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Laboratory Operations Associate

Vancouver, BC, Canada

August 1, 2023

Job Type

Full Time


On site

Laboratory Operations Associate

Are you a planner who enjoys working in a fast-paced environment with a dynamic team of scientists? Do you enjoy training and mentoring young scientists? If so, this is the role you are looking for!

About NovoBind

Cutting edge? Check. Amazing cause? Check. Check. If you’re a talented Laboratory Operations Associate who wants to make a difference in the world, keep reading.

NovoBind Livestock Therapeutics is an agri-biotech company working to combat rising antibiotic resistance. We do this by developing next generation biologics that target and neutralize the specific bacteria, viruses, and parasites that cause microbiome-based ailments in livestock and aquaculture. Our novel biotherapeutic solutions, based on nanobodies (or single domain antibodies), present an innovative alternative to conventional treatments.

The impact of our work is economic and social—and widespread. Our targeted antimicrobials help to prevent animal diseases, improving the health and treatment of livestock while reducing the risk of major outbreaks. This in turn prevents economic losses in the agriculture and aquaculture industries, and stops dangerous pathogens from entering the environment or reaching the consumer food market. Our work even crosses over into the health of companion animals and plants, and may one day yield solutions for human illnesses as well.


Who We Are

A highly specialized team of biochemists, microbiologists, veterinary pathologists, academics and business professionals with a shared ambition to become the global leaders in targeted antimicrobials. We innovate three times before breakfast and show up to work wearing our favourite science-themed t-shirts. We value work-life balance but also recognize that, as a small team with big ambitions, we sometimes have to grab a latte and pull a late night when needed.

Who You Are

Maybe a veteran in your field or maybe a newbie, but definitely a Laboratory Operations Associate with a creative flair. You thrive on challenges that force you to step outside the box and shine in a collaborative work environment. You get out of bed in the morning because you’re passionate about what you do and you want to use your talents to do good in the world. You’re always there to support your team because you recognize that our work isn’t just a job, it’s a mission.



  1. Coordinate between department heads to assess needs and streamline lab operations

  2. Report to the Heads of Assay, Discovery and Operations

  3. Serve as a point of contact for all lab operations needs

  4. Plan, schedule and assign technicians on operational tasks such as reagent preparations and housekeeping

  5. Oversee the production and maintenance of reagent stocks and their proper storage

  6. Oversee the management of laboratory supplies, reagents, and equipment

  7. Ensure organization and cleanliness of laboratory workspaces, storage cabinets, fridges and freezers are maintained

  8. Coordinate services and shipments provided by CROs

  9. Acquire knowledge and hands-on experience on all laboratory equipment

  10. Train, mentor and supervise team members on safe practices and various laboratory equipment

  11. Provide support to technicians when technical issues arise

  12. Identify new vendors, conduct product research, and produce price comparisons to fulfill requests from scientists

  13. Revise and review protocols to ensure they are up to date

  14. Perform occasional benchwork such as in vitro assays or protein purification


Qualification and Experience

  1. MSc and 1 to 2 years of laboratory management experience in microbiology, molecular biology or related field

  2. Experience in supervisory role in an industry research laboratory setting an asset

  3. Experience in a biotech start-up company is an asset


Who We Are Looking For

  1. A leader who adjusts their leadership style to different personalities and takes the support role when required

  2. A team-oriented person who uses closed-loop communication and takes ownership of their work and actions

  3. A mentor who fosters growth in junior staff in an engaging and motivating manner

  4. An individual with excellent attention to details, as well as organizational and critical thinking skills

  5. A person who plans ahead and deals with changes calmly and efficiently

  6. An individual that understands when to make decision by themselves and when to consult management

  7. A person with proven ability to complete goals and objectives on time and within budget

  8. An innovator who enjoys problem solving and finding ways to do more with less

  9. A purposeful individual with a positive can-do attitude as well as a love and appreciation for R&D development with the utmost integrity

  10. You are a fan of several of the following people: Antonie van Leeuwenhoek, Alexander Fleming, Max Perutz, César Milstein, Temple Grandin, Chris Hadfield, Elton John, Madeleine Albright, Tu-Pac, Craig Venter, Margaret Hamilton, Elizabeth Blackwell, Rosalind Franklin, Will Ferrell, Wright Brothers, Edmund Hillary, Empedocles, Patrick Stewart, Motoo Kimura, Margaret Thatcher, George Orwell, Brother Wilfrid Chatelaine, Fred S. Conte



In addition to professional development opportunities, we offer competitive salaries with paid vacation, self-directed health benefits and stock options commensurate with experience and performance.

How To Apply

Please forward your unofficial undergraduate and graduate transcripts, cover letter, CV and the five people from the list above you are a fan of to with the job title in the subject line. Due to the large number of applications we receive, only candidates selected for interviews will be contacted.


Thank you for your interest and application!

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