Laboratory Operations Coordinator

Rion is a clinical-stage biotechnology company based in Rochester, Minnesota. Rion was founded as a Mayo Clinic Employee Entrepreneurial Program startup company. Rion’s mission is to develop clinically impactful and accessible therapies using innovative regenerative medicine technologies based on extracellular vesicle science. Our proprietary exosome platform has the ability to address significant unmet patient needs in many fields of medicine; accordingly, we are actively pursuing clinical programs in wound healing, cardiovascular diseases, and women’s health. 

Our ultimate mission is to deliver cutting-edge solutions accessible to any patient in need, anywhere in the world.

The Position

The Laboratory Operations Coordinator will be responsible for day-to-day operations within the laboratory and strive to maintain a safe, collaborative, and efficient work environment. The ideal candidate will have experience working within laboratory spaces and familiarity with ordering/purchasing consumables, inventory management practices, and general lab equipment maintenance and calibration. This role will be an essential part of the laboratory team responsible for development and characterization of biologic products for ongoing and future clinical applications. The Laboratory Operations Coordinator will be a cross-functional role and work collaboratively within a team environment. 

Job Responsibilities:

  • Manage laboratory space to maximize effective square footage and equipment utilization.  
  • Assist in onboarding of laboratory personnel to ensure comprehensive introduction to space, equipment, and safety training. 
  • Serve as the first point of contact for all laboratory related emergencies and equipment notifications. 
  • Perform (or coordinate the performance of) installation, preventive maintenance, calibration, routine start-up/shut-down, and general maintenance of laboratory equipment.  
  • Engage with external vendors to schedule services for equipment where in-house expertise is not feasible. 
  • Assist with the procurement of laboratory equipment by obtaining quotes, placing orders, and managing the shipment and delivery of equipment to Rion facilities. 
  • Monitor, maintain, and coordinate delivery of laboratory gases and liquids such as CO2 and LN2. 
  • Place orders for laboratory consumables and manage supply inventory control/logistics. 
  • Manage material and consumable storage spaces and warehouses. 
  • Ensure proper disposal of all laboratory waste. 
  • Work with the Environmental, Health, and Safety officer to ensure continuous compliance with Federal, State and Local requirements. 
  • Assist Safety Committee with maintaining updated Safety Data Sheets (SDS) for any hazardous materials or chemicals handled in the laboratories. 


  • 2+ years of scientific/laboratory-related experience in an academic or commercial environment. 
  • Associate’s or Bachelor’s degree in life sciences, engineering, or other relevant fields.
  • Knowledge of inventory management systems and strategies; experience with billing, budgeting, and reporting. 
  • Collaboration-focused, with an excellent work ethic and an optimistic attitude. 
  • Proven experience collaborating with the scientific staff. 
  • Adaptive to a fast-paced and dynamic environment. 
  • Must be able to lift up to 50 pounds and be able to stand for multiple hours at a time. 

Additional Information:

  • Schedule: Monday – Friday
  • Work Location: Rochester, MN (on-site)
  • Work Remotely: No
  • Job Type: Full-time, Exempt

The Benefits
Rion recognizes the importance of balance and flexibility in our work environment. We offer a wide variety of competitive benefits, services and programs that provide our employees with the resources to pursue career path their goals, both at work and in their personal lives.

We provide a competitive compensation package with a unique culture focusing on development and wellbeing of our staff. Below are some of the benefits offered by Rion:

  • Full Health, Dental and Vision Insurance for employees and their dependents.
  • Choice between PPO or High Deductible Health Plan with Health Savings Account (HSA)
  • Flexible Spending Accounts (FSA)
  • 401K or IRA Retirement Savings Plan
  • Life Insurance Programs
  • Basic life and supplemental life insurance options for self, spouse, children
  • Short and Long-Term Disability Insurance
  • Paid Time-off, Paid Holidays, and Parental Leave programs
  • Parking Benefits

EEO Statement
Rion is proud to be an equal opportunity employer that complies with all applicable federal, state and local fair employment practices laws. Rion strictly prohibits and does not tolerate discrimination against employees, applicants or any other covered persons because of race, color, religion, creed, national origin or ancestry, ethnicity, sex (including pregnancy), gender (including gender nonconformity and status as a transgender or transsexual individual), age, physical or mental disability, citizenship, past, current or prospective service in the uniformed services, genetic information, marital status, AIDS/HIV status, smoker/nonsmoker, and occupational pneumoconiosis or any other characteristic protected under applicable federal, state or local law.

Recruitment & Staffing Agencies
Rion does not accept agency resumes unless contacted directly by internal Rion Talent Acquisition. Please do not forward resumes to Rion employees, or any other company locations; Rion is not responsible for any fees related to unsolicited resumes.

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