Laboratory Manager - Torii Lab

Laboratory Manager - Torii Lab

Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI)

Seattle, WA, United States

Job Description

Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) is a science philanthropy whose mission is to advance biomedical research and science education for the benefit of humanity. We empower exceptional scientists and students to pursue fundamental questions about living systems, and work to share scientific discoveries with researchers, students, and science-curious individuals around the world. Founded in 1953 by aviator and industrialist Howard R. Hughes, HHMI is headquartered in Chevy Chase, Maryland, and employs more than 2,500 people across the U.S. Visit to learn more about working at HHMI.


Keiko U. Torii, PhD, a Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator, is seeking a highly-motivated Lab Manager. Dr. Torii’s research focuses on molecular genetics of plant development, with specific emphasis on understanding how stem cells are maintained and how signal transduction pathways control functional tissue patterns during development.  The lab takes a cross-disciplinary approach from genetics, live imaging, cell biology, biochemistry and structural biology to whole plant morphology/physiology to untangling the unique challenges plants face during development.  Through their work, the team aims to provide new tools for biomedical research and boost global crop productivity.


Dr. Torii’s laboratory will be relocated from the University of Washington in Seattle to the University of Texas at Austin in the Fall of 2019.  She is searching for a Lab Manager to start as soon as possible at the University of Washington and then relocate to the University of Texas with the lab in the Fall.


The selected Lab Manager will be responsible for:

  • Compiling and maintaining critical lab databases and inventories of equipment and materials to support the lab's move and re-establishment in the new location;
  • Planning and coordinating critical aspects of the lab’s move in the late summer of 2019; and
  • Organizing and managing daily operations of the lab’s plant science research program.


Principal Responsibilities:


  • Organize and manage day-to-day lab functions as well as special projects as assigned;


  • Develop, implement and maintain efficient operating procedures and laboratory practices;


  • Maintain current knowledge of applicable health and safety regulations by interacting with designated University managers; monitor lab practices and take appropriate measures to assure continuous compliance;


  • Orient and train all personnel on lab safety, appropriate conduct, operating standards, and technical and administrative practices;


  • Oversee operation and maintenance of essential equipment and maintain all service records and contracts;


  • Maintain appropriate inventories of supplies and materials; purchase all supplies, materials, lab services, and equipment; manage vendor relationships, and monitor expenditures;


  • Oversee organization and storage of research materials, including cells, seeds, and clones; develop and maintain electronic inventory systems for all materials; verify materials to be shipped to other researchers, and oversee verification, recording, and storage of materials received from others; handle routine processes associated with Material Transfer Agreements (MTAs);


  • Perform assigned research tasks, such as: genotyping plants; transforming and caring for rare, transgenic, and mutant plants to promote seed propagation; constructing, isolating and analyzing plasmids; expressing and purifying recombinant proteins; using basic and advanced microscopy to characterize plant phenotypes and fluorescence protein/dye expression patterns. Specific focus on these research activities will be determined based on the experience, qualification, and preference of the selected candidate.


  • Evaluate new materials, research methods, computer systems, and equipment and coordinate implementation as directed.


  • Travel between Seattle, WA and Austin, TX to assist with organization of laboratory move


Required Skills



  • Bachelor’s degree or Master of Science degree in molecular biology, genetics, cell biology, biochemistry, or plant biology;


  • Experience performing basic research tasks in molecular biology, plant biology, or biochemistry in a large laboratory and demonstrated understanding of the basic logic behind use of specific techniques.


  • Knowledge of standard safety regulations and appropriate laboratory practices applying to research in biology and biochemistry; demonstrated ability to engage others effectively in learning and applying appropriate practices;


  • Basic computer skills (use of basic computer software, such as Microsoft Word, Excel, Powerpoint, Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, ImageJ, Googledocs). Experience in statistical analysis (e.g., in the use of R) is a plus;


  • Exceptional ability to be proactive and goal-oriented in organizing and overseeing lab operations.


  • High degree of self-motivation and skill in developing and carrying out operational plans, with consistent attention to detail.


  • Experience with planning and organizing team functions and coordinating ongoing team activity.


  • Strong organizational, communication and time management skills.

Required Experience

Please apply via recruiter’s website.

Quote Reference: Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI)-hhmi-944-908