Laboratory Manager - Jacobs-Wagner Lab

    • Palo Alto, CA

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We are currently looking for a highly motivated Laboratory Manager to support the lab of Dr. Christine Jacobs-Wagner at Stanford University in Palo Alto, CA. The Jacobs-Wagner Lab's research centers on understanding, through bacterial models, the control mechanisms underlying bacterial multiplication, deciphering the molecular mechanisms that bacteria use to organize cellular organization, and establishing how this spatiotemporal information controls the behavior of the cell. This fundamental understanding of bacterial biology is critical - it will provide a basis for the rational design of novel antibacterial strategies and allow for innovative use of bacteria in medicine, industry, and environment. In addition, the Jacobs-Wagner lab studies the Lyme disease agent Borrelia burgdorferi, revealing unsuspected ways by which this pathogen grows and causes disease. For their studies, the group uses an interdisciplinary approach that combines genetics, genomics, and biochemistry with a battery of quantitative single-cell and single-molecule microscopy techniques. More information about the lab can be found here:

This role is a critical part of the team and serves as the operational lynchpin that keeps the lab running efficiently and effectively. The ideal candidate will be incredibly organized, have a background in research or prior science training, will be interested in science administration, and have a strong desire to help move science forward. This role has a dual focus on both administrative and bench work.

Principal Responsibilities:

  • Compiling and maintaining critical lab databases and inventories of equipment and materials to finalize the lab's establishment in its new location
  • Organize and manage day-to-day lab functions as well as special projects as assigned
  • Develop, implement and maintain efficient operating procedures and laboratory practice
  • Maintain current knowledge of applicable health and safety regulations by interacting with designated University managers; monitor lab practices and take appropriate measures to assure continuous compliance
  • Orient and train all personnel on lab safety, appropriate conduct, operating standards, and technical and administrative practices
  • Oversee operation and maintenance of microscopes and other essential equipment and maintain all service records and contracts
  • Maintain appropriate inventories of supplies and materials, monitor expenditures, and manage relationships with vendors, sales reps, EHS, compliance personnel, and other stakeholders as needed
  • Actively contribute to laboratory meetings and planning sessions
  • Oversee organization and storage of bacteria and other research materials
  • Develop and maintain electronic inventory systems for all materials, verify materials to be shipped to other researchers, and oversee verification, recording, and storage of materials received from others; handle routine processes associated with Material Transfer Agreements (MTAs)
  • Conduct assigned research duties such as molecular cloning, bacterial genetics, bacterial culturing and light microscopy. Specific focus on these research activities will be determined based on the experience, qualification, and preference of the selected candidate.
  • Evaluate new materials, research methods, computer systems, and equipment and coordinate implementation as directed.


  • Bachelor of Science degree in Biology or related field is required. Candidates with advanced degrees are also encouraged to apply - final salary and job level will be adjusted as needed based on the chosen candidate's education and experience.

  • At least 3+ years of research experience in biology or related field.
  • Experience in molecular cloning, bacterial genetics, and/or light microscopy

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
  • Strong organizational skills and ability to plan effectively
  • Strong attention to detail and record keeping skills
  • Strong communication skills and ability to interact effectively with a wide variety of stakeholders
  • Knowledge of MS office software, Windows software, and Mac software
  • Ability to be a team player who can work well both with a large group and independently

HHMI is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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