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Development Associate


Close Date
31 Mar 2017

Role Summary:

As a Development Associate at CCRM, you will be part of a diverse bioengineering team focused on defining and executing process optimization and technology development projects within the cell and gene therapy and regenerative medicine fields. You will provide technical expertise and will work within the team to define and execute project tasks. In this position, the successful candidate will work in a matrix environment, across a variety of projects for internal and external customers.


About CCRM:

CCRM is a Canadian, federally incorporated, not-for-profit organization dedicated to supporting the development of foundational technologies that accelerate the commercialization of stem cell and biomaterials-based technologies and therapies. For more information about CCRM, please visit our website at



  • Project task execution for process optimization and technology development programs in cell and gene therapy and regenerative medicine. This includes experiment planning and execution, data analysis, documentation and reporting;
  • Execute on project milestones as part of a diverse and multi-disciplinary team;
  • Provide technical expertise within the project team;
  • Perform cell culture as required for key experimental objectives; 
  • Drive effective communication across the organization and leadership team;
  • Assist in the evaluation of new and existing technologies to improve workflows;
  • Demonstrate continuous integrity, credibility and positivity, and motivate others to do the same;
  • Continuously grow and adapt in a fast-moving field to keep yourself and the organization at the forefront of the cell and gene therapy and regenerative medicine fields;
  • Assist and train others as necessary; and,
  • Other duties as required.


  • M.Sc. or B.Sc. in bioengineering, chemical engineering, bioprocess, biotechnology, cell biology, or a related field;
  • Hands-on experience working with human cell cultures;
  • Experience with cell characterization (microscopy, cell counting, flow cytometry, etc.);
  • Demonstrated ability to complete tasks in accordance with project plans and deadlines;
  • Strong English written and oral communication;
  • Excellent communication and intrapersonal skills; and,
  • Must be flexible to support research activities outside of normal business hours as needed.

Desired Characteristics:

  • Hands-on experience working with human primary and/or stem cell cultures and/or viral vectors;
  • Experience with cell processing (e.g. isolation, selection, activation, expansion, harvest, cryopreservation);
  • Experience with statistical design and analysis is highly desired;
  • Intermediate-to-advanced proficiency with computer productivity software (e.g. MS Office, Wrike, etc.) and a range of technical applications (e.g. MiniTab, FlowJo, Matlab, etc.); and,
  • Self-directed and self-motivated. Demonstrated ability to work in a team environment as well as independently.

Work Environment:

  • CL2 laboratory. Possible exposure to chemical, biological or other hazardous substances.
  • Working at a computer for data entry and analysis.
  • May be required to be available outside of standard working hours.


CCRM is a developing organization and represents a fluid working environment. Flexibility and adaptability are essential, and duties will be influenced by the needs of the organization.


Applications are due by 6:59 PM Eastern Daylight Time on the Close Date indicated at the top of this job posting.


Multiple openings are available and the posting may close once available positions are filled. Applicants must be legally eligible to work in Canada.


CCRM is committed to diversity and encourages applications from all qualified candidates. We will provide any requested accommodation to candidates with disabilities throughout the recruitment process.