CO-OP WINTER 2023-Student Research Assistant – Bio Marine (Laboratory)

  • Location: Sydney, Nova Scotia
  • Deadline: October 19, 2022

Job Title: Student Research Assistant – Bio Marine (Laboratory)

Location: Sydney, Nova Scotia

Term: 16 weeks (January – April 2023) or 32 weeks (January-August 2023)

Hours per week: 35 (or equivalent)

Salary: Depending on experience (min $16/hour)

Program of Study: Engineering, Bioengineering, Microbiology, Chemistry/Biochemistry, Food Sciences (Science, Information Technology, Engineering Co-operative Education)


The Verschuren Centre for Sustainability in Energy and the Environment is an independent clean technology development and deployment facility. We offer client tailored services to support companies in developing sustainable solutions that meet industry needs. The Centre has an established team of expertise in key areas to assist companies advance IP and accelerate development. Areas of specialty include biomarine extractions, biomanufacturing, agriculture bioprocessing, carbon transformation, biopolymer materials, energy transitioning and climate mitigation in aquaculture. Through the Centre’s collaborative approach and cutting-edge analytical and pilot-scale test facilities, clients can develop their IP while connecting with partners, markets, and business development support to reach target market.

About the Bio Marine team

We invite you to help our Bio Marine team shape the future of cleantech in the global bioresource sector. We strive to add value to un- or under-utilized resources. At the Verschuren Centre, we believe every employee has a role to play in safely developing products for people, animals and the world while taking care of our planet. To support this challenge, the Bio Marine Team is currently seeking a student research assistant to support product/process development activities within our collaborative team environment.


Qualifications – An ideal student research assistant will:

· Be working towards an undergraduate degree in chemistry/biochemistry/chemical engineering/bioengineering/food science/microbiology/life sciences or similar fields;

· Willing to work with marine substrates;

· Have hand hands-on laboratory experience including some training in basic biochemistry techniques (such as but not limited to UV-vis spectrometer, enzymatic hydrolysis, solvent extractions, liquid chromatography, microplate reader, gas chromatography);

· Be organized, and able to record, analyse, and present experimental data;

· Willing to work in a small team in a fast-paced environment; and

· Demonstrate ability to work independently, responsibly and manage time efficiently, while multi-tasking.

Duties and Responsibilities:

· Assist in upstream and downstream processing as necessary for the extraction or fractionation of specific compounds/fraction.

· Independently plan and perform analytical characterization, coordinate, and compile data for various projects.