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Research Technician - Yeast Innovation

Position Summary

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?

Renaissance is looking for a focused and detail orientated Research Technician 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 will be responsible for assisting in 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 adaptive evolution.

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.

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
  • 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 and mutagenesis
  • Yeast transformation and screening
  • DNA construct cloning (PCR, construct construction, plasmid purification, screening)
  • Advanced gene editing techniques including CRISPR/Cas9

Uses professional concepts, scientific and otherwise, in accordance with RBSC’s policies, procedures, and goals to complete scientific experiments.

  • 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.
  • Prepares reports and presents to senior personnel, as requested.
  • Designs and develops experiments and SOP protocols, with the assistance of supervisors
  • Participates in regular laboratory meetings, and periodically presents recent results/data.
  • Develops new assays and experimental techniques based on literature research, with the assistance of supervisors.
  • Contributes as a team member to all areas of RBSC business.
  • Updates senior scientific staff on progress to assist in the achievement of research goals and completion of projects.
  • Additional duties, as required.

Education & Experience Required:

  • MSc in microbiology, molecular biology, genetics or similar field, and 1+ years experience, preferably working with yeast; Or the equivalent BSc and 3+ years experience
  • Experience using a micromanipulator for spore/tetrad dissection and performing yeast breeding experiments is an asset.
  • In depth understanding of yeast physiology and cell biology, with a focus on yeast genetics.
  • Experience with phenotypic characterization of microorganisms, preferably yeast.
  • Knowledge in yeast biology and related experimental techniques, and general principles in microbiology, molecular biology, genetics, and microbial fermentation.
  • Experience with flow cytometry considered an asset
  • Experience performing laboratory-based evolution studies on microorganisms
  • Knowledge of scientific principles and concepts related to the role.
  • 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.
  • Ability to exercise judgment within generally defined practices and policies in selecting methods and techniques for obtaining solutions.
  • Problem solving attitude; including troubleshooting experimental protocols to develop new and/or optimize existing protocols.
  • Ability to troubleshoot experiments; analyze 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.
  • Ability to work and contribute as a member of the team to complete assignments.

Position Details

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 careers@renaissancebioscience.com . Please indicate Research Technician – 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 yeast technology company based in Vancouver, Canada. Renaissance develops yeast-based platform technologies to solve industrial efficiency and consumer health problems in the food, beverage, alcohol, biofuel and pharmaceutical 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.

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