Laboratory manager position HAS BEEN FILLED

The Patek Lab will be hiring a new laboratory manager for their new lab at Duke University, starting July 1. See details...


Laboratory Manager position available

in the Patek Laboratory at Duke University

 The Patek Lab is conducting a search for a laboratory manager to assist in all aspects of laboratory experiments and day-to-day operations.  Research in the Patek Lab probes the interface between physics and biology by studying the evolution of fast movements and animal communication. We examine systems such as jaw-jumping ants, sound-producing spiny lobsters and hammering mantis shrimp. We use techniques ranging from bioacoustics and phylogenetics to high speed videography and materials testing.  The Patek Lab will be joining the Biology Department at Duke University in the summer of 2013.  

 Salary and work hours:

40 hrs/wk, salary commensurate with experience, full benefits (see for more information)

 Application deadline and materials

Review of applications will begin on Feb. 11, 2013 and continue until the position is filled. This position will begin approximately July 1, 2013 and end approximately June 30, 2014 with the possibility of extension contingent on job performance and availability of funding.

Submit the following information by email to Prof. Sheila Patek (

1)  Cover letter stating why you are interested in the position and how it relates to your future career goals

2)  Resume or CV

3)  Three professional references including their contact information (email, address and phone) and relationship to the applicant

 Examples of duties:

- Assist with ongoing research projects including biomechanical measurements, materials testing, fluid dynamics, acoustic communication, and evolutionary analyses.

- Assist with lab management, including working with and caring for crustaceans and other arthropods, collecting and analyzing data, entering and organizing data, maintaining and developing website materials, preparing tabular and graphical information for reports and publications, maintaining computer resources.

- Provide general assistance, including photocopying, library searches, database management, running errands.

- Assist with supervising laboratory experiments and training lab members.

- Conduct field research in marine habitats, possibly using snorkeling or SCUBA diving.

 Minimum qualifications:

- BS/BA in Biology, Biological Engineering, Physics, or related fields

-  Formal coursework in biology, calculus and physics

- Experience in at least one of following areas: engineering, physics, biomechanics, evolutionary/functional morphology, animal behavior, acoustics, or marine animal care

- Previous undergraduate-level research experience and an interest in pursuing new research skills at a graduate level

- Applicant must be dependable, organized, and motivated

- Strong computing skills are needed, including basic computer programming (or a strong interest in learning how to program), word processing, spreadsheet use.

- Experience in Matlab and R programming is preferred.


Duke University is an Equal Opportunity Employer.


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