Genspace Lab Manager
The Lab Manager oversees the laboratory facility that supports all programs at Genspace. The Lab Manager is responsible for day to day lab operations and for maintaining the safety and useability of the space. The Lab Manager develops and implements lab policies, ensures maintenance of instrumentation, and mentors users of the lab. The Lab Manager will work closely with Genspace staff to plan and execute education, outreach and membership programs. Finally, the Lab Manager manages and coordinates the member-related programming at Genspace. The Lab Manager reports to the Executive Director.
Manage lab operations at the community lab facility—including ordering, inventorying, stocking and disposing of materials
Ensure that the lab facility is functioning in a safe and ethical manner, and is compliant with local, state and federal regulations
Establish and implement appropriate laboratory policies and procedures as necessary
Oversight of lab instrumentation and upgrades including contracting with and overseeing the work of external vendors; specifying, installing and operating new instrumentation; and monitoring, maintaining, and fixing lab equipment as needed
Evaluate needs of and provide lab support for Genspace courses, workshops, and other programming
Work closely with other staff to plan and execute programs
Help teach in the lab, provide hands-on instructional support (especially for school/youth programs)
Oversee work of volunteers in the lab
Participate in broader Community Biology field - share ideas, stories, listen in to what’s happening at other labs
Provide support for grant preparation and grant reporting
Ownership of member-related Genspace objectives and management/coordination of Genspace staff efforts in pursuit of these objectives
In collaboration with Genspace staff, establish and implement membership policies and update as necessary
Screen, interview, and meet with prospective members
Review and assess safety of member projects
Provide safety training, and lab orientation for new members
Mentor members and all users of the lab
Bachelor of Science in cell or molecular biology, or microbiology, or biochemistry, or closely related field. A Doctor of Philosophy, or an advanced degree with an equivalent combination of education and experience is preferred.
Minimum of 3 years of laboratory research experience working with biochemical reagents and standard molecular and biochemical techniques such as PCR, qPCR, gene editing, Western blot, CRISPR technologies, Next-Gen sequencing, etc.
Broad based understanding of biological science principles
Ability to train others in lab techniques and the ability to communicate scientific principles to the public
Knowledgeable in recognition, evaluation, and control of biologically or chemically hazardous materials, including handling, identification, properties, storage and disposal
Ability to write and develop operating procedures and perform technical reviews of research proposals
Thorough written, verbal, and interpersonal communication skills, including the ability to communicate effectively in a diverse environment
Strong analytical and organizational skills to organize, prioritize and manage the successful completion of projects within time constraints
Works effectively as part of a team with good interpersonal skills.
Skill in interacting diplomatically with persons of various educational, social and cultural backgrounds in a demanding, dynamic and stressful environment
Demonstrated ability to work independently, manage and prioritize multiple tasks, and to work with shifting priorities and schedules
Computer skills, especially database and spreadsheet applications
Ability to lift and carry 25lbs for short distances
Must be able to work occasional weekends and evenings
Send a resume, listing related skills and experience, and a cover letter to email@example.com.
Communicating Biology through Video: Science Communication Internship
The Science Communication Intern works with Genspace’s Community Manager to put together creative visual strategies that further Genspace’s mission to make science accessible to everyone through informative, educational, beautiful, and personal content. The Intern will be introduced to the basics of science communication and will translate what they learn into an educational video series about the Genspace community.
The Sci Comm Intern will:
Learn the basics of science communication from Genspace staff as well as through online webinars, workshops, and conversations with experts in the field
Develop storytelling skills including basic storyboarding, interviewing, and scripting
Further skills in shooting and editing video, including audio, and gain real world experience filming video and recording audio in the field and in the lab
Translate scientific processes into social media messaging for a diverse public
Attend and document Genspace events including classes and workshops
Meet with members of the Genspace community, including scientists, artists, community project leaders and more
Produce an original video series about Genspace
Receive a Genspace Community Membership and access to events and classes during their internship
This internship is unpaid and, in accordance with NYS laws, is only open to students.
The applicant must be a student who is either currently enrolled at an institution or starting at an institution in the following semester (as per the state requirements outline here)
The applicant must have a working knowledge of video editing software
The applicant must have a working knowledge of using DSLR cameras to shoot video
The applicant must be available for a minimum of 8 hours per week and must be available for 2-4 evening and weekend events per month
Send a resume, listing related skills and experience, and a cover letter to Rachel Haberstroh at firstname.lastname@example.org