Caprion

Finding proteins that hit the mark

Career Opportunities

Corporate culture

Caprion offers a dynamic and stimulating work environment, encouraging continuous innovation and the sharing of knowledge and ideas. We are proud to have built a strong team of highly motivated and skilled people.

We believe our success depends on the contributions and dedication of each employee. We are looking for individuals who are motivated by challenges and have the skills needed to evolve themselves and the company into the future.

Our world-class proteomics facility is situated within the Science Pavillion building of UQAM (Université de Québec à Montréal) in downtown Montréal.

 
Opportunities

 

DIRECTOR OF BIOINFORMATICS

 

In this role as Director of Bioinformatics (BI), reporting to the Vice-President, Scientific Operations, you will lead Caprion’s bioinformatics/statistics group and will be a team player with leadership skills and experience.

Responsibilities:

  • Overall team supervision ;
  • Team development including individual team member coaching, goal setting, technical mentorship and enforcement of best practices;
  • Developing and implementing workflows as well as tools to process and manage data in an effective and timely manner;
  • Organizing and leading the team to ensure a robust and scalable platform;
  • Developing and implementing training programs for staff to build an environment of high performance;
  • Providing accurate estimation of bioinformatics/statistics effort for projects based on scope of work;
  • Proper allocation of resources to staff projects appropriately;
  • Directing the work of staff applying bioinformatics/statistical tools;
  • Collaborating with Study Directors and Process Leaders to ensure that project objectives are met and are completed on time;
  • Ensuring effective communication within and across teams as well as Caprion sites (Menlo Park and Montreal);
  • Keeping abreast of new bioinformatics/statistical tools and software for proteomic analysis;
  • Recommending new systems and processes to improve current proteomic platform;
  • Testing new and updated bioinformatics/statistical tools and software;
  • Collaborating with software developers in the development and modification of commercial bioinformatics software;
  • Developing and delivering presentations and updates for senior management and Caprion customers;

Requirements:

  • The qualified individual will possess a Ph.D. in Biostatistics, Bioinformatics, Computer Science or related field, along with 5+ years of experience in the Bioinformatics field and 3+ years of direct management experience in life sciences.
  • Direct experience with “Omics” data analysis is an asset and knowledge of biomarkers and clinical drug development is a plus.
  • Works closely with business management and charting a cogent Bioinformatics strategy at the scientific level, including designing the enabling technology/information management solutions and leading their successful execution.
  • You should have the ability to integrate different perspectives and deliver enterprise-wide strategic impact; with a successful track record in a sophisticated technology organization, preferably in a research-intensive and entrepreneurial environment.
  • You need a broad business and scientific perspective, not just technical knowledge;
  • Excellent problem solving abilities, communication and interpersonal skills; a keen ability to lead and motivate and superb management and strategic planning skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to manage multiple short and long-term projects of varying complexity with flexibility in a dynamic environment where priorities are changing.
  • A strong results-oriented work ethic is required to ensure on-time high quality delivery of products to customers.
  • Abilities to build consensus and partnership around issues that help the organization thrive in a competitive biotechnology environment will be put to good use.

 

STUDY DIRECTOR

 

Caprion is seeking a highly qualified and experienced individual to be responsible for scientific management of multiple research projects across therapeutic areas. Studies involve advanced proteomic analysis of plasma, CSF, cells, tissue and other clinical or preclinical samples to obtain biological insights, such as the discovery of biomarkers, diagnostics or targets, or to quantitative biomarkers or biologics/biosimilars in various sample matrices.

The Study Director will be directly responsible for general study conduct culminating in a final report. The successful candidate will:

  • Lead the development of work-plans that specify a clear approach and timelines for achieving study objectives
  • Ensure the program team (molecular and cellular biology, sample preparation, mass spectrometry, bioinformatics) has a thorough understanding of the project
  • Monitor the program from initiation through delivery

The Study Director will also be responsible for interpretation of results, assessment of proteins identified and pathways implicated, as well as the writing of complete scientific reports and associated presentations to the pharmaceutical partner. The Study Director will be responsible for client communications and will update the client regularly regarding the status of their project.

A Ph.D. in biology, chemistry, pharmacology or related field is required as well as a minimum of 5 years’ experience in a CRO, biotechnology or pharmaceutical setting. The applicant should have experience in the development and validation of quantitative biomarker or pharmacokinetic assays in a GLP setting, as well as a general knowledge of the drug discovery and development process. The ability to manage multiple large-scale projects and external stakeholders is required. Excellent analytical, communication and writing skills are essential. The position reports to the Vice President, Translational Research.

 

SR. RESEARCH ASSOCIATE

 

Job Code: SRA2014
Caprion Proteomics USA, LLC seeks Sr. Research Associate to support the research of biomarker discovery and validation by applying protein chemistry and mass spectrometry expertise to support sample preparation as well as the processing, fractionation, enrichment and analysis of complex biological samples used in proteomics services.

Specific duties include:

  • Conduct research and/or assist with the research of biomarker discovery and/or verification, including the development of sample preparation protocols;
  • Process samples including human blood, plasma, peripheral blood mononuclear cells, cerebrospinal fluid, tissues, bacteria and yeast suspension;
  • Implement, validate and optimize HPLC method and biochemical assays;
  • Measure or weigh chemicals and solutions for preparation of buffer used for testing;
  • Sample preparation including enzymatic protein digestion, affinity chromatography, separation chromatography and characterization of peptides and proteins;
  • Use HPLC and high-throughput plate-based methods for protein and peptide preparation and analysis;
  • Perform standard protein analytical assays, including BCA;
  • Use solid phase extraction and other desalting sample preparation methods to make samples suitable for analysis by mass spectrometry;
  • Conduct mass spectrometry analysis to evaluate the quantity or quality of biologics in human specimen;
  • Analyze experimental data and interpret results to write reports and summaries of findings;
  • Maintaining an up-to-date laboratory supply inventory and contributing to the general upkeep of the laboratory;
  • Keep detailed logs of all work-related activities;
  • Set up, adjust, calibrate, clean, maintain, and troubleshoot laboratory and field equipment; and,
  • Search on protein databases using bioinformatics software including Spectrum Mill.

This position requires a Master's degree or equivalent and 3 years of experience. Worksite: Menlo Park, CA. Fax resumes to 514-360-3601 / ATTN: HR

 

SENIOR SCIENTIST SAMPLE PROCESSING/MASS SPECTROMETRY

 

Caprion Proteomics is seeking a highly motivated individual with experience in protein chemistry/mass spectrometry/protein characterization to join a collaborative, proteomics focused scientific environment. Caprion’s leading and proprietary proteomics discovery technologies - ProteoCarta™ - enable the discovery of novel targets for therapeutics development and the identification of novel protein biomarkers that can significantly reduce risk and enhance clinical development productivity and decision making in pharmaceutical research. Caprion is based in Montreal, Canada (www.caprion.com) and is looking to fill a Senior Scientist position as described below:

The focus will be on conducting label-free differential quantification and identification of protein biomarkers using the Thermo QExactive as well as conducting MRM-based assays for marker verification and validation, using the Ab Sciex QTRAP systems. This individual will work independently but closely with proteomics and bioinformatics scientists in a results-driven, collaborative environment. He/she will be responsible for the choice of experimental methodology, carrying out the analyses and providing interpretations and conclusions from the results in a report for each project in a timely fashion. The successful candidate will also advise the scientific team on general biomarker discovery questions, platform design, study design, and data analysis. The Senior Scientist is expected to propose and implement new sample analysis procedures and/or improve existing ones. You will train RAs to support your biomarker discovery experiments with abundant protein depletion, SCX and High-pH RP chromatography for sample fractionation as well as sample preparation following standard operating procedures.

Responsibilities:

  • Perform sample preparation for a variety of biological materials.
  • Perform mass spectrometry analysis and interpret results to ensure validity of conclusions.
  • Hands-on experience in operating a variety of electrospray-based LC/MS systems with a high comfort level.
  • Responsible for method development both discovery and quantitative method. Ability to also perform method development and validation of PK assay of biomarker(s) and drug products such as biologics/biosimilars
  • Perform in-depth data analysis and interpretation for each experiment
  • Provide clear presentation and summary of analysis results and biological interpretation.
  • Design and execute experimental testing
  • Design and execute troubleshooting experiments
  • Propose and implement novel approaches to sample processing and mass spectrometry analysis.
  • Train Research Associate to perform new sample preparation or analytical techniques.
  • Provide scientific recommendations to improve the quality of results and the platform.
  • Monitor data quality and take responsibility for project execution in the laboratory.
  • Must be capable of working in a GLP environment

Skills Requirements:

  • M.Sc. or Ph.D in life sciences, chemistry or biochemistry (or equivalent).
  • A minimum of 5 years of relevant experience.
  • Prioritize, organize workload and meet deadlines in a fast-paced, changing environment.
  • Capable of supervision for specific projects will be an asset.
  • May require working in BSL2 environment.
  • Solid understanding of mass spectrometry, molecular biology, protein chemistry.
  • The candidate must have excellent oral and written communications skills and be able to prepare project reports and make internal and client presentations.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to work collaboratively as part of a fast paced research team.
  • Experience working in industry is a big plus.

 

BIOINFORMATICIAN

 

Caprion is seeking a highly motivated individual with experience in bioinformatics and proteomics. The Bioinformatician will mainly perform analysis of proteomic mass spectrometry data using commercial and proprietary software. The successful candidate will also be responsible for evaluating sources of protein annotations and mass spectrometry data, testing analysis software and automating processes to streamline the production pipeline. The Bioinformatician will also be responsible for documenting various steps of the research platform, implementing QC procedures and providing scientific recommendations to improve the quality of the results.

Responsibilities:

  • Perform analysis of mass spectrometry data using the Elucidator software.
  • Evaluate protein annotations and proteomics mass spectrometry databases.
  • Automate annotation data extraction, parsing, transformation and loading.
  • Develop and improve software modules of Caprion’s research platform.
  • Document the Bioinformatics workflows, software and databases used in Caprion’s analysis pipeline.
  • Propose and implement quality control and data quality monitoring procedures.
  • Provide scientific recommendations on how to improve the quality of the results and the throughput of the research platform.
  • Perform ad-hoc analysis to evaluate data quality or improve the understanding of the results.
  • Provide general bioinformatics and analytical support internally, to the other groups (Sample Processing, Mass Spectrometry).

Skills Requirements:

  • BSc in Bioinformatics, or equivalent (MS level degree preferred).
  • Five years of experience with two years of work experience in proteomics (preferred), genomics or related field.
  • Experience with a scripting language such as Perl, Python or Ruby.
  • Experience with relational databases such as Oracle, SQL Server or MySQL.
  • Ability to effectively use SQL to design queries for extraction of data from Oracle and MySQL databases.
  • Solid understanding of molecular biology, proteomics and mass spectrometry.
  • Strong oral and written communication skills.

 

RESEARCH ASSISTANT (EVENINGS)

 

ImmuneCarta Services Inc. is seeking a qualified and experienced research assistant to i) perform complex immune monitoring assays, ii) participate in writing of procedures (SOP) and experiment planning, iii) review experimental documentation, iv) to be involved in the development and validation of multi-parametric assays, v) train other laboratory personnel on methods and vi) record associated documentation relevant to the tasks at hand as per appropriate SOP and applicable GLP regulations and GCLP guidelines. This position requires work in the evening.

The Research Assistant key responsibilities include:

  • Conduct complex experiments (blood processing, cell cryopreservation, ELISA, multi-parametric immune monitoring assays);
  • Prepare and review required documentation for experimentation (ex: worksheets);
  • Train other laboratory members on complex methods;
  • Be involved in problem-solving;
  • Participate in the development and validation of complex methods (multi-parametric);
  • Write Equipment and Method SOP;
  • Participate in experiment planning.

A B.SC or M.Sc. in life sciences, preferably in immunology, molecular biology, or biochemistry is required. The candidate needs to available to work in the evening; Experience in PBMC isolation and Flow cytometry an asset. Experience working in a GLP/GCLP environment is required. The candidate must be rigorous and autonomous in the conduct of their work and have the ability to handle a relatively high volume of samples. In addition, the candidate must be autonomous in problem-solving for equipments or methods and have good organizational skills.

 


Interested candidates should submit their résumé by post or by email to:

Human Resources
Caprion
201 avenue Président-Kennedy, suite 3900
Montréal, Québec, Canada H2X 3Y7
careers@caprion.com

Please note, phone calls will not be accepted.  We thank all applicants for their interest, however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

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