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Research Associate, Customs & Special Applications

LocationVancouver, British Columbia
Job ID R0001842 Date posted 06/17/2019

Job Description Summary

The Research Associate for the Cell Separation - Special Applications team is responsible for testing new and existing products, product components, competing products and platform technologies for the assigned Team in the Research and Development (R&D) department. 

As an in-house expert, this role involves independently designing, performing and troubleshooting experiments with appropriate controls, conducting data analysis, maintaining accurate written records of laboratory procedures, providing regular reporting of experimental results, drafting technical product documentation, performing literature reviews and developing experimental design with additional read-outs to meet product design criteria. This role contributes to the general functioning of the R&D laboratory and conducts all lab work according to the company standards. 

Job Description

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Independently design and execute experiments in alignment with the product design criteria, including establishing novel methods and techniques in consultation with your supervisor.
  • Source and validate new product components and technologies.
  • Perform data analysis and calculations independently; obtain input on statistical analyses; analyze, interpret and evaluate complex problems based on a variety of factors; and provide input for the next steps in the experimental design in consultation with your supervisor.
  • Troubleshoot experiments and identify abnormal or unexpected trends in data; offer suggestions of the root cause(s).
  • Present data at R&D data meetings, and provide conclusions and future plans.
  • Track competitor activity and discuss relevance with the Team.
  • Prepare data summaries and draft technical documentation as requested.
  • Perform literature reviews to discuss the relevance to the product design in order to apply experimental strategies and trouble-shooting.
  • Provide training on laboratory techniques and product protocols to the internal staff.
  • Provide technical support to other departments as needed.
  • Support Quality Management System (QMS) initiatives and adhere to the QMS requirements, including maintenance of a detailed and accurate laboratory notebook.
  • Occasional weekend work (Saturday and/or Sunday) may be required.
  • Occasional travel to customer sites may be required.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.


  • Minimum BSc in Immunology, Molecular Biology, Cell Biology, Biochemistry or related area with at least 5-9 years of relevant experience.
  • MSc in Immunology, Molecular Biology, Cell Biology, Biochemistry or related area with at least 1 year of relevant experience performing independent laboratory experiments and research in an industry setting of the related field.
  • Valid Canadian passport and ability to travel to the United States of America.
  • Practical experience in cell isolation and cell culture is required.
  • Practical experience using a variety of laboratory techniques such as tissue processing, cell isolation, flow cytometry and cell culture.
  • Ability to apply critical and analytical thinking to independently design, conduct, analyze and troubleshoot experiments.
  • Knowledge of STEMCELL and competitor products is highly desirable.
  • Excellent communication skills (verbal, written and presentation) both in one-on-one and in group settings. Ability to present and deliver high level technical summaries of scientific data.
  • Project management experience is not an absolute requirement but highly desirable.
  • Detail-oriented and proficient at time management.
  • Team orientated – ‘one-team’ behavior is a must.

STEMCELL Technologies Inc. is a privately-owned biotechnology company based in Vancouver that helps power leading-edge life science research around the world. Scientists performing stem cell, immunology, cancer, regenerative medicine and cellular therapy research are among those who rely on our cell culture media, cell separation products, instruments, ancillary reagents and contract assay services. We create novel, useful, standardized products of unfailing quality and deliver them to more than 70 countries via our many regional offices plus distribution centres in Vancouver, Seattle, Grenoble and Singapore.  Driven by our love of science and our passion for quality, we see ourselves simply as “Scientists Helping Scientists” – standing by our customers to provide outstanding products, technical support and training.  We have over 1000 science-oriented employees globally, including 250 PhDs/MScs, with most others holding a BSc or engineering degree.  STEMCELL is proud to be the largest Biotechnology employer in Canada.

This is an opportunity to work with highly motivated colleagues in a science-oriented, creative and dynamic environment. We offer a competitive salary, excellent benefits and significant career development opportunities.

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Create an account by selecting the create account button.  You will then be asked for your email and to create a password. Your Password must be eight characters long, contain at least one special character, one capital letter, and a number.Once you have created your password you will be asked to upload your resume. Uploading your resume will provide the ability to auto-populate your application with information from your resume. If you prefer to manually complete all of the fields in the application you can do this by clicking next. You can upload your cover letter as an attachment in the attachments screen. Thank you for your interest in STEMCELL!


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