Lab Manager



Burnaby, BC, Canada
Posted on Saturday, May 4, 2024

Location: 3021 Underhill Avenue, Burnaby, British Columbia

Career Level: Technical Level 4

Who are we?

Svante is a rapidly growing clean energy technology company making commercial-scale carbon capture and removal a reality and enabling global industries to play offense in the fight against climate change that will accelerate the global transition to a lower-carbon economy.

The growing success of our company is owed to our commitment to our people, our emphasis on our values, and our innovative technology. Passion is put into what we do every day.

Purpose of the Role:

We are seeking a highly organized and motivated individual to join our team as a Lab Manager for our Material Science Characterization Lab.

As a Lab Manager, you will be responsible for overseeing the day-to-day operations of the lab, managing lab resources, and ensuring smooth functioning of all lab activities. You will also ensure the accuracy and reliability of the characterization results, standardize/document test procedures, data management, and storage and prepares reports, presentations, manuscripts.

Required Skills and Qualifications:

  • You have a BSc or higher degree in Material Science, Chemistry, Physics, or related field.
  • You have over 5 years of experience in a research laboratory, preferably within an R&D environment, in a managerial or supervisory role.
  • You have demonstrated leadership and project management skills.
  • You possess strong knowledge of analytical techniques essential for CO2 capture research, including sorption/sorbent characterization through methods such as porosimetry, electron microscopy, spectroscopy, thermal analysis, gas adsorption, elemental analysis, chromatography, X-ray analyses, and surface analysis methods.
  • You are proficient in computer applications and software relevant to laboratory management and data analysis.
  • You have knowledge of CO2 capture technologies, including absorption, adsorption, membrane separation, and chemical conversion processes and knowledge of materials science, porous materials, polymers, and metal-organic framework.

What Success looks like in this role:

  • You will oversee all aspects of R&D day-to-day lab operations, including equipment maintenance, inventory management and adherence to experimental & safety protocols to ensure accurate and reliable experimental results.
  • You will participate in method development, optimization & validation and experimental uncertainty analysis.
  • You will develop and implement standard operating procedures (SOPs) for lab activities & optimizing processes to ensure efficiency and compliance with safety regulations.
  • You will conduct regular safety inspections and risk assessments, implementing corrective measures as needed to mitigate hazards and ensure a safe working environment.
  • You will manage the lab budget effectively, overseeing procurement activities and expenditure tracking to ensure alignment with project priorities and financial targets.
  • You will foster a collaborative environment within the lab and facilitate communication between research teams and other stakeholders (e.g., product development, prototyping, and manufacturing teams).

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

Svante is an Equal Employment Opportunity employer. Employment decisions are based on merit and business needs. All employment decisions are made without regard to race, color, national origin, ancestry, sex, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, age, genetic information, religion, disability, medical condition, pregnancy, marital status, family status, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. This Equal Employment Opportunity policy applies to all practices relating to recruitment and hiring, compensation, benefits, discipline, transfer, termination and all other terms and conditions of employment. All Svante employees share in the responsibility for assuring that, by our personal actions, the policies are effective. Accommodations will be provided as requested by candidates taking part in all aspects of the selection process.

Pay Equity Statement

Svante believes in pay equity, fairness and transparency, and so we include a salary range within the job posting. Our salary ranges are determined by role, level, and location.

The actual salary offered to the final candidate is based on the salary range shown, and will vary depending on the candidate's relative experience, qualifications, and anticipated level of performance. We assess all candidates individually and strive to offer competitive and equitable compensation packages.

Base pay is one part of the Total Rewards that recognize employees for their performance and contributions. In addition to Base Pay, Svante provides comprehensive benefits to employees such as Restricted Share Units, Extended Health and Dental Plan, Retirement Saving Plan, free access to a Fitness Centre and more!