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Duke University’s School of Medicine - Department of Dermatology has an immediate need for a Senior Laboratory Administrator located in Durham, N.C. More information about this department is located at the following link:

Occupational Summary

Supervise and coordinate administrative and technical activities of the laboratory.

Work Performed

Serve as supervisor for biweekly technical staff in all laboratory locations. Coordinate schedules, time away/coverage, address initial inquiries for FMLA or other HR/employee relations questions, counsel and refer to departmental central managers as needed. Prepare initial documentation for leaves, approve time off requests in API, monitor and manage performance of biweekly staff.

Serve as liaison with principal investigators for employee relations matters. Advise faculty indirect supervisors of institutional and departmental policies to ensure compliance within the personnel management of the laboratories. Faculty direct work flow and assignments, this position manages performance and expectations for the workflows assigned and provides coverage as needed. Represent department with employee relations issues that arise with the laboratory biweekly personnel.

Organize and execute laboratory upfits of existing space, and coordinate construction, purchases, and upfit (including actual move and startup /shut down) of departmental labs in department or borrowed lab space. Assist in formulating and implementing the short and long-range goals for the operation of the laboratories. Project future needs and formulate strategies consistent with projections. Recommend purchases and provide recommendations regarding lab budgets.

Monitor and maintain capital equipment inventory, and report to business office as requested. Maintain “wish list” and replacement cycle inventory list, to facilitate planning for future purchases. Maintain liaison with investigators, research personnel and staff to solve specific operating problems and improve technical activities. Advise on technical procedures, techniques and equipment, and

maintain conformance with specific operational standards.

Request and monitor repairs of existing equipment. negotiates quotes and contracts for laboratory services, seeks quotes for pricing of supplies and equipment, makes recommendations to PI regarding purchase, orders supplies and arrives them in [email protected]

Ensure the laboratory technicians and analysts are properly trained in Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) and equipment specific requirements. Maintain and

generate SOPs for specific labs and for Dermatology research operations. Facilitate training of new faculty and postdoctoral associates, visiting scholars, and students.

Serve on RQMP committee and manage tasks throughout the year to keep PIs, staff, and department in compliance with the latest policies; track compliance with RQMP initiatives, attend meetings on behalf of Vice Chair of Research and CDA.

Represent the laboratory in interactions with other departments. Serve as single point of contact for basic science research labs in dermatology dept. Escalate issues to department central management.

Provide guidance as requested regarding hiring and training for technical personnel. Supervise, train and instruct residents, interns, students or lower level personnel in laboratory techniques and procedures. Provide coverage for other labs as needed. Participate with interviewing, hiring, orienting new staff and postdocs. Recommend candidates for hire. Complete and provide performance evaluations, including 90 day, mid year and year end.

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Laboratory skills relevant to work

Ability to adapt

Minimum Qualifications


Bachelor's degree in engineering or field of science related to the position.


Work requires a minimum of 5-7 years experience in laboratory management. OR ANY OTHER EQUIVALENT COMBINATION OF RELEVANT EDUCATION AND/OR EXPERIENCE.

Degrees, Licensures, Certifications


Duke is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer committed to providing employment opportunity without regard to an individual's age, color, disability, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or veteran status.

Duke aspires to create a community built on collaboration, innovation, creativity, and belonging. Our collective success depends on the robust exchange of ideas—an exchange that is best when the rich diversity of our perspectives, backgrounds, and experiences flourishes. To achieve this exchange, it is essential that all members of the community feel secure and welcome, that the contributions of all individuals are respected, and that all voices are heard. All members of our community have a responsibility to uphold these values.

Essential Physical Job Functions: Certain jobs at Duke University and Duke University Health System may include essentialjob functions that require specific physical and/or mental abilities. Additional information and provision for requests for reasonable accommodation will be provided by each hiring department.


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Duke University was created in 1924 by James Buchanan Duke as a memorial to his father, Washington Duke. The Dukes, a Durham family that built a worldwide financial empire in the manufacture of tobacco products and developed electricity production in the Carolinas, long had been interested in Trinity College. Trinity traced its roots to 1838 in nearby Randolph County when local Methodist and Quaker communities opened Union Institute. The school, then named Trinity College, moved to Durham in 1892, where Benjamin Newton Duke served as a primary benefactor and link with the Duke family until his death in 1929. In December 1924, the provisions of indenture by Benjamin’s brother, James B. Duke, created the family philanthropic foundation, The Duke Endowment, which provided for the expansion of Trinity College into Duke University.Duke Campus

As a result of the Duke gift, Trinity underwent both physical and academic expansion. The original Durham campus became known as East Campus when it was rebuilt in stately Georgian architecture. West Campus, Gothic in style and dominated by the soaring 210-foot tower of Duke Chapel, opened in 1930. East Campus served as home of the Woman's College of Duke University until 1972, when the men's and women's undergraduate colleges merged. Both men and women undergraduates now enroll in either the Trinity College of Arts & Sciences or the Pratt School of Engineering. In 1995, East Campus became the home for all first-year students.

Duke maintains a historic affiliation with the United Methodist Church.

Home of the Blue Devils, Duke University has about 13,000 undergraduate and graduate students and a world-class faculty helping to expand the frontiers of knowledge. The university has a strong commitment to applying knowledge in service to society, both near its North Carolina campus and around the world.

Mission Statement

Duke Science"James B. Duke's founding Indenture of Duke University directed the members of the University to 'provide real leadership in the educational world' by choosing individuals of 'outstanding character, ability, and vision' to serve as its officers, trustees and faculty; by carefully selecting students of 'character, determination and application;' and by pursuing those areas of teaching and scholarship that would 'most help to develop our resources, increase our wisdom, and promote human happiness.'

“To these ends, the mission of Duke University is to provide a superior liberal education to undergraduate students, attending not only to their intellectual growth but also to their development as adults committed to high ethical standards and full participation as leaders in their communities; to prepare future members of the learned professions for lives of skilled and ethical service by providing excellent graduate and professional education; to advance the frontiers of knowledge and contribute boldly to the international community of scholarship; to promote an intellectual environment built on a commitment to free and open inquiry; to help those who suffer, cure disease, and promote health, through sophisticated medical research and thoughtful patient care; to provide wide ranging educational opportunities, on and beyond our campuses, for traditional students, active professionals and life-long learners using the power of information technologies; and to promote a deep appreciation for the range of human difference and potential, a sense of the obligations and rewards of citizenship, and a commitment to learning, freedom and truth.Duke Meeting

 “By pursuing these objectives with vision and integrity, Duke University seeks to engage the mind, elevate the spirit, and stimulate the best effort of all who are associated with the University; to contribute in diverse ways to the local community, the state, the nation and the world; and to attain and maintain a place of real leadership in all that we do.”

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