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Career Opportunity - Program Officer

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.


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.

  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.

Career Opportunity - Program Officer

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