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Cannabis Laboratory Director

United States

Job Type




Cannabis Laboratory Director


Our laboratory is looking to hire a cannabis laboratory director who will have the autonomy to run and spearhead services while working in regulator collaboration with the ownership group.  

The cannabis laboratory director will be responsible for all key scientific and leadership activities including: managing laboratory testing staff, overseeing all sampling, testing, and data analysis, maintaining ISO 17025 accreditation, and adhering to current regulations. This is a rare opportunity for an entrepreneurial scientist to join a stable laboratory, help set culture, policy, and grow the business.   The laboratory is housed within an 7,000 square foot laboratory facility and has two suites of state of the art testing equipment and laboratory design to support analytical chemistry and microbiology testing services for cannabis cultivators and processors as mandated by the state.



  • Manages multiple analytical projects related to the development & optimization and/or troubleshooting of sensitive, efficient, and reliable assays for several classes of analytes.

  • Prepares, reviews, and edits method development, optimization, and validation protocols, analytical technical reports, and regulatory documentation.

  • Conducts testing and data analysis.

  • Establishes and monitors operational Key Performance Indicators (KPIs)


  • Establishes and ensures compliance with all regulatory agency requirements through documentation, audits, and corrective action.

  • Ensures development, implementation, and administration of department’s policies and standard operating procedures.

  • Ensures development, implementation, and administration of department’s Quality Control program.

  • Performs quality control procedures to ensure accuracy of data.

Management Responsibilities

  • Performs performance review and planning for direct reports.

  • Works with supervisory personnel to ensure participation in educational plan and personnel development plans.

  • Develops and maintains cooperative relationships with laboratory personnel, other laboratories, clients, and vendors.

  • Interviews, hires, counsels, and/or terminates subordinate personnel, as required. Coordinates with executive team on personnel issues.

  • Maintain annual laboratory budget.

  • Provides open, positive, and productive communication with site leadership and corporate leadership.


  • PhD in analytical chemistry or related discipline, with 1+ years relevant experience in commercial testing.

  • MS in analytical chemistry or related discipline, with 3+ years relevant experience in commercial testing.

  • Must pass all required background checks.

  • Experience in a cannabis analytical laboratory is required.  No exceptions.

  • ISO 17025 experience.

  • Laboratory experience performing method development, optimization, and validation activities.

  • Must pass all required background checks.

  • Must be at least 21 yrs old.


  • Ability to multi-task and work in a fast-paced, changing, and challenging environment (i.e. start-up)

  • Superior oral and written communication skills.

  • Ability to make independent decisions.

  • Impeccable character, leadership, shows initiative, results oriented, creative thinker, detail oriented, focused on continuous development, effective time-management skills.


  • Duties are performed onsite (NOT REMOTE) in a smoke-free office and laboratory 



  • Frequently required to stand, walk, bend, kneel, crouch, balance, and reach.

  • Regularly lift and/or move up to 50 lbs.


  • Salary: $110,000 - $135,000

  • Medical and Dental Insurance

  • Matching 401(k) 

  • Paid Time Off


The laboratory is an equal opportunity employer and values diversity in our company.  Neither E4 Bioscience nor the laboratory discriminate based on race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the duties and responsibilities. 

Depending on the volume of interests and submissions, we will only be contacting applicants who meet all minimum requirements listed in the job description. Only those applicants who align most closely with our minimum and preferred qualifications will be contacted for an interview.

How to Apply

To be considered for the role, please follow these steps: 

  1. Fill out application form below

  2. Send a copy of your resume and cover letter to

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