Renaissance BioScience Corp. is a leading global biological engineering company. We believe biology can transform our world by creating the things we need in healthier, more productive, and sustainable ways. Using our proprietary biological engineering platform, we create transformative solutions to real-world problems in global industries like food and beverage, agriculture, chemicals, and healthcare.
To help build our leading research and development team, we aim to hire smart people who are self-starters and results driven. If you are a team player looking for an opportunity to grow your career in a fast-paced, rapidly growing life sciences company, consider applying for the opportunity below today.
Do you want to be part of a team that innovates for beer, wine and food? Are you someone who likes to work in a fast-paced environment, thrives on multitasking and enjoys helping others? Does working on projects across a wide range of industries interest you?
Renaissance is looking for a focused and detail orientated Research Technician/Associate to join our Research Team. This role will be based out of our offices located on the University of British Columbia’s main campus, in beautiful Vancouver, BC.
Reporting to the Lead Research Scientist – Yeast Innovation, the Research Technician/Associate will be responsible for carrying out assigned research projects. Currently, this role focuses on activities surrounding yeast breeding and selection, including the characterization of new and established yeast, using novel selection and screening methods including fermentation, plate-based assays, and molecular biology techniques.
This role provides the opportunity to research an organism that has a massive impact on multiple industries. This research forms a key component of our strain development pipeline for creating novel yeast strains for the food and beverage and other industries. The successful candidate will have the opportunity to be involved with research that will be published in peer-reviewed scientific journals as well as in patents.
Our ideal candidate is an independent thinker that thrives on detailed problem solving.
Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
- Conducts yeast genetics, microbiology, and molecular biology focused experiments including:
- Yeast hybridization and breeding using a micromanipulator
- Whole organism engineering using advanced non-GMO methodologies
- Yeast variant phenotypic screening using a variety of molecular biology and microbiological methods including PCR, colony PCR, quantitative PCR, dilution plating, growth assays, basic wet chemistry, colorimetric assays, etc.
- Yeast and bacterial propagation using sterile technique
- Conducts other research experiments, as necessary and within limits of expertise, in other disciplines such as:
- Adaptive laboratory evolution of yeast through continuous culture, mutagenesis and selection
- Yeast transformation and screening
- DNA construct cloning (PCR, construct construction, plasmid purification, screening)
- Advanced gene editing techniques
- Uses professional, scientific, and organizational concepts to complete responsibilities and tasks in accordance with RBSC’s policies, procedures, and strategic goals.
- Applies the scientific method to problem solving, including maintaining a command of the current relevant scientific literature
- Troubleshoots experiments independently and with the aid of supervisors, where required
- Critically evaluates validity and utility of experiments to help refine experimental objectives and workflows
- Records, compiles and critically analyzes research results/data, including preparation of reports and presentations for senior personnel, as requested.
- Participates in regular laboratory meetings, and periodically presents recent results/data.
- Develops novel experimental techniques, assays, and SOPs, with the assistance of supervisors.
- Additional duties, as required.
Education & Experience Required:
- MSc in microbiology, molecular biology, genetics or similar field, and 1+ years industry experience, preferably working with yeast; Or the equivalent BSc and 3+ years industry experience
- Strong scientific knowledge of understanding of yeast physiology and cell biology, with a focus on yeast genetics.
- Working scientific knowledge in yeast microbiology and related experimental techniques, and general principles in microbiology, molecular biology, genetics, and microbial fermentation.
- Experience with laboratory-based evolution studies and phenotypic characterization of microorganisms, preferably yeast.
- Experience using a micromanipulator for spore/tetrad dissection and performing yeast breeding experiments is an asset.
- Experience with flow cytometry considered an asset.
- Knowledge of industrial yeast production and commercialization of yeast IP technologies is an asset.
- Technical proficiency, scientific creativity, collaboration with others, and independent thought. Works independently to execute SOPs.
- Demonstrated ability to effectively communicate in English; clearly express ideas in written and oral communications. Regularly updates supervisor.
- Ability to evaluate and validate existing and novel experiments and assays through literature research and assay development.
- Ability to critically analyze and present data with relevant statistics and controls.
- Problem solving attitude; including troubleshooting experimental protocols to develop new and/or optimize existing protocols.
- Ability to troubleshoot experiments; analyzes results/data from such experiments to develop logical next steps to move the project forward.
- Ability to prioritize workload and allocate time/resources accordingly.
- Demonstrated ability to follow policies, SOPs, GLP and instructions.
- Demonstrated ability to take detailed notes and maintain excellent records of experiment data in an organized matter (written and electronic).
- Demonstrated ability to work well independently and in a team setting; strong self-starter work ethic/attitude.
- Ability to adapt and thrive in an entrepreneurial, growing, and changing work environment.
This is a full-time role. General workdays are Monday to Friday, with the requirement for flexibility to work weekends (for scientific experiments), when needed.
How to Apply
Please email your resume and a brief cover letter indicating why you feel you are a fit for this role to email@example.com. Please indicate Research Technician/Associate – Yeast Innovation in the subject line. We would like to thank all applicants who apply. Only those selected for an interview will be contacted. No phone calls, thank you.
About Renaissance BioScience Corp.
Renaissance BioScience Corp. is a privately held, global, industry leading biological engineering company based in Vancouver, Canada. Renaissance develops functional, market-ready microorganisms for the global food and beverage, agriculture, chemicals, and healthcare industries. The wholly owned commercial subsidiaries of Renaissance BioScience Corp. include Renaissance Yeast Inc., which commercializes H2S-preventing wine yeast; Renaissance Ingredients Inc., which commercializes acrylamide-reducing baker’s yeast; and Bright Brewers Yeast Inc., which commercializes beer yeast technologies. Detailed information about the Renaissance group of companies can be accessed at renaissancebioscience.com.