View Vacancy -- Laboratory Manager - Neurobiology - Dr Marta Zlatic - LMB 1311

Open Date
17/06/2020, 15:30
Close Date
12/08/2020, 23:55
MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology

The MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology (LMB) is one of the birthplaces of modern molecular biology and has played an important role in the development of many new techniques, most notably protein crystallography, cryo-electron microscopy, DNA sequencing and monoclonal antibodies.  The LMB has a clear goal of understanding biological processes at the molecular level, with the ultimate aim of using this knowledge to tackle specific problems in human health and disease.  We aim to tackle difficult, long-term problems, which often require investment over many years.

There are four scientific Divisions - Structural Studies, Protein and Nucleic Acid Chemistry, Cell Biology and Neurobiology.  However, scientific collaboration between the different Divisions is extensive.  Scientists are well supported by excellent scientific facilities and by the LMB Operations Group which maintains the core infrastructure and services of the institute.

The LMB provides an unsurpassed environment for both new and established researchers.  Scientists are drawn to the LMB from all over the world, thus creating a lively and international community for the exchange of ideas and technical innovation.

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MRC - 4/5
Cambridge
£25,198 to £26,901 per annum (Band 5a), £31,305 to £34,443 per annum (Band 4a)
Fixed Term
Technical & Scientific Professionals
Full Time
Until 31/08/2024

Band 5 Laboratory Manager

Overall purpose:

Research support and lab management of Dr Marta Zlatic and Dr Albert Cardona’s groups in the MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology (LMB).

Main duties / key responsibilities:

Lab Management:
•    Send out fly stocks to external labs that require them.
•    Be the delegated person to approve all orders.
•    Liaise with lab members with the receipt of all deliveries and place in the correct locations.
•    Liaise with Lab Services with all negotiations with suppliers and contractors to obtain most competitive quotes.
•    Perform basic training for all new lab members and short-term visitors, in terms of where reagents and protocols can be found, and any other logistics questions they might have.  Conduct tours of the LMB to all new lab starters including arranging introductory meetings with the Head of Division.  
•    Organise all lab protocols and make sure each person leaves a very clear and detailed description of each experimental protocol they used during their time in the lab.
•    Ensure the lab space is kept tidy and advise lab members when equipment or consumables are not put in the proper location.
•    Organise agendas and take care of all scheduling, making sure no double bookings are made and send out calendar invites for each meeting for both the Zlatic and Cardona groups.
•    Organise all research-related travel for both the Zlatic and Cardona groups, by booking all travel tickets and accommodation for invited talks, conferences and visits for the purpose of collaborations.  This will include submitting overseas travel applications for these meetings / conferences for approval.  Prepare all reimbursement requests in liaison with the Divisional Office.
•    Set up meetings with students, visitors, and liaise with HR and the Divisional Office with regards to interview candidates.
•    Organise lab meetings both within LMB and with the personnel in PDN and Zoology.  Assemble the schedules of talks, send out calendar invites and reminders. Co-ordinate the labs that are in different locations.
•    Arrange visits (travel and accommodation) for all contractors, consultants, and scientific visitors in liaison with the Divisional Office.
•    Take care of lab-related email correspondence.
•    Monitor e-mails about server failures and replace them whenever they fail in liaison with IT and the Scientific Computing Office.

Health and Safety:
•    To work with Health and Safety (H&S) to help implement monitoring procedures and systems to record safety e.g. documentation of the use of lasers, safety laboratory inspections, licences and hazardous waste disposal. This will include considering where improvements could be made in discussion with H&S.
•    To ensure divisional rooms are safely maintained by named staff responsible for those areas. To assist staff with the writing and maintaining the Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs), risk assessments and associated documentation ensuring that they are current, reviewed when necessary, and any incidents reported promptly.

Management Information and Records:
•    To ensure all risk assessments and SOPs are in place and are reviewed as required.
•    To work closely with Lab Services and Purchasing to maintain and update the asset register including records of damage, maintenance and breakdown.

Procurement: You will give support to the groups in ordering communal consumables and minor equipment. This will include training staff on the system.

Working relationships:

You will report to Dr Marta Zlatic and will interact and collaborate with other Postdoctoral Scientists, Research Support staff and students in the group and across the LMB, and with external groups as necessary.

You will liaise with the Divisional office.

Additional information:

The above lists are not exhaustive and you are required to undertake such duties as may reasonably be requested within the scope of the post.  All employees are required to act professionally, co-operatively and flexibly in line with the requirements of the post and the MRC.  

Band 4 Laboratory Manager

Overall purpose:

Research support and lab management of Dr Marta Zlatic and Dr Albert Cardona’s groups in the MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology (LMB).

Main duties / key responsibilities:

Research support:
•    Work under the supervision of Dr Marta Zlatic.
•    Work alongside members of the Zlatic and Cardona groups in order to advance specific projects. This might be short term or longer term, depending on the need of the project. This will involve authoring scientific publications, when appropriate.
•    Become an active, creative and responsible partner of those projects.
•    Work will most likely centre around fly stock management, behaviour data generation, image analysis and connectomics on projects relating to circuit mechanisms of learning and decision-making.
•    Anatomy and behaviour data generation and analysis.
•    Manuscript draft preparation.

Lab management within the Zlatic group:
•    Instrument care and maintenance, assisted by LMB instrumentation service.
•    Overseeing the maintenance of the group fly stock collection and database.
•    Training of new arrivals and managing of lab members leaving.
•    Dealing with external requests for fly stocks.
•    Archive maintenance (lab books etc).
•    Managing visitors and scientific collaborations.
•    Monitor e-mails about server failures and replace them whenever they fail in liaison with IT and the Scientific Computing office.
•    Send out fly stocks to external labs that require them.
•    Be the delegated person to approve all orders.
•    Liaise with lab members with the receipt of all deliveries and place in the correct locations.
•    Ensure the lab space is kept tidy and advise lab members when equipment or consumables are not put in the proper location.
•    Organise all lab protocols and make sure each person leaves a very clear and detailed description of each experimental protocol they used during their time in the lab.
•    Liaise with Lab Services and Purchasing (LSP) with all negotiations with suppliers and contractors to obtain most competitive quotes.

Health and Safety:
•    To provide a leading role to champion good safety practices, culture and behaviour to oversee that the groups comply with MRC and LMB policy and guidance safety standards and procedures. To identify where improvements and enhancements could be made in discussion with H&S. To work with H&S to carry out laboratory inspections and implement actions arising from them.
•    To ensure divisional rooms are safely maintained by named staff responsible for those areas. To assist staff with the writing and maintaining the Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs), risk assessments and associated documentation ensuring that they are current, reviewed when necessary, and any incidents reported promptly.
•    To work with H&S to implement monitoring procedures and systems to record safety e.g. documentation of the use of lasers, safety laboratory inspections, licences and hazardous waste disposal. This will include considering where improvements could be made in discussion with H&S.

Equipment:
•    To manage communal equipment within the groups / division to ensure that all instrumentation is functioning correctly, working with LSP to facilitate engineer repairs as appropriate.
•    To provide training and supervision for communal equipment and identify training needs for new researchers in the use of specialist equipment.
•    To liaise with the relevant Group Leader’s to understand current and future equipment needs and to assist in the development of business cases for equipment.

Refurbishments: To ensure minor refurbishment projects meet the scientific needs of the groups, liaising, planning and co-ordinating with Estates & Facilities, H&S and also with LSP where major pieces of equipment are involved.

Management Information and Records:
•    To ensure all risk assessments and SOPs are in place and are reviewed as required.
•    To ensure accurate records are kept on biological agents and controlled drugs ordered, stored and used within the groups.
•    To work closely with LSP to maintain and update the asset register including records of damage, maintenance and breakdown.
•    To advise the groups as to the best use of available laboratory space.

Procurement:
•    You will give support to the groups in ordering communal consumables and minor equipment and this will include training staff on the system.
•    To ensure all items from 3-10K have a justified scientific need and are approved by Head of Division, and working with LSP to ensure best value for money is achieved.
•    To check for miscoded items.

Other:
•    Introduce and apply new techniques across a wide range of disciplines.
•    Ensure the research is carried out in accordance with good practice and in compliance with local polices and legal requirements.
•    Contribute to the smooth running of the research groups, division and institute.
•    Enhance your research and generic skills through a tailored development programme.
•    Identify new equipment which will assist the group programme and to present argued cases for new purchases.

Working relationships:

You will report to Dr Marta Zlatic and will interact and collaborate with other Postdoctoral Scientists, Research Support staff and students in the group and across the LMB, and with external groups as necessary.

You will liaise with the Divisional office.

Additional information:

The above lists are not exhaustive and you are required to undertake such duties as may reasonably be requested within the scope of the post.  All employees are required to act professionally, co-operatively and flexibly in line with the requirements of the post and the MRC.  

Band 5 Laboratory Manager

Education / qualifications / training required:

Essential: BSc or BA in a relevant biological subject (or equivalent experience).
Desirable: Masters degree or PhD.

Previous work experience required:

Essential:
•    Post degree experience (or equivalent) in a complex and diverse administrative / laboratory role.
•    Experience of working independently in a fast-moving environment.

Desirable:
•    Some technical experience in biology and data analysis.
•    Experience of working in a laboratory or clinical environment.
•    Administrative experience such as diary management.

Knowledge and experience:

Creativity and initiative
Essential:
•    Ability to solve problems independently and proactively.
•    Identifying relevant new minor equipment and / or techniques and presenting argued cases for new purchases.

Desirable:
•    Shown the above skills in a team environment.
•    Experience of successfully managing complex projects.

Independent working
Essential:
•    Ability to organise and prioritise your own workload.
•    Ability to work efficiently in an organised way with minimal supervision.

Desirable:
•    Able to implement published protocols / procedures independently.
•    Proven skills in working independently to solve experimental problems.

Verbal and written communication skills
Essential:
•    Good record keeping.
•    Excellent verbal communication skills, interacting with staff at all levels.
•    Excellent IT skills, including Word, Excel, Databases and On-line ordering.

Desirable:
•    Formal IT training or IT qualifications.
•    Experience in presenting scientific work, both written and orally.
•    Has made contributions to scientific papers.
•    Thesis summarising experimental work.

Mentoring
Desirable: Has experience of training others 'on the job'.

Collaborations / Influencing Skills
Essential: Has strong skills and experience in working collaboratively as a member of a team.
Desirable: Experience of an interdisciplinary academic workplace.

Personal skills / behaviours / qualities:

Essential:
•    Motivated individual with a strong desire for self and team development.
•    Organised and methodical.
•    Act with integrity and maintain confidentiality.
•    Possess good analytical, problem solving and decision-making skills and must be proactive with ability to modify and apply new methods in order to advance projects.

Desirable: A generally well-rounded person who can cope with the stresses (and rewards) of competitive international science.

Band 4 Laboratory Manager

Education / qualifications / training required:

Essential: BSc or BA in a relevant biological subject (or equivalent experience).
Desirable: Masters degree or PhD.

Previous work experience required:

Essential:
•    Some technical experience in biology and data analysis.
•    Experience of working independently in a fast-moving environment.

Desirable: Experience in neuroscience and lab management.

Knowledge and experience:

Creativity and initiative
Essential:
•    Ability to solve problems independently and proactively.
•    Experience of successfully managing complex projects.
•    Identifying relevant new minor equipment and / or techniques and presenting argued cases for new purchases.

Desirable: Shown the above skills in a team environment.

Independent working
Essential: Proven skills in working independently to solve experimental problems.
Desirable: Able to implement published protocols / procedures independently.

Verbal and written communication skills
Essential:
•    Experience in presenting scientific work, both written and orally.
•    Good record keeping.
•    Excellent verbal communication skills, interacting with staff at all levels.
•    Excellent IT skills, including Word, Excel, Databases and On-line ordering.

Desirable:
•    Has made contributions to scientific papers.
•    Thesis summarising experimental work.

Mentoring
Desirable: Has experience of training others 'on the job'.

Collaborations / influencing skills
Essential: Has strong skills and experience in working collaboratively as a member of a team.
Desirable: Experience of an interdisciplinary academic workplace.

Personal skills / behaviours / qualities:

Essential:
•    Motivated individual with a strong desire for self and team development.
•    Organised and methodical.
•    Act with integrity and maintain confidentiality.
•    Possess good analytical, problem solving and decision-making skills and must be proactive with ability to modify and apply new methods in order to advance projects.

Desirable: A generally well-rounded person who can cope with the stresses (and rewards) of competitive international science.


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