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Laboratory & Facilities Technician

Job Description

Company Summary:

Annexon Biosciences is a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company developing a new class of complement medicines for patients with classical complement-mediated autoimmune, neurodegenerative, and ophthalmic disorders of the body, brain, and eye. The company’s pipeline is based on its platform technology addressing a broad spectrum of well-researched classical complement-mediated autoimmune and neurodegenerative diseases triggered by aberrant activation of C1q, the initiating molecule of the classical complement pathway. Annexon is advancing a portfolio of innovative product candidates designed to block the activity of C1q and the entire classical complement pathway: ANX005 (intravenous administration), ANX007 (intravitreal administration), and ANX009 (subcutaneous administration). Annexon is deploying a disciplined, biomarker-driven strategy designed to improve the probability of technical success of its portfolio.

Desired Candidate profile: 

The Laboratory & Facilities Technician is part of the facilities operations team. The individual will perform operational support duties assisting the EH&S & Facilities Management Associate Director to ensure organizational safety and efficiency. This role will be responsible for routine maintenance and assisting with laboratory duties including but not limited to the Essential Functions listed below.

Essential Functions:

  • Have strong communication skills internal and external via text, email, telephone, and face to face. Respond to daily internal and external company requests in a timely, professional manner
  • Keep Annexon areas clean & organized (laboratory space, conference rooms, kitchen, halls, loading dock, shipping & receiving etc.)
  • Help with storing and inventory of all reagents in research
  • Manage and update chemical inventory and SDS directory
  • Receive/ship packages and reconcile packing slips- understanding temperature sensitivity
  • Monitoring of pressure gas/nitrogen & CO2, ability to change cylinders/tanks safely and efficiently
  • Trained for safe hazardous waste handling of bio bins/biowaste disposal
  • Trained for cleaning and maintaining decontamination equipment & supplies
  • Maintain basic paperwork according to site needs
  • Basic knowledge of building & lab management systems
  • Perform monthly inspections of safety showers, eye wash, and fire extinguishers
  • Perform weekly inspections of house systems and waste storage areas
  • Perform quarterly lab inspections
  • Basic asset management support (knowledge of equipment maintenance, Fumehoods, Biosafety Cabinets, etc.)
  • Management of lab consumables: procurement, inventory & verification of receipts
  • Awareness of different lab environments and safety levels (i.e.: BSL2, TC labs)
  • Basic abilities in carpentry and installation: mounting a shelf, installing a picture or whiteboards, and simple repairs or installations
  • Basic tool use & safety
  • Other duties as assigned

Qualifications: 

  • Associate degree or equivalent combination of education and experience
  • 1 to 2+ years laboratory experience
  • 2+ years of facilities experience working in facility or laboratory maintenance
  • Familiarity with lab equipment and consumables preferred
  • Experience reviewing technical documents, such as Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) and equipment manuals
  • Organization – strong organizational, planning, problem solving and project managing skills, with the ability to multitask and be detail-oriented
  • Must have strong time management and prioritization skills
  • Communication Impact – strong written and verbal communication skills with science & management team members, in addition to working with outside vendors/contractors
  • Safety Oriented – some practical knowledge of OSHA requirements
  • Energy & Self-Motivation – High activity level and fast-paced response environment

Additional Skills & Responsibilities:

  • Good mechanical skills
  • Ability to work effectively on a team, but also independently to take initiative when necessary
  • Good computer skills, specifically with Microsoft Office Suite and Box
  • A strong understanding of Word and Excel
  • Responsible and accountable for the care, condition, and upkeep of all interior areas
  • Ensuring all areas of the laboratory are being kept clean, organized & in “inspection ready” conditions
  • Keeping tools and repair parts well organized and labeled
  • Handling compressed gases and liquid nitrogen
  • Following Lab & Facility SOP guidelines, including proper disposal of waste streams
  • Assisting other research lab members as needed

Physical Requirements:

  • Ability to lift 50 pounds occasionally
  • Ability to stand, crouch, and climb to perform repairs, use ladder, and perform various types of manual labor
  • Manual dexterity sufficient to use hand tools and paint
  • Ability to convey complex information clearly and concisely.

Company Specific Training/Certifications: 

  • DOT
  • Basic Tool Safety
  • First Aid/CPR/AED
  • Basic Safety Training
  • Lab Safety Training

Annexon’s Laboratory & Facilities Technician will be required to be fully vaccinated against the Covid-19 virus. An applicant is considered fully vaccinated two weeks after their second dose in a 2-dose series, such as the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines, or two weeks after a single-dose vaccine, such as Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen vaccine. You will be required to show proof of vaccination status upon hire. The Company provides reasonable accommodations in accordance with applicable state, federal and local laws.

DIVERSITY, EQUITY, INCLUSION, BELONGING ARE IMPORTANT TO US

We believe that diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging are essential for the strength of our business and the vitality of the communities we serve.

Internally, we want to make sure all employees feel welcome, appreciated and can be themselves at Annexon. We continually educate, inform and hold accountability for improving our diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging efforts. We ensure that open and real dialogue happens on important diversity topics.

Externally, we continuously work to build our pipeline of underrepresented candidates for our workforce, enhance, recruit and develop a best-in-class, diverse, equitable and inclusive workforce; ensure that Black, LatinX and other underrepresented businesses have long-term sustainable opportunities to work with Annexon; and hold our vendors to the same standards under which we operate.

Annexon is an equal opportunity employer & prohibits unlawful discrimination based on race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, national origin/ancestry, age, disability, marital & veteran status.