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Job Req ID:  17173

Laboratory Coordinator



The Department of Plastic Surgery, Vascularized and Composite Allotransplantation (VCA) laboratory is looking for a Laboratory Coordinator that will provide key experimental and organizational support to the daily activities of the lab. This individual will work under the close supervision of the Sr. Research Service Analyst, Scientific Director and other PIs. The purpose of this position is to coordinate operations of the laboratory with an emphasis on administrative coordination and key scientific activities.


Specific Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Responsible for organizing the lab in preparation for internal and external laboratory inspections, ensure adherence to study protocols as well as monitors compliance of good animal laboratory practices in accordance to internal and external regulations, maintain equipment, and facilitate the resolution of any technical problem.
  • Supports in the preparation and maintenance of cell cultures and execution of in vitro functional tests, and handling of rodent animals (multiple breeding colonies). This person will be responsible for guaranteeing proper function of lab equipment and instruments, making minor adjustments as required. Typically works with biohazardous materials.


  • Responsible for the efficient utilization of assigned resources, to evaluate and oversee equipment and supply needs and orders, as well as development of staffing, equipment and space.


  • Schedules and prepares for regularly scheduled laboratory meetings, seminars and lecture series in collaboration with the Scientific Director and PI’s.


  • Conducts a variety of experiments where methodologies are established including tissue harvesting, isolation of cell population, cell culture, preparation of samples for flow cytometry, DNA extraction, PCR, RT-PCR, and develops or assists in the development of new techniques as needed.


  • Assists in generating and analyzing data for grant submission and/or publication.


  • Prepares, cleans, sterilizes, and maintains laboratory equipment, glassware and instruments used in research experiments.


  • Monitors inventory levels and orders material and supplies in accordance with established policies and procedures.


  • Prepares solution, reagents, and stains following standard laboratory formulas and procedures. 


  • Works collaboratively with research fellows, post-docs, medical students, and other laboratory personnel and is keen to troubleshoot.


  • Will assist in preparing animal protocols and coordinate and ensure compliance with all guidelines of the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee and maintain a database of animal deliveries.

Minimum Qualifications:

High School Diploma/GED and some college coursework in the Biological Sciences.  Bachelor's degree preferred.  One year related laboratory experience. 


Preferred Qualifications:  Master’s Degree and experience in a biological laboratory; strongly preferred.


Additional Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Lab Skills- Experience in using micropipettes and sterile tissue culture techniques; working with various chemicals and familiar with safety compliance; experience in molecular techniques (like ELISA, PCR); proficient at making dilutions; working with enzyme reactions; experience with handling rodents preferred.
  • Computer Skills- Microsoft Excel, Word, PowerPoint; basic experience using Microsoft office 
  •  HIPAA for Research (will train)


Physical Requirements:   Sitting, standing and walking for extended period. Reaching by extending hand(s) or arm(s) in any direction.  Finger dexterity required to manipulate objects with fingers rather than with whole hand(s) or arm(s).  Ability to move standard equipment through lab and hospital environment.


Working Conditions:  Ability to travel to off-campus locations for meetings and training, as required. 




Classified Title: Laboratory Coordinator   ​​​​​
Role/Level/Range: ACRO 40/02/CD 
Starting Salary Range: $16.26 - $22.35; Commensurate with experience
Employee Group: Full Time 
Schedule: Monday - Friday, 8:30am - 5:00pm; Occasional evenings
Exempt Status: Non-Exempt  
Location: School of Medicine, East Baltimore Campus 
Department Name: Plastic Surgery 
Personnel Area: School of Medicine


The successful candidate(s) for this position will be subject to a pre-employment background check.


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