Lab Operations Technician

Cambridge, MA
Full Time
Mid Level
                                                    Lab Operations Technician
Company Overview
Repertoire Immune Medicines is a preclinical-stage biotechnology company working to unlock and direct the remarkable power of the human immune system to prevent or treat cancer, as well as autoimmune and infectious disease. The company was founded on the belief that understanding the repertoire of T cell receptor (TCR)-antigen immune synapses that drive health and disease represents one of the greatest opportunities for innovation in medical science. Repertoire scientists created and developed the DECODETM suite of technologies, which allow in-depth characterization of TCR-antigen pairs, and the ability to deploy this information in the form of novel targeted immune medicines to fundamentally reprogram the immune system to kill tumors or induce immune homeostasis.

From its sites in Cambridge, Massachusetts and Zurich, Switzerland, Repertoire’s team of approximately 75 is creating a new pipeline of therapeutic immune medicines enabled from its DECODE discovery platform.  Repertoire is currently using its proprietary platform to discover novel epitopes and TCRs from patients with autoimmune diseases such as type 1 diabetes and multiple sclerosis, creating programmable tolerizing mRNA vaccines to restore immune homeostasis in these indications. In oncology, Repertoire’s decoding of tumor-infiltrating lymphocytes and the antigens they target is enabling development of TCR bispecifics and mRNA cancer vaccines as immune oncology-based therapeutics to treat solid tumors. 

On-site Position in Cambridge, MA

Role Overview
The Lab Operations Technician will act as the primary liaison between R&D and Lab Operations. The selected candidate will service as the front line and point of contact for all lab operations activities. This role is responsible for ensuring that lab activities are not disrupted, that equipment is well maintained, and that research scientists’ operational needs are supported.  The selected candidate will work with a multi-disciplinary team to develop, implement, and successfully manage the robust alarm monitoring and building controls system at Repertoire.  (S)he will support the Repertoire programs through strong communication, commitment to meeting deadlines, strong organizational skills, and a and a solid understanding of the activities, processes, and policies necessary for a safe, efficient, and compliant laboratory environment.

Key Responsibilities
  • Encourage a safe work environment by adhering to and enforcing all safety procedures and identifying potential hazards.
  • Ensure on-time shipping/receiving logistics, consumables ordering/stocking/inventory, glass wash/autoclaving (i.e., bottles, beakers, graduated cylinders etc.), and monitoring of the bottled gas supply.
  • Support and track waste management (i.e., collection of biowaste, chemical waste and sharps containers).
  • Maintain the operational consumables list by ordering, organizing, and labeling lab consumables and electronically tracking them.  Work with scientists and the Associate Director of Facility and Lab Operations to support efficient, timely, and cost-effective ordering of critical lab supplies. 
  • Ensure general maintenance, calibration, troubleshooting, repair, installation, qualification, and configuration of equipment and instrumentation, as well as general maintenance and upkeep of the office premises.
  • Assist with inventory management for Lab Operations (i.e., equipment inventory, chemical inventory).
  • Support purchase order requisitions, work requests, and associated files, as well as tracking, shipping, and receiving of mail and packages.
  • Freezer maintenance/organization including thawing/cleaning and labeling.
  • Identify and communicate technical issues regarding lab assets with R&D leadership.
  • Work with a Team to provide full-time emergency on-call response.
  • Associate or bachelor’s degree with 2 to 6 years of experience as a lab technician or operations assistant, preferably in the biotechnology industry. 
  • Strong computers skills with proficiency in Microsoft Office, particularly in Word and Excel.  Facile use of web-based applications that support asset and consumables management.
  • Strong communication skills and the ability to interact with all levels of staff and external contacts in a fast-paced and changing environment.
  • Excellent organizational and time managements skills and the ability to simultaneously handle a variety of responsibilities with minimal supervision.
  • Demonstrated experience in executing initiatives dedicated to laboratory safety and associated regulatory guidelines.  
  • Training/certifications in DOT Ground Transportation, Hazmat, General Lab Safety and CPR/AED/First Aid preferred. 
Work Environment/Physical Requirements
  • Ability to perform the physical demands of the role, including lifting moderately heavy boxes and office equipment (up to 50 pounds) and trash, prolonged standing, moving gas tanks, etc.  May also require work in dusty and dirty environments and work with noisy machinery such as air compressors and HVAC equipment. 
  • Specific and uncompromised vision abilities are required for the essential functions of the job.
Repertoire is committed towards social responsibility and developing an inclusive culture. Much as the power of the immune system lies in the diversity of T and B cells, our work requires the creativity and ingenuity of a diverse workforce.  We believe in actively pursuing equity in all facets of the work experience at Repertoire.  We will continue to educate ourselves about the inequities and barriers present in our society and take action as a company where we can make a difference.
Repertoire is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Recruitment & Staffing Agencies: Repertoire Immune Medicines (“Repertoire”) does not accept unsolicited resumes from any source other than candidates. The submission of unsolicited resumes by recruitment or staffing agencies to Repertoire or its employees is strictly prohibited unless contacted directly by Repertoire’s internal Human Resources team. Any resume submitted by an agency in the absence of a signed agreement will automatically become the property of Repertoire, and Repertoire will not owe any referral or other fees with respect thereto.

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