Living Carbon

Supertrees that capture & store more CO2.

Laboratory Operations Manager at Living Carbon

Location
San Francisco
Job Type
Full-time
Experience
3+ years
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Maddie Hall
Maddie Hall
Founder

About the role

Living Carbon is a pre-launch public benefit corporation with a mission to fight climate change by enhancing CO2 capture and storage in trees. We believe that gigaton scale CO2 drawdown will only happen if solutions are both environmentally beneficial and profitable to landowners. We’re working with some of the largest timber companies in the US and well-known reforestation projects to develop a proof of concept. We’re backed by some of the most prominent investors in Silicon Valley including, YCombinator, and Chris Sacca of LowerCarbon Capital.

If you believe that climate change is the defining global emergency of the century and want to join an ambitious project that’s working on a biological solution, we’d love to hear from you.

Your role:

We’re looking for someone who is excited to be part of a mission-driven early stage company, and enthusiastic about bridging roles spanning laboratory management and facilities management. Our lab operations manager will be responsible for all things related to the operations and scaling of our wet-lab and facilities including: planning and supporting wet-laboratory ordering and inventory, operating facilities, and managing contractors working on construction of laboratory infrastructure. In a multidisciplinary role like this, you will have the opportunity to understand everything that goes into the operations and running of a fast-growing biotech startup. You will also have the opportunity to contribute to the company’s strategic goals and think creatively about how to move quickly and solve problems.

Responsibilities:

  • Own the day-to-day lab operations and facilities, including the managing of construction projects and contracting out tasks in a way that will help Living Carbon accelerator our pace of execution and grow
  • Partner with vendors to maintain a continuous supply of laboratory consumables and R&D needs
  • Development of processes for different operational activities in a way that will streamline execution, make the team more efficient and work as we grow our team
  • Ensure that safety takes priority and develop procedures and processes to ensure that our facilities are maintained, safe and an enjoyable environment
  • Coordination of lab equipment maintenance and calibration
  • Hosting and managing lab cleanouts on a regular basis
  • Develop standard operating procedures to ensure that lab equipment and instrumentation are in good repair and kept current with respect to cleaning, preventive maintenance, calibration, and inspection, coordinating with lab users, and external service providers.
  • Identify, build and implement mitigation strategies for key supply chain risks
  • Support forecasting and capacity planning to ensure uninterrupted supplies
  • Track incoming and outgoing shipments to ensure timely delivery
  • Getting buy in from our science team and the company to adopt and give feedback on new ideas and policies
  • Coordinate, oversee and execute the physical expansion of the lab and grow space with contractors
  • Lead the development, implementation and continuous improvement of new lab & grow spaces
  • Utilize contractors and your efforts to maintain building facilities so that lab operations is not the bottleneck to getting work done
  • Empower the R&D team to be able to troubleshoot problems and execute on solutions to minor speed bumps

Requirements/Qualifications:

  • Excellent organizational and communication skills
  • You have experience working either in biotech, at a fast -growing startup or in an operational/facilities/lab manager capacity (we would be extra excited to talk to candidates who have experience in plant biotech facilities and operations) 
  • Would be described as "willing to do what it takes to get the job done"
  • You are empathetic to the problems others face, a good listener and team player
  • You thrive on crossing to-dos of your list and are a master executor
  • You are easily able to think creatively and critically and take the shortest path to executing on a project or to solve a given issue
  • You value quick follow up and are the type of person who does not feel overwhelmed with multiple projects happening at the same time
  • Ability to cognitively switch between different types of projects with low stress
  • Autonomous self-organizer who can balance and organize your schedule and day to maximize productivity
  • You can solve problems independently and know when to ask people for help
  • You value efficiency and the need for things to run smoothly and efficiently at an ambitious startup like Living Carbon.
  • Adaptability in day today tasks/ ability to bounce between different project and ideas
  • Excellent execution to help scaling lab operations and facilities

Why you should join Living Carbon

Living Carbon is a pre-launch public benefit corporation with a mission to fight climate change by enhancing CO2 capture and storage in trees. We believe that gigaton scale CO2 drawdown will only happen if solutions are both environmentally beneficial and profitable to landowners. Our goal is to responsibly rebalance carbon flux using humanity's unique metacognitive and technical abilities, with a focus on forest biotechnology. We’re backed by some of the most prominent investors in Silicon Valley including, Y Combinator, Felicis Ventures, Sam Altman, and Lower Carbon Capital.

If you believe that climate change is the defining global emergency of the century and want to join an ambitious project that’s working on a biological solution, we’d love to hear from you.