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Laboratory Manager

Company: Odyssey Systems Consulting Group, Ltd.
Location: Silver Spring
Posted on: August 2, 2022

Job Description:

Position Summary

Odyssey Systems has an exciting new opportunity for a Laboratory Manager supporting the WRAIR Center for Military Psychiatry and Neuroscience. The candidate will serve as a lead technician among several laboratory technicians. The lead technician will maintain records of laboratory supply and equipment inventory, assist the laboratory chief with inventory management, create regular supply requirements lists, track incoming and outgoing animal inventory, ensure laboratory cleanliness and organization, and coordinate efforts among multiple ongoing studies.


Duties include, but not limited to:

Receive and stay current with all required training courses to conform to Institute policies, including those related to laboratory safety, security, information management, animal care and others
Manage laboratory in accordance with WRAIR, AALAC and Safety regulations and respond to all requests for improvements in a timely manner in coordination with the PI
Manage laboratory equipment in accordance with WRAIR regulations and coordinate with outside vendors to ensure proper function and repairs as needed
Perform behavioral tests on rats, including advanced computer-controlled behavioral testing systems such as elevated plus maze, acoustic startle, open field, operant conditioning, associative conditioning, and other tests as assigned
Perform blood draws, tissue dissection, and proper processing and storage of specimens to support studies
Participates in the development of new methods, approaches, or procedures to include electrophysiological recording and animal surgeries
Process, analyze, and visualize data in graphical or other tabulated formats per laboratory standards
Manage development and maintenance of up-to-date laboratory SOPs and best laboratory practices in coordination with the PI and other research staff
Develop and demonstrate excellent and professional rapport with research assistants in the laboratory, and other Institute personnel
Proactively manage and engage in multiple ongoing laboratory efforts simultaneously to include managing lab calendar to ensure lab resources and personnel are allocated according to lab priorities with input from the PI
Manage orderly storage and inventory of purchased supplies, equipment and materials necessary to conduct experiments and maintain the laboratories, to include laboratory animals; Initiate and track purchase requests for supplies and animals with input from the PI
Draft administrative documents for submission through internal processes with minimal oversight from the PI to include but not limited to minor IACUC amendments, CAPR requests, agreement requests, purchase requests, ARC requests, PBAC requests and annual and other protocol censuses
Orient new technicians to laboratory procedures and standards as needed; coordinate lab member orientations and document proficiencies in technical skills for lab members
Coordinate with oversight departments to ensure compliance with WRAIR regulations
Adhere to scientific standards of responsible conduct of research, and scientific integrity
Perform other related managerial and non-managerial duties as required and assigned


Minimum Required Qualifications:

Citizenship: Must be a US citizen

Clearance: NACI

Education: Masters degree with a minimum of two years of experience in preclinical research OR Bachelor's degree with a minimum of 5 years' experience with progressive increases in responsibility in preclinical research


Experience working with small rodents (rats) in a laboratory setting
Experience using productivity software programs including Word, Excel, GraphPad Prism, SPSS Statistics, and others
Experience performing blood draws, tissue dissection, and proper processing and storage of specimens to support studies

Interpersonal Skills:

Excellent communication skills
Ability to work independently
Self-starter with strong critical thinking skills
Strong organizational skills

Additional Information:

Onsite at Walter Reed Army Institute of Research in Silver Spring, MD
Laboratory/office environment; may require working evenings and weekends.


Company Overview

Odyssey Systems Consulting Group, is an innovative small business committed to providing world-class technical, management, and training support services to government and public sector clients. We focus on people, processes, and performance to deliver superior results. Since our inception in 1997, our commitment to mission success and customer satisfaction has been recognized with exponential growth and exceptional past performance ratings. We accept challenging assignments and drive projects from the planning stages, through implementation, and into operations and support.

Please note: Final compensation for this position will be determined by various factors such as the Federal Government contract labor categories and contract wage rates, relevant work experience, specific skills and competencies, geographic location, education, and certifications.

Equal Opportunity Employer/Protected Veterans/Individuals with Disabilities

Keywords: Odyssey Systems Consulting Group, Ltd., Silver Spring , Laboratory Manager, Executive , Silver Spring, Maryland

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