SUMMER EMPLOYMENT 2023: Student Research Assistant, Bio Marine – Verschuren Centre, Sydney, NS

  • Location: Sydney, NS
  • Deadline: March 31, 2023

Job Title: Student Research Assistant (Summer Intern) – Bio Marine Location: Sydney, Nova Scotia
Salary: Depending on experience
Anticipated Start Date: May 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.

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 and do so within a 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).

  • Organized, and able to record, analyse 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 muti-


    Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Independently plan and perform analytical characterization, coordinate, and compile data for various projects.
  • Prepare samples for external analysis which includes communication and managing relationships with external stakeholders, in addition to carrying out data analysis with external results.
  • Perform primary literature or patent search as required for project.
  • Book and operate specialized equipment and instruments for internal and external projects.
  • Data acquisition, analysis, rigorous documentation as well as preparation reports for internal and
  • Assist in upstream and downstream processing as necessary for the extraction or fractionation of specific compounds/fraction.
  • Support with scale-up processing activities.
  • Complete assigned tasks independently in a timely and organized manner, following reporting procedure to supervisor.
  • Work collaboratively with team members and supervisor to ensure timely completion of deliverables for SME and corporate clients working with the VC.
  • Maintain a clean and safe laboratory and workstation. Observe and promote all lab and occupational health and safety practices in the laboratory environment.
  • Other duties as assigned.

This position is open for 4 months starting May 2023 with opportunities to extend to 8 or 12 months. The position is based out of Sydney, Nova Scotia. 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.