Genome Prairie

Careers

Genome Prairie is a non-profit organization that supports stakeholders across Manitoba and Saskatchewan in capturing and maximizing the benefits of advanced research in genomics and related biosciences. This role is achieved by aligning the partners and resources needed to develop and manage targeted projects addressing regional priorities. Genome Prairie also enables participation among regional researchers in Genome Canada’s competitive granting process for large-scale projects.

 

JOB POSTING 1:

Visual Artist and Communications Assistant

Genome Prairie is seeking an eligible person to fill a full-time, term position (April-December, with possible extension until February subject to funding) as a Visual Artist and Communications Assistant at its Winnipeg office. Reporting to the Manager of Communications, successful candidates will play an important role in building a genomics community within Manitoba.

The successful candidate will be able to draw upon their strong technical background in the visual arts to create multimedia Genome Prairie can use to teach genomics, communicate the community’s success stories, and build a community identity. The candidate will have a diverse portfolio of multimedia capabilities predominantly digital-based, which may include, but not limited to: filming and editing audio/video; creating infographics; producing simple animations; designing advertisements for events/topics; and making composite pictures.

In addition to creating new content for Genome Prairie’s communication materials, the successful candidate will also support the following activities as the communications assistant:

  • Organizing, attending and documenting online and in-person events (COVID dependent);
  • Contacting and interviewing members of the genomics community as part of information gathering;
  • Supporting the development of a genomics curriculum; and
  • Participating in creating blog content

Additional qualifications and experience:

  • Completion of a formal training program in marketing & communications is required.
  • Experience in a marketing and/or communications environment.
  • Direct related experience in web page design and development and graphic design required.
  • Experience with various multi-media platforms used for marketing and communications.
  • Experience implementing marketing and communications plans.
  • Experience developing and implementing a social media calendar.
  • Experience in a post-secondary research environment is an asset

Other abilities important in selecting a successful candidate include:.

  • Ability to simplify large or complicated concepts into a visual medium;
  • Strong written and verbal communications skills;
  • Solid knowledge of Adobe creative cloud;
  • Previous experience deploying digital content through websites/social media; and
  • Aptitude for working with science-based content.

This position is partly funded through the Canadian Summer Jobs program and requires the following eligibility criteria to be met by the candidate: 

  • be between 15 and 30 years of age at the start of employment;
  • be a Canadian citizen, permanent resident, or person to whom refugee protection has been conferred under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act for the duration of the employment (international students are not eligible); and
  • have a valid Social Insurance Number at the start of employment and be legally entitled to work in Canada in accordance with relevant provincial or territorial legislation and regulations.

Remuneration is commensurate with qualifications and experience. 

Interested candidates are asked to forward an electronic resume and cover letter (one PDF file) by email to humanresources@genomeprairie.ca.  No phone calls please.  Applications will be accepted until 4:00 pm on Friday, April 5, 2021. We thank all applicants for their interest, but only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

 

JOB POSTING 2:

Genomics Adviser (Laboratory Technician)

Genome Prairie is seeking an eligible person to fill a full-time, term position (April-December, with possible extension until February subject to funding) as a Genomics Adviser and Laboratory Technician at either its Winnipeg or Saskatoon office. Reporting to the Chief Scientific Officer, successful candidates will play an important role in the Genome360 Initiative of establishing a Next Generation Sequencing (NGS) network.

The successful candidate will be able to draw upon their strong technical background in genomics processes and technology (including NGS) to advise or assist Genome Prairie’s collaborators in the process of adopting genomics into their projects/practices/capabilities. The candidate will have a diverse portfolio of activities including, but not limited to:

  • Investigate potential SME partnerships and advise on opportunities to incorporate genomics;
  • Lead problem definition and quoting processes;
  • Develop and transcribe standard operating procedures;
  • Operate NGS and ancillary equipment;
  • Train others on operation of equipment;
  • Conduct testing;
  • Perform demonstrations;
  • Manage scheduling of events and services; and
  • Develop educational content with Genome Prairie partners.

The successful candidate will have experience in the following technical areas:

  • Extensive biological laboratory research experience, general experience acceptable, molecular biology research preferred;
  • Practical experience extracting and preparing DNA for analysis; and
  • Previous experience with Next Generation Sequencing equipment or processing of results.

Other abilities important in selecting a successful candidate include:.

  • Excellent research, investigative and analytical skills; 
  • Ability to translate broad, strategic intent into tactical plans and directions;
  • Strong written and verbal communications skills;
  • Solid knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite;
  • Familiarity with working in Linux environments; and
  • A valid driver’s license.

This position is partly funded through the Canadian Summer Jobs program and requires the following eligibility criteria to be met by the candidate: 

  • be between 15 and 30 years of age at the start of employment;
  • be a Canadian citizen, permanent resident, or person to whom refugee protection has been conferred under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act for the duration of the employment (international students are not eligible); and
  • have a valid Social Insurance Number at the start of employment and be legally entitled to work in Canada in accordance with relevant provincial or territorial legislation and regulations.

Remuneration is commensurate with qualifications and experience. 

Interested candidates are asked to forward an electronic resume and cover letter (one PDF file) by email to humanresources@genomeprairie.ca. No phone calls please.  Applications will be accepted until 4:00 pm on Friday, April 5, 2021. We thank all applicants for their interest, but only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

Note: The safety of our employees and candidates is a top priority at Genome Prairie. Due to the unfolding circumstances of COVID-19 and the Government regulations in place to deal with the pandemic, the working location and/or schedule as advertised may be temporarily subject to change whilst the government regulations are in place. This is to ensure the health and safety of our workforce and to implement effective social distancing measures. These changes if applicable will be discussed at the screening and interview stage.