Lab Assistant

Regenerative Waste Labs Published: July 1, 2020
Vancouver, British Columbia
Salary range
2200 - 2500 pm (depending on experience)
Hours per week
Start Date
End Date


Regenerative Waste Labs is a research and testing lab that was launched to support and validate the use and production of circular products made from renewable resources.

At the Waste Labs we support innovators to create truly circular products and processes. We provide testing to better understand product degradation, and work with clients to develop closed-loop waste management strategies.

Our Technical Team is responsible for conducting degradation assessments for clients and overseeing internal waste management research projects. We are recruiting a full-time Lab Assistant to operate under the supervision of our Lead Scientist. The successful candidate will be responsible for routine laboratory maintenance and monitoring of experiments. The successful applicant will participate in the testing and research aspects of the lab, including sample preparation and analysis. We are looking for a someone who exhibits professionalism, with experience in data collection and interpretation, as well as the ability to safely operate and follow required procedures in a laboratory setting and who has the stomach to watch things rot.

Duties and responsibilities


  • Assist with testing and calibrating lab equipment in preparation for specific tasks
  • Prepare samples prior to analysis
  • Follow all procedures to ensure experimental integrity and quality control
  • Collect, analyse and interpret data by means of various methodologies
  • Conduct literature reviews
  • Evaluate and draft reports concerning data findings
  • Monitor, track, and report on experimental progress
  • Construct, maintain and operate laboratory equipment
  • Review and edit data to ensure completeness and accuracy of information; follow up with subjects to resolve problems or clarify data collected
  • Follow safety procedures and ensure safety checks
  • Recognize and report any safety issues

Knowledge and skills


  • Experience working in a research laboratory
  • Trustworthiness and dependability
  • Orientation towards quality and results
  • Critical thinking
  • Strong expertise in data, project and time management
  • Strategic and creative problem solving
  • Efficient communication
  • Being team oriented
  • Professionalism and cordiality
  • Consistent accuracy and attention to detail

Education required

Bachelor of Science in Biology, Chemistry, Engineering or an equivalent discipline

Certification required

WHMIS or GLP certifications are beneficial but not necessary

Eligibility criteria

Career-Launcher Internships are funded by the Government of Canada under the Youth Employment Strategy. For program criteria information visit their website.


Qualified interns are:

  • Between the ages of 15-30 (inclusive) at the start of the internship
  • Canadian citizens, permanent residents or persons granted refugee status in Canada*
  • Legally allowed to work according to the relevant provincial and Canadian legislation and regulations
  • Available to work for at least six months
  • Not previous participants of a federal youth employment program
  • Not employees of the hiring employer prior to the start of their internship (does not apply to previous coop students or student interns, although this must be clearly indicated by the employer)

*Refugee protection must be conferred under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act. Persons awaiting refugee status, as well as those who hold a temporary visitor visa, student visa or work visa, are ineligible to participate in a Youth Employment Strategy initiative.

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