Active Motif Inc
  • Carlsbad, CA, USA
  • Full Time

Job Description

Active Motif, Inc. is a privately held biotechnology company focused on developing innovative kits and providing cutting edge services to support epigenetics and gene regulation research. We are passionate about understanding the Epigenome as related to advances in disease development, therapeutics and diagnostics. We offer a dynamic, fast-paced, results-oriented environment where employees can make a significant impact in a rapidly expanding company. Innovation and teamwork are the core of our company culture. We are currently looking for a highly motivated, team orientated individual to join us at our Carlsbad facility.

Active Motif's Epigenetic services team performs specialized experiments including, ChIP-Seq, ATAC-Seq, mass-spec based histone modification profiling and more. We are continually adding new services to better serve our pharmaceutical and leading academic clients.

Purpose and scope:

The Director of Services will be responsible for all strategic and operational aspects of the services department. He/she will be responsible for the delivery of high quality data, implementation of improved lab processes, including automation, and development of new services.

The successful candidate will be process-oriented, quality-focused, team-oriented and a key member of Active Motif's senior management team.


  • Provide leadership and mentorship to a team of scientists and technicians.
  • Direct and coordinate laboratory activities to ensure that services are delivered on time and in accordance with Active Motif's high standard of quality.
  • Establish laboratory procedures that ensure services are performed consistently and efficiently.
  • Manage project queue to maximize monthly services revenue.
  • Implement automation.
  • Interact with customers and global sales team to determine feasibility of custom projects.
  • Work directly with Services Product Manager to develope and launch new services.
  • Define new service deliverables and interact with the bioinformatics department to generate deliverables.
  • Contribute to the company's senior leadership and actively participate in creating a strategic vision for growth.

Organization relationships

The Director of Services reports directly to the Vice President of Operations and coordinates and effectively communicates with other departmental leaders. The Director of Services will also work closely with a marketing counterpart to launch new services and drive growth.

Education and training:

The Director of Services should have an advanced technical degree (Ph.D.) obtained from a prominent academic institute. The successful candidate will have excellent verbal and written communication skills and is expected to interact with technical proficiency with Key Opinion Leaders.

Technical requirements

The Director of Services should possess more than 10 years of technical scientific experience, with 5 years commercial experience obtained in the life science industry with preference for experience in services.

Managerial experience

Five or more years of experience in managing research associates and research scientists in complex activities.

Other Requirements:

  • Experience working in an ISO/GLP/CLIA environment is a plus.
  • Experience in developing and implementing new strategies and procedures.
  • 10 years of experience in positions of increasing responsibility and authority.
  • Strong professional written and verbal communication skills as well as refined interpersonal skills.
  • Ability to develop and manage departmental plans and resources.
  • Demonstrated ability to work well under pressure, including the ability to adapt to changing priorities and handle multiple tasks.
  • Strong problem-solving skills.
  • Excellent time management and organizational skills.
  • A wide degree of creativity and latitude is expected.

Special Position Requirements

  • This position will require travel, attendance at scientific meetings, customer and scientific collaborator visits.

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