Lab Manager/Administrator




Organization: Memphis Zoo (AZA Member)
Location: Memphis, TN, United States
Job or Internship: Job

Under the general direction of the Director for Research and Conservation, the Lab Manager/Administrator will be responsible for assisting with departmental studies in reproductive biology, nutrition, and behavior. Primary responsibilities include: 1.) running hormone assays for monitoring the reproductive status of the Zoo’s giant pandas, elephants and other animals in the Zoo’s collection; 2.) assist with behavioral studies on the foraging strategy, nutritional ontogeny and reproductive strategies of the Giant Panda (tasks may include managing the docents and volunteers who collect and enter the data), database entry and spreadsheet management, anddesigning periodic graphs and reports on the behavioral research results; and 3.) overseeing the daily operations of the physiology laboratory (ordering, lab safety, shipping, inventory, maintenance, material preparation, etc.). Additional responsibilities include compiling and maintaining complete and accurate research and conservation records through database entry, working closely with university collaborators on achieving research project goals, mentoring andlogistical coordination of undergraduate intern students each year including payroll management, and production of periodic reports for both U.S. and Chinese officials on Giant Panda research progress. Furthermore, the candidate will participate in conservation fundraising events; assist with animal care of any research colonies; interface with other Zoo staff members and Chinese colleagues to facilitate communication; contribute to grant or journal paper writing in support of department goals; performing other related duties as assigned to support the mission of the research and conservation department and in order to achieve the goals, mission, and objectives of the Zoo; and provide team-related assistance to all senior scientists, post-doctoral fellows, research associates, and/or graduate students in conducting investigations related to the Memphis Zoo’s conservation programs. The candidate is also encouraged to develop their own research projects of interest. This is a two (2) year associate position with the possibility of continued employment. Requirements for this position include: an advanced university degree (M.S. or higher) in Biology, Zoology, Animal Science, Chemistry, Biochemistry, Nutrition or a related field (B.S. degrees may be considered if candidate has two or more years post-degree laboratorywork experience); the ability to work days, weekends, evenings and holidays, as needed; the ability to work indoors or outdoors in all types of weather conditions; and the ability to travel to other institutions, collaborating zoological parks, and/or universities in North America and China. The Lab Manager/Research Administrator may be exposed to chemical agents in a laboratory setting. We will consider any combination of education, training, and experience that provides the necessary knowledge, skills, andabilities to perform this job. Visit this posting on the Zoo’s website www.memphiszoo.org/jobs to download the application by clicking through the link in the posting. After completing the downloaded application, applicants must also email to Joy Moore at jmoore@memphiszoo.org the following items: 1.) a cover letter; 2.) curriculum vitae; 3.) completed Zoo employment application; 4.) the names and contact information for three references including affiliation, address, phone number, and email address, and indicating how they know you; and 5.) salary history and expectations. Applicationswith incomplete materials will not be considered. Walk-in interviews and phone calls are not accepted. EOE