University of Glassgow

University of Glassgow

Laboratory Manager

United Kingdom

Closing in 5 days

Laboratory Manager

Job Purpose

To provide comprehensive management and senior technical leadership to laboratory members, researchers, post-graduate and undergraduate students. Provide specialist technical expertise and be responsible for the planning/design/delivery and safe operation of specialist technical resources to optimise research output. Actively contribute to the research output of the lab, both at the bench and through contribution to publications and other dissemination methods.

The Davis Lab offers a collaborative environment and a multi-disciplinary approach to better understand post-transcriptional regulation, spatial biology and disease in the Drosophila and mammalian nervous systems. The successful candidate will also work closely with Prof. Davis on research strategy, publications and funding applications.

Main Duties and Responsibilities

1. Be responsible for all managerial aspects of the laboratory including contributing to the

strategic direction of research, provision of specialist advice and training to lab members, management of resources and responsibility for health and safety.

2. Undertake specialist technical aspects of the specified research including taking a leading role in the planning and conduct of research objectives in accordance with the research strategy.

3. Using detailed specialist knowledge, advise and train colleagues in all technical aspects of the research. Where required, undertake supervision of undergraduate and/or post-graduate students to ensure learning outcomes are optimised.

4. Take a leading role in the planning and conduct of research objectives in accordance with the research objectives of the lab.

5. Manage all aspects of lab operations including financial management, purchases and ordering, equipment maintenance, regulatory compliance development of new standard operating procedures.

6. Keep up to date with developments in relevant research/technical areas and within the broader discipline to ensure contribution to research goals is optimised. Utilise specialist knowledge to contribute to overall research strategy.

7. Undertake complex data analysis, identifying trends, problems or anomalies, and present findings clearly to research group including proposals for action/mitigation and future action.

8. Troubleshoot complex technical problems, including issues with the design and operation of technical resources and/or with the data which is generated.

9. Be responsible for the day to day management of and compliance with relevant Health and Safety and/or other specialist legal requirements. Maintain all necessary records in accordance with set requirements, keep up to date with developments or legal changes relevant to the work of the research group and advise and train group members as appropriate. Report any potential issues to the PI and/or relevant internal or external bodies timeously.

10. Document experimental outputs including analysis and interpretation of all data to publication standard. Maintain complex and/or high-volume databases and records, creating technical/progress reports and papers.

11. Adopt a mentoring role to assist the PI in enabling the career progression and development of members of the lab.

12. Actively contribute to outputs from the lab including scientific papers, presentations at conferences and symposia, social media and website content as well as leading public engagement with the lab's research and other outreach activities.

13. Ensure the transparency, quality and integrity of all data produced by the lab, including ensuring correct cataloguing and storage of data by all lab members.

14. Foster and facilitate collaboration with colleagues both within the university and in the wider research community.

15. Management of lab stocks and reagents including care of fly stocks and associated duties.

Knowledge / Qualifications


A1. Scottish Credit and Qualification Framework level 9 Ordinary Degree, Scottish Vocational Qualification level 4 or equivalent, including professional accreditation with relevant formal training, and experience of personal development in a similar role.

A2. Significant breath or depth of specialist technical knowledge and recognised as an expert in the relevant discipline.

A3. Demonstrable knowledge of relevant legislative requirements applicable to the role, including by not limited to Health and Safety.

A4. PhD or Higher Degree in relevant discipline desirable. Working towards Professional Registration with relevant body.



C1. Skills in organization and planning a lab's day to day operations

C2. Proven ability to deliver quality outputs in a timely and efficient manner

C3. Commitment to open research, as appropriate to the discipline, through open data, open code, open educational resources and practices that support replication.

C4. A strong publication record in peer-reviewed journals and experience presenting data to both scientific and non-scientific audiences. Early career applicants will have the level of publications expectation adjusted dependent on their experience.

C5. Strong people skills and an ability to work with and train others.

C6. A knowledge of common lab methods such as PCR, nucleic acid extraction, fluorescent microscopy etc.


D1. Advanced microscopy knowledge would be an asset

D2. Strong IT skills and in particular ability to code in Python or R is desirable.

D3. Advanced statistical data analysis is desirable but not essential



E1. Extensive experience in Drosophila research, with knowledge of fly genetics and related methods.

E2. Experience of contributing to the development of a research strategy, planning resource allocation and achieving high-quality research outputs


F1. Experience in purchasing for a lab environment.

F2. Experience in neuroscience or a related field

F3. Experience in management of Drosophila stocks

F4. Experience in animal behaviour studies

Terms and Conditions

Salary will be Grade 7, £39,347 - £44,263 per annum.

This post is full time (35 hours per week) and fixed term for up to 2 years.

As part of Team UofG you will be a member of a world changing, inclusive community, which values ambition, excellence, integrity and curiosity.

As a valued member of our team, you can expect:

1 A warm welcoming and engaging organisational culture, where your talents are developed and nurtured, and success is celebrated and shared.

2 An excellent employment package with generous terms and conditions including 41 days of leave for full time staff, pension - pensions handbook https: // www., benefits and discount packages.

3 A flexible approach to working.

4 A commitment to support your health and wellbeing, including a free 6-month UofG Sport membership for all new staff joining the University https: // www.

We believe that we can only reach our full potential through the talents of all. Equality, diversity and inclusion are at the heart of our values. Applications are particularly welcome from across our communities and in particular people from the Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) community, and other protected characteristics who are under-represented within the University. Read more on how the University promotes and embeds all aspects of equality and diversity within our community https: // www.

We endorse the principles of Athena Swan https: // www. and hold bronze, silver and gold awards across the University.

We are investing in our organisation, and we will invest in you too. Please visit our website https: // www. for more information.

Vacancy Ref : 133269 Close Date : 08-Dec-2023 23:45

Job details


Laboratory Manager


University of Glassgow


United Kingdom


November 11, 2023

Application deadline

December 08, 2023

Job type




About the employer

The University of Glasgow was established in the year 1451 by papal bull. It is among the 4th ancient universities in Scotland and the fourth-oldest university in the USA. It was a part of the Scottish Enlightenment along with Edinburg, St. Andrews, and Aberdeen during the 18th century. Among the ancient universities in the UK, the University of Glasgow is one of the eight institutions that award undergraduate and graduate degrees in popular disciplines. The university comprises four colleges that include the College of Science & Engineering, College of Arts, College of Medical, Veterinary & Life Sciences, and College of Social Sciences.

The university is spread over different campuses. The main campus is the Gilmorehill campus situated in Hillhead. The campus in the Garscube Estate in Bearsden houses the Veterinary School and sports facilities of the university and Dental school, the medical section is taken care of at Gartnavel Royal Hospital located on Great Western Road. Moreover, the Crichton campus and the teaching center at the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital in Dumfries are jointly operated by the Open University, the University of the West of Scotland, and the University of Glasgow.

The University of Glasgow has 30,000 undergraduate and postgraduate students from over 140 countries worldwide. It is a major employer in the city of Glasgow with more than 8,000 staff, including more than 3,400 research and teaching staff. The university is a member of the prestigious Russell Group of leading UK research universities

The university has introduced the World-Changing Alumni award for celebrating the excellent performance of the notable alumni. The winners include Susanne Mitschke in 2017 and Matt Fountain in 2016. Some of the other notable alumni who are now being recognized by the world include the three Prime Ministers namely Bonar Law, Sir Henry Campbell-Bannerman, and William Lamb.

Similar jobs

Recent blogs