ABOUT US: The Lipton Lab is part of the Molecular Medicine Department and the Neurodegeneration New Medicines Center at Scripps Research in La Jolla, California. The Lipton laboratory studies molecular mechanisms of neurodevelopmental and neurodegenerative diseases. The lab uses “disease-in-a-dish” models generated from patient-derived human induced pluripotent stem cells (hiPSCs) in 2D cultures and 3D-brain organoids (“mini-brains”) as well as in transgenic mouse models. These disease models are used to study aberrant redox/S-nitrosylation pathways to synaptic damage. Using these approaches, the laboratory is developing novel drugs to combat Alzheimer’s disease (AD), Parkinson’s disease (PD), Vascular dementia (VaD), and other neurodegenerative disorders, as well as autism-spectrum disorder (ASD) and intellectual and developmental disability (IDD). Tissue culture models complement whole-animal approaches. A plethora of techniques are employed including chemical biology, molecular biology, patch-clamp electrophysiology, calcium imaging, and neurobehavioral paradigms.
POSITION TITLE: Laboratory Operations Manager (Research), Lipton Lab
We are seeking a highly motivated and experienced laboratory operations manager as part of a large, collaborative team in a fast-paced research environment. The successful candidate will perform administrative, technical, and scientific duties for daily laboratory operations, thereby ensuring seamless research support.
Duties include, but are not limited to:
Assisting with monitoring laboratory budget.
Establishing positive working relationship with staff, customer service, performance improvement, and maintaining intra- and interdepartmental communication.
Supporting and delegating the responsibilities of the laboratory staff.
Assisting in the development and maintenance of lab policies, procedures and quality control practices
Providing oversight of all aspects of the laboratory management, including administrative, financial and personnel planning.
Personnel training in analytical methods and new technologies.
Ensuring lab safety compliance with Environmental Health & Safety policies and guidelines; and through safety protocol registrations and renewals.
Assisting with writing and designing of experimental animal and stem cell research protocols for IACUC and IRB approval, respectively.
Writing and collaborating with other researchers on manuscripts, abstracts and other publications of research findings.
Collaborating with other researchers on long-range plans for project/program, acting as expert in specialized area.
Organizing the onboarding of new hires, initial orientation and training
Ensuring policies and procedures are established for monitoring and assessing staff performance and competency, and whenever necessary, provide opportunities for remedial training or continuing education.
Facilitating equipment repair and laboratory maintenance
Maintaining reagent and data inventories, reagent and supply ordering,
Laboratory safety compliance through safety protocol registrations and renewals,
Talent acquisition and new hire onboarding,
Interfacing with vendors and allocating and managing laboratory resources.
The successful candidate will play a critical leadership role in the lab and report directly to the principal investigator. He/she will also work in close collaboration with the laboratory administrative coordinator and senior laboratory personnel. The position also requires management of direct-report laboratory personnel, including laboratory and research assistants. Lastly, the successful candidate will manage internal and external stakeholder interactions through cross-functional relationships, and he/she will serve as a liaison between the PI and various Institute departments and collaborators.
BS or BA with science background will be considered, Masters or Ph.D. preferred. A minimum of 5 years of relevant experience. Significant expertise in managing day-to-day laboratory operation in an academic setting. Excellent interpersonal and communication skills in English, verbal and written. Exceptional organizational skills. Ability to work in a highly dynamic environment Understanding of NIH grant application process and requirements. Familiarity with safety and compliance standards. Demonstrated critical thinking skills and troubleshooting through problem identification and innovative solutions. Proficiency in the Microsoft Office tools. This position works in a laboratory or vivarium environment. Further details of the physical requirements of established essential functions for this position will be addressed/discussed during the interview process.
COMPENSATION: The expected hiring range for this position is $74,880 to $95,597 per year, commensurate with experience. Consideration will be given to experience that exceeds the listed requirements.
The above statements describe the level of work performed and expected in general terms. The statements are not intended to list all the responsibilities, duties and/or skills required of employees so classified, and the content herein is subject to change due to the business needs of Scripps Research, with or without notice. Furthermore, nothing in this job description shall be interpreted to be in conflict with or to eliminate or modify in any way the employment-at-will status of Scripps Research staff.
The Scripps Research Institute is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We promote diversity of thought, culture and background in the fields of science. All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply and will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or any other legally protected characteristic or status. Underrepresented individuals are encouraged to apply.
The safety and well-being of our candidates, our people and their families continues to be a top priority. Until restrictions change, interviews will be conducted virtually. New hires will work remotely, unless specifically authorized for campus access.