George Washington University Lab Manager, CETI-MIMETIC Lab in Washington, District Of Columbia


Job Description Summary

The GWU Cancer Center is a newly established center established to address the multidimensional world of cancer by offering an interdisciplinary approach to research and treatment: pairing clinicians with immunologists, geneticists, bioengineers, microbiologists, and policy experts to offer broad exploration of the disease.

CETI (Program for Cell Enhancement and Technologies for Immunotherapy) MIMETIC, a laboratory led by Dr. Conrad Russell Cruz under the CETI program led by Dr. Catherine Bollard, established in 2017, focuses on developing cell-based immunotherapies for treating cancer. The group works with a full bench to bedside platform – developing cell products in the laboratory for subsequent infusion into patients enrolled in clinical trials.

The lab has an opening for a Laboratory Manager.

Duties include:

  • Serves as a senior scientific consultant in biomedical research in order to aid the likelihood that CETI Program objectives are reached.

  • Performs and directs laboratory work without the need of supervision and supervises and directs laboratory work for other members of the TRL and GLP laboratory.

  • Manages work assignments of staff to grants and general lab duties

  • Trains and directs employees and students in lab techniques, use of equipment, study protocols, and safety

  • Monitors and evaluates staff performance in productivity, skill level, adherence to protocols, and safety

  • Oversees and coordinates activities of the CETI MIMETIC translational research laboratory.

  • Directs the day-to-day operations of this facility, and is therefore responsible for its operational success.

  • Together with the CETI MIMETIC Director, Dr. Cruz, the lab manager defines the strategy/direction of research, designs studies, collects and analyses data, and reports results to the relevant investigators.

  • Coordinates the multiple research studies that utilize its services, and develops and implements standard operating procedures (SOPs) that aid in this effort.

  • As part of the day-to-day management of the facility, the lab manager assigns technicians to help oversee the procurement and maintenance of laboratory supplies and equipment, maintains an inventory of samples processed in the facility, monitors cost-effectiveness of existing and planned protocols, trains and directs technicians, ensures adequate training of other personnel using the facility (assistants, students, residents, fellows, post-docs, junior faculty, visiting faculty, interns, summer students), and keeps both the CETI Program Director and CETI MIMETIC Director updated through reports

  • Provides management and monitoring of grants and funding held by Principal Investigators within the CETI Program including the GMP and TRL), presenting semiannual and annual reports.

  • Manages laboratory budget and resources

  • Participates in portfolio review meetings with PIs and financial coordinator, on the basis of which are determined individual project purchases and services, ensuring efficient funding spending

  • Responsible for initiating the capital equipment purchases for the laboratory

  • Arranges the service contract negotiations on capital equipment purchases for the laboratory in agreement with PI

  • Oversees management of inventories of the lab and oversees purchasing

  • Assists PI with submission of any necessary proposals to any relevant institutional, federal, or private foundation agencies.

  • Maintains up to date knowledge of the organization’s scientific environment (e.g. regulatory bodies, strategic alliances, community partnership, etc.) and makes necessary operational changes in response

  • This position performs other duties as assigned. The omission of specific duties does not preclude the supervisor from assigning duties that are logically related to the position.

Minimum Qualifications

Qualified candidates will hold a BA/BS in a related discipline plus 5 years of relevant professional experience or, a Master’s degree or higher in a relevant area of study plus 3 years of relevant professional experience. Degree must be conferred by the start date of the position

Preferred Qualifications
  • PhD with 1 year relevant experience, or a Master’s degree preferred.

  • Proficiency in the use of wide variety of lab techniques, research equipment and research related software.

  • Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail.

  • Proven ability to communicate effectively with a multi-disciplinary research team.

  • Experience in departmental budget and personnel communication.

  • Understanding of key financial and budgetary principles and ability to apply and incorporate them into management planning and decision making.

  • Understanding of the organization’s scientific environment (e.g. regulatory bodies, strategic alliances, community partnership, etc.)


Position Designation

Essential: Employees who perform functions that have been deemed essential to maintaining business or academic operations. Employees are generally expected to work from home during an event and may be asked to physically report to work.

Required Background Check

Criminal History Screening, Education/Degree/Certifications Verification, Social Security Number Trace, and Sex Offender Registry Search

EEO Statement

The university is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer that does not unlawfully discriminate in any of its programs or activities on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or on any other basis prohibited by applicable law.

Campus Location: Foggy Bottom, Washington, D.C.

College/School/Department: School of Medicine and Health Sciences (SMHS)

Family: Research and Labs

Sub-Family: Laboratory Support

Stream: Individual Contributor

Level: Level 3

Full-Time/Part-Time: Full-Time

Hours Per Week: 40

Work Schedule: Monday through Friday, 8:30 to 5:30

Internal Applicants Only?: No

Posting Number: R000521

Job Open Date: 04/17/2018

Background Screening: Successful Completion of a Background Screening will be required as a condition of hire.