For Employers

The MBiotech Program is a 24-month, course-based professional degree program that incorporates both science and business courses with eight to 12 months of work experience in industry. Students take up to three consecutive work-terms with top employers in Ontario and beyond.

Our co-op students bring with them a professional mindset, as well as a broad spectrum of learning acquired in both laboratories and the classroom that focuses on topics of special relevance for today's biotechnology and biopharmaceutical industries. Our current placements include pharmaceuticals, medical devices, diagnostics and biofuels.

Co-ops are arranged on a full-time, four month renewal basis through our Senior Research Associate and can be extended for up to 12 months. Placement timing is flexible and coordinated through the calendar year, commencing every January (Biopharma stream) or every May (DHT stream).

Highlights

  • Track record of excellence as the program approaches its 20th anniversary this May. 
  • Excellent recruitment tool: students are rigorously pre-screened by the MBiotech team
  • Proven employer satisfaction: our three-year average for placement duration of co-op students is 12 months (two renewals is usual)
  • Co-op students are competitive: our salary guidelines are in the range of $24-$30 per hour
  • Fringe benefits: ask us about benefiting from substantial tax incentives

Student Qualifications

  • Highly qualified, bright, committed individuals eager to learn and make the most of their co-op opportunity
  • Well trained in the diverse aspects of modern biotechnology research and development
  • Future team leaders with a firm understanding of organizational skills and the importance of working together to benefit your team

Co-op Timelines

In general, co-op work terms begin at the start of each academic term.

Biopharmaceutical Stream:

Students are available starting January for three consecutive work terms.
1st Work Term    January - April
2nd Work Term   May - August
3rd Work Term    September - December

Digital Health Technologies Stream:

Students are available starting May for three consecutive work terms.
1st Work Term    May - August
2nd Work Term   September - December
3rd Work Term    January - April

Criteria for Co-op Placement

Co-op placements must:

  • Be full-time for a minimum of four months (greater than 35 hours per week);
  • Have a designated, qualified person responsible for evaluating the student’s progress;
  • Provide the student with an in-depth exposure to the employer’s organisation;
  • Be developed and/or approved as a suitable setting for higher learning;
  • Be monitored by the Placement & Employer Relations Coordinator (e.g., site visits)

Salary Guidelines

The work terms are generally paid positions, with an average salary range of $24-$30 per hour.

For more details contact:

 Nazeem Shamsuddin, Senior Research Associate
(905) 569-4736, (647) 803-9884  I  nazeem.shamsuddin@utoronto.ca

Julian Gaspini, Placement Assistant                                                                     
(905) 569-4344  I julian.gaspini@utoronto.ca