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Administrative Lab Manager - Hansen lab

Company: Buck Institute
Location: Novato
Posted on: June 6, 2021

Job Description:


The new Hansen lab is inviting highly qualified, inquisitive scientists to apply for a position as Administrative Lab Manager. Our research seeks to understand how the basic cellular recycling process called autophagy is regulated during aging, using the nematode C. elegans and mammalian cell culture systems and a combination of biochemical, imaging, and genetic approaches. The ideal candidate has a strong background in molecular biology techniques; has experience working with C elegans and mammalian cell culture; and is a veteran lab manager/administrator familiar with regulatory, training, and logistics tasks with the supervisory background to mentor junior technical staff on biochemical, genetic, and sophisticated imaging procedures used in these systems. This individual is also proficient with writing regulatory submissions, processing and proofreading technical reports, grant proposals, manuscripts, and/or other materials. The Admin Lab Manager must be able to work independently as well as nurture lab cohesiveness and team development.


  • Organize and oversee the daily operation of the office and research lab.
  • Onboard, train and supervise staff, overseeing the quality and accuracy of their work.
  • Maintain a clean, safe laboratory, holding people accountable for results.
  • Obtain quotes and develop maintenance, calibration, and training protocols for specialized laboratory major and small equipment/instruments.
  • Author, review, and approve SOPs, analytical methods, protocols, and reports.
  • Oversee/perform laboratory research/instruction, inventory planning and purchasing Review data generated; develop and review documents for regulatory submissions.
  • Define, develop and conduct experiments that comply with applicable regulations and SOPs.
  • Liaise between the lab, internal departments and external collaborators at other research institutes, universities and government funding offices.
  • Schedule, plan and coordinate meetings, lectures, and events ranging from routine to intricate (reserve rooms, contact AV, catering, etc.).
  • Organize and audit electronic and hard lab files and records; assist in preparing capital and operating budgets.
  • Help prepare slides/graphics/software files for presentations.
  • Manage PI's calendars, email to do lists, and coordinate local and international travel.
  • Keep PI's NCBI My Bibliography, eRA Commons and Endnote library up to date.
  • Proofread/format/submit grant applications, publications, and correspondence on time.
  • Handle highly confidential material such as HR records, payroll information, recommendations and personal references with discretion.
  • Reconcile monthly accounts and prepare projections on sponsored (grants) accounts.
  • Prepare and process check requests, reimbursements, and purchase orders; balance visa statements; process timesheets; order office supplies.
  • Present to cross-functional teams, effectively communicating critical issues to staff at all levels within the organization.
  • Interact in a constructive and collaborative manner, both internally and externally, that appropriately represents the Hansen laboratory and creates a positive learning and motivating environment.


Education and Experience

  • Degree in Biology, Biochemistry, Chemistry or related field
  • 5+ years' experience within a non-profit academic research setting

Specialized Skills

  • Strong experimental and analytical skills; expertise in both C elegans and mammalian cell culture systems.
  • In-depth knowledge of aging biology, including both theory and practice.
  • Grants Administration experience highly desirable.
  • Advanced knowledge using Excel, Word and Prism (Mac or PC) is required.
  • Works successfully in both a team/matrix environment and independently.
  • Able to manage multiple priorities and project timelines in a fast-pace environment.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills as demonstrated by symposia presentations and research publications in peer reviewed journals.
  • Demonstrated solid supervisory and interpersonal skills.
  • Knowledge and experience supporting development and pioneering programs in gene editing research, immunology, developmental biology, stem cell research, regenerative medicine, genetics and genomics preferred.


  • Exciting, dynamic work environment at the forefront of science using state-of-the-art techniques
  • Competitive (academic/non-profit research institute/North Bay) salary commensurate with experience
  • Generous benefits package including health insurance, paid parental leave, generous vacation and 401(k) with 5% employer match
  • Collaborative environment - both for science and social activities


Our success will ultimately change healthcare. At the Buck, we aim to end the threat of age-related diseases for this and future generations by bringing together the most capable and passionate scientists from a broad range of disciplines to identify and impede the ways in which we age. We are an independent, non-profit institution located in Marin County, CA, with the goal of increasing human healthspan, or the healthy years of life. Globally recognized as the pioneer and leader in efforts to target aging-the number one risk factor for diseases including Alzheimer's, Parkinson's, cancer, macular degeneration, heart disease, and diabetes-the Buck seeks to help people live better longer. We are an equal opportunity employer and strive to create an atmosphere where diversity of identity, experience, and background are welcomed, valued, and supported. Candidates who contribute to this diversity are strongly encouraged to apply.


Interested candidates should apply online and upload a CV and cover letter including contact information for three professional references.

Keywords: Buck Institute, Novato , Administrative Lab Manager - Hansen lab, Other , Novato, California

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