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Laboratory Research Leader - Pediatric Infectious Diseases

Indiana University
Indianapolis, IN
Closing date
Jan 17, 2022

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Department Information

For more than 90 years, the Department of Pediatrics at Indiana University School of Medicine has provided comprehensive medical training for medical students, residents and fellows in addition to lifelong learning opportunities for practicing physicians. The department consists of 19 specialty divisions based at Riley Hospital for Children at Indiana University Health, which is ranked as one of America's Best Children's Hospitals in 10 out of 10 specialties in US News and World Report.

The Ryan White Center for Pediatric Infectious Diseases and Global Health in the Department of Pediatrics at the Indiana University School of Medicine is a national leader in global pediatric infectious disease clinical care, research and education. With 16 clinical and research faculty, and a dedicated team of clinical and research staff, the division's focus on global child health reflects the understanding that infectious diseases know no boundaries.

We are proud to offer a full range of amazing benefits to help our employees and their families to get and stay healthy, meet educational goals, build long-term financial security, and more.

These benefits include, but are not limited to the following:
  • Medical, Dental, Vision, and Prescription Coverage
  • Life, Disability, and Accident Insurance
  • Health Savings Account with Employer Contribution
  • Tax Saving Accounts
  • Retirement Plans with Employer Contribution
  • Wellness Program
  • Paid Time Off
  • Paid Parental Leave
  • Tuition Assistance
  • Employee Assistance Program (EAP)
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Job Summary

Assist the Principal Investigator within the Wells Center for Pediatric Research, Ryan White Center for Pediatric Infectious Diseases & Global Health in conducting investigative research related to interactions between malaria and gut microbiome, malaria immunology, and the pathogenesis of severe malaria. This position will be responsible for the organization and maintenance of the lab and its personnel based in the US and overseas, mouse and human laboratory-based microbiome and immunological assays, and the preparation of completed reports/analyses. The candidate will supervise and support research personnel and maintain knowledge of scientific trends.

Department-Specific Responsibilities:
  • Independently perform a wide variety of laboratory and research tests using standard and special procedures, equipment, and examinations. Techniques include, but not limited to, flow cytometry, SPF and gnotobiotic mouse husbandry, ELISAs, DNA and RNA extraction, cell culture, PCR, qPCR, genotyping, ELISAs, and microscopy. Data analysis and writing up findings.
  • Lab management and coordination: Supervise research technician(s), postdoctoral fellows, graduate/undergraduate student workers, and hourly employees in standard procedures, methods, and techniques and serve as a resource to laboratory personnel. Coordinate assignments of laboratory personnel and monitor completion. Train all lab personnel as needed and ensure laboratory compliance with safety guidelines through the creation, implementation, and enforcement of standard operating procedures. Coordinate with international partner labs. Assistance with regulatory documents (e.g. IBC, IACUC, IRB) and MTAs.
  • Oversee the proper maintenance and organization of clinical samples, databases, and freezer/liquid nitrogen inventories. Manage reagent inventory and ordering of supplies as necessary. Oversee management of animal care, inventory, procedures, and processes. Oversee the set-up and maintenance of lab equipment. Oversee the disposal of hazardous waste.
  • Maintain knowledge of scientific trends through readings, conferences, and seminars. Independently review literature to identify suitable procedures and methods. When necessary, and with the approval of the PI, modify procedures and techniques to meet identified special needs.
  • Manage Wells Center flow cytometry equipment including, contact service provider to schedule repairs and general maintenance, conduct training on equipment for new Wells Center personnel, and answer user questions.
General Responsibilities:
  • Oversees management of laboratory including training of personnel in various techniques and analysis.
  • Conducts large-scale surveys, research projects, and complex experiments.
  • Ensures that lab safety policies and procedures are observed and maintains safety records.
  • Oversees the set-up and maintenance of lab equipment.
  • Assists in preparation of completed research reports or analyses on each project phase.
  • Maintains inventory and orders supplies as necessary; oversees the disposal of hazardous waste.
  • Maintains fiscal accountability of the program, including grant proposal development, and approves all expenditures for the laboratory.



  • Bachelor's degree in a related field and 2 years of related research experience
  • Master's degree in Science or a related field OR
  • Bachelor's degree in Science or a related field and 3 years of laboratory experience.
Combinations of related education and experience may be considered.


  • Proficient communication skills
  • Maintains a high degree of professionalism
  • Demonstrated time management and priority setting skills
  • Demonstrates a high commitment to quality
  • Excellent organizational skills
  • Excellent collaboration and team building skills
  • Effectively coaches and delivers constructive feedback
  • Instills commitment to organizational goals
  • Extensive hands-on laboratory experience
  • Ability to conduct and problem-solve experimental protocols
  • Ability to interpret experimental results, both oral and written
  • Rodent care and handling
  • Attention to detail
  • Interest in global public health research
  • Ability to learn quickly
  • Function independently
  • Communicate - in person, email, and phone - on an international scale
  • Organizational skills and the ability to manage a lab
  • Flow cytometry experience
  • Biospecimen repository management
  • Knowledge of immunological methods

Working Conditions / Demands

The role regularly requires the ability to effectively communicate. The role frequently requires the ability to move about the work environment and to position oneself to operate laboratory equipment effectively. The role requires the ability to move objects weighing up to 25 pounds and will occasionally work near moving mechanical parts. The person in this role must be able to perform the essential functions with or without an accommodation.

Work Location

Indianapolis, Indiana

Job Classification

Career Level: Operational

FLSA: Exempt

Job Function: Research

Job Family: Laboratory Research

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Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, there may be differences in the working conditions as advertised in our standard job postings (e.g., the ability to travel from one campus to another, etc.). If you are invited for an interview, please discuss your questions or concerns regarding the working conditions at that time.

This posting is scheduled to close at 11:59 pm EST on the advertised Close Date. This posting may be closed at any time at the discretion of the University, but will remain open for a minimum of 5 business days. To guarantee full consideration, please submit your application within 5 business days of the Posted Date.

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