The Laboratory Director is responsible for operational aspects of the laboratory, activities performed in the laboratory, and laboratory employees. The Laboratory Director will play a key role in setting up the laboratory in a professional manner that depicts the mission of California Ag Labs. This person must be comfortable with start-up mode and be a solutions-driven individual.
Ensure that the facility has adequate space, equipment, materials and controls to perform each test Ensure ISO 17025 practices are followed at all times Lead method development and validation efforts Implement and maintain Laboratory Quality Assurance Program including: Proficiency Testing Program, Corrective Actions Preventative Actions Program, ISO 17025 Accreditation and maintenance Ensure that laboratory employees have appropriate qualifications and training to perform tests for which the laboratory is certified for Ensure all employees have adequate consumables to perform all tasks Ensure that all safety concerns and hazards in the laboratory are promptly addressed Supervise all laboratory personnel Answer technical inquiries from customers Interview and recruit scientists Direct scientific activities of the laboratory Develop and implement standard operating procedures Ensure all laboratory employees are adequately trained to perform their assignments Assist in all aspects of setting up the laboratory (organize and schedule instrument installations, assist in workflow organization, unpack and organize supplies) Sign off and approve data for release
The Laboratory Director must be able to: Lift up to 50 lbs. The ability to stand for intervals of up to 8 hours while working. Able to speak English and hear clearly, while communicating with co-workers and managers, in person and over the phone. Dexterity in hands and fingers to operate equipment and handle glassware. Must have average vision and able to see to read reports and operate equipment.
The working environment is typical of a laboratory structure, sounds, and surroundings.
Experience managing and mentoring junior scientists Experience with method development and method validation Must be able to multi task Strong critical thinking skills Must be detail-oriented Working knowledge of Microsoft Office Must have a positive attitude and be solution-oriented Practical experience in a regulated laboratory (GLP, ISO 17025, etc.) Experience with LIMS is a plus Experience with a Document Management System Must have experience operating all Cannabis related testing equipment
Must be flexible and adaptable to shifting priorities
PhD in a chemical or biological science from an accredited college or university OR MS in a chemical or biological science from an accredited college or university (4 years of full-time practical experience in a post-education laboratory performing analytical scientific testing in which the testing methods are or were recognized by a laboratory-accrediting body) OR BS in a chemical or biological science from an accredited college or university (7 years of full-time, post-education practical experience in a laboratory performing analytical scientific testing in which the testing methods are or were recognized by a laboratory-accrediting body)
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