Laboratory Research Specialist
Indiana University

Bloomington, Indiana

Posted in Education and Training

Job Info



Department Information

A lab manager position funded by federal grants is available in the cancer biology laboratory of Dr. Kenneth P. Nephew, Jerry W. and Peggy S. Throgmartin Chair in Oncology, at the Indiana University School of Medicine - Bloomington.

The laboratory is located in Bloomington, Indiana providing both a dynamic environment with interactions and core resources on the flagship campus of Indiana University as well as the energy and excitement of being on a major college campus. Moreover, full access to the resources at the IU Simon Comprehensive Cancer Center and the IU School of Medicine are readily available.

Bloomington itself is a vibrant city with many urban amenities, including theatre productions, live music, art exhibits, and a wide range of culinary options, while still being in the hilly, forested landscape of south-central Indiana.

Job Summary

Projects will utilize a variety of general cell and molecular biology approaches and other in vitro techniques, as well as in vivo approaches to study cancer.

General Responsibilities

  • Leads research activities and protocol development.
  • Maintains equipment, including preventive maintenance, scheduling repairs as needed, service agreement negotiations, trouble shooting equipment malfunctions, and maintaining an active list of vendors to respond to equipment loss.
  • Supervises, mentors, and provides training for junior-level staff.
  • Prepares summary data reports, and creates and maintains databases for storage and analysis.
  • Ensures compliance with all applicable local and federal regulations.
  • May design and conduct a wide range of complex experiments.



  • Bachelor's degree in a science related field.
  • Master's degree in a science related field..

  • 3 years of laboratory research experience.
Combinations of related education and experience may be considered.


  • Proficient communication skills.
  • Maintains a high degree of professionalism.
  • Demonstrated time management and priority setting skills.
  • Demonstrates a high commitment to quality.
  • Possesses flexibility to work in a fast paced, dynamic environment.
  • Seeks to acquire knowledge in area of specialty.
  • Highly thorough and dependable.
  • Demonstrates a high level of accuracy, even under pressure.
  • An interest in cancer biology and related areas, such as epigenetics, chromatin biology, and rodent models of tumorigenesis is desired.
  • Ability to work independently on projects.
  • Ability to generate and analyze data.
  • Ability to help graduate students.
  • Ability to maintain the smooth operation of the laboratory.

Working Conditions / Demands

The role regularly requires the ability to effectively communicate. The role frequently requires the ability to move about the work environment and to position oneself to operate laboratory equipment effectively. The role requires the ability to move objects weighing up to 25 pounds and will occasionally work near moving mechanical parts. The person in this role must be able to perform the essential functions with or without an accommodation.

Work Location

Bloomington, Indiana

Job Classification

Career Level: Career

FLSA: Exempt

Job Function: Research

Job Family: Laboratory Research

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Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, there may be differences in the working conditions as advertised in our standard job postings (e.g., the ability to travel from one campus to another, etc.). If you are invited for an interview, please discuss your questions or concerns regarding the working conditions at that time.

This posting is scheduled to close at 11:59 pm EST on the advertised Close Date. This posting may be closed at any time at the discretion of the University, but will remain open for a minimum of 5 business days. To guarantee full consideration, please submit your application within 5 business days of the Posted Date.

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