A cover letter detailing research and laboratory experiences as well as a two-page research summary is required for consideration for this position and should be attached as the first page(s) of your resume.
The Cernak lab is looking for a full-time Lab Manager to assist in the day-to-day operations of our cutting-edge research operation. We seek an energetic team member to contribute to our vibrant and dynamic research environment and chemistry lab.
In this role you will assist the Cernak Lab in the day-to-day operations of our cutting-edge research operation. The Cernak Lab is a synthetic chemistry lab with a focus on data science and medicinal chemistry. As a member of this team, the successful candidate will engage in optimizing and maintaining research instrumentation, such as UPLC-MS, Isco Automated Chromatography Units, inert atmosphere gloveboxes, solvent purification systems, and cell culture instrumentation. The primary job role will be to maintain these instruments, and other lab infrastructure, although opportunities to perform research and the requirement to perform chemical reactions will exist as a secondary responsibility. Data and compound management, such as infrastructure for storage, handling, and communication with University of Michigan IT and software vendors will be developed as a part of the role. Collaboration with industrial sponsors on service projects will be performed. Assistance with manuscript and grant writing and other lab documentation will require strong communication and writing skills.
Oversee the lab's day-to-day operations, including lab administration; lab safety; chemical and supply inventory; independent problem solving; and communications with IT, UM administration, Environmental Health and Safety, prospective students, vendors, and lab members.
Conduct research and other externally sponsored activity, including the execution of sponsor-defined chemical reactions; research related to optimizing instrumentation, lab methods, and lab infrastructure; and piloting new reagents used in chemical reactions. Analyze and report data. Prepare manuscripts for publication; edit student and PI papers, grants, presentations, etc.; and generate figures using various graphics tools.
Provide expert oversight of critical instrumentation in the lab, including the development of protocols, independent decision making, inspections, maintenance, communication with vendors, user training, development of new and optimized methods for sample detection, optimization of IT resources to ensure maximal efficiency in cross-talk of instrumentation, and coordination with Chemistry and Pharmacy IT on software rollouts and updates.
B.Sc. with 4-5 years related experience or post-graduate degree.
Lab Research Experience a must.
Ability to run chemical reactions, and help students troubleshoot chemical reactions and chemical analyses.
Excellent skills in Microsoft Office required, working knowledge of Python, Adobe Illustrator, and SciFinder are preferred but not required.
Must have excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to mentor new graduate students and postdocs on the workings of chemistry instrumentation.
Ph.D., or M.Sc. with at least 1 year of related experience
The ideal candidate will have experience working in cross-functional teams, and playing a leadership role for the younger members of our group. Being a team-player is a must. We are highly focused on laboratory safety, so experience and passion for maintaining a safe working environment is critical. Ability to identify and remedy problems with high independence is essential.
The Cernak Lab is often working on evenings and weekends, and it may be necessary to communicate with members (via email, Slack, or phone) if critical instruments break during this time.
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