Senior Research Associate, Protein Engineering (Lab)

Vancouver, British Columbia (CA)
Competitive salary and benefits
May 30, 2019
Jun 30, 2019
Full Time
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Senior Research Associate, Protein Engineering (Lab)

Zymeworks is a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company dedicated to the discovery, development and commercialization of next-generation bispecific and multifunctional biotherapeutics.  Zymeworks’ suite of complementary therapeutic platforms and its fully-integrated drug development engine provide the flexibility and compatibility to precisely engineer and develop highly-differentiated product candidates.

Zymeworks is seeking a highly-motivated professional who is looking to grow their career with our company.

About the Position

The Senior Research Associate will provide hands-on support for protein engineering lab efforts in the discovery and development of new therapies. The ideal candidate will have a broad background in protein science, is able to interact across functional groups, and capable of working in a highly dynamic and fast-paced environment.

This position will report to the Lab Head, Protein Engineering and will be based in Vancouver, BC.

Key Responsibilities

  • Performs advanced experiments and provides support to research programs and projects.
  • Analyzes and reviews data, draws conclusions and makes recommendations for future investigations.
  • Troubleshoots methods and suggests novel and impactful changes.
  • Writes procedures for methods requiring significant technical understanding, data manipulation and calculations. Identifies opportunities to improve existing methods and develop new technologies for project advancement.
  • Participates in study design. Plans experiments to advance program.
  • Prepares written reports and analysis of complex experiments.
  • May participate in cross-departmental activities and present data.
  • Provides technical guidance to project staff. May review work of team members for thoroughness and completeness.
  • May contribute to co-authorship or author scientific papers.
  • Seeks to understand ongoing projects through attention to scientific literature, industry publications and internally generated data and employs this understanding to improve contribution to project goals.
  • Maintains a clean, organized and operational lab. 
  • Conducts all activities in accordance with scientific standards, OH&S regulations and established policies and practices.
  • Actively works to foster an environment of effective and collaborative working relationships across the organization.

Qualifications and Experience

  • BSc in a scientific discipline and a minimum of 5 to 8 years’ related experience or an equivalent combination of education and experience
  • Proven interpersonal skills with the ability to work collaboratively as a member of cross-functional team. Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships
  • Good organizational skills and the ability to work effectively in a high paced, fast changing environment. Results-oriented
  • Critical observation skills and good statistical analysis capability
  • Advanced oral, presentation and scientific/technical writing skills
  • Ability to present data at team and inter-departmental meetings
  • Advanced knowledge and experience in lab techniques, which should include some of the following:
  • Recombinant protein expression: e.g. mammalian and bacterial systems
  • Protein purification: e.g. protein A/G/L, IEX, IMAC, HIC, SEC
  • Protein characterization: e.g. PAGE, western blotting, SDS-CE, cIEF, UV/VIS spectrometry, ELISA, MSD, SPR, BLI, flow cytometry, UPLC-SEC, DSC, DSF, DLS, AUC, LC-MS
  • Protein modification: e.g. bioconjugation, redox chemistry, enzymatic digestion
  • Cell-based proliferation, viability and cytotoxicity assays

Why Work for Us?

Zymeworks’ employees are passionate, engaged and extremely motivated to succeed.  We are excited by the cutting-edge science and technology, the endless possibilities this union holds and the sheer opportunity to be a part of something big.  To learn more about Zymeworks Inc. and our current openings, please visit our website at

We offer challenging career opportunities, competitive benefits and an environment that recognizes and rewards performance.

How to Apply

If you are interested in this challenging opportunity, please apply online at  Due to the high volume of applicants, only those selected for interviews will be contacted.