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Research Officer, Fermentation Process Development

City: Charlottetown 

Organizational Unit: Aquatic and Crop Resource Development 

Classification: RO 

Tenure: Continuing 

Language Requirements: English 

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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), Canada's largest research and technology organization.

We are looking for a Research Officer (RO) specializing in fermentation process development to strengthen NRC’s internationally recognized research activities in applied and fundamental research towards the biotransformation and valorisation of biomass-based feedstocks into value-added products. The RO would be someone who shares our core values of Integrity, Excellence, Respect and Creativity.

The primary responsibility of the RO is to support the goals of NRC through research of the highest international calibre and the development and application of advanced technologies that enable the transition of sustainable and economical processes through laboratory bench to pilot scales toward production in an industrial setting. The RO will work in a team environment with researchers and technical experts in world-class facilities. Activities will also include the development of proposals for new research initiatives, project management, and providing excellence in service to NRC clients.  The RO will provide input into the overall direction and research priorities for the program area within the context of the research centre business plan.

The RO will establish a novel and productive research program in fermentation process development for the production of bio-based products at NRC’s Aquatic and Crop Resource Development (ACRD) Research Centre facilities in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, attracting international academic and industrial collaborators and clients. In addition, the fermentation process development RO will:

  • Develop, lead, and manage research projects supporting ACRD strategic priorities in the development of value added bio-products using transformative fermentation and microbial conversion processes and associated downstream processing technologies.
  • Assemble research teams with diverse expertise in bio-product development to deliver new research initiatives in response to NRC and client R&D needs as they arise.
  • Prepare research papers and technical reports, present research results and represent NRC and ACRD’s strategic priorities at appropriate meetings and conferences.
  • Contribute to ACRD’s multidisciplinary research environment by supporting research efforts of NRC colleagues and providing guidance, leadership, and technical training as required.

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:


PhD in microbiology, fermentation science, bio-manufacturing, bioprocess engineering, or equivalent with relevant research experience.


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


  • Significant and recent research experience in developing fermentation and microbial conversion processes for the production of high-value products and/or chemicals.
  • Significant experience in the use and operation of bioreactors, downstream processing equipment, and other advanced instrumentation found in a bio-manufacturing setting.
  • Experience in the use of renewable biomass and atypical material (e.g. industrial waste streams) as feedstocks in fermentation and microbial conversion processes
  • Experience in developing, engineering or adapting microbial strains for use in innovative commercial and industrial applications.
  • Significant experience in the full spectrum of research activities including identification of research requirements, proposal writing, project management, data production and analysis, and reporting through written documentation, presentations and publishing.
  • Experience in the leadership of teams composed of analytical, bioprocessing, downstream processing experts.
  • Experience in business development and fostering collaborations and interactions with external partners.

Condition of Employment

Reliability Status

Language requirements


Assessment Criteria

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

Technical Competencies

  • Demonstrated ability to initiate, manage and coordinate R&D projects employing fermentation and microbial conversion technologies to produce high-value products, bio-based chemicals and/or biomaterials.
  • Demonstrated technical expertise in the design and development of fermentation and microbial conversion processes relevant to valorizing renewable biomass or atypical feedstocks.
  • Demonstrated technical expertise in the operation of bioreactors and downstream processing equipment.
  • Ability to implement, optimize and troubleshoot established fermentation and microbial conversion processes for industrial and applied applications.
  • Ability to adapt or modify microbial strains for use in fermentation and microbial conversion processes.
  • Strong collaboration skills and ability to influence priorities and activities within field of expertise nationally and internationally.
  • Demonstrated ability to write high quality research articles, communicate findings to partners and clients, and present findings at relevant conferences, meetings and workshops.

Behavioural Competencies

  • Research - Communication (Level 3)
  • Research - Creative thinking (Level 4)
  • Research - Initiative (Level 2)
  • Research - Results orientation (Level 2)
  • Research - Teamwork (Level 3)

Competency Profile

For this position, the NRC will evaluate candidates using the following competency profile: Research


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

Salary Range

This position is classified as a Research Officer (RO), a group that is unique to the NRC. The RO group uses a person-based classification system instead of the more common duties-based classification system. Candidates are remunerated based on their expertise, skill, outcomes and impacts of their previous work experience. The salary scale for this group is vast, from $56,374 to $159,364 per annum, which permits for employees of all levels from new graduates to world renowned experts to be fairly compensated for their contributions.  


  • 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.
  • We thank all those who apply, however only those selected for further consideration will be contacted.



Please direct your questions, with the requisition number (4826) to:


Telephone: 613-299-4639

Closing Date: 5 February 2021 - 23:59 Eastern Time



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