Lab Manager, Fermentation | Amyris | Emeryville, CA

The Fermentation Laboratory Manager organizes, manages, and optimizes laboratory materials and purchasing of equipment to facilitate a cost-efficient, highly effective, and streamlined work environment for Fermentation Lab Operations (FLO). Additionally, the role will serve as the lab feedstock program manager, ensuring quality and quantity for high throughput operations.


    • Manage and maintain materials and supply inventory for FLO that include checking consumables, ordering, and coordinating relationships with vendors and internal stakeholders.
    • Collaborate and implement processes that drive workflow efficiencies.
    • Schedule and organize laboratory daily work sessions with Operations.
    • Establish training protocols for onboarding new team members.
    • Program management for feedstock inventory and quality control.
    • Coordinate and engage Support Core Engineers as needed.
    • Identify multiple sources of lab critical materials to ensure continuity of supply chain.
    • Cross train with Support Core Engineers to provide troubleshooting support when needed.
    • Monitor and minimize waste streams while ensuring compliance with strict environmental standards and recycling objectives.
    • Lead FLO department efforts to share interdepartmental knowledge through SOPs, collaborative research, and change control.
    • Participate or lead infrastructure improvement projects.

Required Qualifications:

    • 5+ years of relevant industry experience, including at least 2+ years of management or leadership experience.
    • B.S. or M.S. degree in Life Sciences, Chemistry, Engineering, or related discipline.
    • Exceptional multi-tasking, organizational, interpersonal communication skills.
    • Willingness to provide hands-on assistance with lab support tasks.
    • Experience in laboratory control, root cause analysis, and corrective and preventive action management.
    • Experience in environmental, health, and lab safety practices.
    • Proficient in MS Office, database management software.
    • Able to lift 25 pounds.

Preferred Qualifications:

      • Knowledge of programming languages such as SQL preferred.
      • Lean Six Sigma experience preferred.

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