Lab Services Associate/Manager

Berkeley, California
Oct 19, 2017
Science/R&D, Laboratory
Biotech Bay
Required Education
Bachelors Degree
Position Type
Full time

Caribou Biosciences, Inc. is a leading company in CRISPR genome engineering located in Berkeley, CA. Caribou's tools and technologies provide transformative capabilities to therapeutic development, agricultural biotechnology, industrial biotechnology, and basic and applied biological research. The five-year-old company has developed a best-in-class CRISPR genome engineering technology platform and has a leading intellectual property position. The company has established strategic partnerships with DuPont (agriculture, industrial biotechnology) and Genus plc (agriculture) and has co-founded human therapeutics company Intellia Therapeutics (NASDAQ: NTLA.)

Caribou seeks an experienced and highly motivated Lab Services Associate/Manager to join its team at its research and development facility in Berkeley, CA. The ideal candidate will interact with management and others to manage the facility and laboratory operations.  The Lab Services Associate/Manager must enjoy working in a fast-paced and highly cross-disciplinary environment while collaborating with our team of scientists and researchers.


  • Maintain a safe and effective working environment in laboratories and office areas for employees and visitors
  • Ensure laboratory facilities and equipment are in good working condition, including certifications, inspections, calibrations and repairs
  • Coordinate facility repairs and maintenance with property manager
  • Manage facility and equipment monitoring systems and respond to alarms/alerts as required
  • Ensure earthquake safety program meets current code requirements
  • Coordinate the site security system including first response to incidents
  • Manage the full cycle purchasing process including order placement (phone, online), receiving, shipping, RMAs, PO changes
  • Adhere to company policies and business processes
  • Participate in negotiations, RFQs, proposals comparisons and vendor selection
  • Build/maintain relationships with vendors to enable smooth operations and issue resolution
  • Track inventory levels of general lab supplies for controlled procurement and minimum inventory levels of chemical/reagents, gases and LN2
  • Plan production of reagents, media, and other materials for research
  • Manage hazardous materials inventory, SDS binder, hazard waste collection, storage and removal, and update inventory on CERS as required
  • Coordinate biomaterial shipments, work directly with couriers and brokers to coordinate shipments
  • Manage weekly biohazardous waste removal with appropriate records
  • Ensure facility and laboratory operations meet OSHA, NFPA and local safety and environmental regulatory compliance including proper chemical and waste storage
  • Develop and maintain facility, operations and safety SOPs and comply with records retention policies
  • Ensure safety training programs are up-to-date and provide training to all employees as required
  • Develop and administer life safety programs related to evacuations and incident response
  • Assist scientific staff as requested
  • Support site response 24/7

Candidate must possess:

  • Bachelor’s degree in the life sciences or AA/AS with equivalent experience
  • Minimum 3 years of experience in procurement and lab operations
  • Experience in a Biotech or Life Science company
  • General knowledge of lab safety requirements, chemical handling and hazards, DOT shipping requirements, ergonomics, and biohazards
  • Able to deliver and track required safety training
  • Basic mechanical skills for small projects (install keyboard trays, assemble furniture/shelves, etc.)
  • Able to operate/maintain/troubleshoot mechanical equipment including glasswashers and autoclaves to sterilize equipment
  • Proficient using Microsoft Office
  • Demonstrated experience managing multiple projects simultaneously
  • Works well independently in a team environment
  • Highly organized and detail-oriented
  • Able to lift up to 30 pounds


  • Experience managing direct reports
  • Proficient in developing and delivering safety training including Chemical Hygiene and Blood-borne pathogens training
  • Experience with Point Purchasing and CERS
  • Able to manage facility upgrade projects including interface with local building or regulatory agencies
  • Experience purchasing and installing laboratory automation equipment
  • Familiar with sterile environments and able to train others on aseptic techniques

Caribou Biosciences, Inc. is a dynamic start-up company, and the successful candidate must have the ability and desire to work in a fast-paced environment.  For more information, please visit  Caribou is on Twitter.  Sign up to follow our Twitter feed @CaribouBio.

Caribou offers a comprehensive compensation package, as well as generous paid time off in addition to Company-observed holidays.  The Company provides medical, dental, and vision insurance, along with a 401(k) retirement savings plan which includes matching employer contributions. Caribou promotes a culture in which employees are respected and rewarded for hard work, innovation, personal initiative, and teamwork. 

Caribou is an equal opportunity employer and does not unlawfully discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, citizenship, political activity or affiliation, marital status, age, national origin, ancestry, physical or mental disability, medical condition (as defined under California law), veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, sex or gender (which includes pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding, or related medical conditions), taking or requesting statutorily protected leave, or any other basis protected by law. In addition, Caribou prohibits the harassment of any individual on any of the bases listed above or any other characteristics protected under federal, state, or local laws.

Direct applicants only. No agencies please.