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Research Lab Manager


Research Lab Manager

  • 533438
  • Medical Center
  • Ophthalmology
  • Full Time
  • Opening on: Jan 24 2023
  • Grade 105
  • Job Type: Officer of Administration
  • Bargaining Unit:
  • Regular/Temporary: Regular
  • End Date if Temporary:
  • Hours Per Week: 35
  • Salary Range: $70,000-$85,000
The salary of the finalist selected for this role will be set based on a variety of factors, including but not limited to departmental budgets, qualifications, experience, education, licenses, specialty, and training. The above hiring range represents the University's good faith and reasonable estimate of the range of possible compensation at the time of posting.

Position Summary

The Research Lab Manager will support a team of Principal Investigators (PI) in the Department of Ophthalmology by managing and supervising the operational activities of the research labs to ensure that all projects are running smoothly and on time. The scope of duties includes but is not limited to facility planning and maintenance, inventory control, purchasing and maintenance of laboratory equipment, fiscal and administrative services, monitoring environmental risks, and quality control within the labs.


  • Oversee on-site support to the PIs and research staff by answering questions and troubleshooting technical and administrative issues.
  • Manage a comprehensive inventory of equipment located in the labs for maintenance agreement renewals and purchases/discarded equipment.
  • Liaison with university central university offices to address facilities/EHS issues. 
  • Coordinate preparation of protocols for IRB and IACUC.
  • Work with department senior level administrative staff to implement/monitor research protocols, including DEA license renewal.
  • Onboard/offboard research faculty/staff.
  • Train new lab personnel, students, and collaborators in use of departmental lab resources.
  • Manage Purchasing and Accounts Payable for the PIs and research staff and follow-up on status of lab orders and other services.
  • Assist with purchasing of supplies and equipment.
  • Perform other duties as assigned and/or requested.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent in education and experience, plus four years of related experience.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Prior grants management and lab management experience
  • Excellent organization and communication skills.
  • Computer proficiency and experience with Excel.
  • Bright, competent, and self-motivated individual.
  • Ability to multitask in a fast-paced environment and maintain confidentiality of tasks.

Equal Opportunity Employer / Disability / Veteran

Columbia University is committed to the hiring of qualified local residents.

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