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Lab Manager, Research Operations

About Achaogen :

Our vision is to change the way people think about the discovery and development of new drugs for the treatment of serious multi-drug-resistant infections. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), at least 2 million people become infected with antibiotic-resistant bacteria each year in the United States, and 23,000 people die annually because of these infections. By 2050 antimicrobial resistance is projected to result in ~10 million deaths per year. Furthermore, the need for new antibiotics to treat carbapenem-resistant-Enterobacteriaceae (CRE) is particularly acute, and in 2013, the CDC labeled CRE as “nightmare bacteria” and indicated that CRE pose a public health threat requiring “urgent and aggressive action.”

Achaogen is developing plazomicin, our lead product candidate, for the treatment of serious bacterial infections due to MDR Enterobacteriaceae, including CRE. Our second product candidate is C-Scape, an orally-administered beta-lactam/beta-lactamase inhibitor combination.

In addition to our deep expertise in infectious diseases and antibiotic drug discovery, we have established a state of the art antibody discovery platform that enables us to opportunistically expand outside of infectious diseases and tackle additional therapeutic areas with tremendous patient need. Having both small molecule and antibody drug discovery development capabilities gives us the opportunity to tackle the most compelling targets with the most appropriate drug modality.

Intrinsic to our five key core values of integrity, accountability, transparency, scientific rigor, and drive, Achaogen is committed to addressing such public health crisis affecting millions globally. With a focused strategy that leverages the passion and talent of our scientists, we have established specialized research and development capabilities in antimicrobial research and drug discovery.

 At a Glance

We seek an organized and motivated manager of research operations, a new team that supports and impacts researchers across all laboratory functions (research, early development and technical operations). The manager will be instrumental in proactively identifying innovative yet simple solutions to complex laboratory workflows/procedures.


About You - What You’ll Do


  • Establish systems to easily track, monitor and ensure adequate coverage of key laboratory equipment (through warranties/preventative maintenance plans etc)
  • Design and manage efficient and centralized laboratory inventory/stockroom spaces (for lab supplies, chemicals, cell lines etc)
  • Build tools that allow efficient tracking of researcher requests
  • Plan and execute timely scheduling of calibration activities with minimal to no impact on research activities
  • Coordinate offsite management of critical research samples (plasmids, strains, cell lines etc)
  • Lead establishment and management of sample inventory system 
  • Work with our researchers to proactively identify and solve bottlenecks
  • Work with our EH&S officer to ensure researcher/lab safety and compliance
  • Partner with our procurement team to optimize research cost strategies
  • Work closely with Facilities to optimize and design lab spaces
  • Oversee administration/governance of Achaogen’s research operation platforms
  • Establish and maintain vendor/supplier relationships
  • Design and organize efficient lab workflows


About You - What You’ll Need


  • 3+ years experience managing a dynamic research/discovery laboratory
  • Experience with inventory/sample management
  • Understanding of the overall drug discovery process
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Strong organizational skills and attention to detail
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite (Outlook, Word, Excel, Project, and PowerPoint)
  • High level of self-motivation and flexibility
  • Proven ability to work independently and to learn continuously
  • Ability to multi-task in a dynamic start-up environment
  • Bachelors in biology, chemistry or similar life science field preferred or the equivalent combination of education, training and/or experience


About the team

  • Scientifically rigorous
  • Fun to work with
  • Get stuff done
  • Flexible to the dynamic needs of the organization


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