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Senior Scientist

Vancouver, BC, Canada

August 1, 2023

Job Type

Full Time


On site

Senior Scientist

Are you a planner who enjoys organizing projects and working 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 Senior Scientist 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 Senior Scientist 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 with Laboratory Operations Associate and department heads to ensure project deliverables are met

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

  3. Schedule assays and discovery tasks for scientists and technicians to perform

  4. Keep track of molecules of interest from selection to in vitro testing  

  5. Review and analyze experimental data, and ensure proper data documentation is maintained

  6. Acquire knowledge and hands-on experience on all assays and discovery experiments performed at NovoBind

  7. Train, mentor and supervise team members on assay and discovery experiments

  8. Provide support to technicians when technical issues arise

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


Qualification and Experience

  1. PhD with 1 – 3 years R&D experience, or equivalent combination of education and experience in microbiology, molecular biology or related field

  2. Experiences with in vitro assays, antibody discovery and protein purification in the field of veterinary science, agriculture and/or aquaculture

  3. Experience in supervisory role in an industry research laboratory setting

  4. 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 knows 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. A visionary who turns complex ideas into actionable items using systematic approaches

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

  10. A person that respects hierarchy, and likes and strives in a structured environment

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

  12. 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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