CNS Platform Laboratory Manager, R&D

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Salary not provided
October 26 2021
Organization Type
CNS Platform Laboratory Manager, R&D

Manage the day-to-day operational support activities of the R&D laboratory, inclusive of all CNS scientific groups, GLP and non-GLP related. Responsible to develop plans and implement procedures to increase laboratory efficiencies.

• Champion the adoption of all safety initiatives and ensure daily compliance.

• Assist with onboarding by training new hires on processes in place within the CNS Team and across the organization.

• Assist with training new hires on routine experimental procedure in cell and molecular biology.

• Participate in experimental activities to help a team meet a deadline.

• Coordinating and performing samples shipping/receiving.

• Assist with equipment-related tasks, including organizing on-side training, scheduling installation and maintenance.

• Act as point person to coordinate the purchase of all laboratory equipment, collaborating with scientific staff, procurement, metrology, engineering, IT and facilities.

• Responsible for short and long-term planning for all aspects of lab support operations as they relate to the scientific pipeline, maintaining focus on scientific goals.

• Provide feedback as to the availability of adequate operational personnel, space, equipment, and facilities to meet scientific goals.

• Play a strong role in the collaborative efforts of the R&D Operations team effecting LIMS administration, lab support/maintenance, sample management, laboratory efficiency initiatives

• Communicate laboratory requirements with the Facilities, Metrology, IT and Engineering teams.


  • Support the CNS Team at lab management level
  • Prioritize and facilitate day-to-day activities to support R&D laboratory functionality.
  • Develop, implement, and maintain procedures to increase efficiencies in the laboratory.
  • Accountable to manage Sparks ordering processes for laboratory equipment.
  • Coordinate laboratory logistics effecting safety practices, reagents, samples, chemicals, waste handling, equipment procurement. Request internal or third-party support as needed.
  • Communicate laboratory requirements to secure appropriate support for efficiency initiatives.
  • Support CNS Team experimentally by training new hires on routine protocols and by performing routine protocols to help a Team reach a goal.
  • Collaborate with Sample Management, R&D Operations, LIMS, EHS, IT and Lab Management to support CNS Team day-to-day activities.
  • Participate in meetings and activities related to research, including weekly lab meetings and small group research meetings. Provide system operation training to new staff, as needed.
Education and Experience Requirements

• Bachelor’s degree required; MS in a relevant field preferred.

• Minimum 5 years of biotech industry working experience.

• Project management or supervisory experience strongly preferred.

• Broad understanding of laboratory technical and equipment needs; hands-on experience with microscopy, standard molecular and cell biology techniques such as DNA cloning, qPCR, ELISA, flow cytometry, cell culture, etc., preferred.

• Basic knowledge of building systems requirements preferred.

Key Skills, Abilities, and Competencies

• Strong organizational skills and working experience in Biotech industry.

• Multiple projects oriented.

• Excellent writing and verbal communication skills.

• Ability to analyze and troubleshoot experiments.

• Ability to manage competing priorities in a fast-paced environment.

• Independently motivated and exceptionally detail oriented.

• Ability to learn new techniques and work independently after training

Complexity and Problem Solving

• Demonstrate independent problem-solving skills for technical issues; develop solutions to a variety of moderate to complex problems; Discuss with supervisor and refer to policies/practices for guidance.

• Must be comfortable in the fast-paced, biotech start-up environment and interact with multi-disciplinary research teams at Spark.

• Exercise judgment within defined procedures and practices to determine appropriate action.

Please be aware that Spark mandates COVID-19 vaccination of all employees regardless of work location. Accommodations may be made in accordance with applicable law.

Nearest Major Market: Philadelphia

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