Research Lab Manager, Sr.
Massachusetts General Hospital(MGH)

Boston, Massachusetts


The Charles and Ryan Lab in the Division of Infectious Diseases is seeking an intellectually curious and highly organized individual with international research experience to serve as a Research Program/Project Manager with a research focus related to evaluation of novel diagnostics and seroepidemiological tools for typhoid/paratyphoid fever and correlates and mechanisms of protective immunity for cholera and shigella. The candidate will work with a multidisciplinary team from Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School, alongside collaborators from many institutions across the globe. The team's research and international efforts are typically (but not exclusively) focused in Bangladesh and Nepal.

The Research Program and Project Manager will play a key role in research program administration, including supervision of research activities, training, and staff, in addition to managing a designated portfolio of individual projects and contributing to projects through vigorous bench work. The individual will have enough expertise to independently develop new laboratory protocols, and perform advanced analyses. Pay commensurate with experience, and opportunities for scientific recognition including authorship on peer reviewed publications, attendance and presentations at internationals meetings are other opportunities afforded by this position.


Responsibilities include, but are not limited to, the following activities:

Laboratory Management/Investigation

  • Work with the PIs and research technician/assistants alike to manage the Charles and Ryan's lab research portfolio by orchestrating competing priorities, deadlines, and workload in a group with 7-10 ongoing research projects
  • Assist in financial oversight and use of laboratory funds
  • Supervise, coach, and develop research assistants/technicians, including:
    • Deliver new employee training
    • Provide daily oversight and direction,
    • Meet weekly with each research technicians/assistants
    • Lead annual performance review process
  • Carry out sophisticated laboratory projects independently
  • Develop new laboratory protocols
  • Contributes to presentation and manuscripts to share result
  • Participate in collaborative grant-writing projects
  • Keep team aware of research conferences and associated deadlines
  • Serve as the designated safety officer for the laboratory
  • Work with recruiting team to recruit a new research technician/assistant cohort each year, and potentially facilitate recruitment efforts at field sites by participating in job description development, posting employment opening advertisements in setting-appropriate channels, screening applicants, and interviewing selected candidates
  • Ensure research integrity, including data documentation and data management, by developing best practices, provide ongoing training, and monitoring for adherence

Research Project Management
  • Assist with coordination of administrative aspects of multiple active and pending projects
  • At project outset, clarify project goals, deliverables, tasks, timeline, and research team
  • Serve as a liaison between team members at various US and international collaborative research sites
  • Assist in coordination and monitoring of Institutional Review Board applications and reporting for international projects, including all applicable review dates and deadlines to prevent lapses in approval

Duties will be carried out in a typical office/lab environment. Occasional evening or weekend work may be required.

Occasional travel to international research sites may be required. There is also the opportunity to travel to scientific meetings to present research.


The candidate will be responsible for providing daily supervision, guidance, and expertise for 2-3 Research Technician/Assistants.


Job qualifications include the following:
• Minimum of 7 years of laboratory experience is required (this is inclusive of applicable training for MA and PhD candidates).
• BA/BS required
• Ph.D or Master's degree in immunology, molecular biology, public health or related field preferred


Planning, Organizing and Coordinating
• Skilled in identifying opportunities to improve efficiency of research operations and subsequently execute improvements
• Time management skills with the capability to prioritize among multiple requests from multiple individuals and the ability to change direction in response to a fluctuating work environment

Team Management
• Ability to work successfully in a collaborative environment
• Ability to manage diverse teams with different skillsets, work styles, and professional roles

Gets Results/Takes Initiative
• High personal work standards and sense of urgency about results
• Ability to anticipate the needs of the group in a fast-paced environment
• Problem-solving ability, including the ability to gather information, identify resources, and imagine alternatives
• Demonstrates initiative and identifies key priorities, even in ambiguous situations with limited direction
• Ability to work effectively under pressure and within short time constraints
• Consistently demonstrates a positive, "can-do" attitude

Communication Skills
• Excellent written and verbal communication skills
• Ability to represent the Charles lab with the utmost professionalism and ability to build strong relationships inside and outside the group
• Ability to clarify and distill complex issues to a variety of stakeholders
• Cognizant and respectful of cultural differences in communication approach

Analytical Skills
• Intellectual curiosity and willingness to learn
• Rigorous research background
• Familiarity with immunology and molecular biology research, assessment of diagnostics, and ELISA-based assays.

This description has been designed to indicate the general nature and level of work performed by an employee within this position. The actual duties, responsibilities and qualifications may vary based on need.

The above is intended to describe the general contents and requirements of work being performed by people assigned to this classification. It is not intended to be construed as an exhaustive statement of all duties, responsibilities or skills of personnel so classified.

EEO Statement
Massachusetts General Hospital is an Equal Opportunity Employer. By embracing diverse skills, perspectives and ideas, we choose to lead. Applications from protected veterans and individuals with disabilities are strongly encouraged.

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