Lab Manager


See how algae moves us

Some farms grow food. Ours grows fuel.

Viridos (formerly Synthetic Genomics, Inc) is a privately held biotechnology company harnessing the power of photosynthesis to create transformative solutions to mitigate climate change. Our unparalleled understanding of algal genetics and ability to translate innovation from lab to field underpins our initial deployment: a scalable platform to produce low-carbon intensity biofuels for aviation, commercial trucking, and maritime shipping. Building on a legacy of genomic firsts, our team of scientists and engineers are shaping new pathways toward a sustainable bioeconomy. We are currently seeking a Lab Manager to join our dynamic and collaborative team in Calipatria, CA.  The Lab Manager will be responsible for directing and coordinating work that will take place in the lab environment.

A typical day on the farm

You’ll schedule and coordinate lab personnel to meet the experimental and production workload.

Coordinate sampling and analytical requirements for the lab per production schedule

Maintain data integrity. Data quality checks and oversite for data entry/monitoring to ensure proper data entry has been completed accurately for all key projects for the program.

Perform, Review and Maintain Standard Operating Procedures, Quality Control and best practices

Inventory management to include the ordering of required consumables to maintain consistent lab functionality. Maintains laboratory supplies inventory by checking stock to determine inventory level; anticipating needed supplies; placing and expediting orders for supplies; verifying receipt of supplies and reporting usage on a quarterly basis to management.

Oversight of lab personnel including training and effective communication of current and upcoming experimental operations onsite.

Daily inspection of specific operational logs to ensure the proper completion and documentation of critical procedures.

Maintain completion of scheduled preventative maintenance plans for critical lab equipment and other systems as prescribed.

Update and maintain the Lab Safety Plan/Manual and the SDS Manual.

Maintain laboratory SOPs; regularly evaluate and update SOPs; establish novel SOPs as needed for new equipment and procedures.

Enforces proper PPE used by lab personnel

Maintains laboratory productivity by monitoring workload of functional areas; identifying peak and slack periods; making operational or staffing adjustments.

Maintains laboratory information systems by identifying information needs and problems; recommending improvements; establishing priorities; writing user manuals; training employees; maintaining security and confidentiality.

Responsible for seed train operations and seed integrity

Troubleshooting of instrumentation and analytical equipment.

Maintains and documents chemical inventory per EHS guidelines.


Bachelor’s degree in a relevant field such as biology or chemistry with 5-10 years of experience in a leadership role or a Master’s or Ph.D. with 3-5 years experience managing a highly dynamic and analytically driven team.

Experience in managing a dynamic team over multiple shifts in a laboratory setting is required.

Must possess excellent communication and interpersonal skills to facilitate interactions with a highly interdisciplinary team.

Must possess meticulous attention to detail while being able to develop, learn and adopt new methods of understanding.

Must be able to quickly problem solve and communicate rapid schedule changes in a safe and effective manner.

Experience implementing information and/or operational technology

Must be able to write and implement Standard Operating Procedures, Quality Control evaluations, and Quality assurance procedures.

Bilingual in Spanish and English is highly preferred.

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