Impactful Health Research & Development Published: April 28, 2020
Montreal, Quebec
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Impactful Health R&D (IHRD) is a startup developing compostable active packaging to extend the shelf life of fresh foods. Our vision is to become a world leader in innovative packaging solutions. We are currently developing an active packaging to prolong the shelf life of fresh fish. IHRD is incubated at District 3 Innovation Center, which is part of Concordia University and we have access to a lab space where we do our research and development activities.

We are looking for a talented microbiologist with experience in food science research, and preferably work experience (internships) in the food industry. The main role of the microbiologist will be to assess the anti-microbial activity of our innovative packaging solution, and work closely with the co-founders and other team members at IHRD to tackle various challenges and come up with creative solutions. They will also be part of a close-knit research team that is driven to disrupt the packaging industry. Being part of our startup provides the opportunity for faster career growth compared to big companies, exposure to varies sides of the business, and the opportunity to have a meaningful positive impact on the environment.

Duties and responsibilities

  • Conduct literature review
  • Develop Standard Operating Procedures
  • Carry out experiments related to assessment of the anti-microbial activity of the packaging
  • Analyze results and produce progress reports
  • Assist other team members in various experimental work
  • Track supplies and keep the lab well stocked
  • Assist in grant applications
  • Present results to team members or others and communicate findings effectively
  • Attend weekly team meetings
  • Monitor project budget

Knowledge and skills

  • Excellent research skills with good knowledge in using standard lab equipment
  • Strong knowledge in microbiology and experience carrying out a wide range of microbiology assays
  • Excellent problem solving skills and the ability to think outside the box
  • Previous experience working on a food science research project is highly desirable
  • Work experience in the food industry an asset
  • Excellent communication skills (written and spoken)
  • Team player with excellent interpersonal skills
  • Critical thinker with strong attention to detail
  • Driven and self-motivated
  • Organized and is capable of analyzing data effectively

Education required

  • Bachelor's degree in microbiology
  • Previous lab experience in microbiology

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:

  • Post-secondary students and graduates
  • No more than 30 years of age 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
  • Not receiving employment insurance during their internship
  • 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)

*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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