Lab Manager, Microbiome

94158, San Francisco
Oct 18, 2018
Biotech Bay
Required Education
Bachelors Degree
Position Type
Full time

Position Title: Lab Manager, Microbiome

Reports to: Associate Program Manager, Microbiome

Status: Regular, Full-time, Non-Exempt

Location: San Francisco, CA

Summary: Assembly Biosciences (NASDAQ symbol ASMB) is a clinical-stage biotechnology company advancing two innovative platform programs: a Hepatitis B-Cure program consisting of a new class of oral therapeutic candidates for the treatment of hepatitis B virus (HBV) infection and a novel class of oral synthetic live biotherapeutic candidates, which are designed to treat disorders associated with the Microbiome. 

The HBV pipeline consists of a lead program in multiple global Phase 2a studies; a 2nd Generation program entering Phase I late this year, and a 3rd program approaching clinical candidate selection.  We expect this pipeline to represent a backbone therapy for increasing cures in HBV, and can be envisioned as a foundation of the company’s research in virology globally.

The Microbiome platform consists of our lead programs in GI, partnered with Allergan, nearing the first IND/Phase Ib later this year and early next for Ulcerative Colitis, and a pipeline of other disease areas in consideration for advancement that are wholly owned by ASMB.

The Company plans to move to the Oyster Point Area in South San Francisco by the end of 2018. As Assembly nears 100 employees, of which ~60 are based in San Francisco, it is anticipated that future growth will be focused at our  new South San Francisco Location. The Company has a strong balance sheet having recently raised $166 million, bringing its cash reserves to approximately $250 million – and thus positioned well to build the next phase of Assembly toward global development and commercialization of our innovative medicines in HBV-cure and the Microbiome.

Specific responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Lab Operations & Safety Compliance
    • Ensure and maintain organization and cleanliness within the labs
    • Create, enforce and sustain operating procedures in all laboratories
    • Serve as a liaison between scientists and the building facilities team to ensure clear communication on any facilities-related matters
    • Serve as team safety officer:
      • Ensure compliance with lab safety regulations, troubleshoot and report deviations
      • Conduct safety training of new laboratory users and re-training of existing laboratory staff, as applicable
      • Maintain safety training records for each member of the team
  • Inventory Procurement
    • Order, track and receive lab supplies according to company procedure
    • Process goods returns
    • Manage inventory for routinely used lab supplies
  • Equipment Maintenance
    • Schedule and oversee maintenance and calibration of equipment/instruments 
    • Serve as the primary point of contact for any equipment failures and alarms
    • Manage the equipment inventory
  • Vendor Relations
    • Build and maintain relationships with a multitude of vendors
    • Negotiate pricing for lab supplies, equipment and service agreements
    • Work with the finance team to setup new vendors in the internal procurement system
    • Serve as a liaison between vendors and internal parties including scientists and the ASMB G&A
  • Team Support
    • Execute administrative duties as needed for the Microbiome team
    • In the first few months of hire, support the move and recommission of 3 labs to new location
    • Other duties as requested

Qualifications include:

  • A.S. or B.S. degree in a science discipline
  • 2-5 years prior laboratory experience required 
  • Prior experience managing a lab/lab operations is strongly desired
  • Familiarity with research laboratory and EHS/OSHA requirements
  • Strong motivation, independence, and ability to work in a fast-paced environment with minimal supervision
  • Ability to think independently and fully integrate into a high achieving team environment
  • Strong sense of ownership over work
  • Creative and innovative problem solver
  • Customer service centered attitude
  • Self-motivated, with strong organizational skills
  • Excellent attention to detail, accountable for results
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Adaptable
  • Experience with Microsoft Office programs, especially Outlook, Word, Excel, and PowerPoint 
  • Ability to follow Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs)
  • Bonus points for prior experience with Oracle
  • Sense of humor

Travel: Minimal travel will be required for this role.

AAP/EEO Statement 
Assembly Biosciences is an Equal Opportunity Employer and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any kind.  We are committed to the principle of equal employment opportunity for all employees and to providing employees with a work environment free of discrimination and harassment. All employment decisions are based on business needs, job requirements and individual qualifications, without regard to race, color, religion or belief, national, social or ethnic origin, sex (including pregnancy), age, physical, mental or sensory disability, HIV status, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, marital, civil union or domestic partnership status, past or present military service, family medical history or genetic information, family or parental status, or any other status protected by the laws or regulations in the locations where we operate. We will not tolerate discrimination or harassment based on any of these characteristics.