WMU Homer Stryker M.D. School of Medicine

  • Research Laboratory Manager

    Job Locations US-MI-Kalamazoo
    Posted Date 2 weeks ago(11/27/2018 1:23 PM)
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  • Overview

    Western Michigan University Homer Stryker M.D. School of Medicine is seeking a Research Laboratory Manager within the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery.  Responsible for handling daily research work and scientific developing.  An experienced professional in research to respond with management skills, organization, technical supervision as well as maintain research lab function.


    • Communicates problems or matters of a scientific, technical and/or administrative nature within the department and interdepartmental utilizing computer technology.
    • Conducts research independently using one’s own discretion, knowledge, and judgment.
    • Analyzes data and interprets results to write reports and summaries of findings.
    • Respond to daily operations and functions of the research lab, as well as estimate finance for the lab supplies.
    • Attends and contributes to meetings regarding matters of importance to the school of medicine.
    • 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.
    • Provides instruction in laboratory technique, instrumentation, and application of laboratory test procedures to new technologists or technicians and students.
    • Organizes and prioritizes work to meet specific goals and accomplishments.
    • Manages and guides lab members with the development of technical procedures and protocols.
    • Manages lab technician’s lab activities and time management.
    • Provides feedback to lab members and department managers.
    • Maintains a clean and efficient work area and replenishes supplies as necessary. Responsible for inventory maintenance.
    • Isolates and cultures primary muscle or tendon or other tissue cells and stem cells.
    • Stem cell application by using animal studies.
    • Manages and performs various assays on purified populations including one or more of the following:
    • Cellular proliferation and differentiation assess
    • Immunofluorescent staining: immunocytochemistry or immunohistochemistry
    • ELISA
    • RNA isolation/RT-PCR
    • Protein extraction/Western blotting
    • Small animal handling and surgical assistant
    • Prepares stock solutions and reagents.
    • Biopsy tissue section with histological analysis, such HE staining.
    • Availability to work occasional overtime on weekends or evenings to complete time-sensitive projects.
    • Acquires knowledge for new technology and policy/procedure revisions.
    • Respond to daily operations and functions of the research lab, as well as estimate finance for the lab supplies.
    • All other duties as assigned.


    • Master’s in management or MBA; Master’s degree in the health and other related disciplines considered
    • Prior experience in research lab management, preferably in the field of stem cell and molecular biology
    • Successful in leading or organizing experience in a research team
    • Supervisory experience in scientific research
    • Excellent technical skills in stem cell isolation and culture of primary musculoskeletal (muscle or tendon) or other tissues
    • Experience in stem cell application by using animal studies or similar experience with stem cell transplantation technologies is an advantage
    • Ability to communicate, troubleshoot and collaborate with teams
    • Excellent skills in research technology and application

    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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