Lab Operations Manager


About Aura:

At Aura Biosciences, we are developing a new class of therapies to target and destroy cancer cells selectively, while leaving surrounding tissue unharmed – an approach we call molecular surgery.  By safely eliminating cancer locally, we can treat early and transform the lives of people with a wide range of cancers that are poorly managed today.

Our lead program in ocular melanoma is designed to remove cancer cells in the back of the eye as a first-line therapy potentially long before the disease progresses and metastasizes to the liver, where it almost always is fatal. Development of a first-in-class treatment option to selectively destroy cancer cells would create the possibility of a cure in this and other cancers where the disease can be detected early.

Position Summary:

Aura Biosciences is seeking a motivated individual to serve as general Lab Manager within the CMC team.  Reporting to the CMC Technical Lead, the Lab Manager will oversee day to day activities in support of laboratory provisioning, maintenance and upkeep.  Additionally, this person will serve as liaison between research staff and external vendors to facilitate efficient lab operations as needed. The ideal candidate should have previous lab experience including inventory management, shipping/receiving, reagent preparation, lab safety practices, etc.

Responsibilities (including, but not limited to:)

  • Implement procedures and ensure adherence to lab safety programs. Establish lab procedures, create, and manage lab-related documentation such as logbooks, annual laboratory cleanouts and calibrations.

  • Coordinate with third party vendors and service contractors to set up and maintain lab equipment.

  • Set up and maintain inventories of supplies and reagents that are shared across different projects in the lab.

  • Support ongoing laboratory operations with a significant emphasis on ordering, receiving, stocking, storage and distribution of all lab consumables, media, reagents, equipment, supplies and any other inventory item(s) related to the operation of the laboratory, and organizing various lab spaces and equipment.

  • Coordinate shipment of lab materials to CMOs, CRLs, etc.

  • Serve as the primary contact in day-to-day laboratory operations.

  • Communicate with bench scientists regarding logistical and administrative issues in the lab.

  • Author institutional protocols for shared equipment (e.g., pH meters, analytical balances, centrifuges, etc.). Track, pack, ship and maintain records regarding the transfer of intellectual property/biological materials to collaborators.

Minimum Requirements

  • Bachelor’s Degree in biomedical or related disciplines with 3+ years experience in a laboratory setting.

  • Knowledge of GLP requirements is a plus.

  • Proficient with building and maintaining databases.

  • Familiarity with basic molecular biology, sterile, and cell culture techniques; animal model research, including protocols; and the operation of standard lab equipment.

  • Knowledge of computers and experience with databases required.

  • Excellent communication skills and the ability to interact with all levels of staff and with external contacts in a fast paced and demanding environment.


Based in the Company’s North Cambridge office.


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