Scientific Program Manager

Volta Labs

Volta Labs

Boston, MA, USA
Posted on Sunday, July 9, 2023
Volta Labs is an MIT spin-off that has unlocked powerful new DNA sequencing capabilities by developing novel fluidic technology. Building off of this core technology, Volta has created a product that streamlines DNA sequencing sample prep. Volta is at the forefront of a sequencing revolution, driving sequencing towards seamless ease of use and complete automation.
We are a product and data-driven company where employees are empowered to learn and thrive in a fast-paced, open, and collaborative environment. This is an exciting phase to join Volta; with commercialization imminent, our product has the potential to change the future of sequencing.
Position Summary
Reporting to the Head of Applications Development and working closely with the Head of Engineering and Operations, the Program Manager will be responsible for keeping Applications Development projects on-time and on-budget, and ensure alignment with engineering and software development throughout the product realization process. Volta is building a suite of genomics and synthetic biology applications for its disruptive digital fluidics sample prep automation platform. We are seeking an energetic and experienced program manager with a proven track record of motivating cross-functional teams from product conceptualization to launch, and the ability to right-size big company processes in a startup environment.

Essential Functions and Responsibilities

  • Apply sound technical and business principles to create project schedules and timelines for applications development projects that identify milestones and resources. Use program and project management skills to track project timelines, risks and costs.
  • Identify project and timeline risks and develop risk mitigation strategies.
  • Manage the activities of cross functional applications development teams in the design, development, verification and validation of genomics applications.
  • Manage unexpected program delays and direct cross-functional team efforts to re-align with established project timelines.
  • Act as program leader and manage cross functional program resources. Coordinate and run team meetings. Prepare and give oral presentations in a group setting including generation of project status presentations and reports. Directly interact with supporting functional groups to meet project objectives and keep programs on track.
  • Participate in negotiation of business transactions with external parties and contribute to the team effort by accomplishing related tasks as necessary.

Required Skills and Abilities

  • Exposure to applications development in genomics and life science space or equivalent.
  • Experience leading the development and implementation of projects, with ability to handle multiple projects simultaneously and effectively manage timelines.
  • Demonstrated analytical and problem solving skills.
  • Ability to work independently, as well as interact and communicate with all levels of the organization in a team environment.
  • Proficient oral and written communication skills.
  • Strong skills with Google Workspace, Slack and other collaboration tools.
  • Expert building and managing project schedules and resources with Microsoft Project, Smartsheet or equivalent

Education and Experience

  • Bachelor's Degree in a technical field
  • 5-8 years of relevant experience developing scientific applications with a minimum of three years’ experience in project or program management.
  • PMP certification is desirable
Our Benefits and Perks:
Robust Equity Program, to build future wealth through stock options with high growth potential
Comprehensive Healthcare Coverage, including Medical, Dental, & Vision
HSA, FSA, and Sponsored Commuter Benefit Plans
Access to Our 401K Plan, to save for your future
12 Weeks of Paid Parental Leave, which can be taken over 12 months
Unlimited Paid Time Off, because we understand the importance of time off for rest and adventure
10 Paid Federal Holidays
Twice Weekly On-site Lunches, variety snacks, beverages, & treats
Weekly Paid Coffee Date with Colleague
Monthly Team Happy Hours
We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our company. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status, and we actively seek out and value diverse perspectives. Women, people of color, people who are differently abled, and members of the LGBTQ+ community are encouraged to apply. Even if you don't check every box, but see yourself contributing, please apply. Help us build an inclusive community that will change the face of bio-automation!