Lab Manager: University of Washington

Organization: School of Dentistry: Department of Oral Health Studies
University of Washington 
Date Posted: 10/20/2021
City: Seattle
State: Washington
Primary Category: Manager
Type of Position: Lab Manager

Description & Details:

As a UW employee, you have a unique opportunity to change lives on our campuses, in our state and around the world. UW employees offer their boundless energy, creative problem solving skills and dedication to build stronger minds and a healthier world.

UW faculty and staff also enjoy outstanding benefits, professional growth opportunities and unique resources in an environment noted for diversity, intellectual excitement, artistic pursuits and natural beauty. 

The Department of Oral Health Sciences (OHS) brings together faculty from different ends of the dental and oral health research spectrum into a single department that has expertise ranging from the modern experimental life sciences through the public health and behavioral sciences. OHS has the goal of improving the oral and general health and well-being of our diverse global population through research, teaching and service. OHS has a broadly defined mission that accommodates diverse faculty interests and expertise.

At present, OHS enjoys faculty expertise in areas including anatomy, biochemistry, molecular biology, microbiology, biostatistics, epidemiology, behavioral science (basic and applied), public health, dental hygiene, education, law, medicine, and clinical dentistry including faculty members with specialty training in periodontics, orthodontics, and oral medicine. OHS also sponsors the School of Dentistry’s only PhD program as well as the combined DDS-PhD program and the Masters of Science program for Dental Hygiene. Our graduate programs provide advanced interdisciplinary training for graduate students to enable them to become academic and research leaders in the dental and craniofacial sciences, and to contribute to improved understanding of human oral and systemic health and disease. OHS is committed to the principles of diversity, equity, and inclusion and to providing an environment where every employee feels welcomed, valued and appreciated.

The Department of Oral Health Sciences has an outstanding opportunity for a full-time Lab Manager who will report directly to the Principal Investigator, Robert Cornell. Current projects study the gene regulatory networks governing differentiation of 1) oral epithelium and 2) melanocytes. A third project is to identify non-coding that directly affect risk for orofacial cleft. The successful candidate will provide broad support for carrying out research projects funded by the NIH and others. This individual must be able to work independently and with little oversight on multiple research projects. While the PI will plan the overall projects, the lab manager oversee the coordination of experiments, management of budgets and timelines, project compliance with regulations, help with IRB reporting, management of postings to the project website, and arranging the agenda for investigator meetings. This individual will assist the investigative team in setting up online surveys, work with project statistician in managing data from parent and staff surveys, help to train staff, and coordinate activities in the study sites.

Research, Experiments, Investigations, Evaluations

  • Develop and implement research plan either independently or in conjunction with other investigators. Conduct complex research in a specialized discipline.
  • Develop, troubleshoot and formulate protocols and hypotheses in a specialized field/discipline.
  • Function as a specialist/technical expert in a specific discipline(s).
  • Investigate and perform critical analysis of current literature to develop novel approaches to research either independently or in conjunction with other investigators.

Oversee husbandry of zebrafish strains

  • Maintain approximately 50 zebrafish strains by crossing them on a regular schedule and identifying heterozygous carriers in the next generation.
  • Genotyping

Administrative and Project Management

  • Oversee many of the administrative functions, including but not limited to writing and amending protocols, making decisions regarding the acquisition of equipment, software, and supplies, being responsible for the safety programs, and managing staff.


  • Develop training procedures for basic and high-level lab techniques and protocols.
  • Hire staff and evaluate performance to assure compliance with UW policies and procedures.
  • Supervise other research staff and undergraduate assistants (up to three).

Facilities and Equipment Management

  • Equipment upkeep and maintenance.
  • Determine needs of the lab and/or facilities.
  • Gather and determine specifications for highly specialized equipment and procure lab equipment.
  • Determine software needs for projects.
  • Collect and dispose of hazardous waste materials according to UW guidelines.
  • Place orders for equipment and supplies, as well as keep detailed records of their location upon arrival.

Collect, Analyze and Summarize Data; Prepare Reports; Contribute to Manuscripts, Publications

  • Contribute at a high level to the lab/research project as evidenced by documented recognition in publications as an author or for technical assistance.
  • May independently write papers, manuscripts, grant applications, and publish.
  • Develop new methodology and techniques related to the area of research.
  • Develop the statistical analysis plan and oversee its implementation.
  • Perform complex statistical analysis of data using advanced statistical methods and tools.
  • Perform qualitative data analysis and summarize results. Present at local and national meetings


  • Bachelor’s degree in genetics, cell biology, molecular biology, or developmental biology.
  • Minimum of 2 years experience in research coordination, project coordination or equivalent experience.

Equivalent education/experience will substitute for all minimum qualifications except when there are legal requirements, such as a license/certification/registration.


  • Experience in molecular biology methods, including sub-cloning, PCR, RNA-seq, ChIP-seq, CUT&RUN, ATAC-seq, and/or single-cell seq.
  • Experience in model systems for instance zebrafish, Xenopus, mouse, and/or tissue culture.

To Apply:

The application process for UW positions may include completion of a variety of online assessments to obtain additional information that will be used in the evaluation process.  These assessments may include Workforce Authorization, Cover Letter and/or others.  Any assessments that you need to complete will appear on your screen as soon as you select “Apply to this position”. Once you begin an assessment, it must be completed at that time; if you do not complete the assessment you will be prompted to do so the next time you access your “My Jobs” page. If you select to take it later, it will appear on your "My Jobs" page to take when you are ready. Please note that your application will not be reviewed, and you will not be considered for this position until all required assessments have been completed.

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