The Bioscience sector provides employment for a wide range of qualifications from entry level to PhD.
PEI Bioscience companies focus on:
- Human health & nutrition & natural products
- Fish health and contract research around nutrition and vaccines
- Animal health & nutrition
- Human/animal health diagnostics
- Contract manufacturing services
- Medical devices
“The 60 PEI bioscience companies and public organizations across the province have more than 2,300 employees,” says Vivian Beer, Manager, HR Strategy for the PEI BioAlliance. “All the companies are featured on the PEI BioAlliance website.
“PEI’s largest bioscience company is BIOVECTRA, a contract pharmaceutical manufacturer that has 600 employees.
“One interesting company on the cutting edge is called Chinova Bioworks. They have a natural mushroom extract derived from the stems of white button mushrooms, a fiber that helps improve quality, freshness and shelf-life, which promotes sustainability and reduces food waste. Clients include companies producing beverages, dairy products, plant-based foods, baked goods, sauces, and spreads. Their preservative offers companies the advantage of achieving a vegan label.”
Chinova BioWorks recently hosted an official opening of their new manufacturing suite at the Biomanufacturing incubator in the BioCommons.
Hiring needs within the Bioscience companies on PEI
The PEI BioAlliance is a private sector-led not-for-profit organization dedicated to building the bioscience industry on PEI. About 350 jobs are advertised through the PEI BioAlliance each year.
“The PEI BioAlliance attracts talent to bioscience companies on PEI by promoting their job postings,” says Vivian. “My role is to help match talent to opportunities in the bioscience sector. I can have a one-to-one conversation with a job seeker to review their resumé, and we can discuss where there could be some good matches. Job seekers have the opportunity to ask questions about any of the companies and the roles available.”
Opportunities include Scientists, Researchers, Quality Assurance, Quality Control and Regulatory positions. About 50 percent of the jobs advertised are for Production and Engineering roles ranging from Process Engineers to Packaging Technicians, and many other manufacturing positions.
“There are also a number of business administration positions in areas like finance, accounting, sales and marketing, and Human Resources. And there are some student positions including co-ops and summer placements.
“When you look at a job description, keep in mind that it describes the ideal employee. In most cases, the successful candidates do not have all the qualifications listed. If you have at least half of the qualifications, I encourage you to apply.”
5 ways to help you find a job in the growing bioscience sector:
1. Send in your resumé
The PEI BioAlliance keeps an online resumé library which is shared with hiring managers in the PEI bioscience cluster. If you are currently seeking employment upon graduation or for the summer months, send your resumé to [email protected].
The resumé should be in PDF format with the file name “Resume – Your Name – Education/Credentials” and the email subject line “Add my resume to the 2022 PEI Bioscience Cluster Library.”
2. Check out the job board
Updated as positions become available, the PEI BioAlliance website has a job postings page which consolidates all open positions across the cluster, including direct links to apply. The website also provides links to learn more about the companies that are hiring
3. Sign up for email alerts
If you prefer to receive real-time alerts directly in your inbox, sign up for our email notifications, where you’ll receive ongoing updates on the latest opportunities in bioscience. Sign up today by filling out our form.
4. Follow us on LinkedIn for our weekly job round-up
At the end of every week on the PEI BioAlliance LinkedIn page, we post a summary of all the new jobs made available the week prior. Follow us on LinkedIn for these updates and for all the latest local news in the sector.
5. Stay up to date on the latest news and company expansions
LinkedIn is a valuable resource and a great way to stay informed about the latest job openings. “I encourage job seekers to build an extensive LinkedIn profile, because companies refer to these profiles when seeking talent. You can also use LinkedIn to connect with hiring managers working for PEI companies.