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SmartLabs
Boston, Greater Boston Area, United States
21 days ago
SmartLabs
Boston, Greater Boston Area, United States
21 days ago

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Laboratory Associate

We are seeking a high achieving self-motivated early-career professional with an entrepreneurial spirit and a passion for effective lab workflow and lab safety to be the Laboratory Associate at our 21 Erie Street or 6 Tide Street locations in Cambridge, MA.

The Lab Associate will be responsible for the management and implementation of local lab operations activities relating to safety, space, equipment, infrastructure, capital planning and purchasing of Lab equipment.

 This position is a key interface between SmartLabs support functions, including Lab Operations, Environmental Health and Safety, Procurement, SmartLabs clients and the department’s leadership team.

 You must always professional, and able to prioritize your workload in a fast-paced, high-growth environment. Things change fast and frequently here, so we need someone at the top of their game who can shift gears, change directions, and keep going at pace. You have to be a smart, strategic thinker and a tactical executer. Responsibilities for this role include:

Lab Operations:

 Lab Operations and Equipment

  • Oversee the day to day running of shared laboratories operations and maintain labs to ensure full compliance with Environmental Health and Safety programs and regulations.
  • Participate in the investigation of incidents, near misses and property damage incidents. Ensure follow up is done to minimize future exposure and proper record/documents are maintained.
  • Ensure that shared lab equipment remains in working order and has been certified on an annual (or bi-annual) basis. Schedule all preventative maintenance for equipment. If equipment breaks, schedule repair in a timely manner.
  • Initiate work orders for equipment and laboratories.
  • Coordinate equipment services including calibration, maintenance, service contract renewal, and software and hardware upgrades. Ensure that shared equipment remains in working order.
  • Maintain equipment database information, including updating database with new and decommissioned equipment, and when equipment moves.
  • Lead renovation projects and lab moves within existing space, including stakeholder management and identifying opportunities or solutions as needed.

Manage EH&S

  • Manage the implementation and ongoing maintenance of safety programs, compliance plans and initiatives for the assigned site.
  • Develop and maintain site-specific environmental and safety programs to ensure compliance with the latest regulations, best practices and SmartLabs standards.
  • Assist with Safety Program for other SmartLabs sites.
  • Conduct routine safety checks to ensure compliance with regulatory agencies, company EHS safety policies, procedures and practices.
  • Conduct assigned safety, environmental, and other required inspections/audits of departmental facilities. Ensures that appropriate documentation is submitted and takes prompt action to correct conditions found to be out of compliance or unsafe.
  • Ensure that the inventory and list of Safety Data Sheets of hazardous, corrosive or flammable chemicals that enter the facility is up-to-date.

Client Partnership:

  • Provide training and assistance for shared laboratory equipment.
  • Develop and maintain strong relationships with member company scientists as well as with the Operations community to ensure alignment and execution of objectives.
  • Contribute to or lead initiatives to collaboratively improve service levels and business processes and implement plans to improve local operations and communications.
  • Ensure that there are no interruptions, disruptions, or losses arising from unscheduled downtime of shared equipment.
  • Support on-site training for new clients joining in our program.
  • Conduct, coordinate and track various training to support SmartLabs programs and regulatory requirements.
  • RCRA training, BBP training, etc.
  • Support business initiatives establish relationships with key vendors to improve lab and chemical supply systems and liaise between scientists and vendor for consumable and chemical vendor managed inventory program to ensure proper service.

Professional qualifications include:

  • Life Sciences degree; BS in Biology or Chemistry preferred
  • 1-3 years of research or EHS related work experience
  • Knowledge of hazardous waste disposal practices
  • Must be able to obtain DOT, RCRA certification
  • Interest to gain knowledge of OSHA, DEP, EPA, RCRA, DOT, DPH, MWRA, NIH, or NFPA, and other laboratory regulations/guidelines
  • Knowledge & Experience
  • 3 to 5 years’ experience in lab operations or strong understanding of the processes and requirements needed in a research organization is needed.
  • Experience implementing site health and safety programs is preferred.
  • Experience in taking necessary steps to ensure a safe work environment for all employees.

If you’re a self-motivated, highly curious laboratory professional, this is an excellent opportunity to join a company that’s growing fast and making a difference.  You must be:

  • Highly organized, with excellent judgment as well as strong project management and problem-solving skills.
  • You have a strong bias-to-action, are ultra-proactive, self-motivated, and passionate about your work.
  •  You’re an entrepreneur at heart and think of the word NO as next option. You see opportunity everywhere, welcome mistakes and greet adversity as something to further develop your resilience.
  • You’re honest and trustworthy; a respected member of the organization who leads by example, and who people enjoy working with. You inspire.
  • You are friendly and professional in demeanor, with exceptional interpersonal skills and a great sense of humor.
  • You’re able to thrive in a dynamic work environment where policies and procedures are still taking shape.
  • Strong ability to work in cross-functional teams, influence and actively manage team members is essential.
  • Ability to positively interact with member company staff and externally with regulatory agencies.
  • Strong organizational skills, attention to detail, and excellent written and oral communication skills are essential including ability to effectively communicate to an audience who may be unfamiliar with subject.
  • The job involves field work requiring frequent walking, bending, stooping, reaching, lifting and carrying materials and equipment weighing 50 pounds or less.
  • Excellent computer skills, proficiency in Excel is required, experience with SharePoint is preferred.

About SmartLabs:

We provide a turnkey laboratory environment that allows them to focus on scientific discovery from day one. Our staff provides a wide range of skillsets in management, facilities support, operations, administration and many other key functions.

Benefits you can expect as a Team Member:

  • We cover all your monthly premium costs for Medical, Dental and Vision insurances for you and your family.
  • We pay for your life insurance.
  • We provide you with a Health Reimbursement Account of up to $6,750 per year for you and your family’s health expenses.
  • We provide our team with a 401k platform where you will be able to transfer any funds you have or start saving for your retirement.
  • Paid Parental leave up to 16 weeks over the first 24 weeks of a newborn baby or an adopted child.
  • Snacks, Thursday's Happy hour, Bio-Tech Tuesdays and many other fun activities!!

SmartLabs provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state, or local laws.



Requirements

Professional qualifications include:

  • Life Sciences degree; BS in Biology or Chemistry preferred
  • 1-3 years of research or EHS related work experience
  • Knowledge of hazardous waste disposal practices
  • Must be able to obtain DOT, RCRA certification
  • Interest to gain knowledge of OSHA, DEP, EPA, RCRA, DOT, DPH, MWRA, NIH, or NFPA, and other laboratory regulations/guidelines
  • Knowledge & Experience
  • 3 to 5 years’ experience in lab operations or strong understanding of the processes and requirements needed in a research organization is needed.
  • Experience implementing site health and safety programs is preferred.
  • Experience in taking necessary steps to ensure a safe work environment for all employees.

Job Information

  • Job ID: 60806386
  • Location:
    Boston, Greater Boston Area, United States
  • Position Title: Laboratory Associate
  • Company Name: SmartLabs
  • Job Function: Environmental,
    Health,
    & Safety
  • Job Type: Full-Time
  • Job Duration: Indefinite
  • Min Education: BA/BS/Undergraduate
  • Min Experience: 2-3 Years
  • Required Travel: 0-10%

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