The Florida Museum is hiring a full-time Scientific Lab Manager to manage day-to-day laboratory operations including ordering, budgeting, safety compliance, maintenance of laboratory equipment, and coordination of activities across three Florida Museum molecular lab spaces.

The successful candidate will train students and ensure that visiting scientists are familiar with procedures and protocols specific to each lab. The person filling the position will have direct involvement in management and research activities in the Florida Museum’s Ancient DNA and Cell Culture labs. They will also help with activities in a shared use Molecular Systematics Lab. The successful candidate will work with PIs of multiple research groups, including working with postdocs and both graduate and undergraduate students, have strong organizational skills, show careful attention to detail, and participate in short- and long-term goal setting for each of the three labs, while having an appreciation of the overarching goals of the different projects in each lab.

Position is 40 hours per week from Monday to Friday. The person will also be on call to handle any emergencies that might arise (such as freezer failures) and will be expected to be available to address such eventualities or to organize for a surrogate to handle any emergency that might arise.

Minimum Requirements

Bachelors degree in an appropriate area and two years of relevant experience. Appropriate college course work may substitute at an equivalent rate for the required experience.

Preferred Qualifications

Master of Science or Ph.D. preferred. Highly organized with strong attention to detail, including maintaining sterile, clean, and safe laboratories. At least two years of experience coordinating diverse research activities in a molecular laboratory. Experience with mentoring and/or overseeing students and staff. Familiarity with DNA extraction, library preparation, cloning, Cross-species Target Gene Capture, and/or Nextgen Sequencing. Must be able to work closely with a large and diverse group of people, including PIs, staff, students, and vendors.

Special Instructions to Applicants

Interested applicants must apply online at

To be considered for this position, please upload a cover letter, CV, and list of three references. This is a time-limited position.

Application must be submitted by 11:55 p.m. (ET) on January 5, 2024.

The Department of Natural History at the University of Florida

The Florida Museum, a college-level unit within the university of Florida (UF), is a vibrant community of about 300 employees, including 32 full-time faculty, UF undergraduate and graduate students, postdoctoral research associates, and museum collections, education, and administrative support staff. As the official state museum of Florida, our core mission includes stewardship of 40 million specimens and artifacts, award-winning exhibitions, diverse public programs, and emerging virtual and digital engagement. The Florida Museum Department of Natural History’s research and collections programs are world class and attract about $10 million annually in government and philanthropic support.

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