Research Associate position – Stem Cell Bioprocessing Lab, McGill
The Stem Cell Bioprocessing Lab led by Prof. Corinne Hoesli at McGill University is seeking a research associate with a background in Stem Cell biology.
Research Associate position in cellular therapy biomanufacturing and stem cell-derived organoids
The applicant will coordinate multi-institutional, interdisciplinary and industrial projects and contribute to laboratory management, helping to assure the efficient, ethical and responsible day-to-day conduct of research. The applicant will work closely with and assist members of the SCBL including graduate students and summer interns. The candidate will participate in activities such as laboratory meetings, and preparation and revision of manuscripts for publication in scientific journals, as well as reports for industry partners and assist in the preparation of research grants. The applicant will also be given the opportunity to present at external scientific meetings.
Candidates should have a PhD in Biological Sciences, preferably with prior experience in stem cell biology and culture. Postdoctoral training is a significant asset. Candidates should be familiar with techniques such as flow cytometry, Western blotting, qPCR, immunocytochemistry and live cell imaging. Clinical experience (cGMP cell manufacturing) is an asset. The candidates should be versatile in order to work in a highly multidisciplinary environment that encompasses industrial partners, clinicians, engineers and cell biologists. Project management experience is a must.
Other Qualifying Skills & Abilities
- Knowledge of good laboratory practice (GLP) and good manufacturing practice (GMP)
- Ability to mentor students of diverse background
- Leadership skills and ability to work collaboratively in a complex, changing, deadline-oriented environment
- Strong organization skills, attention to detail and priority setting skills
- Excellent written and verbal communication skills (English essential, French a significant asset).
- Ability to identify, analyze, and resolve problems effectively and in a timely matter
The Stem Cell Bioprocessing Lab focuses on applying engineering approaches to produce cells for regenerative medicine. The lab works on designing and optimizing scalable methods to produce cellular therapy products using stem cells and progenitor cells. Other projects in the lab include islet encapsulation to treat type 1 diabetes and the development of biomimetic vascular biomaterials.
McGill University is the leading medical research university in Canada. McGill is located in Montréal, a vibrant and culturally rich city in the heart of Canada’s mainly francophone province of Québec. Montréal is a francophone but largely bilingual city while the workplace language at McGill is English. Effective communication in English with knowledge of French or a willingness to learn French are valued.
To apply, please submit a cover letter and CV as well as copies of recent publications in a single .pdf on our website: www.hoeslilab.com/join-the-lab (select “postdoctoral fellow” in the form). Top candidates will be invited to submit their applications through the McGill Workday portal as well.
Deadline to apply: 2022-09-18
Salary: The salary is defined by the collective agreement: www.mcgill.ca/hr/employee-relations/assocs-unions (AMURE/PSAC – Research associates and assistants)
Work hours: 35 hours/week. Most of the work will be performed between 9 AM and 5 PM from Monday to Friday with flexible hours, but some experiments will require work outside these normal work hours
Workplace: Department of Chemical Engineering, McGill University, Wong building
Initial contract duration: 2022-10-03 to 2024-10-02 (we expect this to be a long-term position past this duration if performance is met and funding is maintained)
Commitment to equity and diversity
McGill University is committed to equity and diversity within its community and values academic rigour and excellence. We welcome and encourage applications from racialized persons/visible minorities, women, Indigenous persons, persons with disabilities, ethnic minorities, and persons of minority sexual orientations and gender identities, as well as from all qualified candidates with the skills and knowledge to engage productively with diverse communities.
At McGill, research that reflects diverse intellectual traditions, methodologies, and modes of dissemination and translation is valued and encouraged. Candidates are invited to demonstrate their research impact both within and across academic disciplines and in other sectors, such as government, communities, or industry. McGill further recognizes and fairly considers the impact of leaves (e.g., family care or health-related) that may contribute to career interruptions or slowdowns. Candidates are encouraged to signal any leave that affected productivity, or that may have had an effect on their career path. This information will be considered to ensure the equitable assessment of the candidate’s record.
McGill implements an employment equity program and encourages members of designated equity groups to self-identify. It further seeks to ensure the equitable treatment and full inclusion of persons with disabilities by striving for the implementation of universal design principles transversally, across all facets of the University community, and through accommodation policies and procedures (www.mcgill.ca/hr/benefits/disabilities). Persons with disabilities who anticipate needing accommodations for any part of the application process may contact, in confidence, by e-mail (email@example.com) or phone at 514-398-2477.
All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply; however, in accordance with Canadian immigration requirements, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.