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Laboratory Manager - Shenoy Lab

Howard Hughes Medical Institute
Stanford, CA
Closing date
Jan 15, 2022

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Science, Pharmaceutical, Laboratory
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Primary Work Address: Beckman Center, Stanford, CA, 94305-5323

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We are currently seeking an experienced, self-motivated Lab Manager to manage the day-to-day operations of Dr. Krishna Shenoy's lab on-site at Stanford University. The Shenoy lab conducts neuroscience, neuroengineering, and translation research to better understand how the brain controls movement and to design medical systems to assist people with paralysis. More information about their work can be found by visiting and

This Lab Manager role will be a key part of the lab - serving as a liaison between different departments and entities and keeping a medium-sized, diverse, intellectual, collaborative laboratory running efficiently and effectively. Ideal candidates will be incredibly organized, have previous laboratory management experience, have a genuine interest in science administration, and have a strong desire to support the Shenoy lab's goals. This role's focus will be on operational, financial, and administrative management.

Principal Responsibilities:

  • Receive all non-personal research-related (not clinical or teaching-related) communication and monitor/manage a designated email inbox alongside Dr. Shenoy.
  • Work with group members, collaborators, students, postdocs, staff, and various offices on a wide variety of topics including HHMI, the Neural Prosthetic Systems Lab (NPSL) at Stanford, the Neural Prosthetics Translational Lab (NPTL) at Stanford, and the BrainGate project conducted in close collaboration with Massachusetts General Hospital, Brown University, Providence Veterans Administration, Emory University and University of California, Davis.
  • Work with Stanford finance offices and funding agency offices on various financial matters. Attend finance-related meetings and calls as needed.
  • Coordinate regular progress reports (e.g., NIH RPPRs) and maintain biosketches, other support pages, project progress, and other related documents.
  • Short range (daily or weekly) related: coordinate group meeting agendas and run group meetings, internal and guest talks/visits; paper development; websites, and some social media.
  • Medium range (weekly, monthly, or yearly) related: meet with Dr. Shenoy and his NPTL co-director Dr. Jaimie Henderson, update and maintain various items on Google Docs used for research planning, finances, recruitment, and project agendas.
  • Transform concepts/sketches of presentation slides, grant art, and other data representations from Shenoy group members into more advanced drafts and coordinate with graphic artist as needed.
  • Manage coordination with Stanford IT offices and with collaborators (e.g., BrainGate and NIH data repositories) on various IT-related matters.
  • Request price quotes and coordinate repairs for equipment as needed.


Education and Experience
  • Bachelor's degree in the biological sciences, engineering, research, or a closely related discipline is required.
  • Master's degree would be a plus.
  • A minimum of 5 years of experience in lab management, research project management, and financial administration is required.
  • Previous exposure to grant preparation, coordination, and/or management would be a plus.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
  • Strong knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, etc.), Google Suite (Docs, Sheets, etc.), and general proficiency with cloud-based systems and computers is required.
  • Strong organizational skills, attention to detail, and ability to plan effectively.
  • Strong communication skills, record keeping skills, and inventory management skills.
  • Ability to work well with a wide variety of people at all levels and from all backgrounds.
  • Ability to train staff on lab safety, conduct, policies, standards, and practices.
  • Ability to work effectively both independently and as part of a team.
  • Ability to remain calm under pressure, be responsive, and make strategic decisions.

Physical Requirements:

Remaining in a normal seated or standing position for extended periods of time; reaching and grasping by extending hand(s) or arm(s); dexterity to manipulate objects with fingers, for example using a keyboard; communication skills using the spoken word; ability to see and hear within normal parameters; ability to move about workspace. The position requires mobility, including the ability to move materials weighing up to several pounds (such as a laptop computer or tablet). Work may involve possible exposure to malodorous vapors, low dose radiation, contamination by toxic chemicals and acids and presence of carcinogenic substances.

Persons with disabilities may be able to perform the essential duties of this position with reasonable accommodation. Requests for reasonable accommodation will be evaluated on an individual basis.

Please Note:

This job description sets forth the job's principal duties, responsibilities, and requirements; it should not be construed as an exhaustive statement, however. Unless they begin with the word "may," the Essential Duties and Responsibilities described above are "essential functions" of the job, as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act.

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