Lab Manager - Administration

California, United States
03 Dec 2020
End of advertisement period
03 Feb 2021
Contract Type
Full Time

Caltech is a world-renowned science and engineering institute that marshals some of the world's brightest minds and most innovative tools to address fundamental scientific questions. We thrive on finding and cultivating talented people who are passionate about what they do. Join us and be a part of the diverse Caltech community.

Job Summary

We are seeking a Lab Manager for the Tsao lab at Caltech. The Tsao lab ( studies the neural mechanisms underlying vision in non-human primates and mice. We study questions related to object recognition, spatial perception, memory, and consciousness. We use multiple approaches including functional MRI (fMRI), electrophysiology, widefield and two-photon imaging, and mathematical modeling. A possibility exists for a highly motivated candidate to pursue an independent research project while performing Lab Manager duties.

Job Duties

  • Onboard new lab members
  • Work with Non-Human Primates
  • Hands-on coordination of our animal colony. Overseeing the health and welfare of the animals, interfacing with animal care and veterinary staff
  • Perform positive reinforcement training of animals
  • Pairing animals and monitoring behavioral interactions
  • Assist with surgeries and anesthesia, preparing and administering medication
  • Train animals on behavioral tasks
  • Assist with fMRI experiments and other ongoing projects in the lab
  • Assist with perfusion and necrospy
  • Responsible for purchasing and maintenance of equipment and supplies and office space
  • Maintenance of laboratory records
  • Coordinate projects with other offices and labs on campus to ensure compliance and safety
  • Train new students and postdocs and certify lab personnel for specific procedures such as handling of Controlled substances and use of MRI equipment

Basic Qualifications

  • Experience in one or more of the following: animal husbandry, animal surgery, animal behavior and/or training, biomedical research, and laboratory management
  • An interest in working with non-human primates is an absolute must
  • Sense of responsibility, excellent organizational skills, love for working with animals, and desire to contribute to understanding the brain required
  • Pre-employment physical required

Required Documents

  • Resume