The CDRD Academy’s Post-Graduate & Undergraduate Institutes
The CDRD Academy’s Post-Graduate & Undergraduate Institutes offer a fusion of academia’s collaborative spirit with industry’s focus, thereby providing a truly unique platform for young researchers to transition from the academic to the industrial world.
By nature, CDRD provides a rich and diverse learning environment. Trainees participate on cross-functional project teams where they work with scientists from a wide range of disciplines who are experienced in both academia and industry. Outside the lab, CDRD’s drug development workshop series, business skills training, and seminars provide an opportunity to further supplement Academy members’ knowledge base. Training partnerships are also established with complementary organizations where appropriate to facilitate networking opportunities, and provide top-notch workshops delivered by industry experts.
Institute members 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.
CDRD Academy programs are continuously evaluated by both participants and prospective employers to ensure their effectiveness in preparing graduates for careers in the life sciences industry and beyond.
Post-Doctoral placements within each of CDRD’s multi-disciplinary teams 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.
Internships within CDRD’s Business Development Division allow for those pursuing a career outside the lab to acquire skills toward an entry-level role on the business side of 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 currently recruits undergraduate 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.
To date, 225 trainees have completed their CDRD Academy program. 96% of Post-Graduate Institute alumni are gainfully employed in their chosen field, having successfully gone on to an array of life sciences companies and research institutions including STEMCELL Technologies Inc., Xenon Pharmaceuticals, the BC Cancer Agency, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Johnson & Johnson, GlaxoSmithKline, the Ontario Institute for Cancer Research, and MaRS Innovation.
Get to know some of our Post-Graduate Institute and Undergraduate Institute current members and alumni, and hear from them on our YouTube Channel.
The CDRD Academy accepts applications into the Post-Graduate & Undergraduate Institutes 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. If you have questions regarding opportunities, your eligibility or other program details, please contact our CDRD Academy Program Manager at firstname.lastname@example.org.