PA Lab Operator New Hire

PA Lab Operator New Hire

Balance Staffing

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The Carnegie Mellon Cloud Lab (CMU Cloud Lab) is the world’s first academic Cloud Lab offering a 24/7/365 remote-access facility with over 200 scientific instruments. 

Based on the concept pioneered by two CMU alumni through their company, Emerald Cloud Lab (ECL), the CMU Cloud Lab is located in Pittsburgh in the Bakery Square neighborhood in close proximity to CMU’s main campus. The Carnegie Mellon Cloud Lab is powered by the same software running ECL’s facility in Austin, TX, making all operations executable in either facility.

The CMU Cloud Lab provides researchers full control over laboratory processes, data inputs, outputs and sharing. All processes are fully traceable, end-to-end, and enhanced with auxiliary sensor data and sample/asset tracing, creating rich and comprehensive datasets that researchers can investigate and learn from using thousands of powerful functions for data visualization, analysis, and simulations.

The Role
The demand for our service is growing, and to meet that demand, we are recruiting Lab Operators looking to explore opportunities in the biotech space and grow with our organization. Qualified candidates will receive comprehensive lab and safety training, allowing them the ability to run protocols in our Pittsburgh facility. These protocols are critical to sustaining the high-quality operations of the facility and provide experience working in ECL’s unique, process-driven lab environment with our integrated software tools.

The Laboratory Operations (LabOps) team is charged with executing the logistical aspects of our laboratory processes. All scientifically relevant aspects of each experiment are executed using robotics and automation, and it is the job of LabOps to set up and maintain the robotic instrumentation on which the entire lab runs. The LabOps team relentlessly clears the queue of customer and internal experiments and keeps the manual and automated instrumentation running at all times while focusing on precision and efficiency. The entire CMU Cloud Lab facility is run in a systematic way and the team’s purview encompasses all experiments that enable this, from maintenance and control of instruments to inventory intake and receiving. The LabOps team interfaces with many teams at the CMU Cloud Lab which rely on the Operations team to be the voice of high-quality feedback as they seek to streamline the internal systems on which the Cloud Lab runs.

These are contract positions with a potential to convert to full-time ECL employees subject to meeting performance metrics.


The ideal candidate will possess the following skills:

  • Comfortable working in a fast-paced production, fulfillment, or manufacturing environments with defined success metrics and goals for teams and individuals
  • Ability to follow detailed written instruction required to successfully run stated protocols with minimal supervision
  • Keen attention to detail, highly organized, and diligent
  • Understands and follows all ECL and site-specific policies and procedures.
  • Willing to participate in continuous improvement and operation exercises
  • Strong computer skills and not intimidated to learn new systems.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Ability to handle and maneuver small components and parts
  • Comply with all lab safety guidelines and use appropriate safety and protected devices when performing duties in the lab
  • Ability to work flexible shifts/hours (12.5 hours per day), as well as overtime as needed, which requires standing on lab floor for the duration of a work shift not including breaks.
  • Lifting and handling of materials used for experiments will be required, not to exceed OSHA guidelines


Preferred Skills & Experience:

  • 1 – 3 years of experience working in either a laboratory environment or regulated manufacturing industry (Pharmaceutical, Medical Device, Biotechnology, Automotive, etc.)
  • Experience working in a Good Manufacturing Practices/Good Laboratory Practices (GMP/GLP) environment


This is a non-exempt, contract-to-FTE role, with openings available for day & night shifts and the ability to start immediately. The hourly rate for this role is $18-$22 per hour, depending on the experience.

Upon conversion to an ECL employee you will be provided competitive wages, stock options, 100% company paid employee benefits.

Apply now and one of our recruiters will reach out to you!
Balance Staffing is proud to be an equal opportunity workplace. We are committed to equal employment opportunity regardless of race, color, ancestry, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, age, citizenship, marital status, disability, gender identity Veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by federal or state law.


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