Virtual Lab Manager

  • $50,000.00 - $70,000.00/year
    HappiLabs is a small business in Chicago that provides a service to scientists called the Virtual Lab Manager. We support scientists in various ways, virtually, and act as an outsourced purchasing department (some might say a Personal Shopper) for biotech companies and scientific research labs.

    Our mission: to improve the happiness of scientists and the quality of their research.

    For this job, you will co-manage a minimum of two labs. We are “virtual” so your job consists of sitting in our Chicago office and communicating with scientists, in other parts of the world, about what they need to run their experiments. You will be trained to be one of the best lab managers in the world, but you will not work in a lab.

    A strong candidate will have one or two of these backgrounds:
    • 5+ years lab management experience or postdoc who has managed scientists, experiments, and budgets
    • Purchaser in a non-science setting
    • Sales rep in the life science industry
    • Coding knowledge

    • Maintaining a daily ToDo List
    • Utilizing apps and software for managing labs
    • Communicating with scientists to understand their needs and experiments
    • Communicating with suppliers (sales reps, technical help, & customer service) to obtain pricing and technical info, place orders, retrieve order updates, and solve logistics and supply chain problems
    • Keeping detailed accounting records, such Purchase Orders and Invoices
    • Reporting progress and solving problems at team meetings

    • We want a long-term commitment, someone who will help a small company grow into a large one
    • Tech savvy (very good with computer, its keyboard and multiple monitors)
    • Mac user AND comfortable with Google products/spreadsheets
    • Coding knowledge
    • A passion for science and desire to make a difference in the world
    • Tough – customers and suppliers can be difficult to deal with. You need to take the hits, be calm with your interactions, and move on
    • Confident presence on the phone

    • Full-time, 40 hours per week
    • $50-70k, depending on experience
    • Medical and Dental health benefits
    • Food provided at the office

    Chicago, Illinois

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