Laboratory Operations Specialist

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The Laboratory Operations Specialist is an entry-level, critical support position to the mRNA manufacturing and R&D business units of the company. Working in close partnership with laboratory, operations, and quality management staff, the Specialist will be responsible for functions in the areas of supply chain, materials management, product delivery, and equipment calibration and maintenance.


  • Perform outbound shipping activities of finished biological goods, materials, and equipment. Procurement of shipping materials such as ice and packing materials.
  • Perform inbound raw materials receiving activities.
  • Dispensing of stock raw materials for manufacturing use while ensuring proper assignment and reconciliation in the inventory management system.
  • Organization and monitoring of temperature-controlled storage devices to ensure proper storage and placement of raw materials and finished goods. This includes the creation and maintenance of storage device maps for storage devices to ensure easy access and physical/digital location of all temperature-controlled raw materials and finished goods.
  • Maintenance of the equipment log for Vernal Biosciences laboratory equipment including the assignment of proper identification numbers and the recording of all critical information such as model, serial number, vendor, manufacturer, manuals, warranties, and calibration and preventative maintenance schedules.
  • Assist with the calibration and maintenance of all laboratory equipment ensuring that equipment is always in calibration and maintained to achieve maximum up-time.
  • Work with the Safety Officer to manage Vernal’s hazardous waste stream and implement other lab safety initiatives as necessary.
  • Work closely with production and R&D staff to ensure materials needs are met in a timely manner.
  • Work closely with the Laboratory Operations Senior Specialist and Inventory Manager to create efficient materials management systems that comply with Vernal quality and manufacturing needs.
  • Create and manage Bills of Materials and Manufacturing Orders in the ERP system for product builds, internal projects, and dispensing operations

Desired skills and background

  • Bachelor’s degree in the life sciences
  • Proficient and MS Office especially Excel, Word, and PowerPoint
  • Demonstrated excellent organizational skills
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills
  • Attention to detail and documentation

At Vernal, you will offer knowledge-based solutions to help us address the growing demand for mRNA, lipid nanoparticle (LNP) mRNA, drug screening, and ultimately clinical supply of mRNA.  Together, we will create the most integrated solution for mRNA vaccines and therapeutic R&D.  Vernal will become the only one-stop-shop for our clients’ and partners’ mRNA needs, from concept all the way to clinical trials.  The mRNA research associate or scientist will develop methods to synthesize, purify, and scale up mRNA.  As a startup, we are seeking adaptable, creative thinkers who can independently foresee gaps and opportunities and who take the initiative to solve problems with a sense of urgency.  We expect the work to be rewarding, fast-paced, and to offer ample opportunities to plan and create new solutions to help grow our business.  Vernal will pay a competitive salary with generous benefits including health, dental, and vision insurance.  Although hiring level will depend on experience, we expect to grow with our employees and are interested in a variety of backgrounds.

Vernal Biosciences is located in Colchester, Vermont, adjacent to Burlington which is home of the University of Vermont and the UVM Medical Center.  Check out for more information. The Burlington area, set on the shores of Lake Champlain, features the best of two worlds:

  1. Multicultural hub with great schools, restaurants, breweries, shopping, arts, and an affordable cost of living
  2. Gateway to the Green Mountains including world class hiking, camping, bicycling, and alpine and Nordic skiing

Please contact [email protected] with CVs or for more information