Dr. Sabrina Leslie (https://leslielab.msl.ubc.ca) at UBC Michael Smith Laboratories and Department of Physics and Astronomy is recruiting a Lab Manager. The position start date is December 1, 2020.
A more detailed description of the position and to apply, please go to the University of British Columbia’s Human Resources job portal, found here: http://www.staffcareers.ubc.ca/38555
Closing Date: November 1, 2020
Job Summary: Ensure all aspects of a single-molecule biophysics lab operates with high efficiency. The lab is pioneering unique single-molecule biotechnologies for understanding and developing new and complex large molecule drugs like antisense oligonucleotides, nanoparticle-encapsulated drugs, and antibody-conjugated therapies. The Operations Lead is a research position where organizational and advanced technical skills in biochemistry, physics and engineering will be exercised. This position supervises the daily operations of the lab to ensure smooth functioning and troubleshoots any problems that arise, and is fundamental to the ongoing success of each research project.
The Lab Operations Lead will assist the Principle Investigator in all parts of her research program. The individual will interact with laboratory personnel, other faculty, staff and students on a daily basis, as well as other Departments within and outside the University. The individual will serve as the lab contact for administrative personnel within the University and outside and perform administrative for the lab.
Lab management duties
- Oversees lab operations, which includes facilities, equipment, supplies, and finances
- Maintains a clean and fully functional lab environment
- Sets up and maintains systems, inventory, and databases
- Purchases equipment and supplies for the lab
- Maintains complete and accurate financial records related to ordering of materials and supplies
- Manages grant records for the principle investigator and prepares financial progress reports for funding agencies as needed
- Identifies and implements strategies and procedures to ensure the safe operation of the research laboratory
- Supports writing of grant applications and new opportunities for funding and collaborations
- Acts as a resource person/consultant to laboratory personnel and other investigators for research projects, including data interpretation and trouble-shooting for sample preparation and experimental design
- Coordinates weekly meetings for research team
- Facilitates appointment and reappointments for staff and students with department HR representative and provides feedback on staff performance for hiring and retaining decisions
- Trains new research personnel on equipment and protocols
- Regular preparation and maintenance of flow-cells
- Prepares macromolecular samples and analysis
- Analysis of data in student reports, presentations, and writing of manuscripts
- Plans, designs and carries out microscopy experiments, as well as control experiments with other tools
- Develops new protocols and techniques in consultation with supervisor
- Documents standard operating procedures for developed methodology
- Troubleshoots procedures and optimization of applications to specific projects
- Acts as liaison with collaborators and other researchers
- Carries out any other related duties as required in keeping with the qualifications and requirements of positions in this classification.
Consequence of Error
Exercises a considerable amount of judgement, responsibility, and initiative related to the functioning of the lab. Incompetence or incorrect decisions could jeopardize research progress, collaborations, finances and employee safety, and adversely impact future project objectives and personnel. Poor judgment would result in loss of experimental data and delay in conducting research.
Work will be discussed with the Principle Investigator in weekly meetings or as needed. The successful applicant will be responsible for errors in their work, for reporting problems and mistakes in a timely way, and for correcting those errors.
Reports directly to the Principle Investigator to ensure priorities are addressed. Works under minimum supervision, receiving specific instructions only on unusual problems or on matters which depart significantly from established policy and procedure.
May have joint responsibility for supervising and training more junior personnel and graduate students.
Undergraduate degree in a relevant discipline or Graduation from a technical college or institute. Preference will be given to MSc, in the field of biophysics, bioengineering, biomedical engineering, physics, chemistry or biochemistry. PhD applicants are welcome to apply as well. Minimum of 4 years of related experience or the equivalent combination of education and experience. Prior experience in managing or leading others is preferred. Demonstrated experience in biophysics, engineering, design, physics, data analysis, coding, molecular biology, biochemistry, electronics. Computer experience with MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint, as well as Adobe Creative Suite, GitHub, Basecamp, and Slack and other project management and communication tools.
- Ability to develop and maintain cooperative and productive working relationships
- Ability to empathize, demonstrate patience and adapt to a wide range of people
- Effective oral and written communication skills
- Effective interpersonal, analytical, multi-tasking, and organizational skills
- Ability to effectively recruit, train, supervise, and motivate employees
- Demonstrate initiative in determining work priorities and meet deadlines
- Demonstrate flexibility and responsiveness to changing needs
- Skilled with graphic arts, drawing, web, video, publishing, writing, editing, speaking
- Ability to maintain accuracy and attention to detail, whilst not losing focus on the on the big picture
- Ability to analyze problems, identify key information and issues, and create solutions
Equity and diversity are essential to academic excellence. An open and diverse community fosters the inclusion of voices that have been underrepresented or discouraged. We encourage applications from members of groups that have been marginalized on any grounds enumerated under the B.C. Human Rights Code, including sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, racialization, disability, political belief, religion, marital or family status, age, and/or status as a First Nation, Metis, Inuit, or Indigenous person.
All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.