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Laboratory Manager - Boston Area

Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI)
United States, Massachusetts, Cambridge
25 Francis Avenue (Show on map)
May 09, 2024
Primary Work Address: 300 Longwood Avenue, Boston, MA, 02115 Current HHMI Employees, click here to apply via your Workday account.

We are always open to finding self-motivated and highly organized Lab Manager candidates for potential opportunities within our labs in the greater Boston area.

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. You will be contacted by a member of our Recruitment team if your skills and experience appear to be a match for an open role.

The Lab Manager role is responsible for supervising and performing technical and administrative tasks on a day-to-day basis in support of the lab's research and operational needs. This role oversees equipment maintenance, ensures adequate supplies for experimental needs, assists the Investigator in personnel management, manages lab safety programs to ensure compliance with all applicable regulations, assists in laboratory space and facilities planning, makes recommendations for changes, maintains inventory of laboratory furniture and equipment, and serves as the liaison to both HHMI and host institution administrative offices.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Manage day-to-day activities within the research laboratory, including such activities as ensuring operation of essential equipment, making sure adequate supplies are available for routine experimental procedures, reviewing budgets, etc.

  • Act as liaison between lab and HHMI and host institution administrative offices on issues such as budget management, fixed asset inventories, purchasing, use of host accounts, etc.

  • Act as liaison between lab and host safety and regulatory offices to ensure compliance with all applicable regulations.

  • Develop laboratory guidelines; maintain procedures manuals; and/or evaluate new materials and equipment.

  • Train incoming personnel in proper lab conduct. May train others in technical areas and complex processes.

  • May carry out research project.

  • May evaluate new techniques and technology.

  • May plan for and provide working supervision to the work of Research Technicians or other junior laboratory personnel.



  • Bachelor's degree in health or physical sciences; or an equivalent combination of education and related work experience. Advanced degree is a plus.


  • Three or more years of laboratory experience including at least one year of supervisory experience.

Skills and Abilities:

  • Operational knowledge of advanced lab equipment.

  • Ability to supervise others.

  • Ability to initiate and compose communications for various purposes in an appropriate style.

  • In-depth understanding of organizational structure both within and outside the work unit, including the role of each position in the group and in other groups.

  • Ability to develop instructional material for routine training purposes.

  • Ability to review goals, analyze processes necessary to achieve those goals, and develop techniques and systems required to meet those goals. Often explores new areas and seeks opportunities to apply new knowledge to work.

Physical Requirements:

Remaining in a normal seated or standing position for extended periods of time; reaching and grasping by extending hand(s) or arm(s); dexterity to manipulate objects with fingers, for example using a keyboard; communication skills using the spoken word; ability to see and hear within normal parameters; ability to move about workspace. The position requires mobility, including the ability to move materials weighing up to several pounds (such as a laptop computer or tablet). Work may involve possible exposure to malodorous vapors, low dose radiation, contamination by toxic chemicals and acids and presence of carcinogenic substances.

Persons with disabilities may be able to perform the essential duties of this position with reasonable accommodation. Requests for reasonable accommodation will be evaluated on an individual basis.

Please Note:

This job description sets forth the job's principal duties, responsibilities, and requirements; it should not be construed as an exhaustive statement, however. Unless they begin with the word "may," the Essential Duties and Responsibilities described above are "essential functions" of the job, as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act.

HHMI is flexible to hire either a Laboratory Manager I or a Laboratory Manager II.

Laboratory Manager I - $70,070 (minimum) - $87,500 (midpoint) - $113,740 (maximum)

Pay Type: Annual

HHMI's salary structure is developed based on relevant market data. HHMI considers a candidates' education, previous experiences, knowledge, skills and abilities, as well as internal equity when making job offers. Typically, a new Laboratory Manager is compensated between the minimum and the midpoint of the salary range.

Compensation and Benefits

Our employees are compensated from a total rewards perspective in many ways for their contributions to our mission, including competitive pay, exceptional health benefits, retirement plans, time off, and a range of recognition and wellness programs. Visit our Benefits at HHMI site to learn more.

HHMI is an Equal Opportunity Employer

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