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Lab Operations Lead

ZymoChem, Inc.
San Leandro, CA
Start date
Jul 28, 2022

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Manufacturing & Production, Operations, Science/R&D, Laboratory
Required Education
Bachelors Degree
Position Type
Full time
Biotech Bay
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About ZymoChem

ZymoChem is re-imagining how to make some of our favorite everyday products without polluting the planet. Motivated by the enormous carbon footprint and vast amount of trash from the fossil-based materials produced by century-old technologies of the ‘traditional’ chemicals industry, ZymoChem’s mission is to create plant-based, hero materials that enable a sustainable future. We are realizing this vision by pioneering low-cost fermentation-based production of chemicals coupled with advanced materials development technologies. 

ZymoChem has raised >$18 million to-date that includes funding from premier domestic & international venture capital firms, multiple government awards – most recently two ARPA-E awards – and partnerships with world-leading chemicals companies. Tripling in team size in 2021, we are still rapidly growing and filling multiple roles ( We seek candidates who are motivated by science & innovation and have a passion to push the boundaries of materials performance. We are collaborative, multidisciplinary, and relentlessly committed to creating a chemicals & materials industry in tune with the 21st century. If this sounds exciting, we want to hear from you. 

The Opportunity

ZymoChem is hiring a Lab Operations Lead to join a fast-growing R&D team focused on developing the company’s proprietary biotechnology for making sustainable, ‘green’ products. This position is a dynamic role that will offer a breadth of industry-specific knowledge and experiences toward building the infrastructure of a life sciences company and streamlining R&D operations. The ideal candidate will be a self-starter and great communicator with a keen sense for both execution and collaborating in a multi-disciplinary setting, all of which will afford the individual with numerous opportunities for growth and defining their career trajectory.


    Oversee basic laboratory operations for the company’s various R&D groups, identify opportunities for streamlining general activities, and assist with improving operational efficienciesRefine and subsequently manage the company’s inventories (strains, R&D products, chemicals, consumables, equipment), and establish a system that is readily accessible and straightforward to use by the research teamHandle the purchasing of biotechnology consumables and chemicals: routinely interface with the R&D groups regarding needs, with accounting regarding budget, and with vendors regarding product pricing & availabilityOversee the company’s safety policies including developing general lab safety and compliance protocols, conducting regular Safety Committee meetings, and ensuring employees are trained and documentation is completedCoordinate with vendors and suppliers to oversee the timely shipment of product & equipment as well as to minimize delays; efficiently communicate with the R&D team regarding expected delivery datesInterface with researchers to identify options for capital/equipment, and work with vendors to acquire quote and technical specificationsCoordinate equipment maintenance/repair between the R&D groups and vendors & service providersHandle lab-related & office-related matters such as IT-related needs/issues, waste management, facilities access, and utility needsLearn about & subsequently lead/assist with various aspects of the non-lab operations including budget management and human resource and safety mattersLead efforts or collaborate with senior personnel toward identifying, designing, and procuring new laboratory and office space to support the R&D and personnel space needs as the company continues to grow


    MS or BS degree in a life sciences field (Biology, Bioengineering, (Bio)chemistry, or similar)Minimum of 5 years’ experience working in a lab environment. Startup experience is preferredMinimum of 3 years’ experience in managing the lab and/or functional groups. Experience working in a laboratory setting with a life science or biotechnology company/startupHands-on experience with chemistry and/or biotechnology-related techniques and devicesSelf-starter who is proficient working day-to-day both independently and in a collaborative settingExcellent time management skills along with being effective with multitasking, troubleshooting, and improvising work plans while maintaining efficiencyKeen sense for both physical (lab) and data-oriented organizationProactive communicator with developed interpersonal skills in training others and achieving compliance with requestsFamiliarity working with research supply marketplaces and procurement platforms such as Quartzy and ZagenoSavvy with computers and adept at readily becoming proficient with new software; fluent in ≥1 scripting tool (e.g., Python, R) is a plus

Full-time opportunities at ZymoChem come with: 

    Competitive benefits package that includes medical, dental, and vision employee coverage, along with stock optionsOptional benefits including dependent coverage, FSA, HSA, commuter, and supplemental life insuranceFlexible time off policy with 15 days PTO and 10 paid company holidays per year

The company is headquartered in the east bay area of California, with its R&D facility located in San Leandro, CA.

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