Summer 2023 Co-op – Industry Transformation – Student Internships (Bio Manufacturing, Bio Marine, Bio Fermentation, Bio Agriculture)- Verschuren Centre – Sydney, NS

  • Location: Sydney, Nova Scotia
  • Deadline: March 15, 2023 at 4:00 pm

1250 Grand Lake Road,
Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada B1P 6L2
T 902-563-1292 | E |
Job Title: Industry Transformation – Student Internships (Bio Manufacturing, Bio Marine, Bio Fermentation, Bio Agriculture)
Location: In-person; Sydney, Nova Scotia
Term: 16 weeks (April – August 2023)
Hours per week: 35 (or equivalent)
Salary: Depending on experience ($18-21/hour)

Program of Study: Engineering, Resource, Environmental Studies Engineering, Bioengineering, Microbiology, Chemistry/Biochemistry, Food Sciences (Science, Information Technology)
Deadline to Apply: March 15, 2023

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.
Our Biomanufacturing team operates a unique bioprocess production model that combines both upstream and downstream operations. This team consists of fermentation expertise and the engineering know-how to support process development, optimization and scale-up, and product recovery and characterization services. Our Bio Manufacturing clients are developing technologies with a wide variety of applications, including food feed, flavour ingredients to cosmetic materials, and ag-bio fermentation.
We invite you to help our Industry Transformation team shape the future of cleantech in the global bioresource sector. 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 Biomanufacturing Team is currently seeking a student research assistant to support product/process development activities and do so within a collaborative team environment.
Duties and Responsibilities:
• Assist in experimentation for bioprocessing in lab using shake flask and fermenters (1-5 L) for aseptic fermentation
• Perform primary literature or patent search as required for project/s.
• Book and operate specialized equipment and instruments for internal and external projects.
• Assist in laboratory methodologies and procedures development including writing SOPs related to specific projects.
• Support scale up activities.
• Data acquisition, analysis, rigorous documentation as well as prepare data for internal and external communications.
• Complete assigned tasks in a timely and organized manner, following reporting procedure to your supervisor.
• Maintain a clean and safe laboratory and workstation.
• Observe and promote all lab and occupational health and safety practices in the laboratory environment; and
• Work collaboratively with team members to ensure timely completion of deliverables for SME’s working with the VC.

• Other duties as assigned.
• Be working towards an undergraduate degree in microbiology/biological science/bioengineering/food science/biochemistry/life sciences or similar fields.
• Willing to work with microbial cultures and substrates.
• Have hands-on laboratory experience including some training in basic microbiology techniques (such as but not limited to shake flasks studies, culture plating, culture media preparation, growing cell cultures aseptically).
• Be organized, and able to record, analyze and present experimental data; willing to work in a small team in a fast-paced environment.
• Demonstrate ability to work independently, responsibly and manage time efficiently, while multi-tasking


**This role is only open to students in a current Co-op education program, the Post Baccalaureate diplomas do not qualify as a Co-op education program.**

All interested and qualified candidates are asked to submit their cover letter and resume to Please reference the job title in which you are applying for in your cover letter and email subject.