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Co-op Student, In Vitro Biology

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Zymeworks Inc.


3d ago

🚀 Off-cycle Internship


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  • You need to be a current Biology, Biochemistry, or Chemistry undergrad with prior co-op experience, strong lab skills, teamwork abilities, and knowledge of antibody structure. Excel and communication skills are vital.
  • You will support tissue culture, maintain cell lines, perform functional characterization of compounds, analyze data, adhere to procedures, and contribute to a safe laboratory environment.

Off-cycle Internship

Research & Development, Science•Vancouver


  • We are currently seeking a Co-op Student to join the In Vitro Biology team in the Antibody Drug Conjugate (ADC) Therapeutic Development department. The In Vitro Biology group is responsible for the in vitro functional characterization and advancement of ADC therapeutic candidates and platform technologies.
  • The successful candidate will support and perform experimental tasks related to ADC in vitro assessment, critically analyze, and present results, and contribute to the Zymeworks team effort to create clinically and commercially relevant therapeutics. This position reports to a Senior Research Associate, In Vitro Biology, ADC Therapeutic Development and will be based in our laboratory in Vancouver, BC. The candidate must be available to work on-site without relocation assistance.


  • Currently enrolled in an undergraduate program in Biology, Biochemistry, Chemistry, Immunology or a related discipline, and successful completion of at least one relevant co-op term is required. Availability for an 8-month co-op term is also required.
  • Skills and Abilities:
  • Experience involving mammalian tissue culture, flow cytometry, fluorescence imaging, SDS-PAGE, protein purification and quantification, ELISA, or HPLC would be an asset.
  • Good organizational skills and the ability to work effectively in a high paced, fast changing environment.
  • Proven interpersonal skills with the ability to work collaboratively as a member of cross-functional team.
  • Good oral and written communication skills.
  • Good computer skills particularly with Excel and PowerPoint. Experience with or knowledge of GraphPad Prism and FlowJo software are considered an asset.
  • Basic working knowledge of antibody structure and function.

Education requirements

Currently Studying

Area of Responsibilities

Research & Development


  • Supports and performs mammalian tissue culture, maintaining numerous tumor cell lines using sterile technique.
  • Works with team to ensure cell lines are properly expanded, cryopreserved, and databases updated as required.
  • Performs functional characterization of antibodies and ADCs using flow cytometry, high throughput screening, 3D tissue culture, cell growth inhibition assays with various read-out modalities (luminescence, fluorescence, absorbance), and other methods as required.
  • Performs experiments, analyzes and disseminates data in group meetings.
  • Adheres to Zymeworks standard procedures for generating, documenting, and archiving data, maintaining an accurate, up-to-date electronic laboratory notebook.
  • Conducts all activities in accordance with scientific standards, OS&H regulations and established Zymeworks policies and practices.
  • Contributes to a safe and highly efficient laboratory environment through ordering of consumables, preparation of solutions, stocking of consumables, and maintaining a clean working environment.


Work type

Full time

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