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Protocol Labs

Laboratory Operations Manager

Watertown, MA, USA
Posted on Tuesday, April 25, 2023
Parallel Squared Technology Institute (PTI) is a non-profit research institute aiming to catalyze a leap in protein analysis technology and use it to explore new biological frontiers. PTI supports open research and educational opportunities supporting rapid career development for scientists, engineers, and mathematicians.Why? Protein dysfunctions directly cause many diseases, such as Alzheimer’s disease. Yet, proteins remain understudied because of technological hurdles.How? To resolve these limitations, PTI will develop mass tags enabling a new framework for multiplexed protein analysis by mass spectrometry towards achieving 100-fold increase in throughput. Scientists at and collaborating with the institute will use these gains to directly investigate disease mechanisms and resolve problems that have proven intractable for decades. Our proof of principle technology and strategies are outlined at:’s new approach requires synergy between a diverse team of chemists, machine learning engineers, biologists and mass spectrometrists. Alzheimer’s disease and aging will be among the first focuses of this technology-driven research organization.New career opportunitiesMembers of PTI will be supported with industry-level resources to lead research projects and disseminate their discoveries and innovations to the broader biomedical community through frequent publications, presentations, and submissions to public data portals.Responsibilities:
  • Establish and enforce laboratory policies and protocols
  • Serve as the primary resource for members on all laboratory operation needs.
  • Procurement and maintenance of supplies, chemicals, and biological inventories - ensure that consumables, buffers, reagents, samples are stocked, created, and shipped as needed
  • Procurement liaison to serve as the primary contact for negotiating pricing, obtaining quotes, vendor setup, negotiating purchase of lab equipment and bulk quantity items
  • Management of the lab ordering system - including placing orders, tracking of shipments, invoices, payments, and standing orders.
  • Manage laboratory equipment - including cataloging, surveillance, routine maintenance, and lead to ensure any required equipment repair.
  • Develop and implement quality assurance programs for maintenance and calibration of key equipment
  • Ensure and maintain proper, up-to-date documentation of standardized protocols using versioning.
  • Onboard new staff to the lab, including training in standard operating procedures, equipment-specific requirements, and ordering.
  • Resolve technical issues and provide assistance in laboratory operations planning
  • Act as point of contact for Environmental Health and Safety (EHS), including protocol management, training, and external liaising
  • Ensure all necessary permits are up-to-date and maintained for the lab
  • Monitoring the safety of lab space and personnel to oversee safety compliance with established guidelines
  • Maintain a database of required training for lab personnel.
  • Oversee implementation of protocols in compliance with lab safety.
  • Proactively seek out ways to improve individual and team-wide scientific processes and operations
  • Perform other duties as requested

  • BS in molecular biology, environmental biology or related fields is required
  • At least 3 years of experience in lab management
  • Previous experience managing biobank samples may be helpful.
  • Previous experience with LIMS may be helpful.
  • Self-motivated and self-directed. Must be able to make independent, effective decisions in appropriate situations
  • Must be familiar with the operation of standard lab equipment and with lab safety and biosafety procedures
  • Must demonstrate aptitude for technical problem solving and budget management
  • Proficiency with Microsoft office, Google drive/documents.
  • Ability to multi-task and work effectively with a diverse group of people

We offer:
  • An opportunity to change the world and work with some of the smartest and the most talented experts from different fields
  • Excellent medical, dental, and vision insurance through a PPO plan; parental leave
  • Generous time off + paid holidays
  • Wellness allowance for fitness and wellness activities

Preferred Qualifications
  • Previous experience in biotech or academic research settings
  • Masters in biology, chemistry or related STEM field

Convergent Research aims to help fill a structural gap in today's R&D system. We enable fundamental research that requires unusual levels of scale and coordination yet is not rapidly monetizable by industry. We’re bringing together top talent from academia, industry, and startups to build a new model for innovative R&D. As an incubator within the Schmidt Futures Network, we identify high-impact scientific or technical research and development opportunities, ultimately defining and launching these projects as Focused Research Organizations.Convergent Research, LLC is an Equal Employment Opportunity employer that proudly pursues and hires a diverse workforce. We do not make hiring or employment decisions on the basis of race, color, religion or religious belief, ethnic or national origin, nationality, sex, gender, gender-identity, sexual orientation, disability, age, military or veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by applicable local, state, or federal law or Company policy. We strive for a healthy and safe workplace and strictly prohibit harassment of any kind.