Laboratory Director

Birchbox, Houston, TX

Birchbox is changing the way consumers discover and purchase beauty, and lifestyle products.

About FemTec Health

Founded in 2020 by Dr. Kimon Angelides and publicly launched in October 2021, FemTec Health is the leading Health and Beauty Sciences Company focused on women’s health. FemTech Health’s mission is to revolutionize women’s healthcare by using state-of-the-art genomics, predictive intelligence, and digital technologies to create an experience that is unified, coordinated, and provides personalized services and products that are meaningful and effective for women. FemTec Health’s brands include Birchbox and Awesome Woman

Position Overview

We’re looking for a Laboratory Director to manage our new clinical lab and hire and onboard a team to work at the lab. This team will be performing moderate to high clinical complexity testing, including PCR and microbiome sequencing. This position will report to the Chief Scientific Officer and must be based in the Houston, TX area to work onsite at our laboratory.


  • Complete, process, and maintain CLIA and state specific applications and documentation.
  • Develop and maintain SOPs as needed.
  • Provide ongoing consultation to address regulatory and technical issues.
  • Oversee all lab operations and functions, including proficiency testing, personnel, lab safety compliance, and maintain lab operational workflow.
  • Develop operational systems in accordance with state and federal guidelines (i.e. Quality Systems, Personnel training & competency, Proficiency Testing, Documentation Systems, Occurrence Management).
  • Participate in recruitment and management of clinical lab personnel.
  • Ensure that testing systems developed and used for each of the tests performed in the laboratory provide quality laboratory services for all aspects of test performance, which includes the pre-analytic, analytic, and post-analytical phases of testing.
  • Manage staff efficiently and fairly to promote efficient workflow. Optimize human resources and cultivate team spirit, a culture of quality, accuracy, and service. Ensure that all company policies including Safety Policies, OSHA, and HIPAA regulations are followed and take appropriate and timely action when they are not.
  • Ensure that all staff are qualified for their respective roles under CLIA regulations, undergo adequate training, and successfully complete competency assessments and professional certification programs, as applicable, to ensure the quality and reportability of all laboratory testing performed.


  • Doctoral Degree (MD/PhD/DO) in a chemical, physical, biological or clinical laboratory science from an accredited institution with a minimum of 3-5 years of laboratory management and operations experience.  Candidate must be certified and continue to be certified by a board approved by HHS. The current approved boards are the following:
    • ABB – American Board of Bioanalysis
    • ABB public health microbiology certification
    • ABCC – American Board of Clinical Chemistry
    • ABFT – American Board of Forensic Toxicology (limited to individuals with a doctoral degree with Fellow status)*
    • ABMGG – American Board of Medical Genetics and Genomics (formerly known as American Board of Medical Genetics (ABMG))
    • ABMLI – American Board of Medical Laboratory Immunology
    • ABMM – American Board of Medical Microbiology
    • ACHI -American College of Histocompatibility and Immunogenetics (formerly known as American Board of Histocompatibility and Immunogenetics (ABHI))
    • NRCC – National Registry of Certified Chemists (limited to individuals with a doctoral degree)
  • Thorough knowledge of clinical laboratory requirements (CLIA)
  • Thorough knowledge of HIPAA and OSHA regulations
  • Experience with all phases of developing, validating and implementing high complexity molecular testing in a CLIA environment.
  • Technical experience in Molecular Diagnostics, Real-Time PCR, and Next Generation Sequencing is desirable.

A successful candidate…

  • Prides themselves in their organizational skills and willingness to tailor laboratory management to specific priorities and anticipate future needs across the full range of lab operations.
  • Communicates with clarity and precision when working with different stakeholders -  from scientists to supplies to administrators and external collaborators.
  • Easily builds relationships and trust by leading with transparency to foster an open, cooperative, and positive working environment.

FemTec Health  welcomes people from all backgrounds, ethnicities, cultures, and experiences. We celebrate how different perspectives benefit our employees, our products, and our community. We are focused on cultivating a diverse and inclusive work environment that encourages collaboration, creativity, and innovation. We are proud to be an equal opportunity employer. 

About Birchbox

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