Senior Laboratory Technician

Senior Laboratory Technician

Are you an experienced lab technician with a passion to make a difference in the world? Looking to accelerate your career path in life sciences? If so, this posting is just what you are looking for!

About NovoBind

Cutting edge? Check. Amazing cause? Check. Check. If you’re a talented Senior Laboratory Technician 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 Laboratory Technician 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.

 

Responsibilities

  1. Share our passion for scientific excellence and fast-paced R&D

  2. Supervise junior staff and act as the bridge of communication between junior staff and management

  3. Support and collaborate effectively with colleagues to meet project timelines

  4. Continually broaden your skill set by participating in projects throughout NovoBind’s R&D pipeline. Techniques and responsibilities include but are not limited to:

a. Conduct in vitro assays for functional characterization

b. Cloning, protein expression and protein purification

c. General lab duties including inventory management, shipping and receiving of samples, record keeping, equipment maintenance, etc.

  1. Follow directions and written protocols accurately

  2. Effectively use knowledge, judgement and understanding of specific procedures to maximize accuracy and productivity

  3. Record data accurately and present results effectively in technical reports and group meetings

  4. Contribute ideas in scientific discussions

  5. Optimize assays in collaboration with scientists

  6. Implement and maintain new procedures and protocols

 

Qualification and Experience

  1. Master’s degree with 2 to 3 years industrial experience in biological sciences (molecular biology, biochemistry, microbiology, parasitology, immunology, or aquaculture) or Bachelor’s degree with 5 to 10 years of industrial experience

  2. Experience in a supervisory role and/or in a biotech start-up company is an asset

  3. Experience with biopanning and purification is an asset

 

Skills Required

  1. Conduct professional practice according to established protocols, safety guidelines and existing legislation

  2. Verify relevant data and ensure that appropriate samples are procured according to established protocols

  3. Analyze samples and validate results using established protocols

  4. Understand the principles and performs proper analytical techniques on samples that originate from a variety of sources

  5. Interpret, communicate and document confidential data, using scientific knowledge as the basis

  6. Practice and promote the principles of quality management and the efficient utilization of resources

  7. Apply critical thinking skills to constructively solve problems

  8. Address workplace challenges by applying skills in change management, time management, materials management and information management

  9. Project a professional image and interact in a competent manner, using effective listening, verbal and written communication in dealings with others

  10. Meet the legal and ethical requirements of practice

  11. Demonstrate ability to supervise junior team members

 

Who we are looking for

  1. A leader who is quick to adapt to changes and is willing to take the support role when required 

  2. A team player who solves problems proactively and communicates with others constructively

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

  4. An individual who is self-motivated, detail-oriented and organized

  5. An innovator who enjoys finding ways to overcome challenges

  6. A person who enjoys using tools and systems to maximize productivity

  7. A self-proclaimed nerd (and proud of it!) who loves to expand their knowledge

  8. A purposeful and positive individual who works well with other keeners

  9. 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

 

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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 hr@novobind.com 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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