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Lab Manager (7376U) - 9226
University of California Berkeley

Date Posted Jul. 31, 2020
Title Lab Manager (7376U) - 9226
University University of California Berkeley
Berkeley, CA, United States
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Available immediately
  • Research Scientist/Associate
    Professional Staff
  • Biology - Biochemistry

Lab Manager (7376U) - 9226

About Berkeley

At the University of California, Berkeley, we are committed to creating a community that fosters equity of experience and opportunity, and ensures that students, faculty, and staff of all backgrounds feel safe, welcome and included. Our culture of openness, freedom and belonging make it a special place for students, faculty and staff.

The University of California, Berkeley, is one of the world's leading institutions of higher education, distinguished by its combination of internationally recognized academic and research excellence; the transformative opportunity it provides to a large and diverse student body; its public mission and commitment to equity and social justice; and its roots in the California experience, animated by such values as innovation, questioning the status quo, and respect for the environment and nature. Since its founding in 1868, Berkeley has fueled a perpetual renaissance, generating unparalleled intellectual, economic and social value in California, the United States and the world.

We are looking for equity-minded applicants who represent the full diversity of California and who demonstrate a sensitivity to and understanding of the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation, and ethnic backgrounds present in our community. When you join the team at Berkeley, you can expect to be part of an inclusive, innovative and equity-focused community that approaches higher education as a matter of social justice that requires broad collaboration among faculty, staff, students and community partners. In deciding whether to apply for a position at Berkeley, you are strongly encouraged to consider whether your values align with our Guiding Values and Principles, our Principles of Community, and our Strategic Plan.

Application Review Date

The First Review Date for this job is: August 12, 2020

Departmental Overview

Biochemistry provides an international forum for publishing exceptional, rigorous, high-impact research across all of biological chemistry. This broad scope includes studies on the chemical, physical, mechanistic, and/or structural basis of biological or cell function, and encompasses the fields of chemical biology, synthetic biology, disease biology, cell biology, nucleic acid biology, neuroscience, structural biology, and biophysics. In addition to traditional Research Articles, Biochemistry also publishes Communications, Viewpoints, and Perspectives, as well as From the Bench articles that report new methods of particular interest to the biological chemistry community.

Under the general direction of the Editor in Chief (EIC), Alanna Schepartz, this position will manage complex projects and work with personnel based in academic, administrative, and commercial entities around the world to manage day-to-day operations of the Office of the EIC of the American Chemical Society (ACS) journal Biochemistry. On a daily basis, this includes soliciting manuscripts from high-impact authors on behalf of the EIC, organizing and managing submissions for Special Issues and other initiatives, answering queries from authors, editors, and ACS staff, and reporting to the EIC and ACS staff on journal performance, especially with regards to diversity and equity.

The ideal applicant will also serve as a lab manager for the Schepartz laboratory. Duties include managing lab operations, acting as a primary point-of-contact for external stakeholders, and ensuring organization and continuity. The Schepartz lab focuses on understanding and exploiting molecular machines for chemistry, biology, and medicine.


Manages the office of the Editor in Chief of Biochemistry:
  • Serves as an initial point of contact and source of information and guidance for Biochemistry authors, reviewers, Editorial Advisory Board members, and administrative staff.
  • Manages the solicitation of Viewpoints and Perspectives totaling over 100 submissions annually.
  • Periodically conducts research to identify potential authors and topics and track author diversity.
  • Manages the solicitation, submission and selection of applicants for the Hammes Awards.
  • Will develop and refine the awards process including but not limited to communications, editorial support, recognition ceremony and honoraria.
  • Ensures communication among multiple offices for various projects and initiatives in a timely and efficient manner.
  • Coordinates special issues assigned to the Editor in Chief's Office including research and assembling front matter and communicating with various ACS staff and other managing editors.

Manages Biochemistry communications and coordinates with marketing team:
  • Responsible for communications from the Biochemistry twitter account, including regular highlights from the journal, interaction with authors and other accounts, and special projects to bring attention to the journal.
  • Supervises the preparation of correspondence, reports, nominations, recommendations, editorials, and other special projects from the office of the Editor-in-Chief.
  • Coordinates with the American Chemical Society (ACS) Managing Editor and staff and other professionals at ACS Publications Office responsible for marketing, covers, layout, information technology and artwork/graphic design to ensure a strategic and integrated digital communication program.

Provides other support to the Editor-in-Chief of Biochemistry as needed:
  • Identifies and/or researches candidates for open positions on the Editorial Board.
  • Performs monthly data analysis on submissions, decisions, and processing times and communicates with Editors about their performance.
  • Performs data analysis and compiles presentation for annual Editorial Advisory Board meetings in collaboration with the Managing Editor.
  • Analyzes and manages sensitive issues for the EIC office exhibiting a high degree of discretion and confidentiality.
  • Resolves non-routine problems and performs in-depth analysis to ensure all editorial offices use applicable policies, practices, procedures and principles.

Manages lab operations to ensure smooth research progress:
  • Maintains stocks of common laboratory supplies - responsible for ordering/stockroom trips to restock. Includes common chemicals, consumables, and EHS disposal containers.
  • Track and distribute packages as they are received.
  • Manage equipment service contracts and solicit quotes for new equipment purchases.
  • Maintain chemical inventory and lab SOPs.
  • Coordinate with facilities for any necessary repairs.
  • Check purchase records with financial reports at the end of each month and reconcile any differences.
  • Police shared spaces in the lab to check tidiness and EHS compliance.

Serve as a resource for lab members to ensure continuity:
  • Orient new lab members and oversee checkout procedures for departing lab members.
  • Train new members on lab fundamentals and refer them to other researchers for more advanced trainings.
  • Update lab website, manage online accounts, and ensure data management protocols are followed.
  • Organize semiannual lab cleaning and pipette calibration.
  • Serves as a general lab safety officer.

Required Qualifications
  • Working knowledge of or ability to quickly learn common campus-specific and other computer application programs.
  • Solid communication and interpersonal skills to communicate effectively with all levels of staff, both verbally and in writing.
  • Solid detail-oriented organizational skills and ability to multi-task with demanding time-frames.
  • Ability to use discretion and maintain all confidentiality.
  • Committed to customer service.
  • Ability to use sound judgment in responding to issues and concerns.
  • Bachelor's degree in related area and/or equivalent experience/training.

Preferred Qualifications
  • Masters in chemistry/biochemistry or a related field preferred, 3+ years of lab experience and/or equivalent experience/training.

Salary & Benefits

This position is a non-exempt, bi-weekly paid position. Hourly pay for this role is commensurate with experience.

For information on the comprehensive benefits package offered by the University visit:

How to Apply

Please submit your cover letter and resume as a single attachment when applying.

Equal Employment Opportunity

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or protected veteran status. For more information about your rights as an applicant see:
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