Share this Job



Aurora’s Breeding and Genetics group have been established to provide the science, technical innovations and services that will underpin the Aurora’s global cannabis production. We use modern plant breeding approaches to develop next generation cannabis varieties and genetics research to understand how this plant functions at a molecular level. Our research efforts will allow Aurora to achieve more economical production, through higher yields, reduce pressure from disease and reduce inputs, and to produce higher value cannabis products that meet patient and consumer needs.


Position summary


Located in Vancouver, BC, this position will lead research on cannabis biology including metabolism, flowering, plant architecture, hormone regulation, and seed development among others. Working collaboratively with scientist’s at located at breeding facility in Comox, BC, the scientist will be responsible for managing research projects focused on understanding cannabis biology and biochemistry at different developmental stages. This will involve project planning, developing external collaborations, understanding our breeding programs, working with breeding teams, and helping build better facilities and protocols. Our research teams make use of high throughput sequencing, population genetics, quantitative genetics, molecular biology, metabolite profiling, and functional genetics. So, in addition to top class plant biology skills, expertise in one or more of these areas would be a major asset to applicants. A mechanistic understanding and fine-tuning of cannabis biology and biochemistry will be key to delivering world class products. It will be the job of this scientist to give both Aurora science and production the tools and knowledge to do this. T


Please note this is a 1-Year Maternity Leave Coverate position with opportunity to transition into permanent employement. 


Duties & Responsibilities

  • Deliver new discoveries in cannabis biology
  • Develop assays to screen favourable traits in cannabis
  • Find molecular markers for favourable traits
  • Plan, track and report on research projects
  • Ensure appropriate databasing and record keeping
  • Write and revise grants, and build collaborations
  • Prepare reports and invention disclosures
  • Providing insights into intellectual property protection approaches for cannabis
  • Represent Aurora at events such as workshops and conferences, including creating and delivering presentations
  • This role may involve 5% travel
  • Other duties as assigned




  • Scientific background, holding a PhD in plant biology or related field
  • Three or more years of experience leading plant genetics projects
  • Strong history of generating results
  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • A “get things done” attitude and the ability to thrive in a fast-paced work environment is crucial


We would like to thank all applicants for their interest but only those selected for an interview will be contacted.


Aurora is an equal opportunity employer. At Aurora, we are committed to do business inclusively and accommodate applicants with disabilities. If you require accommodation (including, but not limited to, an accessible interview site, alternate format of job posting) during the recruitment and selection process, please let our Recruitment team know.



Job Segment: Scientific, Biochemistry, Genetics, Endocrinology, Engineering, Science, Healthcare, Research