Laboratory Manager/Director

AKESOgen, Inc.
Job Location: 
Atlanta, GA
Job Description: 

AKESOgen, Inc. is a biobanking and genetics/genomics service CRO that caters to Biotechnology, Pharmaceutical, Government and Academic Sectors. The company is now looking for an experienced Laboratory Manager/Director to serve as a key player and pivotal scientist in the company.

The position involves taking a lead role in all current genetic technologies, data mining/bioinformatics, experimental design, methods design, and training other staff to use standard and new genetics technologies as required. The position manages all scientific and technical aspects of projects and Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) in the laboratory including project workflows, equipment, consumables and quality assurance to ensure projects are executed in a timely manner and to the highest possible quality standards. The position reports in to the Chief Scientific Officer.


Experienced Laboratory Manager/Director accountable for all aspects of AKESOgen’s Laboratories.

Principal Duties, Responsibilities and Competencies:

• Detailed knowledge and extensive experience with biobanking and sample management, automated laboratory technologies including DNA/RNA extraction, capillary sequencing and Next Generation Sequencing, genotyping, expression and methylation profiling.
• Demonstrated ability to work both independently and proactively performing a wide range of highly technical and complex research and laboratory tests and procedures.
• Formally manage/supervise other laboratory staff.
• Designs, analyzes and interprets the results of studies.
• Responsible for reporting out results to clients in a timely manner.
• Investigates and recommends alternative approaches to improve the quality of results in the laboratory as necessary.
• Manages project related information systems and databases and has experience with laboratory information management systems (LIMS).
• Implements new approaches and techniques into laboratory protocols when required.
• Supervises staff by orienting and training in specialized procedures as necessary. The methods include, but are not limited to the creation of SNP maps, analysis of genes, transcripts, expression, methylation, genotyping and sequencing technologies.
• Familiarity with clinical certification and knowledge of laboratory CLIA/CAP, GxP and ISO requirements
• Accountable for current and revised SOPs and proactively developing new SOPs when appropriate.
• Responsible for keeping an inventory of laboratory consumables and interacting with vendors to obtain competitive pricing on consumables.
• Holds laboratory or other project management meetings on a regular basis.
• Takes Site responsibility when Chief Scientific Officer is not present.
• Responsible for safety in the laboratory.
• Demonstrates a high level of ethics in all aspects of professional practice.
• Prepares budgets, quotations and invoices when required.

The position requires the candidate to be exceptionally organized alongside first class technical ability and have experience working with a team in a high throughput environment. Working to tight deadlines, flexibility in approach, exceptional communication skills and attention to detail are absolutely essential. Employees in this classification may be required to work with, take specific precautions against and/or be immunized against potentially hazardous agents.
Expected to perform related responsibilities as required by the Chief Scientific Officer.


MS or PhD in science field and postgraduate or postdoctoral experience with genetic technologies. Industry and/or regulatory experience a bonus.

Contact Information: 

Interested candidates should email with a resume and quoting Job Ref. #201306.

About Our Organization: 

AKESOgen is a biomarker, genomics and pharmacogenomics contract research organization that services the academic, pharmaceutical, biotechnology and agricultural sectors.

AKESOgen performs biomarker profiling and genomics services utilizing different types of markers (e.g. DNA, RNA, methylation) for the R&D market. AKESOgen establishes and validates biomarkers in the Clinical Trials arena. AKESOgen provides expertise in biobanking.