Associate Director - Laboratory People Leader

Green Island, New York
Apr 25, 2021
May 05, 2021
Organization Type
Associate Director

Green Island, NY

Direct Hire/Salaried

Relocation available for those who qualify

Fast-paced, early-stage biotech company is seeking a Associate Director to manage people and provide project direction and oversight for all lab-scale research within the organization. This position will focus on personnel leadership, guidance, growth and development as opposed to the technical attributes that a standard Laboratory Leadership would accomplish.

The ideal candidate will support the Director of Technology Operations in strategic project oversight, providing insight and recommendations on technology development. The Lab-Scale Team Manager will also be a technical visionary in charting the advancement of the organization's Lab-Scale research capabilities and research targets for a wide range of mycelium materials and applications.

  • Lead the team responsible for high-throughput laboratory research in support of the most advanced mycelium biomaterials in the world
  • Lead the continued integration of top-end laboratory automation tools with custom incubation and characterization equipment developed within the lab
  • Management responsibilities including interview and selection, hiring, training and development, performance management, employee relations, etc. This includes but is not limited to regularly scheduled individual contributor meetings, talent acquisition lead for the team, on-boarding program development, fostering continuous development of individuals through goal setting and performance reviews, and continuously seeking out and making accessible education and training opportunities for the team.
  • Assist the Director of Technology Operations in matching personnel across active internal and external projects and initiatives and in aligning research pipelines with business objectives
  • Collaborate closely with the Scale-Up Manager on joint research initiatives with the Pilot-Scale team.
  • Implement and oversee all policies necessary for successful operation of the Lab Community, including Experimental Documentation, Peer Review, Project Charter Tracking, Lab Cleaning, Calibration, Management of Literature, Job Descriptions, and Advancement Paths.

Minimum Qualifications:
  • Bachelor's degree in science, preferably microbiology
  • 5+ years in industrial research in a biological industry
  • 3+ years of direct people management, including hiring, performance management, team and individual contributor goal setting and development
  • Demonstrated ability to grow and develop a high performance team
  • Strong scientific background with industrial research and development experience
  • High emotional intelligence matched with professionalism
  • Motivating, empowering, concise, and persuasive
  • Invested in the career development of others
  • Positive encouraging attitude coupled with ability to give direct constructive feedback

  • 5+ years in industrial research in a biological industry, preferably related to Fungi
  • Lab automation experience
  • 7+ years of exceptional people management and leadership
  • Experience managing a diverse team including both senior scientists and research associates / technicians

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