Lab Operations Assistant

South San Francisco, California, United States
Jan 09, 2021
Biotech Bay
Required Education
Bachelors Degree
Position Type
Full time
Thank you for your interest in a career at Senti Biosciences. We are passionate about developing cell therapies with the ability to outsmart cancer and other complex diseases. We find purpose and meaning in knowing that our efforts will soon improve the lives of patients and their families. With science as our foundation and empathy as our key guiding principle, colleagues become friends, managers become mentors, and with time, cancer becomes history.


Senti Biosciences is seeking a highly motivated Lab Operations Assistant to support our dynamic and rapidly growing business and R&D teams. We are seeking individuals with a passionate drive to make smarter therapeutics" and have the energy and boldness to thrive and grow their career in a startup environment.

An ideal applicant is organized, able to multi-task across multiple lab responsibilities, and comfortable in a fast-moving culture environment and should have knowledge and experience needed to perform equipment maintenance and calibration.

Primary Responsibilities
    • Perform daily calibration, maintenance, and cleaning of lab equipment, (cytometers, plate readers, Luminex, and others), document service reports, develop maintenance SOP's and PM schedules
    • Monitor and defrost freezers (e.g. temperature monitoring, issue logs, maintenance, organize freezer space
    • Manage the receiving, storage, and distribution of shipments of newly synthesized DNA
    • Aliquoting, Preparing, and Maintaining DNA stocks
    • Manage DNA stored in internal inventory and coordination with CRO's to generate new stocks of DNA to support R&D and TechOps teams
    • Provide administrative support to functioning lab as appropriate (use of ordering system, manage lab supply consumables, maintain inventory lists etc.)
    • Perform weekly medical waste inspections and removal
    • Perform weekly change out of liquid nitrogen and other lab gases
    • Support the Lab Manager in implementing new processes, systems and SOPs/guidance
    • Receive and process (including unpacking and checking) of received laboratory samples
    • Perform inventory of in/outbound shipments, logs samples into sample management databases and manages sample discrepancies as necessary
    • Work in accordance with all applicable SOPs, as appropriate, to complete sample handling and processing activities and according to local health and safety rules

Required Education, Experience, and Skills
    • Associate's Degree in science or equivalent recognized qualification
    • 2 -3 years of experience with sample handling and processing laboratory environment
    • Familiarity with molecular biology related to aliquoting, preparing, and maintaining DNA stocks
    • Demonstrated experience working in a laboratory environment
    • Ability to effectively communicate with team members
    • Good attention to detail and accuracy in data entry
    • Team player with good interpersonal skills and ability to build working relationships across functional areas
    • Strong work ethic with ability to work under tight deadlines
    • Ability to take initiative and work independently and with minimal supervision

Senti Bio is the next generation therapeutics company that designs gene circuits and programs cells for tremendous therapeutic value. Our mission is to engineer an entirely new class of medicine that will transform people's lives by curing the most challenging diseases. We are proud to count NEA, 8VC, Amgen Ventures, Pear Ventures, Lux Capital, Menlo Ventures, Allen & Company, Nest.Bio , Omega Funds, Goodman Capital, and LifeForce Capital among our investors. Senti Bio is based in South San Francisco, CA, USA.