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Lab Operations Manager

Job Functions:
Administration, Product, Operations
Employment Types:
San Carlos, CA, USA
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Elegen is blazing a path towards a biology-based economy. Through unique insight and innovation Elegen can produce DNA in ≤1 week that is 10x longer and 20x more accurate than any available methods, letting scientists everywhere streamline and accelerate their work.

We are seeking a pragmatic, effective Lab Operations Manager to become one of the founding members of our growing team, supporting development of our revolutionary gene synthesis technology. As a part of our team, you will cover all of Elegen’s logistics needs as we develop our platform for scalable production of long synthetic DNA. The ideal candidate will build a foundation upon which they can grow an operations team that they would manage, as their scope of work scales.

This is a rare and exciting opportunity for a highly motivated self-starter to join a uniquely innovative, rapidly moving, high impact start-up. In addition to taking on a big responsibility, you will help us establish a strong culture of mutual respect, integrity, and collaboration while working alongside some of Silicon Valley’s best scientists, engineers, and professionals.

Essential Responsibilities: Handle all logistics for our R&D and Production facility


  • Maintain stocks of production supplies (reagents, tips, plates, packaging…)Analyze historical trends and forecast from orders and internal needs Order materials Troubleshoot and resolve vendor issues

  • Receive and disposition incoming materialsCapture incoming vendor QC data and certificates of compliance

  • Ship outgoing productWork with operations to set shipping methods Stock shipping supplies Arrange for shipping of orders Update system with tracking information


  • Maintain stocks of common use supplies (reagents, tips, gloves)Analyze historical trends and forecast internal needs Order materials Troubleshoot and resolve vendor issues

  • Receive, disposition, and stock incoming materials

  • Manage lab instrumentation including troubleshooting, calibration and updates

  • Create best practices and maintain SOPs for the usage and cleaning of lab instruments and space


  • Maintain stocks of standard supplies (coffee, snacks, office supplies)
  • Receive and disposition incoming materials
  • Interface with external vendors and contractors to manage the facility (i.e. office furniture, internet access, electrical, HVAC, janitorial service, light construction)

Essential Candidate Profile: ● 5+ years experience in tech or life science tools industry operations or logistics. ● Pragmatic, flexible problem solver ● Strong track record of working in a highly collaborative environment on multidisciplinary projects. ● Experience as a supervisor or manager of a team. ● Startup experience

Preferred Candidate Qualifications: ● Previous experience supporting automated liquid handling ● Good network of contacts for external vendors & contractors ● Experience with operational scaling and new process implementation.

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