Lab Manager

University of Chicago

University of Chicago

Chicago, IL, USA
Posted on Friday, September 22, 2023


BSD PAT - Raman Lab

About the Department

The Pathology Department at the University of Chicago is an interdisciplinary department that studies the pathogenesis of disease across different disease types. Faculty include basic scientists, clinicians, and translational researchers. This at-will position is wholly or partially funded by contractual grant funding which is renewed under provisions set by the grantor of the contract. Employment will be contingent upon the continued receipt of these grant funds and satisfactory job performance.

Job Summary

The Lab Manager will assist Dr. Raman in (i) executing projects, (ii) overseeing projects at the discretion of Dr. Raman, (iii) managing lab ordering, (iv) managing lab maintenance, (v) managing lab chores to be executed by the lab. This position is the primary executor of certain projects at the discretion of Dr. Raman and engage in activities typical of graduate students in the laboratory. As the science is dynamic, this position is expected to be the primary contact point for vendors of emerging technologies, learn the emerging technologies in the lab and keep a detailed lab notebook regarding said technologies, teach these technologies to members of the lab who join, and understand that the nature of these technologies will be variable over the tenure of their position. Finally, the Lab Manager will serve as the main contact for budgetary issues and maintaining/balancing the Raman Lab budget.


  • Applies research principles and relevant subject matter knowledge relevant to administer a research project. With a moderate level of direction, manages lab and/or research-related duties and tasks. Helps develop, design and conduct research projects according to plan.

  • Supports data collection and analytical needs of research projects. Conducts literature reviews and helps write reports and manuscripts. Ensures project compliance with different policies, procedures, directives, and mandates.

  • Takes responsibility for the following non-laboratory duties: transcribing and coding data; developing data collection instruments; presenting research; and recruiting and scheduling research subjects. Acquires higher-level skills and knowledge.

  • Takes responsibility for the following laboratory duties: recognizing abnormal results and varying conditions or procedures to correct problems; setting up and performing experiments. Analyze the meaning, significance, causes, and effects of the subject.

  • Performs other related work as needed.

Minimum Qualifications


Minimum requirements include a college or university degree in related field.

Work Experience:

Minimum requirements include knowledge and skills developed through 2-5 years of work experience in a related job discipline.



Preferred Qualifications


  • Bachelor’s degree in a related field.


  • 3+ years of relevant work experience.

  • Previous experience with microbial ecology, microbial genomics, microbiome engineering, liquid handling robot experience preferably with the Dispendix brand, spatial transcriptomics, single-cell transcriptomics, data analysis, lab management, linear algebra, differential geometry, information theory, understanding of Turing machines, the creation of latent spaces, and wetlab techniques.

Working Conditions

  • Lab environment.

Application Documents

  • Resume (required)

  • Cover Letter (preferred)

When applying, the document(s) MUST be uploaded via the My Experience page, in the section titled Application Documents of the application.

Job Family


Role Impact

Individual Contributor

FLSA Status


Pay Frequency


Scheduled Weekly Hours


Benefits Eligible


Drug Test Required


Health Screen Required


Motor Vehicle Record Inquiry Required


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