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Laboratory Manager

Institution: Lehigh University


Location: Bethlehem, PA, USA


Job Type: Full-time. The position is initially available for two years, starting in August of 2023 or as soon as possible, with the possibility of an extension depending on additional funding. Applications will be reviewed starting July 18, 2023. The position will remain open until filled.


Annual salary range: $38,000-$65,000 plus benefits, depending on qualifications.


About our group: 

We are a research group dedicated to exploring the ocean's depths and understanding its complex biological and geochemical systems. Our group focuses on unraveling the mysteries of marine life and the water it lives in through advanced molecular and chemical techniques. We seek a highly motivated and skilled Laboratory Technician to join our team and contribute to our exciting research projects.


Job Description: 

As a Laboratory Manager, you will play a crucial role in supporting our research activities. Your primary responsibilities will include assisting in the execution of laboratory procedures, maintenance of instrumentation and sampling equipment, managing and analyzing data, participating in seagoing expeditions, and ensuring the smooth functioning of the laboratory through effective organization and procurement.



  • Conduct molecular and chemical experiments, including sample preparation, DNA extraction, PCR, gel electrophoresis, and spectroscopy.

  • Conduct chemical analysis of water for pH, nutrients, major and minor ions, trace metals, and gases.

  • Perform routine laboratory tasks, such as maintaining and calibrating lab equipment, preparing reagents, and ordering necessary supplies.

  • Manage and analyze research data, including data entry, quality control, and generating reports.

  • Utilize basic computational skills to process data.

  • Lead mobilization and demobilization of field equipment, including packing and producing required documentation for transporting supplies and samples successfully. 

  • Participate in multi-week seagoing expeditions to collect deep-sea samples and data, ensuring proper handling, shipment, and storage of samples and equipment.

  • Assist in the development and optimization of experimental protocols and procedures.

  • Assist in experiments and animal husbandry.

  • Maintain accurate laboratory records, including experimental protocols, data sheets, and inventory lists.

  • Collaborate with fellow researchers and contribute to research publications and presentations.

  • Ensure compliance with laboratory and field safety protocols and maintain a clean and organized working environment.


Desired Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's or Master’s in Biology, Marine Science, Molecular Biology, or a related field. Candidates with a Ph.D. degree will also be considered.

  • Strong understanding and experience in molecular and chemical techniques, such as DNA purification, PCR, gel electrophoresis, and spectroscopy.

  • Proficient in data management and analysis using software tools like Excel, R, or Python.

  • Basic bioinformatic skills, including familiarity with genetic data and databases.

  • Previous seagoing experience, preferably in deep-sea research or marine expeditions.

  • Excellent organizational skills with the ability to manage multiple tasks simultaneously.

  • Practical procurement skills to ensure the timely acquisition of necessary supplies and equipment.

  • Strong attention to detail and commitment to maintaining accurate and organized laboratory records.

  • Ability to work both independently and collaboratively in a team-oriented research environment.

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.


How to Apply: If you are passionate about marine science and eager to contribute to groundbreaking discoveries in deep-sea research, please submit (1) your resume or CV, (2) a cover letter describing your research experience, career goals, and fit for the position, (3) contact information for three references, and (4) any relevant publications or certifications to Please include "Lab Manager - Deep-Sea" in the subject line of your email.


Note: Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted for an interview.


Lehigh University is an equal-opportunity employer. We value diversity and encourage applicants from all backgrounds to apply.

Recognized among the nation's premier research universities, Lehigh has an exciting academic community of more than 520 faculty, ~2000 graduate, and ~5600 undergraduate students. Lehigh University is strategically located in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, 84 miles west of New York City and 56 miles north of Philadelphia, with easy access to both cities. The Lehigh Valley area offers many urban and rural settings, beautiful landscapes, and affordable housing.

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