Laboratory manager position open (this position has been filled)

(This position has been filled.)

The Patek Lab is conducting a search for a laboratory manager to assist in all aspects of laboratory experiments and day-to-day operations.  This position is especially well-suited to graduating or recently-graduate college students who wish to expand on their research experience prior to continuing to graduate school.

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 January 26, 2015 and continue until the position is filled. The start date is flexible and should occur during the summer or early fall of 2015. 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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