Location: USA - MA - Boston
LSP and Lab Ops Team Overview:
The Laboratory of Systems Pharmacology (LSP) is a common-use research facility that is open to any Boston-area research group. It provides flexible wet and dry research space and a wide range of laboratory equipment. Due to the lab's dynamic set of users, it is supported by a professionalized laboratory operations team (Lab Ops) and a team of staff scientists. Together, these teams ensure the safety of lab users and compliance with university and sponsor policies, as well as provide expertise in a range of experimental procedures. Lab Ops is also responsible for ordering lab reagents, supplies, and equipment in a way that is efficient and provides the best opportunities for preferential pricing. This is typically achieved through batching orders from individual users and negotiating reduced rates for large purchases.
Partnerships within HMS:
Due to the wide range of tasks, the Research Operations Manager (ROM) and the rest of the Lab Ops team, serving as points of contact and coordinating with a variety of school units is essential. Following are some of the key interactions that currently take place:
Research Operations Manager (ROM):
- Strategic Procurement for complex purchases, vendor master agreements, and asset management/audits
- Environmental Health and Safety for annual lab inspections, use/storage/disposal of hazardous agents, chemical inventories, and ongoing consultations to discuss research needs
- Custodial Services, Facilities, Security, Shipping & Receiving, IT, etc.
The ROM will be part of the Lab Ops team, playing an essential role in facilitating the research and collaborative relationships of scientists from regional institutions and affiliated hospitals in a unique and dynamic environment.
Due to the multidisciplinary nature of the position, the ideal candidate possesses excellent interpersonal and communication skills with colleagues at all levels, as well as the ability to work independently and take on new responsibilities in a fast-paced environment. The ROM plays a highly visible and impactful supporting role, engaging in all aspects of the day-to-day operation and maintenance of multiple research spaces. Exceptional dependability, attention to detail, and time management skills, as well as good judgment and the ability to problem solve, are critical qualities for success.
The responsibilities of the ROM will include administrative and scientific duties. Examples of these duties include processing complex purchase requests, drafting research documents (e.g., SOPs and COMS protocols), and managing small molecule compounds. The ideal candidate for this position is results-driven and seeks new opportunities for growth.
- Bachelor's degree required.
- Minimum of 5 years' relevant work experience.
Additional Qualifications and Skills
- Master's degree in a science field preferred.
- Strong computer skills, especially in MS Office suite products and other complex web-based data systems.
- Serve as the primary contact and have the responsibility of addressing the lab's before- and after-hour needs.
- The ability to easily commute to campus to address equipment alarms that require immediate, in-person attention is essential.
- Interest in biomedical research is strongly preferred.
The ability to handle hazardous materials, as well as lift, move, and transport items weighing up to 50 pounds.
Additional InformationCover letter and skills assessment required.
This is an in-person position based on our campus in Boston.
Harvard University continues to place the highest priority on the health, safety and wellbeing of its faculty, staff, and students, as well as the wider community. Please note that all new employees will be required to provide confirmation of primary series COVID-19 vaccination upon hire, as detailed on our COVID-19 Vaccine Requirement Webpage
. Harvard University Health Services employees and other health care individuals are also required to be up to date on vaccination as described by the CDC. Individuals may claim exemption from the vaccine requirement for medical or religious reasons. Additional information regarding this requirement, exemptions, verification of vaccination status, and other related policies and resources may be found on the University's COVID-19 Information Website
Please note that we are currently conducting a majority of interviews and onboarding remotely and virtually. We appreciate your understanding.
Harvard University offers an outstanding benefits package including:
- Time Off: 3 - 4 weeks paid vacation, paid holiday break, 12 paid sick days, 12.5 paid holidays, and 3 paid personal days per year.
- Medical/Dental/Vision: We offer a variety of excellent medical plans, dental & vision plans, all coverage begins as of your start date.
- Retirement: University-funded retirement plan with full vesting after 3 years of service.
- Tuition Assistance Program: Competitive tuition assistance program, incredibly affordable classes directly at the Harvard Extension School, and discounted options through participating Harvard grad schools.
- Transportation: Harvard offers a 50% discounted MBTA pass as well as additional options to assist employees in their daily commute.
- Wellness Options: Harvard offers programs and classes at little or no cost, including stress management, massages, nutrition, meditation, and complementary health services.
- Harvard access to athletic facilities, libraries, campus events, and many discounts throughout metro Boston.
The Harvard Medical School is not able to provide visa sponsorship for this position.
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