Lab Manager

Job Description

Posting Number


Internal Recruitment


Working Title

Lab Manager

Anticipated Hiring Range

Commensurate with Experience

Work Schedule

Monday - Friday, 8:00am - 5:00pm, weekends as needed.

Job Location

Raleigh, NC


Biological Sciences

About the Department

The Department of Biological Sciences, within the College of Sciences at NC State University, is dedicated to research and teaching in a broad range of aspects of the biological sciences. The Department has strong undergraduate, graduate, and postdoctoral programs and substantial extramural support to develop and maintain integrative research programs. Additionally, the Department partners with other life sciences units across the University to enhance its mission to conduct interdisciplinary research and training programs.

The College of Sciences aims at creating a diverse, inclusive, and equitable working environment. The selected candidate will be expected to contribute intentionally to ensuring an environment that is supportive, welcoming of all groups, and abides by the cultural and behavioral aspirations in our Culture Charter.

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Essential Job Duties

The Baker Lab is opening at NC State and seeks a Research Associate (Lab Manager) starting in Jan 2023. This is a great opportunity to help build a new lab and spearhead projects in systems/behavioral neuroscience. Research in the Baker lab centers on the neural basis of hearing and the evolution of auditory systems. We use cutting-edge tools such as in vivo neural imaging, genetic tool building, connectomics, and behavior in Drosophila species to uncover how flies detect sounds.

This position will perform duties in support of neuroscience research studies including but not limited to:
  • Fly husbandry: maintaining fly stocks and managing crosses
  • Purchasing and lab organization: tracking consumable usage to maintain adequate levels
  • Maintaining laboratory protocols: writing, revising, implementing, and teaching lab protocols
  • Developing and building behavior rigs
  • Supervising undergraduate students
  • Performing experiments such as animal behavior, molecular biology (including CRISPR-Cas9 transgenesis), and related data analysis
  • Administrative tasks

The Lab Manager will be expected to:
  • independently support, develop, design, or execute moderately complex research activities for single or multiple research projects
  • participate in formulating research methods and suggest options for improving quality
  • contribute to publications, reports, and conference presentations
  • work independently to collect data and analyze research results.

Other Responsibilities

Perform other related duties as assigned.

Minimum Education and Experience

Relevant Master’s degree or B.A./B.S. in neuroscience, biology, biomedical engineering, or related field and at least two (2) years of relevant experience

Other Required Qualifications

  • Excellent communication skills
  • Strong organizational skills
  • Attention to detail
  • Careful record keeping
  • Self-motivation
  • Enthusiasm to learn new techniques

Preferred Qualifications

  • At least 2 years of relevant experience in a research lab setting.
  • Experience with research design such as literature review and problem-solving.
  • Previous experience with Drosophila, animal behavior, and/or molecular biology.
  • Computer programming skills (Matlab and/or Python).

Required License(s) or Certification(s)


Valid NC Driver's License required


Commercial Driver's License required


Job Open Date


Anticipated Close Date

Open until filled.

Special Instructions to Applicants

Please submit a resume, cover letter, and contact information for at least three (3) professional references.

Position Number


Position Type

EHRA Non-Faculty

Full Time Equivalent (FTE) (1.0 = 40 hours/week)



12 Month Recurring

Mandatory Designation - Adverse Weather

Non Mandatory - Adverse Weather

Mandatory Designation - Emergency Events

Non Mandatory - Emergency Event

Is this position partially or fully funded on ARRA stimulus monies?


Department ID

172201 - Biological Sciences


NC State University is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, gender identity, age, sexual orientation, genetic information, status as an individual with a disability, or status as a protected veteran. Individuals with disabilities requiring disability-related accommodations in the application and interview process are welcome to contact 919-515-3148 to speak with a representative at the Office of Institutional Equity and Diversity.

If you have general questions about the application process, you may contact Human Resources at (919) 515-2135 or

Final candidates are subject to criminal & sex offender background checks. Some vacancies also require credit or motor vehicle checks. Degree(s) must be obtained prior to start date in order to meet qualifications and receive credit.

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