Lab Manager

Job Location
San Diego, CA 92121

What Helix has to offer you

Aside from working alongside brilliant, dedicated, passionate, down-to-earth, curious, warm, quirky, and thoughtful people, we also provide great benefits:

  • Competitive compensation, including meaningful equity

  • Health insurance, including medical, dental, and vision

  • 401(k) with employer matching

  • Catered meals

  • Unlimited vacation

  • Commuter benefits

  • Gym subsidy

Job Description

We believe that everyone benefits from their biological information. It’s our mission to empower every person to improve their life through DNA.

With our high-quality, trusted partners and state-of-the-art lab, we’ve created the first platform of personalized products and services powered by genetics. From advanced cancer screening to custom fitness and nutrition plans, the world of DNA learning is becoming more accessible and more valuable than ever.

Our big vision comes with big responsibility. That’s why we’re building a team of experts in the field of genetics, engineering, design, business development, and beyond to help bring actionable insights to our customers. We’re looking for the best and brightest minds who are passionate about our mission and are excited to work on a truly diverse team.

The Lab Manager will be responsible for the operation, performance and compliance of one of the high throughput DNA sequencing facility at Helix. The successful candidate will manage day-to-day operations and drive continuous improvement in what will be one of the largest genomics facilities in the world.

Follow and adhere to all procedures and processes required for work performed within a CLIA and CAP accredited lab performing high throughput genetic testing by NGS.


  • Manage a team of laboratory personnel, including assigning and overseeing work, training and development, interviewing, hiring and firing; approving time and expense; and performance management.
  • Drive continuous quality improvement through coaching and mentoring laboratory personnel to maintain high level of scientific and technical ability.
  • Manage production to ensure on-time delivery of services according to internal and external customers program needs.
  • Review and approve the deviations as necessary to ensure proper documentation under appropriate regulation.
  • Revise and write applicable SOPs as needed.
  • Manage team to ensure that service quality is maintained in line with current SOPs and market and regulatory needs as appropriate, and ensure timely communication with stakeholders.
  • Lead by corporate values and foster an environment of commitment, engagement and ownership by all team members.
  • Evaluate, develop, and implement process improvements to drive efficiency gains, while maintaining highest quality levels.
  • Investigate daily operational problems with processes and equipment, make recommendations for resolution, and ensure accuracy and timeliness of approved implementation plan.
  • Ensure that all pertinent company health, safety, and environmental programs are adhered to and documentation is maintained.



Required Qualifications:

  • PhD in biological, chemical, or laboratory science (or equivalent) with minimum of 2 years of experience in a CLIA lab; MSc with minimum of 4 years of experience; or BS with minimum of 6 years of experience in laboratory compliance environment.
  • Knowledge of CLIA and CAP compliance and other applicable regulatory standards, as well as relevant guidance documents and white papers.
  • Must have a proven track record of leading high performing teams in a fast-paced, high throughput environment.
  • Demonstrates skills and high level of attention to detail in technical data interpretation and ability to troubleshoot.
  • Strong communication skills, in both verbal and written formats.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite, specifically Word, Excel, Outlook, and general working knowledge of Internet for business use.
About Our Organization

Helix is a rapidly growing startup focused on personal genomics. Helix has a simple but powerful mission: to empower every person to improve their life through DNA. We’re creating an ecosystem where people can explore diverse and uniquely personalized applications provided by high-quality partners. Helix handles sample collection, DNA sequencing, and secure data storage so that our partners can develop on-demand products in areas such as health, fitness, nutrition, lifestyle, genealogy, and inherited traits.

Helix is headquartered in the San Francisco Bay Area and operates one of the world’s largest next-generation sequencing laboratories in San Diego.

You can learn more at or follow @my_helix.

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