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Laboratory Manager - Vos Lab

Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI)
United States, Massachusetts, Cambridge
77 Massachusetts Avenue (Show on map)
September 18, 2023
Primary Work Address: 77 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, MA, 02139 Current HHMI Employees, click here to apply via your Workday account.

The biology lab of Dr. Seychelle Vos at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) studies transcription and genome organization using integrative structural biology (e.g., cryo-EM, X-ray crystallography, crosslinking mass spectrometry) and biochemistry. For more information about the lab and their work, please visit

About the Lab Manager role:
You will hold an integral role within a new and growing lab - directing the day-to-day operations involved in running the lab and serving as both a collaborative partner to Dr. Vos and the primary liaison between the lab and various external partners (MIT administrative offices, HHMI science operations offices, etc.). The successful candidate will have a background in the health or life sciences and be committed to fostering a collaborative, thoughtful work environment. You will be supporting day-to-day activities in the research group including helping Dr. Vos with training personnel and maintaining equipment and supplies. There will also be opportunities to carry out independent research that supports the larger mission of the lab.

This position is expected to begin on/around September 1st, 2023 in concurrence with Dr. Vos' upcoming appointment as a .

What we provide:

  • A competitive compensation package with comprehensive health and welfare benefits.

  • With the lab being located in the main biology building at MIT, you will be able to join a vibrant scientific community including interactions with researchers at various levels (undergraduate students, PhD students, postdoctoral associates, visiting scientists, etc.) on a regular basis.

  • The lab is steps away from Kendall Square and minutes from downtown Boston

  • Access to HHMI's Udemy on-demand training courses and interactive skill-building seminars taught by members of our learning and organization development team.

  • Partnering with an investigator that has a deep and demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and mentorship.

  • Opportunities to learn new skills in biochemistry and structural biology and to develop new approaches for the group.

What you'll do:

  • Manage day-to-day activities within the research laboratory, including activities surrounding operation of essential equipment, ensuring that adequate supplies are available for routine experiments, reviewing budgets, etc.

  • Act as a liaison between HHMI and MIT administrative offices on issues such as budget management, inventories, purchasing, and use of host accounts

  • Develop laboratory guidelines, maintain procedure manuals, and evaluate new materials and/or equipment

  • Coordinate shipment of materials

  • Carry out research projects that support the overall aims of the lab (e.g., assist with molecular cloning, protein purification, etc.)

  • Train incoming personnel in proper lab conduct.

  • Interact with MIT Environmental Health and Safety office to ensure lab follows appropriate safety rules

What you bring:

  • A bachelor's degree in health or life sciences is required.

  • At least 3 years of experience working in a research laboratory with at least 1 year in a supervisory role.

  • Knowledge of molecular biology techniques (cloning, protein purification, etc.) would be a plus.

  • Strong sense of self-motivation, integrity, trustworthiness, and ability to work well in a diverse environment with people from a wide variety of backgrounds.

  • Passion for efficiency, operational excellence, and process improvement.

  • Ability to work independently and prioritize.

  • Ability to develop and train members of the research group.

  • Ability to operate complex laboratory equipment.

  • Excellent problem-solving skills and high attention to detail.

  • Excellent interpersonal, organizational, communication, and teamwork skills.

  • Knowledge of computers and MS Office software.

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.

Compensation and Benefits

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Compensation Range

$89,650.00 (minimum) - $112,000.00 (midpoint) - $145,640.00 (maximum)

Pay Type:


HHMI's salary structure is developed based on relevant job market data. HHMI considers a candidate's education, previous experiences, knowledge, skills and abilities, as well as internal equity when making job offers. Typically, a new hire for this position in this location is compensated between the minimum and the midpoint of the salary range.