Lab Manager

University of Chicago

University of Chicago

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Posted on Friday, September 22, 2023


BSD PSY - Erickson Lab

About the Department

To honor our promise to always put our patients first and to be ever mindful of each patients dignity and individuality, we must also be at the forefront of transformative discovery and innovation in psychiatric care.

Job Summary

The Memory and Perception in Schizophrenia (MAPS) Lab was incepted in 2015 under the direction of Molly Erickson, PhD., Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neuroscience at the University of Chicago. The overarching mission of the MAPS Lab is to identify biomarkers of cognitive disruption in people with serious mental illness that can be used as a target for future treatment development.

The Laboratory Manager will be an exclusively administrative role; that is, the Lab Manager will be primarily involved in facilitating study enrollment, handling lab documentation and finances, coordinating activities and training schedules for lab personnel, and overseeing the undergraduate research assistant (URA) program. Strong problem-solving, administrative, and organizational skills are required, as is the ability to supervise others and perform duties within a collaborative academic environment. Previous experience managing a laboratory or large study strongly preferred, as is experience with psychiatric populations. Career development opportunities for a person in this role include the ability to expand work with community partners and assistance with program development for research trainees and study participants.


  • Manage day-to-day operations: (organize and lead team meetings, manage laboratory physical space and electronic files, coordinate with administrative, support and grant staff on communications, take responsibility of protocols for safety, assist with new staff onboarding and human resources, manage time approvals).

  • Handle all IRB protocols and correspondence; ensure that all study protocols are up to date.

  • Oversee all data handling, organization, and backing up; develop and modify REDCap forms for data acquisition.

  • Maintain finance documents and handle purchases for equipment and supplies; ensure that all studies have petty cash, gift cards, and parking passes available for paying research participants.

  • Interface with IT, Housekeeping, and Physical Plant to address any issues in the lab as needed.

  • Meet with clinic study teams to facilitate study recruitment referrals, including clinics within the Chicago suburbs. Thus, applicants must have a car for the purposes of traveling to these clinic locations. Mileage will be reimbursed.

  • Oversee undergraduate research assistant (URA) program; this involves onboarding students, assigning mentors, overseeing training progress, and participating in URA recruitment events.

  • Analyzes and maintains data and/or specimens. Conducts literature reviews. Assists with preparation of reports, manuscripts and other documents.

  • Maintains recruiting and scheduling research subjects; assisting with developing or amending study protocols; assisting with developing data collection tools; assisting with building databases; and providing general administrative support. Has general awareness in research techniques or methods, regulatory policies and procedures, and relevant scientific field.

  • 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 years of work experience in a related job discipline.



Preferred Qualifications


  • Experience within a clinical research environment.

  • Experience in laboratory management.

Preferred Competencies

  • Verbal and written communication skills.

  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team.

  • Ability to train others.

Application Documents

  • Resume (required)

  • Cover Letter (required)

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

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Benefits Eligible


Drug Test Required


Health Screen Required


Motor Vehicle Record Inquiry Required


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