Laboratory Research Analyst, Psychology and Neuroscience

North Carolina, United States
27 Apr 2019
End of advertisement period
27 Jun 2019
Contract Type
Full Time

Job Description

Dr. Staci Bilbo’s Developmental Neuroimmunology Lab at Duke University ( is looking to hire a full- time Lab Research Analyst I.


Under the direction of Principal Investigator (PI), Dr. Staci Bilbo, the Lab Research Analyst I will oversee daily operations of the research laboratory, including maintaining equipment, inventory, and protocols, budget management and purchasing, and expense rectification. He/she will coordinate lab schedules and resolve technical problems, conduct experiments and perform routine and technically advanced assays as needed. He/she will frequently interact with other labs and coordinate the p frequently interact with other labs and coordinate the program activities with responsibility for results in terms of costs, methods, and employees.


Administers and coordinates the technical activities and infrastructure related to the operation of the specialized laboratory (100% Total effort as follows):

Responsible for financial management of lab. Oversees inventory and supervises distribution of lab supplies to investigators to fulfill individual requests. Monitors and replenishes inventory, when needed. Develops budgets, analyzes trends, produces reports. Participates in grant writing and proposals (35%).

Responsible for managing all lab staff in consultation with the PI, including performance evaluation, orientation and training. Directs and supervises training of new Unit employees and investigators in laboratory procedures. This includes undergraduate volunteers, technicians and graduate students (25%).

Performs specialized experiments with a high level of independence. Contributes ideas and suggestions for improvements in experimental protocols and techniques. Creates new protocols as needed. Participates in the development and investigation of new procedures, assays, and/or instrumentation. Writes and updates laboratory protocols and s updates laboratory protocols and safety guidelines. Participates in the preparation of data for presentation and publication (25%).

Develops and implements Laboratory(s) policies and procedures. Manages and coordinates operational policies and proce operational policies and procedures; coordinate with research staff on issues which impact laboratory services. Monitors Animal Facility Supervisor in teaching new investigators and employees sterile techniques. Provides instruction to new investigators in various animal techniques. Monitors compliance with good animal laboratorypractice in accordance with AALAC requirements, and reports infractions to Senior Investigator. Maintains quality checks on safety of laboratories, including biohazards and insure maintenance of the facilities according to Good Laboratory Practices. Assures that the labo Assures that the laboratory personnel are properly trained in Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) and equipment specific requirements (10%).

Responsible for supervising the mouse lines. In this respect, responsibilities include computer documentation and storage of samples; producing a compilation of assays; designing, conducting and interpreting experiments on samples from these studies (5%).

The above statements describe the general nature and level of work being performed by individuals assigned to this classification. This is not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities and duties required of personnel so classified.


B.S or B.A required in Neuroscience, Animal Biology, Molecular Biology, Immunology or related field, field, M.A. is preferred.
Proficient wet lab bench skills and animal handling skills are required.
Prior supervisory experience required.


  • Excellent oral and written skills Ability to work in both team-effort situations and independently.
  • Ability to organize work schedules for self and others
  • Excellent judgment and ability to interpret information and protocol requirements
  • Demonstrated organizational skills Dependability and excellent work habits
  • Ability to effectively manage staff Aptitude in technical problem solving
  • Multitasking abilities essential Flexibility and adaptability to changing and challenging environment
  • Excellent personal computer and data and database skills
  • Must possess strong budget skills


A variety of environmental conditions exist. Exposure to small rodent dander, wastes, bodily fluids and dust. Fast paced environment requiring the ability to establish and readjust priorities of assigned task to meet program needs.


Manage 4-5 laboratory technicians or research assistants/students. Responsible for performance evaluations, orientation and training.


The Lab Supervisor will be responsible for managing all aspects of the budget for daily operations for grants with annual direct costs of over $750,000.

Location Durham


Job Family Level 11

Full Time / Part Time FULL TIME

Regular / Temporary Regular

Shift First/Day

Minimum Qualifications

Duke University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer committed to providing employment opportunity without regard to an individual's age, color, disability, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, national origin, race, religion, sex,sexual orientation, or veteran status.

Duke aspires to create a community built on collaboration, innovation,creativity, and belonging. Our collective success depends on the robust exchange of ideas—an exchange that is best when the rich diversity of our perspectives, backgrounds, and experiences flourishes. To achieve this exchange, it is essential that all members of the community feel secure and welcome, that the contributions of all individuals are respected, and that all voices are heard. All members of our community have a responsibility to uphold these values.

Essential Physical Job Functions:

Certain jobs at Duke University and Duke University Health System may include essential job functions that require specific physical and/or mental abilities. Additional information and provision for requests for reasonable accommodation will be provided by each hiring department.


Work requires a bachelor's degree in botany, biology, zoology,psychology or other directly related scientific field.


Work requires two years of research experience. A related master's degree may offset required years of experience on a 1:1 basis, e.g., a two year master's degree in lieu of two years of experience.OR AN EQUIVALENT COMBINATION OF RELEVANT EDUCATION AND/OR EXPERIENCE