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Working at Genome Alberta provides you with the opportunity to be a part of groundbreaking research and innovation in the field of genomics, as a member of our dynamic and collaborative team. Here, we value diversity, innovation and excellence, and offer a supportive and inclusive work environment that encourages professional growth and development.

Internships and Work Placement Programs

Alberta needs a highly-skilled talent pool of specially trained professionals career ready for Alberta companies to advance their value and growth through genomic innovations. To attract, develop and retain these individuals, Genome Alberta, with support from Alberta Advanced Education, is offering programs to recent graduates to bridge their academic skills into the workforce. These programs also offer Alberta-based companies the opportunity to recruit new talent to benefit their company goals. 

Job Opportunities

Please contact Human Resources for questions or other inquiries.

Genome Alberta is a publicly funded not-for-profit corporation that initiates, funds, and manages genomics research and partnerships. Genome Alberta strives to be the leading source of information and administration related to genomics, proteomics, and bioinformatics research in Alberta. We are dedicated to informing students, researchers, research organizations, our partners, and the public regarding opportunities and challenges in genomics and proteomics, and in encouraging the development of a Life Sciences research industry in Alberta.


About the Role

This is a full-time, one-year term position (with an opportunity for an extension depending on funding), in our Edmonton office. The position will consist of 37.5 hours per week (7.5 hours per day, Monday-Friday) and reports to Genome Alberta’s Director of Communications and Partnerships.

The successful candidate must be able to coordinate, compile, edit, and/or draft necessary content to be posted on the organization’s website and social media feeds. Content will feature impact stories about the outcomes from funded research programs in the areas of health, agriculture, technology development, and environment & natural resources. You will also provide assistance with evaluating existing content to post on the website, selecting the most impactful pieces, updating visuals, categorizing, and appropriately tagging for posting.

You must have a desire to create impactful content with proven experience in effective communications. As part of your application, we require writing or website samples. This is not a science position; however, you should bring your curiosity, love of learning, and have a basic level of science literacy.


Responsibilities

  • Digital content planning, creation, and curation
  • Developing and curating clear, compelling, impact and people-focused, accessible, and accurate written and multimedia content for Genome Alberta’s digital platforms to advance our profile, visibility, and impact storytelling.
  • Develop and maintain a digital content calendar (social media, web, newsletters) to support Genome Alberta communication outcomes.
    Proactively propose and develop original and re-shared content for social media posts and campaigns.
  • Help identify opportunities to effectively connect and engage with key stakeholders in our research and innovation space.
  • Draft compelling web content—including blogs, event posts and media releases—and update website to maintain a user-friendly, accessible, and effective web presence.
  • Produce engaging visual content for social media, web, newsletters, and other promotional materials using Canva, Adobe suite and using professional graphic design support.

Communications impact measurement, analysis, and reporting

  • Track and report on communications impact and reach across platforms (web, social media, advertising, newsletters, media tracking) to provide meaningful impact assessment to inform and improve Genome Alberta’s communications.
  • Draft and deliver regular and ad hoc communications impact reports.

Newsletter production and management of distribution lists

  • Develop content for, and design, newsletters via Mailchimp to support delivery of challenge-based initiatives.
  • Maintain newsletter distribution lists, ensuring accuracy and compliance with Canada’s ani-spam legislation (CASL).

Other support as required for Communications activities

  • Stay abreast of emerging issues pertinent to Genome Alberta and provide support for developing key messaging and timely, relevant audience focused content.
  • Provide internal and external event support and logistics coordination, including setting up and attending booths, handling registrations, scheduling team meetings, taking meeting minutes and following up on actions items, liaising with internal and external event counterparts to keep events on track.
  • Develop compelling invitations, advertisements, briefing notes, presentation materials and/or emails to support Genome Alberta meetings and events.
  • Recommend and develop systems for multimedia asset storage and organization (photos, video, GIFs, etc.).
  • Other duties, as assigned by the Director of Communications.

Qualifications

  • Post-secondary education in a related field such as communications, journalism and/or public affairs/relations
  • 2-5 years of relevant experience. Minimum of 2 years professional relevant experience. Additional years may be an equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Excellent digital communicator across platforms, demonstrating skill and experience in social media management, writing, web content creation/curation, newsletter development, digital campaigns, and storytelling.
  • Strong skills and experience with a range of digital media tools, platforms, and related metrics (web, social media, newsletters, virtual events, etc.).
  • Strong experience in social media success measurement, web analytics reporting and overall impact reporting.
  • Familiarity with Alberta government policy directions, and connections to research and innovation ecosystem is a strong asset.
  • Evidence of innovation and creativity.
  • Ability to work independently and employ excellent judgment.
  • Excellent communication skills and critical thinking skills.

What we offer

  • A competitive compensation package.
  • Exceptional culture.
  • An opportunity to make a meaningful contribution to a small organization that aims to improve the lives of Albertans and Canadians through its support for genomics research.
  • An appropriate work-life balance that ensures the well-being of its employees.
  • Hybrid work environment.

Salary range

Commensurate with experience.


To apply

Please submit your cover letter, resume, writing samples, and if you already have a social media presence you would like share, please also include that information in your application.

Ensure your application is submitted before Friday, October 27, 2023, to Mitthua Sarkar-Banks, Human Resources Manager at msarkar-banks@genomealberta.ca.

Genome Alberta is an equal opportunity employer. We are committed to providing a diverse and inclusive work environment that values the diversity of the people we hire and serve. Diversity at our organization means fostering a workplace in which individual differences are recognized, appreciated, respected, and responded to in ways that fully develop and utilize each person’s talents and strengths.

Please note that we will only be contacting candidates selected for an interview. We thank you for your interest in Genome Alberta.

Genome Alberta is a publicly funded not-for-profit corporation that initiates, funds, and manages genomics research and partnerships. Genome Alberta strives to be the leading source of information and administration related to genomics, proteomics, and bioinformatics research in Alberta. We are dedicated to informing students, researchers, research organizations, our partners, and the public regarding opportunities and challenges in genomics and proteomics, and in encouraging the development of a Life Sciences industry in Alberta.

This is a full-time, temporary one-year position, with the possibility of extension. The position is in our Calgary office and consists of 37.5 hours per week (7.5 hours per day, Monday – Friday). Our organization is currently operating under a hybrid model until further notice (3 days in the office and 2 days at home), depending on deliverables.

Reporting to the Chief Scientific Officer, the Program Officer’s primary duties and responsibilities include working in collaboration with Genome Alberta’s Management and Program team.

The major responsibilities and contributions to the team will include but are not limited to:

  1. Engaging agricultural, environmental, and natural resources stakeholders to identify innovation opportunities. With targeted investments at a program or project level, these opportunities return benefit to Alberta industry, private and public sector stakeholders.
  2. Supporting Genome Alberta management to develop, launch and coordinate new research funding competitions as opportunities arise.
  3. Identifying provincial, national, or international funding partners for genomics initiatives that have the potential to benefit Alberta end-users.
  4. Assisting in the maintenance of a network of individuals that are directly connected to the Alberta agricultural industry and end-user communities that are in an ideal position to assist Genome Alberta in meeting its corporate objectives.
  5. Working with the proponents of agricultural research projects to strengthen their proposals by researching the commercial potential, conducting an environmental scan, and articulating the potential Return on Investment to Alberta.
  6. Supporting the launch of, and proponent submissions to Genome Canada sponsored research funding competitions, including providing strategic and technical advice to the research proponents, and maintaining and further enhancing Genome Alberta’s project development support structure (such as through the ongoing engagement of consultants and subject expert advice).
  7. Assisting the programs team in monitoring the pulse of Alberta’s innovation ecosystem, to identifying opportunities where Genome Alberta engagement and/or leadership can add significant value.
  8. In conjunction with other staff, scheduling and supporting Genome Alberta led conferences, workshops, and stakeholder engagement meetings to advance those opportunities.

Qualifications:

A genomics focused background (minimally BSc/MSc) in genetics/genomics or a related discipline, complemented with a minimum of 5 years work experience in a research or advocacy environment. Ability to demonstrate effective written and verbal communications to scientific and general audiences is required. The successful candidate must be highly organized and efficient. Expertise in project or financial management is a significant asset.

Salary/Benefits:

  • A competitive compensation package.
  • Exceptional culture.
  • An opportunity to make a meaningful contribution to a small organization that aims to improve the lives of Albertans and Canadians through its support for genomics research.
  • An appropriate work-life balance including the option for a hybrid (in-person/virtual) work environment that ensures the well-being of its employees.
  • Salary range: Commensurate with experience.


Applicants are encouraged to apply with a cover letter and resume either through our company website or directly to our Human Resources Manager, Mitthua Sarkar-Banks @ msarkar-banks@genomealberta.ca . Please ensure you submit your application before Monday, November 6, 2023.

Genome Alberta is an equal opportunity employer. We are committed to providing a diverse and inclusive work environment that values the diversity of the people we hire and serve. Diversity at our organization means fostering a workplace in which individual differences are recognized, appreciated, respected, and responded to in ways that fully develop and utilize each person’s talents and strengths.

Please note that we will only be contacting candidates selected for an interview. We thank you for your interest in Genome Alberta.

Posted August 2, 2022

Genome Alberta is a publicly funded not-for-profit corporation that initiates, funds, and manages genomics research and partnerships. Genome Alberta strives to be the leading source of information and administration related to genomics, proteomics, and bioinformatics research in Alberta. We are dedicated to informing students, researchers, research organizations, our partners, and the public regarding opportunities and challenges in genomics and proteomics, and in encouraging the development of a Life Sciences research industry in Alberta.

This is a full time, permanent position, in Calgary or Edmonton (Calgary preferred), and will consist of

37.5 hours per week (7.5 hours per day, Monday-Friday).

Genome Alberta is committed to following all provincial and federal public health authority guidance pertaining to COVID-19. Our organization is currently operating under a hybrid model until further notice. Genome Alberta supports an environment where all employees are fully vaccinated.

Reporting to the Chief Scientific Officer, the Program Officer’s primary duties and responsibilities will include working in collaboration with Genome Alberta’s Management and Program staff.

Your major responsibilities and contributions to the team will include but are not limited to:
  1. Support the launch of and proponent submissions to Genome Canada sponsored research funding competitions, including providing strategic and technical advice to the research proponents and maintaining and further enhancing Genome Alberta’s project development support structure, such as through the engagement of consultants and subject expert advice (ongoing).
  2. Assist management in monitoring the pulse of Alberta’s innovation ecosystem, to identify opportunities where Genome Alberta engagement and/or leadership can add significant value. In conjunction with staff, schedule and lead selected Genome Alberta led conferences, workshops, and stakeholder engagement meetings to advance those opportunities.
  3. In conjunction with management and programs staff, engage stakeholders to identify innovation opportunities, that with targeted investments at a program or project level would return benefit to Alberta and other stakeholders. Refine and advance such opportunities as available.
  4. Coordinate the development of an Alberta biomanufacturing strategy.
  5. Work with Genome Alberta and its funding partners to develop, launch and coordinate new research funding competitions as opportunities arise.
  6. Working with the programs staff and the project leader(s) of the funded projects/platforms to assist in the identification of opportunities that will maximize the impact/benefits of our past and current research investments.
  7. Maintain an excellent relationship with Alberta’s University Industry Liaison and Tech Transfer Offices (UILOs), to ensure that Genome Alberta’s mandate complements the mandate of these UILOs.
  8. Help to ensure collaboration and liaison with Genome Centres and Genome Canada.
Qualifications:

A scientific background (minimally BSc/MSc) in genetics/genomics or a related discipline, complemented with a minimum of 5 years work experience in an academic or company research environment and demonstrated ability to effectively communicate to a scientific audience is required. The successful candidate needs to be highly organized and efficient. Expertise in project or financial management is an asset.

Salary/Benefits:
  1. A competitive compensation package.
  2. Exceptional culture.
  3. An opportunity to make a meaningful contribution to a small organization that aims to improve the lives of Albertans and Canadians through its support for genomics research.
  4. An appropriate work-life balance that ensures the well-being of its employees.
  5. Group RRSP contributions/Pension (company match). Salary range: Commensurate with experience.
Interested applicants are encouraged to apply through our company website with a cover letter and resume to the attention of Mitthua Banks, Office Manager, mbanks@genomealberta.ca before August 15, 2022.

Genome Alberta is an equal opportunity employer. We are committed to providing a diverse and inclusive work environment that values the diversity of the people we hire and serve. Diversity at our organization means fostering a workplace in which individual differences are recognized, appreciated, respected, and responded to in ways that fully develop and utilize each person’s talents and strengths.

Please note that we will only be contacting candidates selected for an interview. We thank you for your interest in Genome Alberta.

Business Development Industry Partnership Program

This program pairs recent gaduates from business schools at Alberta’s post-secondary institutions, with Alberta based life sciences companies that are utilizing genomics/omics technologies. The goal of this program is to foster and retain talent in Alberta while helping industry enhance their value and growth.

Eligibility

  • An Alberta resident, eligible to work in Canada
  • A recent graduate (graduated at or after April 1, 2022) from an Alberta post-secondary program with relevancy to business and business development
  • Internships with companies are for a one-year term
  • Intake is open to Friday, June 14, 2024

Job Opportunities

Please contact Human Resources for questions or other inquiries.

Team and Culture

We’re proud to be characterized by a commitment to excellence, collaboration and innovation.

Our team is made up of individuals from diverse backgrounds with a wide range of expertise. We’re all working towards a common goal of making an impact on the lives and livelihoods of Albertans through genomics.

We value open communication, compassion and respect. And we foster a supportive and inclusive work environment that encourages teamwork, continuous learning and the sharing of ideas.

Here, employees have the opportunity to work with some of the brightest minds in the field of genomics and to contribute to improving lives, building stronger communities and driving economic prosperity.

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