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Lab Manager - Benoit Lab

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Work type: Faculty - Career
Location: Eugene, OR
Categories: Biology/Life Sciences, Natural Science, Research/Scientific/Grants, Chemistry, Physics, Engineering/Biomedical Engineering

Department: Knight Campus
Rank: Research Assistant
Annual Basis: 12 Month

Review of Applications Begins

September 15, 2022; position open until filled

Special Instructions to Applicants

Along with your online application, please upload a CV and cover letter.

Department Summary

The Knight Campus for Accelerating Scientific Impact is a billion-dollar initiative designed to fast-track scientific discoveries and the process of turning those discoveries into innovations that improve the quality of life for people in Oregon, the nation and beyond. The Knight Campus will reshape the higher education landscape in Oregon by training the next generations of scientists, forging tighter ties with industry and entrepreneurs and creating new educational opportunities for graduate and undergraduate students.

Position Summary

The Benoit Laboratory Manager in the Knight Campus at the University of Oregon requires an individual who is self-motivated and has excellent organizational, managerial, communication skills to oversee technical and business aspects of the Benoit lab on a daily basis and to participate in a variety of new and ongoing research in the lab as directed. The Laboratory Manager works closely with Professor Danielle Benoit and her project leads to design, implement, and supervise lab research, lab administration and lab safety protocols.
The Benoit lab works at the interface of medicine and engineering, with an emphasis on precisely controlling biomaterial functionality and architecture to treat diseases, control cell behavior, or answer fundamental biological questions. In particular, we are focusing on two avenues: synthetic hydrogels with tunable degradation and mechanical properties as a synthetic extracellular matrix analogue for the culture and delivery of cells for regenerative medicine approaches and polymers formed using reversible-addition fragmentation chain transfer polymerization (RAFT), a controlled, living polymerization strategy, designed with drug delivery applications in mind. Our overall hypothesis is that by using bottom-up approaches, we can design ‘smart’ materials with distinct capabilities, such as controlling cell behavior or overcoming delivery barriers.

The position reports to Professor Benoit.

Minimum Requirements

• Bachelor’s degree in bioengineering, biochemistry, biology, biophysics, physics, chemistry, chemical engineering or related disciplines
• Work experience (or graduate school experience) in a research laboratory

Professional Competencies

• Ability to carry out and troubleshoot laboratory protocols.
• Ability to communicate effectively.
• Ability to work both independently, in a small group setting, and one-on-one with students, other staff, and collaborators in a positive and productive manner.
• Excellent organizational skills and careful attention to details.
• High level of self-motivation and integrity.

Preferred Qualifications

• Research experience related to molecular biology, cell and tissue culture, animal research, biomedical engineering, biomechanics, or material science


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