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R&D Lab Director

Skokie, IL 60077

Posted: 01/25/2024 Employment Type: Direct Hire Job Category: Scientific Job Number: 3718

Job Description

Our client is looking for a highly motivated and hands-on Lab Director to manage its R&D lab operations, guide experimental activities, and support all related R&D activities. The ideal candidate combines his/her R&D lab experience with excellent operational and project management skills.

This position will report to the Vice President of Research and oversee the day-to-day operations of their upstream/downstream lab teams. The successful candidate will have the opportunity to apply their enthusiasm and technical skills while working with cross-functional teams to ensure effective and efficient laboratory operations and will provide operational and technical expertise to influence business decisions made by senior leadership.

  • Planning, coordinating, and managing the R&D experimental laboratory workflow
  • Working on multiple complex projects while adhering to timelines and adapting to changes in project priorities
  • Provide oversight and management of all R&D laboratory functions, inventories, equipment, and vendor relations
  • Working with subcontractors/vendors as needed
  • Assisting in experimental design, data analysis, troubleshooting, developing and finetuning experimental protocols
  • Guiding and mentoring new employees


  • BS/MS/PhD in Biotechnology/Biology /Life sciences or similar field
  • 10 years of experience in the biotech industry
  • Excellent program/project, time management, and communication skills are a must
  • Understanding of Upstream and Downstream equipment and techniques
  • Experience in lab operations/management
  • Strong scientific acumen and the ability to work with cross-functional teams
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