Lab Manager, Technical Operations

San Jose, California /
Operations /
About VitroLabs: VitroLabs is a venture-backed biotechnology startup working towards a world where science is used responsibly to provide positive impact for business, the planet and all living things. By harnessing novel applications of frontier science and technology, we've developed a process to grow real leather that is slaughter-free and better for the environment.

About the role: VitroLabs is looking for a Technical Operations Specialist/Manager to support the Operations Team in all areas of laboratory and facilities operations, including routine equipment maintenance, developing process documentation, troubleshooting issues, forecasting inventory needs, and a variety of other operational procedures. This role is an amazing opportunity to gain experience in Laboratory and/or Facilities Operations in an emerging new market category --lab-grown leather.  

About you: The ideal candidate would be someone who is results-oriented, excited to wear multiple-hats and jump in where needed, and is dedicated to always driving toward system efficiencies and improvements. The successful candidate will be comfortable working in the ambiguity that comes with a fast-paced, and dynamic environment, has excellent project management skills and can guide cross-functional projects from start to finish.


    • Work closely with the Director of Facilities and the R&D team to support and improve the safety and workflow of a functional lab environment including monthly internal lab safety audits, attending safety committee meetings etc.
    • Perform day-to-day routine equipment maintenance, schedule calibration/preventative maintenance, organize lab operation processes, and support general lab and technical operation activities in collaboration with R&D laboratory team to promote a safe and efficient working environment
    • Manage shipping and receiving of sensitive materials including but not limited to; dry ice, cold packs, liquid nitrogen, CO2, hazardous waste, etc. Partner with the facilities and laboratory teams to calibrate, trouble shoot, and coordinate action plans for small laboratory equipment repairs (eg. changing out filters in incubators, scheduling BSC certification, etc.) 
    • Vendor management including but not limited to scheduling, safety documentation, service agreements, etc. Document and maintain audit, equipment and supply reports, Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs), and recurring operational processes.
    • Perform duties as assigned in conjunction with the Technical Operations team

Qualifications & Skills

    • BA, BS or equivalent with 3-5 years of experience in laboratory operations or life science industry. Prior exposure to the implementation of a wet lab in molecular biology, biochemistry, or cell culture is a plus. 
    • Skilled in vendor management, shipping and receiving, environmental health and safety (EH&S), laboratory risk assessments, lab and biosafety responsibilities, electronic lab data management, equipment maintenance, documentation and reporting.


    • Communication: The ability to ensure that information is passed on to others who should be kept informed, express oneself clearly in all interactions with others, and notice, interpret, and anticipate others’ concerns and feelings with empathy.
    • Influence: The ability to gain others’ support and  negotiate ideas, proposals, projects, and solutions by strategically presenting tailored information or data that will have a strong effect on their audience.
    • Analytical Thinking: The ability to tackle a problem by using a logical, systematic, sequential approach considering implications and preparing for possible contingencies.
    • Change Management: The ability to demonstrate support for innovation and for organizational changes needed to improve the organization’s effectiveness; initiating, sponsoring, and implementing organizational change; helping others to successfully manage organizational change.
    • Collaboration: As a team member, the ability and desire to work cooperatively with others on a team; as a team leader, the ability to demonstrate interest, skill, and success in getting groups to learn to work together. Commitment to inclusivity and cultural awareness through actions, interactions, and communications. 
    • Self Management: Ensuring that one’s own work and information are complete and accurate; carefully preparing for meetings and presentations; following up with others to ensure that agreements and commitments have been fulfilled consistently. Solicits feedback to improve performance.

Employment Requirements

    • Authorized to work in the U.S.
    • Ability to work a flexible work schedule including early mornings, late evenings, and some weekends.

Salary Range

    • $75,000 - $100,000 DOE


Come and join our incredibly dedicated and driven team as we develop cutting edge technologies that will have a lasting impact on the world.

We offer great benefits, a competitive salary, and challenging, impactful work. Come and join our rapidly growing team, work with smart and dedicated people and help develop cutting edge technologies that will have a lasting impact on the world.

The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by incumbents assigned to this job. This is not intended to be an exhaustive list of all the functions, responsibilities, duties and skills required for the position, and VitroLabs Inc retains the discretion to modify functions, responsibilities, duties and skills at any time, including modifying the time devoted to such activities, deleting activities and assigning other activities.
Pursuant to the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance, we will consider for employment qualified applicants with arrest and conviction records. 
VitroLabs Inc is an equal opportunity employer committed to providing employment opportunities without regard to race, color, sex (including gender identity, sexual orientation, and pregnancy), age, national origin, religion, veteran status, disability, genetic information, or any other protected status in accordance with applicable law.