHMI policies. Occasionally lifting, carrying, pushing, pulling objects weighing up to 50 lbs.
Receive calls after routine work hours from lab members/technicians with questions or lab emergencies.
Respond to off hours calls related to colony concerns and potentially be required to report to work to address such issues outside of the standard work day.
Have a general understanding of the research lab's mission.
Capable of prioritizing own workload and managing multiple priorities to meet defined deadlines
Write and assist PI with laboratory manuscripts specifically related to methods/results/figure generation of the experiments directly performed
Perform other duties as required.
Bachelor's Degree in Biology, chemistry or related field.
Five years related experience, including proven technical knowledge and laboratory experience.
Master's Degree, with related graduate research, may substitute for experience to the extent permitted by the JHU equivalency formula.
Advanced Degree (Master's Degree or higher) in biological sciences or related fields.
Special Knowledge Skills & Abilities
Proven technical knowledge and laboratory experience.
Concise, clear, and professional communication (both verbal and written).
Excellent interpersonal, time management, and organizational skills.
Basic knowledge of operating a personal computer to access email, utilize electronic calendar systems and databases, and use of basic computer software (Microsoft Word, Outlook, Excel, Adobe).
Ability to work independently and cooperatively as a team member.
Willingness to work on some weekends and holidays for animal care related tasks.
Must be willing to travel between animal colony sites (up to 3 miles)
Able to sit in a normal seated position for extended periods.
Able to reach by extending hand(s) or arm(s) in any direction.
Finger dexterity required, able to manipulate objects with fingers rather than entire hand(s) or arm(s), e.g., use of computer keyboard.
Able to communicate using the spoken and written word.
Able to see within normal parameters and to hear within normal range.
Able to move about.
Able to lift minimum weight, 10 lbs.
Classified Title: Laboratory Manager Role/Level/Range: ACRP/04/MD Starting Salary Range: $54,080 - $74,390/Annually (Commensurate with experience) Employee group: Full Time Schedule: M-F, 8:30-5pm (some weekends) Exempt Status: Exempt Location: School of Medicine Campus Department name: SOM BME Neurosci and Neuroengineering Personnel area: School of Medicine
Please refer to the job description above to see which forms of equivalency are permitted for this position. If permitted, equivalencies will follow these guidelines:
JHU Equivalency Formula: 30 undergraduate degree credits (semester hours) or 18 graduate degree credits may substitute for one year of experience. Additional related experience may substitute for required education on the same basis. For jobs where equivalency is permitted, up to two years of non-related college course work may be applied towards the total minimum education/experience required for the respective job.
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