Lab Operations Associate

South San Francisco
May 16, 2022
Required Education
Associate Degree
Position Type
Full time

Who We Are

Technology has transformed almost every single aspect of our lives. Yet, it still takes 12 years to develop a drug. Today, thousands of diseases affecting hundreds of millions of people have no effective treatment. Accelerating the pace of bringing effective, new medicines to patients is one of the greatest opportunities for humanity.  Our mission is to develop better drugs faster using technology. We have built an end-to-end technology-driven drug discovery platform centered around one of the field’s largest human genomics databases in neuroscience. We use machine learning to map the complex causes of disease and turn those insights into promising drug candidates on our internal biology and chemistry platforms. We are developing drugs to treat some of the biggest medical challenges today: ALS, Parkinson’s Disease, and Alzheimer’s Disease. Our first drug is entering the clinic at the end of this year as a new treatment for ALS and was discovered entirely from our platform.  We have raised $134M from top tier investors (e.g. BlackRock, Eli Lilly, Merck, Section 32, Threshold Ventures, Y Combinator, etc). Last year, we announced a $706M deal with Eli Lilly. We are a team of engineers, neuroscientists, and drug developers united around an audacious vision: to build the next Genentech of the digital age.  

Who You Are 

You aspire to be at the forefront of lab operations and processes.  You are highly organized, detail oriented, adaptable, resourceful, creative in problem solving, have grit in the face of adversity, motivated in expanding your career and share the mission of making patient lives better.

You Will

Support Verge's research programs by ensuring the lab runs smoothly and safely. 

Your Outcomes

You are in charge of organizing and maintaining the inventory stocks across multiple labs.

You will take ownership of all lab orders and inventory management.

You are able to conduct all recurring lab safety checks so that Verge lab is in compliance with safety policies.

You will incorporate daily office management responsibilities, keeping kitchen and office supplies stocked and organized. This also includes managing guest access, creating building service requests, etc.

You will coordinate with various lab service and waste management vendors to arrange resupply and waste pickup.

You will facilitate document management associated with all lab operations activities and SOPs. This also includes updating the SDS library.

  • Must Have

Associate’s Degree with 1+ year industry experience, or Bachelor’s Degree in a Life Science discipline and 1+ year experience as a Lab Assistant, Technician, or Associate.

Ability to be an essential resource person for lab users, with willingness to respond to emergency situations 24/7.

Enthusiasm about lab safety and organization.

Excellent oral and written communication skills.

Willingness to meet new challenges and use creative problem solving.


  • Nice to Have

Excellent organizational skills, including the ability to prioritize and handle multiple projects and budgets. 

Interest in learning EH&S procedures and processes and managing lab safety. 

Experience with general wet lab practices and familiarity with tissue culture techniques.

What's In It For You

  • This is a great opportunity to make a significant impact in the lab operations of a startup biotech as it accelerates in growth.  You will also be able to work across multiple functions and be a part of a team striving to make patient lives better.  This cross-functional interface allows you to learn across the biotech and drug discovery organization.  At Verge, you would be a part of a team that values culture in daily practice, where you are encouraged to show radical candor, each person is accountable and we all support each other to take risks with courageous ambition.