Laboratory Coordinator

The anthropological genetics research group at the University of Kansas is a dynamic research team that focuses on the analysis of genomes from ancient and contemporary humans and non-humans in order to address historical questions throughout the Americas. We are seeking applications for a Laboratory Coordinator to join our group and oversee the management of our facilities, coordinate between researchers, and participate in our research. This staff position is a full-time, limited term appointment. Currently funded for two years, an extension may be possible pending additional funding. The Laboratory Coordinator will report to the director (Dennis O’Rourke) and associate director (Jennifer Raff) of the KU Anthropological Genetics Research Facilities (, and individual PIs as appropriate for specific research projects.

The Laboratory Coordinator is responsible for overseeing the day-to-day functioning of the facilities, which consist of two contemporary DNA laboratories and one ancient DNA cleanroom. Responsibilities include, but are not limited to, maintaining and ordering reagents, consumables, and equipment, managing research budgets, lab meetings and calendars, maintaining records of projects and sample databases, overseeing safety protocols and safety trainings, maintaining cleanroom specifications, and coordinating student participation in research projects. When appropriate, the Laboratory Coordinator will train incoming undergraduate and graduate students on laboratory methods in genomics and paleogenomics. The Laboratory Coordinator may also contribute to data generation for PI-led projects, with publication attribution proportionate to the level of contribution.

We seek candidates with a bachelor’s degree (or higher) in a biological science related field and substantial laboratory experience in genetics, genomics, or molecular biology. Preferred candidates will have previous project and budget management experience, a master’s degree, and at least four years of laboratory experience.

We particularly encourage applications from women and members of historically marginalized communities in anthropology and the life sciences.

Earliest start date: January 15th, 2021. Salary: $50K plus fringe.