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Laboratory Manager - Red-Horse 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 a proactive, self-motivated Lab Manager to manage the day-to-day operations of Dr. Kristy Red-Horse's lab on-site at Stanford University. The Red-Horse lab studies how coronary vessels of the heart develop during embryogenesis and how they regenerate following cardiac injury. Their long-term goal is to discover novel developmental mechanisms while contributing knowledge towards the advancement of clinical treatments for cardiovascular disease. The Red-Horse lab is a medium-sized, collaborative group of enthusiastic scientists that foster a culture of collaboration, support, and respect with a focus on diversity, equity, and inclusion. More information about the lab and their research can be found at

The Lab Manager will be a key contributor - serving as both the day-to-day operations 'go-to' person while also providing scientific support with various experiments and procedures. You will be incredibly organized, have a genuine interest in science administration, and have a strong desire to support the Red-Horse lab's goals. Based on your experience, capabilities, and career goals, there may be an opportunity to manage an independent research project if desired. There will also be opportunities to be included on research publications and attend seminars for professional development and networking.

Principal Responsibilities:

Research/Scientific Support (approximately 50%-70%)

  • Provide support with mouse-focused experiments including organ collection, microscopy (confocal and light sheet), breeding, weaning, genotyping, injections, euthanizing, and other related duties.
  • Partner with a fellow lab member to assist postdocs and students with mouse colony maintenance.
  • Potentially manage an independent research project if desired.

Operations/Administrative Management (approximately 30%-50%)
  • Order supplies and manage inventory, including chemical inventory.
  • Manage lab meeting schedule.
  • Coordinate with building management.
  • Maintain general upkeep of the lab's website.
  • Assist with onboarding of new lab members.
  • Contact third-party vendors/organizations for equipment purchase and repair.
  • Lead EH&S inspections and make sure lab stays up to code.
  • Work with PI and lab members on developing additional ways to make the lab run smoother and more efficiently.


Education and Experience
  • Bachelor's degree in the biological sciences is required. Degree focus in molecular biology or cell biology is preferred.
  • Demonstrated hands-on experience working in a laboratory environment is required.
  • Proficiency with standard molecular biology techniques (PCR, genotyping, immunohistochemistry, etc.) is required.
  • Previous experience with mouse colony management is preferred.
  • Previous lab management experience is preferred.
  • Previous experience with microscopy techniques (confocal and/or light sheet in particular) is preferred.
  • Any experience with mouse cardiac injury models would be a plus.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
  • Comfort and ability to work with and handle live mice on a daily basis is required.
  • Strong knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, etc.) is required.
  • Strong organizational skills with a high level of attention to detail.
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills.
  • Strong problem-solving skills with ability to analyze, think critically, and make strategic decisions.
  • Efficiency-oriented mindset with ability and enthusiasm for identifying areas of improvement within the lab.
  • 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 as needed.
  • Ability to be proactive and work well both independently and as part of a team.
  • Ability to remain calm under pressure and operate with tact, poise, and professionalism.

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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