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Research Operations Manager

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Work type: Administrative & Professional
Senior management: College of Veterinary Medicine
Department: Vet Med Research & Graduate Studies
Location: Blacksburg, Virginia
Categories: Other, Research / Scientific, Veterinary Medicine, Program/Project Management

Job Description

The Research Operations Manager plays a pivotal role in ensuring the seamless operation of research activities within the Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine's Office of Research and Graduate Studies. This multifaceted role encompasses a range of responsibilities, including managing research facilities, overseeing service centers, maintaining research equipment, managing inventory, ensuring compliance with regulations, upholding safety standards, and effectively managing personnel. The Research Operations Manager directly supervises a diverse team consisting of service center staff, office-funded technicians, shared lab personnel, and lab support personnel. Reporting directly to the Associate Dean of Research and Graduate Studies, this role is instrumental in driving the college's research objectives forward.

Required Qualifications

Master's degree in a relevant field, or equivalent combination of education and experience.
Proven track record of effective leadership, project management and team management.
Prior lab experience/lab management/ lab maintenance.
Prior research experience.

Preferred Qualifications

Strong organizational acumen and adeptness in problem-solving.
In-depth knowledge and experience with research equipment, facilities management, and safety protocols.
Excellent communication skills to facilitate collaboration among diverse stakeholders.
Prior experience in research operations or related fields is highly desirable.

Pay Band

Faculty ; Salary

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Salary Information

Salary; to commensurate with experience 

Review Date


Additional Information

The successful candidate will be required to have a criminal conviction check.

About Virginia Tech

Dedicated to its motto, Ut Prosim (That I May Serve), Virginia Tech pushes the boundaries of knowledge by taking a hands-on, transdisciplinary approach to preparing scholars to be leaders and problem-solvers. A comprehensive land-grant institution that enhances the quality of life in Virginia and throughout the world, Virginia Tech is an inclusive community dedicated to knowledge, discovery, and creativity. The university offers more than 280 majors to a diverse enrollment of more than 36,000 undergraduate, graduate, and professional students in eight undergraduate colleges, a school of medicine, a veterinary medicine college, Graduate School, and Honors College. The university has a significant presence across Virginia, including the Innovation Campus in Northern Virginia; the Health Sciences and Technology Campus in Roanoke; sites in Newport News and Richmond; and numerous Extension offices and research centers. A leading global research institution, Virginia Tech conducts more than $500 million in research annually.

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