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Lab Manager - Willett Lab

University of Oregon
Oregon, United States
Salary Not specified
Posted Date
Nov 9, 2021

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Science, Technology & Mathematics, Biology & Life Sciences
Employment Level
Non-Tenured Track
Employment Type
Full Time
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Lab Manager - Willett Lab

Job no: 527811
Work type: Faculty - Career
Location: Eugene, OR
Categories: Research/Scientific/Grants, Engineering/Biomedical Engineering

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

Review of Applications Begins
August 19, 2021; 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 Willett Laboratory Manager requires an individual who is self-motivated and has excellent organizational, managerial, and communication skills to oversee technical and business aspects of the Willett lab on a daily basis, and to participate in a variety of new and ongoing research in the lab. The Laboratory Manager works closely with Associate Professor Nick Willett and his project leads to design, implement, and supervise lab research, lab administration, and lab safety protocols.

The Willett lab focuses on a systems integration approach to musculoskeletal disease and regenerative engineering by applying novel imaging and engineering approaches to mechanistic biology problems. Our current work has three main thrusts: (i) cell and biologic therapies for the healing of large bone and muscle defects, (ii) multi-scale mechanical regulation of bone regeneration, (iii) intra-articular therapeutic delivery for post-traumatic osteoarthritis. Combining backgrounds in mechanical engineering, vascular biology, and musculoskeletal tissue regeneration, our research integrates mechanics principles and analytical tools with molecular biology techniques to uniquely address challenges of musculoskeletal disease and regeneration.

The position reports to Associate Professor Willett.

Minimum Requirements
  • Bachelor's degree in bioengineering, biochemistry, biology, biophysics, physics, chemistry, chemical engineering, or related disciplines
  • One year of work experience (or graduate school experience) in a research laboratory

    Professional Competencies
  • Ability to carry out and troubleshoot laboratory protocols
  • Ability to communicate effectively, in both written and oral formats
  • 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

    The University of Oregon is proud to offer a robust benefits package to eligible employees, including health insurance, retirement plans and paid time off. For more information about benefits, visit

    The University of Oregon is an equal opportunity, affirmative action institution committed to cultural diversity and compliance with the ADA. The University encourages all qualified individuals to apply, and does not discriminate on the basis of any protected status, including veteran and disability status. The University is committed to providing reasonable accommodations to applicants and employees with disabilities. To request an accommodation in connection with the application process, please contact us at or 541-346-5112.

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