You will be responsible for managing the daily operations of our research laboratories, including maintenance and documentation.
Mercy Bioanalytics, Inc. is looking for an ambitious Laboratory Manager to oversee the daily operations of our fast-paced research laboratory and to support lab staff by coordinating equipment purchase and maintenance, managing lab logistics, and assisting with basic laboratory work as needed. This is a perfect role for a self-motivated individual with impeccable organizational skills and a strong interest in cancer biology who is excited about supporting and contributing to the research and development of a novel cancer diagnostic assay.
- Lab operations: Support daily R&D activities by ensuring lab supplies, equipment, and space are available, organized, and operational. Establish and maintain inventory management systems. Coordinate ordering and receipt of laboratory supplies and reagents, maintain relationships with vendors and sales representatives.
- Lab and office logistics: Interface with building staff to identify, communicate, and resolve building-related issues. Ensure all laboratory and office equipment is operating within specifications. Schedule routine certifications and maintenance. Oversee space planning and use. Support and enhance recycling programs.
- Chemical and biological hygiene: Ensure all lab staff meet local and federal training requirements for handling and disposing of chemical and biological materials. Oversee chemical inventories and waste stream. Coordinate biological waste disposal.
- Laboratory bench work: Assist lab scientists with ordering and maintenance of cell lines and other biological reagents, run immunoassays (western blot, ELISA, etc.), protein and sample purification, and wet bench activities.
- Bachelor’s degree in the Biological Sciences or Biotechnology
- Previous experience as a lab manager and/or previous work experience in academic or biotechnology lab as a research associate
- Strong organizational, interpersonal, and communication skills
- Demonstrated ability to multitask while maintaining keen attention to detail
- Familiarity with Microsoft Apps (Excel, Word, PowerPoint, Outlook, Teams, etc.)
- Practical bench skills (undergraduate laboratory level)
- A positive attitude and willingness to learn new techniques
- Master’s degree in Biological Sciences or Biotechnology
- Familiarity with LIMS and/or inventory management platforms
- Experience with Python
The ultimate scope of this role will be determined by the individual. Opportunities will be provided to develop new skills and grow within the company. This is a perfect role for someone looking to develop new skills, learn new techniques, and grow as a scientist all while supporting efforts to develop assays for the early detection of cancer.
Associate Scientist (Bioconjugation)
You will optimize and execute our bioconjugation pipeline for reagents being used in the Mercy Halo assay, and assist with antibody qualification efforts.
Who are we?
Mercy BioAnalytics is a diagnostics company dedicated to discovering, developing, and commercializing liquid-biopsy assays to detect cancer at its earliest stages. We employ a novel approach for the early detection of cancer using readouts from individual extracellular vesicles. Our first assay, the Mercy Halo Ovarian Cancer, is in development and seeks to become the first recommended screening blood test for ovarian cancer. In the coming two years, we will begin parallel efforts to develop a blood test for lung and other cancers. We have raised substantial funding toward this end and have moved into a brand-new, 2000-square-foot laboratory located at ABI LABS in Natick, MA. We are looking to expand our team with motivated and skilled scientists passionate about the early detection of cancer.
What’s in it for you?
In this role, you will work collaboratively with a small but highly motivated team of scientists to develop tests for early, non-invasive cancer diagnosis. Mercy BioAnalytics offers a truly exceptional work environment built on teamwork, mutual respect, and a mission-driven passion to save lives and minimize suffering by developing assays to detect cancer early, when it is most easily cured. Mercy offers a competitive pay and employee stock option plan, a medical benefits package including 100% paid health, vision, and dental care, flexible paid time off and sick time, a 401K plan, plus other lifestyle benefits.
What will you be doing?
As an Associate Scientist at Mercy Bio, you will be part of the R&D team that will develop assays against multiple cancer types. Your responsibilities will include:
- Implementing our bioconjugation workflow for critical assay reagents which will be used across the entire suite of Mercy Halo assays
- Developing methods to characterize, qualify, and purify bioconjugates using benchtop and/or automated approaches
- Validating the performance of conjugated reagents in the Mercy Halo assay
- Preparing written reports and presenting results to a multidisciplinary team
Additionally, you will have the opportunity to improve upon our existing bioconjugation protocols and contribute to the development of next-generation assays.
Throughout this process, our team members are expected and encouraged to contribute intellectually to assay development – brainstorming meetings are frequently held, and all team members are encouraged to participate. By leveraging the perspectives and brilliance of every member or our team, we not only improve our technology but feel that this creates a stimulating and rewarding environment for everyone.
What are we looking for?
The successful candidate will have completed a BS or MS in Biology, Biological Engineering, Chemistry, Chemical Engineering, or similar program, with at least three years of bioconjugation experience. The candidate is expected to be fluent in standard bioconjugation chemistries and have extensive experience with both solid-phase and solution-phase reactions. Additionally, the candidate is expected to be proficient in antibody purification techniques, bioanalytical techniques (e.g., UV/Vis, BCA), PCR, immunoassays (e.g., WB, ELISA), and gel electrophoresis. Experience with HPLC is desirable.
How will you grow with us?
In this role, you will have the opportunity to get in on the ground floor of a young, fast-paced biotech company. You will have the opportunity to optimize our bioconjugation pipeline, innovate, and contribute to new intellectual property. You will gain experience in running studies with our academic collaborators and ultimately participate in running large clinical trials. As Mercy Bio grows and our assay becomes adopted, there would be additional opportunities for setting up, developing, and working in a Mercy Bio CLIA laboratory, as well as in the development of additional early cancer diagnosis assays. Given the size of our company, every individual is vitally important, and everyone has the opportunity to guide and shape Mercy BioAnalytics’ future.