WMU Homer Stryker M.D. School of Medicine

  • Senior Laboratory Manager-Center for Immunobiology

    Job Locations US-MI-Kalamazoo
    Posted Date 6 days ago(10/10/2018 5:27 PM)
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  • Overview

    Western Michigan University Homer Stryker M.D. School of Medicine is seeking a Senior Laboratory Manager within the Center for Immunobiology.  The Senior Laboratory Manager work involves basic and translational research in immunology to address key questions relating to B cell development and function in studies carried out in animal models and/or with patient samples.


    The successful applicant will have the opportunity to co-manage an innovative research lab and perform laboratory research using innovative techniques.  This is a unique role that supports the management of diverse projects while also participating in discovery-based research (http://med.wmich.edu/node/47).


    Successful applicants will have excellent writing skills and broad-based research expertise in cellular and molecular immunology, stem cell and developmental biology, and/or flow cytometry / cell-sorting techniques. The most central aspect of this position is overall management of all laboratory projects and to ensure continuity of knowledge as personnel changes. The successful candidate will also lead their own research project and participate in manuscript editing. Administrative skills are important, and other duties will be dependent on interests.



    • Communicates problems or matters of a scientific, technical and/or administrative nature within the department and interdepartmentally utilizing computer technology.
    • Conducts research independently using one’s own discretion and judgment.
    • Analyzes data and interprets results to write reports and summaries of findings.
    • Attends meetings of importance.
    • Maintains accurate records of tests conducted, results, data and patients tested including calculation of results from supplied data, obtained data and statistics for quality assurance.
    • Maintains equipment and inventory through making minor adjustments, performing scheduled maintenance, and troubleshooting major problems utilizing departmental resources and manufacturers telephone trouble lines.
    • Develops and manages instruction in laboratory technique, instrumentation, and application of laboratory test procedures to new technologists or technicians and students.
    • Assists supervisor and lab members in the development of technical procedures and protocols.
    • Organizes and prioritizes work to meet specific goals and accomplishments.
    • Assists lab members with the development of technical procedures and protocols.
    • Oversees all activities in the lab. Manages lab technician’s time and attendance.
    • Manages technician’s lab activities.
    • Evaluates lab members and provides feedback to department managers.
    • Maintains clean and efficient work area and replenishes supplies as necessary. Responsible for inventory maintenance
    • Isolates and cultures primary lymphocytes.
    • Manages and directs various assays on purified populations including one or more of the following:
    • Immunoflorescent staining
    • ELISA
    • RNA isolation/RT-PCR
    • Expression cloning
    • Protein extraction/Western blotting
    • Additional functional assays
    • Coordinates activities with collaborating investigators.
    • Prepares stock solutions and reagents.
    • Tests serum and complement.
    • Availability to work occasional overtime on weekends or evenings to complete time sensitive projects.
    • Acquires knowledge for new technology and policy/procedure revisions.
    • All other duties as assigned.


    • Ph.D. degree preferred, preferably in Biology, Chemistry, Molecular Biology, or a related field. 
    • Applications must demonstrate excellent English writing skills. 
    • Applicants should have an existing track record of research productivity and should be capable ofIndependent research.
    • Minimum five years' experience required in a research lab. Experience managing activities in a lab required.
    • Required skills include experience with four or more of the following: sterile tissue culture, flow cytometric analysis, RNA and protein extraction, vertical and horizontal gel electrophoresis, protein immunoprecipitation, Western blotting, polymerase chain reaction, and molecular cloning
    • Demonstrates the ability to recognize priorities in organization of workflow.
    • Able to perform duties independently, with a minimal need for direct supervision.

    About Western Michigan University Homer Stryker M.D. School of Medicine


    As one of the newer US medical schools, WMed is an exciting environment to pursue an academic career. The medical school is a collaboration of Western Michigan University and Kalamazoo's two teaching hospitals, Ascension Borgess Health and Bronson Healthcare. The medical school is a private 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation supported by private gifts, clinical revenues, research activities, tuition, and endowment income. WMed is fully accredited by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME) and also by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC). The inaugural medical student class graduated in 2018 after completing an innovative, patient-centered four-year curriculum that prepares them to be exceptional clinicians, leaders, educators, advocates, and researchers of tomorrow. There are more than 200 residents and fellows in ten residencies and three fellowships accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME). WMed has Joint Accreditation for interprofessional continuing education, which incorporates accreditation by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME). The School of Medicine Clinics are housed in a modern 60,000 square foot clinical building on the Oakland Drive Campus and are accredited by The Joint Commission with recognition by the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) as a Patient-Centered Medical Home. The 350,000 square foot educational building on the W.E. Upjohn M.D. Campus located in downtown Kalamazoo underwent a $78 million renovation and expansion project including two laboratory research floors and a state-of-the-art Simulation Center that is accredited by the Society for Simulation in Healthcare. The Innovation Center on the Parkview Campus is a life science, technology, and engineering incubator serving the earliest startups to maturing companies with laboratory, office and conference space, access to core scientific equipment and expertise, and a wide range of support services.


    Kalamazoo is a wonderful and vibrant city, located midway between Chicago and Detroit. It is a short distance from Lake Michigan, and home to two nationally ranked institutions of higher learning, Western Michigan University and Kalamazoo College. Kalamazoo is known for its community focus and emphasis on access to quality education at all levels. The Kalamazoo Promise is a nationally renowned program in which graduates of Kalamazoo Public Schools receive free tuition to attend public and private colleges in Michigan. Kalamazoo and Michigan provide extensive entertainment and recreational activities, including opportunities to enjoy the outdoors, unique restaurants and shops, and a strong culture supporting the arts.


    Western Michigan University Homer Stryker M.D. School of Medicine is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer of females, minorities, individuals with disabilities, and protected veterans, and actively strives to increase diversity within its community. We provide a drug- and tobacco-free workplace.


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