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 Aurora Cannabis Inc. is a world-renowned integrated cannabis company with an industry-leading reputation for continuously elevating and setting the global cannabis industry standard. 


Through our wholly owned subsidiaries, strategic investments, and global partnerships, Aurora provides a wide range of premium quality cannabis and hemp products and services, develops innovative technologies, promotes cannabis consumer health and wellness, and delivers an exceptional customer experience across all its brands. 


Aurora’s operations span multiple continents and focuses on both the medical and recreational cannabis production and sales, patient education and clinic counselling services, home hydroponic cultivation, extraction technologies and delivery systems, and hemp-based food health products. 


We operate around the globe pursuing new and emerging cannabis markets where possible through our owned network of import, export and wholesale distributors, our e-commerce and mobile applications, brick and mortar retail stores, as well as grocery store retailers, and pharmacies. 


Scientist, Genetics (Bioinformatics)


Role summary


The Scientist, Genetics (Bioinformatics) will play a critical role in the continued excellence of Aurora’s Breeding and Genetics research program run in Vancouver, BC. The candidate must be a talented and highly motivated Scientist to support the development of genomic resources in Cannabis to facilitate functional genetics research and applied breeding. The scientist will: (1) be responsible for the processing, assembly, and annotation of genomics and next-generation sequencing data including (WGS,GWAS, RNA-seq, and Chip-seq ), (2) work closely with biologists to annotate and mine multiple genomics data types, (3) develop and implement methods for integrating internal and public data sets from genotyping, phenotyping and chemotyping experiments. The Bioinformatics Scientist will also be responsible for the maintenance of internal Cannabis sequence databases and computing resources. The candidate must be able to communicate effectively with team members and external stakeholders, have excellent organizational skills, be able to track and report on research projects, and meet internal and external deadlines. The position will be located in Vancouver, BC, and the successful applicant must be able to come to work in-person.


Qualifications and Experience 

  • Ph.D. in Bioinformatics, Computational Biology, Computer Science, or related fields with 2+ years of post-degree experience or equivalent or MSc with 7+ years' experience.
  • Fluency in programming and scripting languages such as bash, Perl, Python, Java, and R.
  • Experience in genome and transcriptome assembly and annotation.
  • Experience processing NGS alignment, transcript quantitation, variant calling, gene expression analysis, among other data types as required.


Preferred qualifications

  • Experience in plant genomics research and computational methods for analysis RNA-seq, proteomics, metabolomics, and phylogenetics data.
  • Strong scientific understanding of molecular biology, metabolism, and genomics.
  • Experience in data mining, pathway analysis, and genomic selection is desirable.
  • Experience working with non-model organisms is desirable.
  • Experience developing tools for data sharing and visualization is an asset.
  • Experience in population and or quantiative genetic research
  • Ability to work independently in a multidisciplinary, fast-paced, dynamic, and results-oriented environment.
  • Ability to present data to a multidisciplinary audience in a clear and cohesive manner.
  • Excellent teamwork, time management, and organizational skills.

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

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