Senior Laboratory Co-ordinator for the School of Medicine

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Senior Laboratory Co-ordinator, School of Medicine

Under the direction of the PI (line-manager), the Senior Laboratory coordinator will oversee daily operations of the teaching and research laboratories of the School of Medicine, including maintaining equipment, inventory, and protocols, purchasing, and related inquiries. Coordinates lab schedules and resolve technical problems. Conducts experiments and performs routine and technically advanced assays as needed. Frequently interacts with other members of faculty and coordinates the program activities with responsibility for results in terms of costs, methods, and junior research assistants. 

The Senior Laboratory coordinator will also be responsible for computer documentation and storage of samples.

PRINCIPAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
Administers and coordinates the technical activities of junior research assistants and laboratory infrastructure. 

Coordinates user work schedules for equipment and procedure rooms. 

Develops and implements Laboratory(s) policies and procedures. Manages and coordinates operational policies and procedures; coordinate with research staff on issues which impact laboratory services. 

Maintains liaison with investigators, research personnel and staff to solve specific operating problems and improve technical activities. Advises on technical procedures, techniques and equipment, and maintain conformance with specific operational standards. 

Installs and maintains laboratory equipment in compliance with national regulations. Develops and implements quality assurance programs relating to calibration and maintenance of equipment. 

Maintains quality checks on safety of laboratories, including biohazards and insure maintenance of the facilities according to Good Laboratory Practices. 

Monitors all laboratory personnel for adherence to health and safety standards. 

Assures that the laboratory personnel are properly trained in Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) and equipment specific requirements. 

Oversees inventory and supervises distribution of lab supplies to investigators to fulfill individual requests. Monitors and replenishes inventory, when needed. 

In collaboration with PI (line-manager) is responsible for managing all lab staff including hiring, corrective action, performance evaluation, orientation and training. 

Directs and supervises training of new employees and investigators in laboratory procedures. This includes undergraduate volunteers, technicians and post-doctoral fellows. 

Responsible for financial management of lab, Develops lab budgets, analyzes trends, produces reports.

Performs specialized experiments with a high level of independence. Contributes ideas and suggestions for improvements in experimental protocols and techniques. Creates new protocols as needed. 

Participates in the development and investigation of new procedures, assays, and/or instrumentation. Writes and updates laboratory protocols and safety guidelines. Participates in the preparation of data for presentation and publication. 

Record Keeping Responsibilities: Teaches new employees how to use computerized records and database systems. Requires knowledge of Microsoft Word, Excel, and other applications. Generates new databases for lab use. Manages several product databases for lab. 

Attends professional seminar/conferences in specialized field to keep abreast of technological advances, may present data at these events. 

Performs other related duties incidental to the work described herein. 

The above statements describe the general nature and level of work being performed by individuals assigned to this classification. This is not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities and duties required of personnel so classified. 

WORKING CONDITIONS:
Fast paced environment requiring the ability to establish and readjust priorities of assigned task to meet program needs. 

SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITY:
Manage 2-3 laboratory technicians or research assistants/students. Responsible for performance evaluations, orientation and training. 

QUALIFICATIONS:
Master’s degree in Microbiology, Animal Biology, Molecular Biology, Immunology or related field is a minimum requirement. English language proficiency is strictly required.

A minimum of 6-8 years of progressively more responsible experience in a research related fields required 

Proficient wet lab bench skills preferred. 

Prior supervisory experience required 

SKILLS/ ABILITIES/ COMPETENCIES REQUIRED:
Excellent oral and written skills 
Ability to work in both team-effort situations and independently. 
Ability to organize work schedules for self and others 
Excellent judgment and ability to interpret information and protocol requirements 
Demonstrated organizational skills 
Dependability and excellent work habits 
Ability to effectively manage staff 
Aptitude in technical problem solving 
Multitasking abilities essential 
Flexibility and adaptability to changing and challenging environment 
Excellent personal computer and database skills 
Must possess strong budget skills