About Arc Institute

The Arc Institute is a new scientific institution that conducts curiosity-driven basic science and technology development to understand and treat complex human diseases. Headquartered in Palo Alto, California, Arc is an independent research organization founded on the belief that many important research programs will be enabled by new institutional models. Arc operates in partnership with Stanford University, UCSF, and UC Berkeley.

While the prevailing university research model has yielded many tremendous successes, we believe in the importance of institutional experimentation as a way to make progress. These include:

  • Funding: Arc will fully fund Core Investigator’s (PI’s) research groups, liberating scientists from the typical constraints of project-based external grants.
  • Technology: Biomedical research has become increasingly dependent on complex tooling. Arc Technology Centers develop, optimize and deploy rapidly advancing experimental and computational technologies in collaboration with Core Investigators. 
  • Support: Arc aims to provide first-class support—operationally, financially and scientifically—that will enable scientists to pursue long-term high risk, high reward research that can meaningfully advance progress in disease cures, including neurodegeneration, cancer, and immune dysfunction.
  • Culture: We believe that culture matters enormously in science and that excellence is difficult to sustain. We aim to create a culture that is focused on scientific curiosity, a deep commitment to truth, broad ambition, and selfless collaboration.

With $650M in committed funding, the vision in the first 2-3 years is to grow to a team of roughly 150 team members, with plans for further significant growth over the decade ahead. 

About the position

Reporting to our Core Investigator, Luke Gilbert, the Laboratory Operations Manager will be responsible for solving day-to-day logistical challenges associated with the startup of a new  research institution. Key roles of the Laboratory Operations Manager include: (1) the development of a receiving system for laboratory supplies, consumables, and media; (2) implementation of a restocking system for lab consumables and media that includes a Thermo Fisher Express Supply  Center; and (3) establishment of safe protocols for the receipt and handling of chemicals and cryoliquids. The position will involve working collaboratively with an EHS team to maintain  laboratory safety and facility hygiene through the management of incoming chemicals and other  hazardous materials.

In this role you will

  • Manage day-to-day operations in of mixed lab and office space across three suites, including molecular biology and tissue culture laboratories.
  • Ordering, receipt, and inventory maintenance of laboratory materials including consumables, media, and small equipment.
  • Stewardship of new laboratory instrumentation, including: coordinating deliveries, collaborating with technicians for equipment installation, and onboarding.
  • Responding to alarm notifications from the monitoring system, submitting and overseeing Arc work orders in the building operations portal.
  • Managing cryofreezers in a freezer farm: monitoring liquid nitrogen levels daily and connecting new LN2 dewars to cryofreezers as required.
  • Maintaining records of equipment maintenance and scheduling or performing PM as required (e.g., running regular incubator sterilization cycles and scheduling hood certifications).
  • Liaise with EHS team to receive new chemicals, including entering chemicals into CIMS, communicating with end users, and delivering chemicals to compatible storage locations.
  • Oversee the management and record keeping of Arc’s hazardous chemical and medical waste accumulation and removal in collaboration with an EHS team.
  • Sit on an EHS committee and participate in inspections of safety equipment and facilities to ensure high standards of laboratory hygiene and safety are upheld by all on-site employees.
  • Communicate operations updates to scientists on a regular basis.
  • Prepares and manages common lab reagents (plasmids, cell lines etc)

Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree in a life science plus 5 years of work experience, or equivalent combination of education and work experience 
  • Strong attention to detail, resourcefulness, and good organization skills
  • Must be proactive, able to self-initiate, and capable of working independently 
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills 
  • Passion for resolving technical problems, sometimes through performing  analysis of data and/or situations 
  • Experience with budget management 
  • Experience maintaining clean spaces and sterile equipment 
  • Working knowledge of biological safety, chemical safety, and general  laboratory safety 
  • Experience working in a Biosafety Level 2 or 2+ (BSL-2 or BSL-2+) lab preferred 
  • Able to lift 50 pounds

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