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Technical Officer, Biomedical Instrumentation

City: Boucherville

Organizational Unit: Medical Devices 

Classification: TO-3 

Tenure: Term 

Duration: 2 Years 

Language Requirements: English or French

The NRC Advantage



The National Research Council of Canada (NRC) is the Government of Canada's largest research organization supporting industrial innovation, the advancement of knowledge and technology development. We collaborate with over 70 colleges, universities and hospitals annually, work with 800 companies on their projects, and provide advice or funding to over 8000 Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs) each year.


We bring together the brightest minds to deliver tangible impacts on the lives of Canadians and people around the world. And now, we want to partner with you.  Let your expertise and inspirations make an impact by joining the NRC.


At NRC, we know diversity enables excellence in research and innovation. We are committed to a diverse and representative workforce, an open and inclusive work environment, and contributing to a more inclusive Canadian innovation system. 


NRC welcomes all qualified applicants and encourages candidates to self-declare as members of the following designated employment equity groups: women, visible minorities, aboriginal peoples and persons with disabilities.


Please advise of any accommodation measures required to enable you to be assessed in a fair and equitable manner. They are available to all candidates for further assessment. Related information received will be addressed confidentially.

Your Challenge


Help bring research to life and drive your career forward with the National Research Council of Canada (NRC) while collaborating with University of Toronto to  help realize exciting  projects in the area of bio-devices design, fabrication and their applications in in-vitro-diagnostics, regenerative medicine and bio-manufacturing.


The Technical Officer - Biomedical Instrumentation position is reporting to the NRC Bioanalytical Micro-Nano Devices Section composed of 38 physicists, nanofabrication engineers, chemists and biomedical researchers. This position will be dedicated to support innovation of a multidisciplinary team in the domain of fabrication of nanomaterials and molecular-based micro and nano devices. The impact of your contributions would be in progressing science & technology as well as practical applications in the field of life sciences research and clinical application. More specifically, key activity includes the design, assembly, validation and debugging of biodiagnostics instrumentation for lab-on-chip systems, the development of assembly procedures, as well as the documentation and execution of tests. You will participate in programming embedded systems, documenting deficiencies and solving complex problems on instruments and their submodules, such as electronics circuit boards, electromechanical assemblies, actuators and optical detection systems.


The selected candidate might be called to contribute to clinical applications such as in-vitro diagnostics for remote areas, for space applications, or in the emerging field of cellular immunotherapy.


The Technical Officer – Biomedical Instrumentation will provide technical support to research work for developing microfluidic control and automation methods. The individuals selected will also have to recognize and resolve problems associated with the experimental or analytical techniques and the approaches used.  The candidate is expected to be able to work independently as well as part of the broader R&D team an environment requiring a high-level of adaptability and multitasking.


The work will be performed in collaboration with researchers, technical officers, industrial partners, or other government laboratories.


The position includes maintaining laboratory equipment, space, logbooks and inventories, as well as responsibilities involving health and safety.

Screening Criteria


Applicants must demonstrate within the content of their application that they meet the following screening criteria in order to be given further consideration as candidates:



Bachelor’s degree in physics, physics engineering, biomedical engineering, mechanical engineering, electrical engineering or materials engineering.


College Diploma in Physic Technologies with significant experience may be considered.


For information on certificates and diplomas issued abroad, please see Degree equivalency



  • Extensive and recent experience in active process and actuator control.


  • Recent experience in documentation and version control


  • Recent experience in using optical detection systems


  • Recent experience in FPGA and/or microcontroller programming


  • Optical Imaging System design experience would be an asset
Condition of Employment


Reliability Status

Language requirements
Assessment Criteria


Candidates will be assessed on the basis of the following criteria:

Technical Competencies


  • Solid and practical knowledge in data acquisition and signal processing for digital and analog signals.


  • Knowledge of actuators and their control (pneumatic, electric)


  • Knowledge of principles of optical fluorescence detection and imaging


  • Knowledge of programming of FPGAs and/or microcontrollers


  • Ability to for electrical, mechanical and/or optical assembly


  • Ability to use 3D CAD or EDA softwares such as AutoCAD, SolidWorks, Eagle, Diptrace or Altium would be an asset
Behavioural Competencies
  • Research Technician/Technologist - Results orientation (Level 2)
  • Research Technician/Technologist - Communication (Level 2)
  • Research Technician/Technologist - Client focus (Level 2)
  • Research Technician/Technologist - Creative thinking (Level 2)
  • Research Technician/Technologist - Teamwork (Level 2)
Competency Profile(s)


For this position, the NRC will evaluate candidates using the following competency profile(s): Research Technician/Technologist.


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Relocation assistance will be determined in accordance with the NRC's directives.

Salary Range


From $56,730 to $77,692 per annum. 



  • A pre-qualified list may be established for similar positions for a one year period.


  • NRC employees enjoy a wide-range of benefits including comprehensive health and dental plans, pension and insurance plans, vacation and other leave entitlements.


  • Preference will be given to Canadian Citizens and Permanent Residents of Canada. Please include citizenship information in your application.


  • The incumbent must adhere to safe workplace practices at all times.



Please direct your questions, with the requisition number (7941) to:


Telephone: 613-949-7685 

Closing Date: 16 December 2019 - 23:59 Eastern Time



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Date Modified: 2019-11-22

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