Posts tagged ‘Biotechnology Careers in Canada’

Are there really thousands of Canadian biotech jobs to be found?

An Ottawa-based national organization is trying to attract laid-off manufacturing workers to the biotech industry.

BioTalent Canada has launched an online tool encouraging workers in Ontario cities such as Brockville, Cornwall and Kitchener-Waterloo to help fill a nationwide skills shortage in biotechnology

Read Biotech recruiter targets unemployed workers on the CBCnews website.

Can you write in 75 words the current state of employment in the Canadian Biotechnology sector.

Let’s build our collective voice!

We all have skin in the game when it comes to building employment opportunities in biotechnology.

The media are watching this blog – lets get our unique point of view heard.

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If there’s a nation-wide biotech skills shortage, why is it so hard for PhDs to find a job?

September 23, 2012 at 8:58 am Leave a comment

If there’s a nation-wide biotech skills shortage, why is it so hard for PhDs to find a job?

I recently read a story on the Canadian NewsWire that has me quite confused. According to the report, BioTalent Canada (formerly the Biotechnology Human Resource Council) is launching a program aimed at training unemployed manufacturing workers with skills necessary for entering the biomanufacturing field. According to the report:

Many traditional manufacturing skills are transferable to the biomanufacturing field. But unemployed workers simply do not know this

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The report concludes that Canadian biotechnology companies are currently suffering from a nation-wide skills shortage and that properly trained manufacturing workers can help alleviate this shortage.

Last time I checked, there were hundreds of newly graduated PhDs and postDocs who have not been able to find industry jobs despite their best attempts. Furthermore, their many years of university level training in some of the best programs in the country has not netted them any success. Am I missing something here??? How can there be a skills shortage on the one hand yet an excess supply of already trained skilled workers with no place to go? Why look to trained manufacturing workers in biotech when an already trained workfoce is readily available and willing to work?

February 8, 2012 at 3:33 pm 1 comment

Biotechnology for Kids

December 28, 2011 at 12:33 pm Leave a comment

Postdoctoral Comic Relief!

An honest look at the PostDoc from our friend at the Upturned Microscope (reprinted with permission).

October 4, 2011 at 8:44 am Leave a comment

When public perception and genomic research collide

In a white paper published earlier this year, researchers at GenomeBC discuss how recent advances in genomics has lead to an increased public awareness of “genome-related” issues and therefore requires the formulation of strategic policies focused on the integration of genomics with Social Sciences and Humanities (SSH) research.

Canadian efforts at integration first began with the formation of Genome Canada in 2000, which has funded $40 Million in GE3LS (ethical, economic,environmental, legal and social implications of genomics research) research. These projects, together with CIHR funded efforts, have made Canada a leader in dealing with the interphase between genomic science and the creation of public policy dealing with genomics related issues.

Nonetheless, one of the biggest issues facing genomic science researchers is the difficulty they have in explaining how their research benefits society and therefore justifies their spendig of public tax dollars.

To read more on integration efforts and how GenomeBC intends to deal with these issues, download the Pathways to Integration white paper.

September 14, 2011 at 6:18 am 1 comment

Do universities really care if international PhD students succeed?

We came across a very interesting article published on the University Affairs website by a couple of PhD students at the University of Western Ontario .

The article describes how many international PhD candidates are awarded placements in Canadian University PhD programs based on their ability to pay higher tuition and how many of them leave the program empty handed four years later after their ability to pay runs out.

While the article specifically focuses on the arts and humanities, I am wondering whether the issue may be even more profound in the biological sciences where the outcome of bench research is often unpredictable and graduate work can stretch well beyond the official 4 year time allotment. Should this be taken into consideration when accepting foreign students or is their ability to pay more important than their ultimate success?

September 7, 2011 at 8:18 am Leave a comment

Classical comedy sketch dedicated to bench scientists

This sketch is dedicated to our neuroscientist (and other scientist)readers. There is something better than a being a brain surgeon! As iconic U of T professor Lou Siminovitch once said (I’m paraphrasing liberally here):

In the symphony of science, doctors are musicians while scientists are composers.

August 25, 2011 at 8:34 am Leave a comment

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