MD Anderson Cancer Center Laboratory Manager - Leukemia in Houston, Texas

The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston is one of the world's most respected centers focused on cancer patient care, research, education and prevention. It was named the nation's No. 1 hospital for cancer care in U.S. News & World Report's 2017 rankings. It is one of only 49 comprehensive cancer centers designated by the National Cancer Institute.

The Laboratory Manager plans and implements all activities within a laboratory.

The salary range is: min-$73,600, mid-$92,000 and max-$110,400.


  1. Operations

· Provides general oversight for the laboratory-based operations of the Advanced Microscopy Core.

· Provides personnel training in equipment utilization and supervision in biomedical research imaging including Super-Resolution Microscopy.

· Handles administrative and strategic planning issues including equipment acquisition and maintenance, information systems issues, etc.

· Defines and develops protocols according to laboratory needs.

· Uses laboratory knowledge and expertise including in advanced optical microscopy to identify, troubleshoot and resolve laboratory imaging research and operational issues and interacts with all levels of internal and external resources to resolve problems.

· Responsible for design, execution, and effectiveness of a system of internal controls.

· Processes confidential paperwork.

· Follows up to ensure timely completion of assignments.

  1. Human Resource Coordination

· Initiates requests for new laboratory personnel. Works with PIs and MHT Research Administrator to identify potentially qualified applicants for educational appointment and assigned support positions.

· May provide direct supervision of laboratory and clerical staff in accordance with departmental and institutional policies.

  1. Procurement Services and Physical Resource Management

· Visually monitors inventories of consumable common supplies and replaces depleted items in a timely fashion to ensure continuity in lab experimental procedures. Reviews and approves requests for new common supplies and implements purchases when necessary. Works closely with and maintains open communication with appropriate departmental buyer.

· Acts as property controller for all inventoried laboratory equipment. Maintains and updates equipment manuals and records. Resolves missing equipment items. Coordinates with vendor the delivery, installation and personnel training of new equipment.

· Makes recommendations on the advisability of service contracts for major common equipment and oversees and manages service contracts.

  1. Fiscal Responsibility

· Tracks Core Facility utilization for user billing.

· Aids in fiscal year budgetary planning. Provides cost breakdown of individual P.I.'s account usage. Prepares lab operating budgets including justifications for new expenditures.

· Uses the computer to review on line status and accuracy of account records, expenditures and balances.

· Reconciles all purchase orders with purchase requisitions and delivery slips.

  1. Laboratory Safety

· Coordinates laboratory educational activities for all laboratory personnel in the department. Requires and encourages lab personnel to take safety courses and any other courses that may benefit them in their job performance, such as English as a Second Language. Plans and ensures that appropriate training of lab personnel (e.g. technicians, students, and postdoctoral fellows) is conducted with respect to proper laboratory techniques, use of laboratory equipment and supplies, and safety procedures. Coordinates with the appropriate MDACC offices to provide specialized courses when needed.

· Provides first-day new employee laboratory and basic safety orientation for all new lab personnel.

· Demonstrates and practices general laboratory safety precautions. Provides verbal and / or written instructions to lab personnel on standards and specialized laboratory safety procedures. Maintains and updates laboratory safety notebooks (e.g. MSDS, Emergency Plan, Radiation Certificates, Safety Plan, Isotope Disposal, Wipe Tests, Chemical Hygiene Plan, and Radiation Plan).

· Consults with Environmental Health and Safety personnel concerning safety procedures required for installation and usage of equipment.


Required: Bachelor's degree in one of the basic sciences or related field.


Required: Seven years experience in laboratory operations, including two years in a supervisory capacity.

It is the policy of The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center to provide equal employment opportunity without regard to race, color, religion, age, national origin, sex, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, disability, protected veteran status, genetic information, or any other basis protected by institutional policy or by federal, state or local laws unless such distinction is required by law.