Scientist, Primary Cells - Vancouver , CANADA - BRITISH COLUMBIA | Biospace
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Scientist, Primary Cells

STEMCELL Technologies

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Position Type:
Full time
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Required Education:
Areas of Expertise Desired:
Cell Biology, Immunology, PhD, PhD Biology,

Job Description

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 800 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.

In order to support our rapid growth, this is one of many new PhD positions at STEMCELL Technologies to be filled over the next 12 months.  We are seeking a Scientist, Primary Cells for our Research and Development Department based in our Vancouver office.  The scientist will work in a hands-on laboratory environment, and will be responsible for the development and support of primary cell products from hematopoietic and other tissues. This work will include the development of new products, testing of and technical support for existing products, and evaluation of competing products.  Expertise in cell isolation methods, cryopreservation, cell-based assays, and cell culture with primary human cells is essential. The scientist will act as an in-house expert in the field.  In addition to managing their own projects, the scientist will provide training and support for junior lab staff and participate in interdisciplinary collaborations within STEMCELL.  She or he will possess a strong scientific reputation in a related field of research, will establish successful collaborations with other labs, and will be a scientific ambassador for the company.

Please note that this position is a permanent, full-time role, working out of our Vancouver, BC office/laboratory.


Fully responsible for a product line including product design, performance criteria, functional evaluation, and product launch
Design and execute experiments for multiple projects with input from Supervisor
Identify new products and track competitor activity
Supervise one or more laboratory staff
Responsible for research project budget
Responsible for all technical documentation for a product line
Provide internal training for products
Adheres to company Quality program requirements
Support QMS initiatives, adhere to QMS requirements
Acts as a scientific ambassador for the company, makes external presentations, publishes abstracts/articles and establishes collaborations
Work with Sales Representatives and customers to troubleshoot technical issues
Identify new applications and product-enhancement opportunities in anticipation of customer needs and competitive offerings



PhD (or equivalent)  in immunology, hematology or cell biology.  preferably with 4 years of post-doctoral or related experience or MSc with extensive lab experience
Experience with human primary cells, and tissue digestion protocols and techniques
Expertise in the field of human immunology and/or hematology, including cell isolation techniques, immunologic assays of cell function, and cell culture experience
Accomplished researcher with product/technique development experience
Fully competent in complex experimental design
Experience in designing novel characterization assays as well as method optimization to support product development
Applied knowledge and understanding of leading edge technologies and assays
Advanced flow cytometry and/or imaging flow cytometry experience
Critical thinker with excellent problem-solving skills
In depth knowledge of literature and current trends in the field of immunology
An established scientific reputation in the field, with publications in peer-reviewed journals
Excellent written and verbal communication skills
Strong interpersonal skills and an ability to work well both in a team and independently
Skilled presenter able to deliver technical summaries of data as well as high level explanations designed to support strategic decisions
Ability to work under pressure with precision
Experience with training lab staff at various levels

Broad knowledge of STEMCELL products including cell separation, antibodies and cell culture media
Experience with cellular differentiation protocols from stem/progenitor cells and naïve immune cells
Hands on experience in a wide-range of cellular and molecular biology techniques including qPCR, western blotting, immunocytochemistry, immunohistochemistry, microscopy and reporter gene assays
Knowledge of higher compliance requirements in product design