This is a full-time/non-exempt term position lasting six months to one year.
A Laboratory in the Department of Pathology, Microbiology, and Immunology is in need of a Lab Manager position:
This particular position will focus on the molecular epidemiology of respiratory viral infections, especially in light of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Efforts will comprise various molecular analyses of human respiratory specimens, in order to better ascertain the dynamics of person-to-person spread. Routine activities will include coordination and banking of such specimens; preparation of microbiology and molecular biology reagents; overseeing the performance of diagnostic instrumentation, and assisting other lab members in the design and execution of experiments.
The Department of Pathology, Microbiology and Immunology at Vanderbilt has a long and rich history of excellence in teaching, clinical service, and research. Our collaborative efforts in personalized medicine in cancer, pharmacogenomics and the creation of Diagnostic Management Teams are at the "leading edge" of a revolution in the practice of pathology. The department lives and breathes our mantra that we are a "laboratory of the whole" for defining the future of pathology. We are committed to taking a leadership role in both basic and translational research in these areas of focus .
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Key Functions and Expected Performances:
Develop work goals for the laboratory consistent with institutional and departmental goals and policy
Prepare laboratory work schedules;
Plan to achieve goals or establish priorities;
Initiate changes or develop new policies, procedures, and/or methods;
Provide leadership for the laboratory vision.
Ensure the most effective operation of the laboratory
Develop laboratory guidelines;
Maintain procedures manual;
Evaluate new reagents and equipment;
Perform administrative duties;
Supervise the production of routine to complex work of the laboratory;
Perform test experiment procedures relating to laboratory activities.
Ensure financial resources are utilized effectively
Indirect budgetary responsibility including budget preparation for approval by administration and monitor expenditures against the budget;
Anticipate the laboratory needs and order supplies;
Coordinate invoicing vs. work milestones for sponsor-funded research.
Ensure a safe, satisfying, and enriching environment for employees
Supervise technical staff, technologists, students and laboratory activities;
Coordinate, assign, and review work of others as it relates to laboratory activity;
Maintain personnel records and/or timesheets;
Monitor payroll reports for overtime, sick time, and vacation usage;
Ensure development of people through orientation and training programs and through work experiences;
Conduct performance reviews where applicable and ensure all other performance reviews are conducted in a timely manner;
Counsel employees with regard to disciplinary actions taken in response to violations of institutional policies or contractual provisions;
Conduct or originate staff meetings to develop resolutions to problems.
Evaluate quality assurance standards, programs, and procedures within the unit/laboratory
Ensure effective instrument/equipment use and quality control in the laboratory;
Ensure accuracy and reliability of tests/experiments.
Assist in Research and Development:
Develop new and modify existing methodology/protocols;
Perform, interpret and evaluate research;
Assemble and compile research data for presentation and/or publication;
Assist in collaborative efforts with other institutions and/or industry;
Critically review sponsor protocols.
Serve as a resource to others concerning technical problems/procedures
Consult with students, faculty, fellows, technologists, physicians, and/or clinicians about unusual and/or difficult technical problems;
Assist in performing and interpreting technical studies;
Serve as consultant on technical problems;
Instruct laboratory users on technical procedures.
Preferred Education, Skills, and Experiences:
Bachelor's degree required and 5 yrs relevant experience
Strong background in microbiology, ideally, clinical microbiology
Experience with diagnostic testing
Experience with molecular techniques
Excellent computer skills
Ability to work independently, trouble-shoot and develop methods on own
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