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Supervisor, Laboratory Operations (m/f/d) - limited to 12 months

  • Penzberg, Bavaria DE, Germany, 82377
  • Full Time

About the Job

The Supervisor is responsible for performing all aspects of complex patient sample testing, such as solution and reagent preparation, equipment maintenance, and tasks that pertain to the handling and testing of patient specimens, with direct supervision. The Supervisor, Lab Ops is cross-functionally trained to perform all process steps and/or assays and assists with more complex troubleshooting or problem solving. The position provides on-the-job training to colleagues and also has responsibilities external to patient specimen processing that are project based or supporting qualification and validation activities.


  • Processing and preparation of clinical samples and retro-and prospective study samples for histology, extraction of DNA/RNA samples, execution of DNA sequencing at high-throughput level (NGS) according to established SOPs within the corresponding TAT
  • Operating automated liquid handling platforms for sample processing
  • Complete projects in accordance with level of expertise and deliver results with minimum guidance, review and write SOPs as needed
  • Participate in reagent and assay quality control and validation as needed
  • Demonstrate commitment to quality and continuous improvement
  • Validate new assays for clinical operation according to ISO 15189 standard
  • Coordinate Pathology Review with Pathologist
  • Staffing clinical laboratory with appropriately skilled employees
  • Responsible for training and supervision of the lab team, apprentices, and direct reports
  • Organization of routine workflow and lab team (rosters, shifts, ordering of new instruments to expand capacity and improve workflow)
  • Serve as contact person for professional questions and brief employees on the execution of analysis
  • Close communication and cooperation with all internal departments at the Penzberg site as well as all the US locations
  • Monitor equipment performance, operations, and maintenance
  • Perform Supervisor checks of the lab tracking forms / EBRs
  • Other duties assigned by the lab manager and lab director


  • Successfully completed a natural science apprenticeship (MTLA, MTA, chemical laboratory assistant, CTA or equal) with professional experience in the lab environment. Alternatively, Bachelor’s degree in natural science (biology, biochemistry, chemistry, biotechnology or similar)
  • 2+ years of relevant lab experience in a certified and regulated laboratory environment
  • Experience in molecular genetics, especially around NGS technology, as well as experience working in an accredited diagnostic laboratory are advantageous
  • Strong working knowledge of English and German, especially with terminology specific to the lab
  • Familiarity with high through-put platforms and common molecular laboratory equipment (pipettes, thermocyclers, liquid handlers etc.)
  • Experience with ensuring and maintaining integrity and quality of the lab (sample processing, equipment, SOPs)
  • Proficiency utilizing Microsoft Office Suite, specifically Excel and Power Point
  • Well organized and reliable team member with ability to lean new tasks in appropriate timeframe
  • Strong interpersonal skills with the ability to interface effectively with a wide variety of internal clients
  • Ability to manage and prioritize multiple tasks with strong attention to detail in a business with changing priorities
  • Ability to execute independent judgement, demonstrate flexibility and professional maturity to readily understand priorities and anticipate needs.
  • Ability to bring innovative thinking and ideas to solve problems and improve any and all phases of laboratory operations.
  • Must be detail oriented with excellent prioritization and organizational skills.


Foundation Medicine is proud to be an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action employer and considers all qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, ancestry, age, or national origin. Further, qualified applicants will not be discriminated against on the basis of disability or protected veteran status. We also consider qualified applicants regardless of criminal histories, consistent with legal requirements. See also FMI’s EEO Statement and EEO is the Law and Supplement. If you have a disability or special need that requires accommodation, please let us know by completing this form.  (EOE/AAP Employer)

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