Manager, Laboratory Operations

Menlo Park, CA
Oct 01, 2021
Biotech Bay
Required Education
Associate Degree
Position Type
Full time
GRAIL is a healthcare company whose mission is to detect cancer early, when it can be cured. GRAIL is focused on alleviating the global burden of cancer by developing pioneering technology to detect and identify multiple deadly cancer types early. The company is using the power of next-generation sequencing, population-scale clinical studies, and state-of-the-art computer science and data science to enhance the scientific understanding of cancer biology, and to develop its multi-cancer early detection blood test. GRAIL is headquartered in Menlo Park, CA with locations in Washington, D.C., North Carolina, and the United Kingdom. GRAIL, LLC is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Illumina, Inc. (NASDAQ:ILMN). For more information, please visit

GRAIL is seeking a Manager to lead the Core Laboratory team, who will be primarily responsible for supporting troubleshooting of Lab Operations and ensuring the efficient execution of GRAIL assays,  R&D activities, and Pharma partnerships. The candidate will be leading the development and growth of the Core Laboratory team, including staffing and training on a variety of evolving GRAIL assays and workflows. The ideal candidate is a detail-oriented, dynamic team player with deep experience in executing and troubleshooting both automated and manual NGS assay execution, preferably in a regulated environment. The candidate is expected to partner with many functions of our organization, including Automation, Product Development, LIMS, Quality, Supply Chain, Biosample Operations, and the Clinical Lab, to forecast upcoming activities, delegate work to direct reports, and play an instrumental role in the implementation and operation of the Core Laboratory. 
Duties & Responsibilities:
  • Coordinate the forecasting and execution of experiments with various stakeholders including R&D, Biosample Operations, and Supply Chain
  • Become an expert on current production assays and legacy manual workflows
  • Troubleshoot and optimize manual and automated assays and test methods
  • Lead a team of research associates in planning, preparation, execution, and documentation of experiments for troubleshooting and execution of various NGS workflows
  • Provide technical leadership to project team members performing work per GLP and ensure proper record keeping 
  • Actively participate and engage in the development and implementation of new assays and technologies in collaboration with R&D
  • Ensure laboratory activities are performed in compliance with procedures and safety guidelines when handling, storing, and disposing of hazardous or bio-hazardous materials

Minimum Qualifications:
  • BS in Biology, Chemistry, Molecular Biology or related field, an advanced degree strongly preferred 
  • 4+ years of experience in Next Generation Sequencing assays and workflows
  • 2+ years of direct management experience having hired, trained, and led high performing teams in a fast-paced production-like environment
  • Demonstrated success in technical leadership, problem-solving creativity, and collaboration with others.
  • Experience in IVD or assay development in a regulated environment is desired.
  • Experience with Automated sample preparation workflows
  • Proficient with basic molecular biology laboratory techniques (e.g. pipetting, SPRI, PCR, qPCR)
  • Familiarity with nucleic acids extraction techniques and quantification devices (e.g., Nanodrop, Bioanalyzer, Fragment Analyzer, ddPCR)
  • Experience product transfer and verification in an ISO or FDA-regulated environment desired.
  • Practical knowledge of Next Generation Sequencing sample preparation workflows and applications preferred.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills and willingness to collaborate cross-functionally across Quality, Regulatory, Operations, and Development teams.
  • Self-directed, innovative, and creative thinker
  • General computer skills and proficiency in GSuite

GRAIL is an Equal Employment Office and Affirmative Action Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, protected veteran status, disability or any other legally protected status. We will reasonably accommodate all individuals with disabilities so that they can participate in the job application or interview process, to perform essential job functions, and to receive other benefits and privileges of employment. Please contact us to request accommodation.

Following extensive monitoring, research, consideration of business implications, and advice from internal and external experts, GRAIL has made the decision to require all U.S. employees receive the COVID-19 vaccines as a condition of employment. “Full vaccination” is defined as two weeks after both doses of a two-dose vaccine or two weeks since a single-dose vaccine has been administered. Anyone unable to be vaccinated, either because of a sincerely held religious belief or a medical condition or disability that prevents them from being vaccinated, can request a reasonable accommodation.

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