The Lab Manager is partof the Department of Biochemistry at the Vanderbilt School of Medicine and is akey individual contributor responsible for maintaining lab operations, orderingsupplies, and maintaining equipment for nine laboratories in the Department ofBiochemistry to ensure all labs are operating efficiently and with adherence toall Vanderbilt safety protocols.
About the Work Unit:
Biochemistry exploresthe chemistry that underpins all biological processes. Building on researchadvances, Biochemistry uses a variety of tools and approaches to open up newfrontiers and address field-bending issues of biological significance withever-increasing accuracy and detail.
Biochemistry began hereeven before the founding of Vanderbilt University with lectures being given inthe Medical Department of the University of Nashville in 1851, and with theDepartment of Biochemistry starting under that name in 1925. Through its historysince then the Department has flourished under the direction of five chairmenand currently has 20 primary faculty and a Ph.D. program.The offices andlaboratories are in Light Hall, the Robinson Research Building, thePreston Research Building,and Medical Research Building III (see maps),administratively part of the School of Medicine. Ph.D. degrees have been grantedin the Department since 1926.
Over the years, facultyin the Department of Biochemistry have received considerable recognition,including receipt of major University awards, election to the National Academy ofSciences, and a Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine (Stanley Cohen, 1986). Althoughformal ratings of biochemistry departments are not made, the Department ofBiochemistry in 2014 received more funding from the National Institutes of Healththan any other Biochemistry Department in the nation. We are proud o fourhistory and current status, and we strive towards continued excellence inresearch,training, and service in the field of biochemistry.
Key Functions andExpected Performance:
Place orders for alllaboratories
Establish an efficient ordering procedure that ensures timely arrival of needed supplies. Orders should be placed daily.
Work with individual principal investigators to ensure the appropriate funds are used for each order.
Work with individual laboratories to ensure all items are received and to follow-up with vendors if there is a delay, missing item,or item that arrives broken or otherwise unusable.
Work with vendors to obtain best pricing and obtain quotes when required
Ensure that laboratoriesare adhering to all Vanderbilt Safety guidelines
Meet with Vanderbilt safety officials as needed and respond to requests for information from Vanderbilt safety officials.
Maintain appropriate safety information and safety plans within each laboratory.
Request disposal of chemical and radioactive waste. Ensure waste is properly labeled and ready for disposal.
Perform simple lab equipment repairs such as cleaning and adjusting of pipetteman and completing routine maintenance for common equipment.
Arranging for and supervising repairs of common equipment.
Working with individual laboratories to facilitate repair of laboratory-specific equipment.
Oversee alarm monitoring for freezers.
Oversee sign-up sheets and calendars for scheduling shared equipment.
Request and coordinate biosafety cabinet certifications.
Request and supervise repairs/maintenance for issues such as HVAC, door locks, lights, computer network,and electrical issues with VUMC facilities services.
Request and coordinate housekeeping needs such as floor cleaning and polishing.
The position does nothave supervisory responsibility; the position reports administratively andfunctionally to the Principal Investigator.
A Bachelor's degree in a science field from an accredited institution of higher education isnecessary.
Experience and Skills:
At least three years of laboratory research experience is necessary.
Ability to communicate and work with a large number of people is necessary.
Computer skills to be used in business transactions (i.e. expense reports, spreadsheets, documents) are necessary.
Experience as a problem solver, self-starter, excellent communication, and responsibility is necessary.
Experience ordering supplies and communicating with vendors is preferred.
Mechanical aptitude to make minor fixes to equipment is preferred.
About Vanderbilt Benefits
In addition to offering a lively community thatencourages learning and celebrates diversity, Vanderbilt University offers a competitive, flexible benefits packageincluding health, dental, vision, life, accidental death & dismemberment,disability insurance, paid time off, and a 403(b) retirement plan with employermatch. Vanderbilt offers tuition assistance to employees, spouses and dependent children. Also, after five yearsof service, Vanderbilt will pay up to 55% of the tuition for up to threedependent children to earn a bachelor's degree. Learn more aboutVanderbilt's benefits at VU Benefits Overview.
About Vanderbilt University
Vanderbilt is a renowned private institutionfounded in 1873 and located in the heart of Nashville, Tennessee. Theuniversity's students and faculty frequently cite Nashville and the surroundingarea as one of the many perks of being a part of the Vanderbilt community.Vanderbilt University is a place where your expertise will be valued, yourknowledge expanded, and your abilities challenged. It is a place where yourdiversity is sought and celebrated. It is a place where employees know they arepart of something bigger than themselves, take exceptional pride in their workand never settle for what was good enough yesterday. Vanderbilt was recentlyranked #2 for ‘best quality of life’ and ‘great financial aid,’ #5 for ‘bestrun colleges’ and ‘beautiful campus,’ and #6 for both being in a ‘college citythat students love’ and having ‘great campus/city relations.’
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