Laboratory Operations Assistant

Chemistry (300) · Vancouver, British Columbia
Department Chemistry (300)
Employment Type Full-Time



Chinook Therapeutics is a clinical-stage biotechnology company developing precision medicines for patients with kidney diseases. We apply our proprietary research platform to discover and develop therapies with novel mechanisms of action in key kidney disease pathways. Our development focus is on rare, serious disorders with clear unmet medical needs and well-defined clinical development opportunities. Our lead program, atrasentan, is a potent and selective, small molecule inhibitor of the endothelin A receptor that is planned to move into a phase 3 registrational trial for IgA nephropathy and a phase 2 basket trial for glomerular diseases, in 2021. We are advancing BION-1301, an anti-APRIL monoclonal antibody, in an ongoing phase 1b trial for IgA nephropathy, and CHK-336, an oral small molecule LDHA inhibitor for primary hyperoxaluria, towards trial initiation in 2021. Our pipeline also includes several additional preclinical programs at the validation and lead optimization stages, and we continue to actively evaluate business development opportunities around early and late-stage clinical assets in kidney disease. 


Chinook completed the third quarter of 2020 with over $290 million in operating capital and trades on Nasdaq under the ticker symbol, “KDNY.”  The company has locations in Vancouver, BC, Seattle, WA and Berkeley, CA.




Chinook Therapeutics is seeking an energetic and collaborative Laboratory Operations Assistant to support the scientific team at Chinook’s Vancouver site.  The Lab Operations Assistant will report to the Vancouver site head and will be responsible for providing lab maintenance support to the chemistry, biology, DMPK and pharmacology labs.  In addition, the candidate will assist the admin and accounting teams with shipping and receiving of lab supplies.


We are looking for someone who is energetic, proactive, can multi-task and who would enjoy the stimulating atmosphere of an innovative research organization.


 Responsibilities include:


  • Maintain inventory levels for all laboratory supplies
  • Assist scientists with organization of lab supplies and lab maintenance
  • Coordination of lab equipment services (with external service providers)
  • Organizing occupational health & safety training
  • Assist with lab upgrades
  • Execute on facility-related requests, including preparation of buffers, maintaining solvents for instruments, liquid nitrogen fills for the NMR and cell dewar, washing of lab glassware and registering chemical reagents to the database
  • Assist admin in answering the shipping phone and door, preparing and unpacking shipments, matching packing slips with POs and obtaining new licenses for the labs
  • Maintain a safe lab environment and work within defined safe laboratory practices
  • Contribute to the development and maintenance of a positive team-focused company culture


Education, Experience, and Skills:


  • College diploma with scientific background preferred
  • Minimum 2 years’ relevant work experience supporting lab and/or facilities activities, preferably in a life sciences environment
  • Basic knowledge of chemicals and chemical safety required
  • Basic understanding of laboratory equipment, procedures and/or supplies is an asset
  • Proficient with Microsoft office products including Outlook, Excel and Word
  • Sound judgment and well-organized to work autonomously to maintain the labs
  • Dependable, taking pride and ownership in work
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills   
  • Adaptable, proactive and seeks out ways to support our team



Chinook is an Equal Opportunity Employer and we prohibit discrimination or harassment of any kind.  We are committed to fostering an environment where ALL people are welcome and supported.  We respect and value different experiences and viewpoints.  We act respectfully toward one another and embrace diversity of people and ideas. Having a diverse workforce made up of team members who bring a wide variety of skills, abilities, experiences, and perspectives is essential to our success. Creativity and innovation flourish in an environment of openness, inclusion, and mutual respect.

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  • Location
    Vancouver, British Columbia
  • Department
    Chemistry (300)
  • Employment Type