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Laboratory Manager

Bit Bio

Bit Bio

Cambridge, UK
Posted on Tuesday, February 20, 2024

bit.bio is an award-winning spinout from the University of Cambridge. Our breakthrough technology combines synthetic and stem cell biology for the precise, efficient and consistent reprogramming of human cells used in research, drug discovery, and cell therapy. At bit.bio, we are passionate about engineering human cells that will enable the medicine of the future. To do this we need talented and curious people who want to make an impact on the future of science and therapeutics.

As a team of individuals, we value science, collaboration, openness, curiosity and creativity. We are united by trust and respect for each other.

Location: Babraham Research Park, Cambridge

Type: Full time, permanent

Start: Immediate

Salary: Competitive / Hours: 40 p/w

Office/Lab Based Position - Cambridge, UK

Your role in our team:

You will be a pivotal member of the Facilities team who combines managerial skills and knowledge of safety and Good Laboratory Practice (GLP) to ensure effective laboratory operations while maintaining high levels of safety, quality and service.

The primary focus of this role is to provide leadership and direction to the Laboratory Support team to ensure laboratory space, equipment and consumables are kept clean, in safe working condition and adequately stocked and resourced to maximise productivity and minimise delays for the scientific teams (both Production and Research Scientists).

Your key responsibilities will include:

Lab Management:

  • To supervise and direct a small team of Laboratory Support Technicians.
  • Promote a proactive, continual improvement culture and systems to maintain high standards of service and good lab practices.
  • Establish strong relationships with the laboratory teams in order to understand and support their workload, challenges and constraints.
  • Ensure the laboratory is adequately stocked with consumables, reagents and in-house aliquots (prepared by Laboratory Support) through stock management.
  • In absence of Facilities Coordinator, ensure all equipment/instrumentation is properly maintained, trouble assessed and serviced complying with regulatory standards and ensuring proper performance and function.

Health & Safety:

  • Managerial duties involve working towards the implementation of Quality, Environmental, Health and Safety (QEHS) Management Systems within the laboratory environment.
  • Ensure the laboratory environment meets all regulatory, QEHS policies and procedures such that employees, visitors and the environment are protected from significant risk. This includes identifying, reporting and correcting QEHS deviations/failures as they occur in conjunction with Laboratory Captains.
  • Continue to develop effective health and safety policies and procedures and carry out risk assessments
  • Assist employees with the completion of risk assessments, COSHH forms and SOPs.
  • Champion Health & Safety (H&S) awareness across the science and laboratory functions and be an active member of the H&S Committee.
  • Act as Safety Representative and be willing to take on other safety roles (e.g. Fire Warden, first aider, COSHH assessor) as required.


  • Have a Bachelors’ degree in a scientific discipline or equivalent experience.
  • Have a laboratory safety qualification (IOSH or NEBOSH).
  • Are highly organised with the ability to manage multiple priorities and to tight timescales.
  • Are an excellent communicator with significant experience of managing a laboratory team.

With essential experience in…

  • Demonstrable experience in a laboratory management role in a biotech and/or pharmaceutical company environment including experience of working in a cell culture lab.
  • Have proven experience within a commercial laboratory environment.
  • Practical experience with a broad range of laboratory equipment.
  • Working to GLP guidelines.
  • Providing training to laboratory staff.
  • An understanding of the interface/cross over between R&D and manufacturing.

…and possibly…

  • Experience of working to QESH and/or ISO9001 standards.
  • Experience working as a Safety Co-ordinator within a research laboratory environment.
  • Experience of working to GMP guidelines.
  • Experience of acting as a Biological Safety Officer is desirable.

More reasons to join us:

bit.bio provides a vibrant and dynamic work environment in an exciting, fast-moving time for biology. We work with cutting edge technologies and with our world-leading scientific advisory board. We conduct pioneering work with real-world impact.

We trust our people to make significant contributions early on with opportunities to be involved in projects that are key to the success and growth of our young company. We invest in people, creating opportunities for personal development in an inclusive multi-skilled team with ambitious goals that provide opportunities to learn on the job from each other.

Creativity and open minds are encouraged for everyone to contribute to the success of the company.

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