Facilities Operations & Engineering

Laboratory Operations Specialist

ArsenalBio’s mission is to develop efficacious and safe cellular therapies for patients with chronic diseases, initially cancer.  Our products are being designed to herald the transition of adoptive cell therapy from a hospital based treatment to outpatient therapy, like most other cancer treatments.

ArsenalBio is seeking a Laboratory Operations Specialist to support our growing Operations Team in South San Francisco, CA. Reporting to the Sr. Manager of Lab Operations, this position will be responsible for managing lab operations for the site. Maintain an efficient and safe laboratory environment for the ArsenalBio team. This role will also support the facilities at South San Francisco as an extension of the Workplace Services team.

What You Will Do

  • Be a steward of Lab cleanliness and General Safety (monitoring adherence to best practices)
  • Work with EH&S to support the Company EH&S policies
  • Manage and support the disposal of biohazardous/tissue culture solid/liquid waste
  • Manage Lab vendors (Lab Coats, Biowaste, etc) to ensure delivery of services
  • Conduct regular maintenance of lab equipment following SOPS (Glassware, RODI, Waterbath, Incubators, Biosafety Cabinets, etc).
  • Write new SOPs when necessary to ensure process documentation
  • Partner with the Equipment Team to coordinate and identify equipment repairs and maintenance
  • Work with Materials Management/Purchasing to ensure all laboratory supplies are stocked and ordered
  • Responsible for onboarding of scientific staff with laboratory protocols
  • Carry out other responsibilities as needed to support an efficient and safe lab environment.
  • Anticipate and understand needs of the scientific teams in order to proactively seek ways to streamline lab processes/workflows
  • What You Will Bring

  • Bachelor of Science degree in biology or related field or equivalent experience
  • 5+ years of relevant lab or lab operations oversight experience 
  • Experience maintaining basic lab equipment and lab safety protocols
  • Experience working in a BSL2 lab environment
  • Proficiency in Google Suite
  • Excellent customer service skills
  • Great attention to detail, resourceful, highly organized
  • Must be highly collaborative, team-oriented, and an effective communicator - both verbal and written
  • Ability to quickly learn new skills and knowledge on the job 
  • Ability to demonstrate productivity, and deliver high-quality results
  • Ability to multi-task as needed in a fast-paced, startup environment
  • What We Will Offer You: 
    ArsenalBio has a generous and comprehensive benefits package that includes but is not limited to medical, dental, and vision as well as mental health resources, virtual and telehealth options, coaching, infertility treatment, parental leave and health savings accounts. We also offer flexible work schedules and flexible time off, which includes two extra “Arsenal Days of Rest” every quarter for employees to recharge. 

    We have a robust mentorship program, and comprehensive development tools to help employees take control of their career paths and grow into their best selves. ArsenalBio believes in investing in the well-being of our employees - both at work and at home, as they are our greatest asset. They bring scientific talents in molecular biology, immunology, pharmacology, protein chemistry, computational biology, automation, genome engineering, software and other fields to make the future happen now.

    ArsenalBio prioritizes the providing of a safe and healthy workplace that is consistent with COVID-19 public health guidance and legal requirements.  In order to protect our employees and visitors, we require all visitors (including candidates) and employees to present proof of being fully vaccinated against COVID-19 when coming onsite.

    We are committed to hiring the best talent from diverse backgrounds. A diverse workforce engenders richness of thought, creativity, and discovery. We invite individuals who embrace intellectual achievement to bring their unique personal and professional journeys and together we will build transformative cell therapies for cancer patients.

    We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our company. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status.

    To all recruitment agencies: ArsenalBio does not accept agency resumes. Please do not forward resumes to our jobs alias, or ArsenalBio employees. ArsenalBio is not responsible for any fees related to unsolicited resumes.


    ArsenalBio was formed by its investors and scientific founders to discover, develop and commercialize curative and safe cellular therapies for patients with life threatening diseases, initially cancer.

    We believe the most productive and secure route to achieving this goal is to build scaled platforms of technologies challenged with scientific questions to yield informative data from hypothesis driven, well controlled experiments. These data will inform the design of ambitious, best-in-class, lead compositions. Our leads will be rigorously evaluated and honed until we are convinced our matured leads, called development candidates, can be prepared for testing in needy, and vulnerable patients.

    Our products will be designed to speed the transition of cell therapy from hospital-based to outpatient treatments, increasing access to more patients at lower cost to patients, health systems, and insurers.

    To achieve this mission, we are building diverse teams of talented, curious, and caring individuals who believe in our mission and our vision to be sustainable in our business plan, our work habits, and our personal lives.

    Our values create: a foundation for mutual respect, an engaging harmony from many voices, and unselfish behavior to aid our colleagues.

    This is ArsenalBio.
    This is our Company.

    Ken Drazan, MD
    Founding CEO


    Best in Class Health & Wellness Plans

    Flexible Office Hours

    Paid Parental Leave

    Healthy Kitchen Snacks

    Daily Catered Lunches

    Free Onsite Fitness Center

    Unlimited Vacation Days

    Generous compensation and equity packages

    Commuter Benefits

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