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Laboratory Manager

The RxCelerate group provides a platform for out-sourced drug discovery and development services and has a client base ranging from virtual biotech companies to some of the top 15 global pharmaceutical companies. We design and deliver complete drug development programmes and project management for our clients from inception through to and including Phase II clinical studies.

We are currently looking to recruit a Laboratory Manager to support our biology and chemistry teams in our new building on the Babraham Research Campus. This is an exciting time to join our team as we scale up to support our growing global footprint and client base. Our numerous success stories speak for themselves as we have become the drug developer of choice for many of the UK’s top venture backed biotech start-ups.

The Role

The Laboratory Manager will have responsibility for the day to day operation of our laboratories, with the support of a Laboratory Technician.  The role will have additional responsibility for Health and Safety within RxCelerate, ensuring compliance, monitoring and maintenance for equipment and laboratory resources to ensure a safe working environment for all staff and scientists. The ability to prioritise work and deliver within a dynamic and demanding scientific environment to meet challenging deadlines is essential.

Main Responsibilities

  • Ensuring that laboratory equipment and services are maintained on a daily basis, liaising with and directing external service providers where required
  • Acting as point of contact for all aspects of laboratory logistics, working with department heads, scientists and contractors
  • Management of laboratory consumables and reagent inventories
  • Management of laboratory systems, laboratory support documentation and record-keeping to required standards
  • Advising on and arranging equipment upgrades and purchases; training users
  • Organising sample shipments to clients and collaborators
  • Preparation of risk assessments and SOPs for equipment and laboratory procedures
  • Review, update and implement health and safety policies and ensure laboratory compliance
  • Organising regular Health & Safety meetings and coordinating safety audits


  • Ideally a degree in a life sciences discipline and at least 3 years’ experience in a corporate setting
  • Previous experience of working in an SME in the life sciences field is desirable
  • An understanding of GxP principles is desirable
  • NEBOSH or equivalent health & safety certification
  • Previous experience of GMO work would be preferred
  • Strong oral and written communication skills, organisational skills and proven ability to work on own initiative and as part of a team

This is a full-time role. RxCelerate offers a competitive salary with an annual bonus scheme and company benefit package.

When applying for this role, please include a cover letter outlining how you meet the competencies described above. Interested applicants should send their cover letter and curriculum vitae in PDF format to by Monday 7th December.

Informal enquiries can also be directed to this email address.

Only applicants based in the UK and EU need apply, as this role does not qualify for international sponsorship.