Laboratory Research Manager (with Focus in Neuroscience)
North Carolina State University, Department of Chemistry
United States

Primary Function of Organizational Unit

The Chemistry Department provides professional education for chemists at the undergraduate and graduate levels; teaches basic chemistry courses, which are needed by students enrolled in other department programs; advances the discipline of chemistry by conducting research; and serves the public by sharing information about chemistry through a variety of mechanisms and services. For more information on our department, visit:


Essential Job Duties       


The Laboratory Supervisor provides continuity in technical/research support and training of personnel in the research group of Professor Leslie A Sombers in the Department of Chemistry, while independently executing fundamental research activities for a single or multiple research project(s).


The division of duties for this position are as follows:


Research Component (75%): Work independently on data collection and analysis. Contribute to research publications, oral presentations, and draft manuscripts. Train laboratory personnel in specialized techniques.


Administrative Component (25%): Maintain documentation for animal research and drug registration in accordance with all federal, state, and university guidelines; act as a liaison to departmental administrative personnel; miscellaneous administrative duties as assigned.


Organizational Relationship:


The Laboratory Supervisor will report directly to Professor Leslie Sombers.


Exemplar Responsibilities:

•             Show proficiency in handling and using animals as per protocol

•             Show proficiency in microelectrode fabrication and voltammetric technique. Take ownership of a research project (or projects).

•             Manage in-house animals.

•             Oversee the routine maintenance of laboratory apparatuses (e.g. pipets, balances, electrochemical equipment); Write technical manuals for laboratory research tools.

•             Act as the technical point of contact for equipment purchases, and serve as a liaison to sales personnel.

•             Maintain all documentation for animal research and drug registration in accordance with all federal, state, and university guidelines research projects.

•             Train personnel on various laboratory techniques such as surgery, histological tissue preparation, carbon-fiber microelectrode construction, and fast-scan cyclic voltammetry (FSCV).

•             Provide technical and administrative assistance for grant proposal and manuscript preparation.

•             Act as Research group liaison to departmental administrative personnel (representing Dr. Sombers).


Other Work/Responsibilities      

Minimum Education/Experience              

Require post-baccalaureate credentials or a bachelor’s degree plus alternative or equivalent professional training and experience may be substituted for the advanced degree on an exceptional basis.


An undergraduate degree in Biology, Biochemistry, Chemistry or a related discipline.


Departmental Required Skills    

Solid background in neuroscience with experience in animal behavioral research, microdialysis sampling, electrochemistry, electrophysiology, or optogenetic/chemogenetic manipulations would be an advantage.


Superior management, organizational, and interpersonal skills.


Superior laboratory technique.


Superior oral and written communication skills.


1 year experience in rat handling and surgical procedures.


Preferred Experience, Skills, Training/Education               

An M.S. in Neuroscience, Chemistry, Biomedical Engineering, or a related filed with a track record of productivity and innovation.


Required License or Certification             



Special Instructions        

Please attached the required resume, cover letter, and contact information for three professional references.


Job Open Date  06/28/2019

Anticipated Closing Date              

Is this position partially or fully funded on ARRA stimulus monies?            No

Proposed Hire Date        08/01/2019


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.


If you have general questions about the application process, you may contact Human Resources at (919) 515-2135 or Individuals with disabilities requiring disability-related accommodations in the application and interview process, please call 919-515-3148.


Final candidates are subject to criminal & sex offender background checks. Some vacancies also require credit or motor vehicle checks. If highest degree is from an institution outside of the U.S., final candidates are required to have their degree equivalency verified at or equivalent service. Degree(s) must be obtained prior to start date in order to meet qualifications and receive credit.


NC State University participates in E-Verify. Federal law requires all employers to verify the identity and employment eligibility of all persons hired to work in the United States.


Supplemental Question

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).


How did you learn of this opportunity?

NCSU Website

NCSU Executive Search Services

Other Online Job Board

Carolina Job Finder / Employment Guide

Job / Career Fair

The Chronicle of Higher Education

Professional Journal

Print Advertisement (Newspaper / Periodical)

Professional Organization

Direct Contact from NCSU HR Representative / Recruiter

NCSU Employee Referral

Social Media (LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook, Other)


If you selected "Other" for the previous question, please provide the source you learned about this opportunity from.

(Open Ended Question)


* Do you have a Bachelor's degree (or higher) in Biology, Chemistry, Neuroscience, or a related field?



* What is your experience in conducting scientific research?

(Open Ended Question)


* Please briefly describe your experience in a laboratory setting. In particular, if applicable, please note your role in the maintenance and preparation of the laboratory.

(Open Ended Question)


* Describe your experience in program evaluation, data collection and data analysis.

(Open Ended Question)


* What is your experience with animal care and use?

(Open Ended Question)


* Please describe your experience with animal behavior research.

(Open Ended Question)


* Do you have at least 1 year of experience in rat handling and surgical procedures?



Application Materials Required

Required Documents


Cover Letter

Contact Information for References

Optional Documents

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