Senior Bioinformatics Scientist, Oncology Research

Leica Microsystems

Leica Microsystems

Vancouver, BC, Canada
Posted on Monday, April 22, 2024

Be part of something altogether life-changing!

Working at Cytiva means being at the forefront of providing new solutions to transform human health. Our incredible customers undertake life-saving activities ranging from fundamental biological research to developing innovative vaccines, new medicines, and cell and gene therapies.

At Cytiva you will be able to continuously improve yourself and us – working on challenges that truly matter with people that care for each other, our customers, and their patients. With associates across 40+ countries, Cytiva is a place where every day is a learning opportunity – so you can grow your career and expand your skills in the long term.

Forming part of the Biotechnology segment at Danaher, we bring together dedicated technical expertise and talent to develop the next generation of life-changing therapeutics.

The Senior Scientist, Personalized Cancer Vaccine Initiative for Cytiva is responsible for providing guidance on project/ program area strategy and approach to teams related to personalized cancer vaccine initiatives, acting as a technical lead on medium-to-large complexity projects and providing day-to-day direction to a full project technical team within their domain from idea generation to managing all aspects of the program and presenting and providing scientific updates

This position is part of the research and development located in Vancouver, British Columbia and will be onsite. At Cytiva, our vision is, to advance future therapeutics from discovery to delivery.


In this role, you will have the opportunity to:

  • Lead multiple nanoparticle application and technology development projects including research plan, deliverables and budget.
  • Design and execute experiments with minimal input from supervisor, including establishing novel assays and technologies in-house.
  • Develop, optimize, validate and support nucleic acid drug products using NxGen & GenVoy platform.
  • Collaborate with internal and external teams to ensure successful project completion including providing support to other R&D scientists, Product Development, Manufacturing, and Operations.
  • Generate intellectual property documents, draft patent applications, evaluate prior art, and respond to patent office actions, and act as scientific ambassador for the company, make external presentations, publish abstracts and articles and identify collaborations.

The essential requirements of the job include

  • Domain expertise gained through a Bachelor’s or Master’s Degree with min.13 years of relevant experience; PhD with 9+ years of relevant experience (i.e., PhD in Cancer Genomics, Immuno Genomics, Oncology, Biochemistry or a closely related field).

  • Comprehensive understanding of Cancer Biology, expertise in bioinformatic techniques, computational workflows, NGS based mutational screens and multi-omics data analysis & interpretation.

  • Conceptual and practical expertise in own discipline and knowledge of related disciplines; cancer genomics, cancer research and mutations; is highly organized and shows demonstrated project management, and excellent interpersonal skill sets.

  • Demonstrated knowledge of best practices and how own area integrates with others; is aware of the competition and the factors that differentiate them in the market; initiates proposals for novel concepts, works with stake holders and strategy team to bring in appropriate priority levels and timing for project initiation.

  • Demonstrated experience as an independent researcher from generating ideas to getting POC, leading multiple projects, managing multiple priorities, and is considered as a subject matter expert.

It would be a plus if you also possess previous experience in:

  • Hands-on experience with a broad range of analytical methods and characterization techniques including microscopy, PCR, Sanger/Illumina sequencing.

  • Experience in biological systems, cell-culture, animal models, biological assays such as Western Blot, Flow cytometry-based assays, ELISA and other molecular biology techniques

The salary range for this role is CAD$120,000- $150,000. This is the range that we in good faith believe is the range of possible compensation for this role at the time of this posting. We may ultimately pay more or less than the posted range. This range may be modified in the future.

This job is also eligible for bonus/incentive pay. We offer comprehensive package of benefits including paid time off, medical/dental/vision insurance and retirement plan for eligible employees.

Note: No amount of pay is considered to be wages or compensation until such amount is earned, vested, and determinable. The amount and availability of any bonus, commission, benefits, or any other form of compensation and benefits that are allocable to a particular employee remains in the Company's sole discretion unless and until paid and may be modified at the Company’s sole discretion, consistent with the law.

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