Transforming Discovery into Opportunity


CDRD Trainees come from a broad range of disciplines including biology, genetics, molecular biology, medical genetics, biochemistry, pharmaceutical sciences, and chemistry (analytical, organic, polymer). Successful applicants have a relevant technical background and are self-motivated, creative, flexible team players. There are approximately 20 Trainees on staff at CDRD at any one time.

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Post-Doctoral Fellows

CDRD Post-Doctoral placements are typically two years in duration and recruitment is ongoing. Recent completion of a PhD in a related scientific discipline is required. A $2,500 stipend is available over the two-year term to attend conferences and workshops relevant to the Post-Doc’s current research. Post-Docs are also matched with a CDRD mentor based on individual career goals and learning and development objectives.

Co-op Students

CDRD currently recruits students through co-op programs at the following institutions: The University of British Columbia, Simon Fraser University, British Columbia Institute of Technology, University of Victoria, University of the Fraser Valley, and McMaster University. Placements typically run 4-8 months beginning in January, May, and September. Students work full-time, and all positions are paid. Applications are submitted directly to the participating co-op programs.

Business Interns

Interns acquire skills toward an entry-level role on the business side of R&D commercialization while contributing to the goals and objectives of CDRD. Typical applicants have completed a graduate or business degree, and internships are 6-12 month placements.

CDRD accepts applications as positions become available.  Current job opportunities, including positions for Post-Doctoral Fellows and Business Interns,  are posted in the Careers section of the website.  Please refer to the “How to apply” section of the Current Opportunities page for details about the submission of your application.  If you have questions regarding your eligibility or other program details, please contact Sweta Rajan, Manager Training Program at .

“CDRD’s expertise, in terms of its infrastructure and industry experience and focus, will give me the exposure and experience I can’t get in academia. CDRD has an excellent training program including workshops and seminars, as well as a mentorship component. It’s a unique and valuable environment for those looking to work in industry.”
Dr. Clement Mugabe, past CDRD MSFHR/Merck Post-Doctoral Fellow

"We've brought on a number of graduates of the CDRD Training Program as full-time permanent employees here at STEMCELL. They are by far the most industry-prepared of all our new recruits."
- Dr. Allen Eaves, President and CEO, STEMCELL Technologies Inc.

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