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Business Development Officer

Priority will be given to the following designated employment equity groups: Women, Indigenous peoples* (First Nations, Inuit and Métis), persons with disabilities and racialized persons*.


* The Employment Equity Act, which is under review, uses the terminology Aboriginal peoples and visible minorities. 

City: Any nearest National Research Council Office across Canada  

Organizational Unit: Metrology Research Centre 

Classification: RCO 

Tenure: Continuing 

Language Requirements: English


Work Arrangements: While the official location of work for this position will be any nearest NRC facility within Canada, the option of an offsite or a hybrid work arrangement (a combination of working onsite and offsite) may be possible.

The NRC Advantage

Great Minds. One Goal. Canada's Success.


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 the NRC, we know that diversity enables excellence in research and innovation. We are committed to a diverse and representative workforce, a safe and respectful work environment, and contributing to a more inclusive Canadian innovation system.  We welcome all qualified applicants and encourage you to complete the employment equity self-declaration questions during the job application process.

Please let us know of any accommodation measures required to help you to be assessed in a fair and equitable manner. Please note that the information you provide will be treated 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 senior-career Business Development Officer (BDO) to support our Nanotechnology Research Centre. The BDO would be someone who shares our core values of Integrity, Excellence, Respect and Creativity.


The Nanotechnology Research Centre (NANO) cultivates nanoscience platforms that lead to revolutionary technologies and applications to enhance human health, the environment and society's technological future. In the pursuit of innovation and advancement, we strategically draw upon foundational expertise across science disciplines such as chemistry, biology, physics, material science, and engineering. We advance Canadian innovations by deploying cutting-edge nanoscience, developing expert microscopy capabilities, and by establishing and leveraging national and international collaborations and partnerships. 


NRC is looking for a senior level Business Development Officer (BDO) to provide strategic business advice and lead the development of strategic relationships with key stakeholders for its Nanotechnology (NANO) Research Centre which is located in Edmonton, Alberta.

The BDO provides strategic guidance, senior level stakeholder engagement expertise, intellectual property management and licensing, complex agreement negotiation, and sales & marketing advice. As such, this position catalyzes business objectives and strategic plans, increasing and strengthening the NRC value proposition and stakeholder relationships, and helps to devise new business approaches.

The BDO supports the business and partnership objectives of the NRC by developing and implementing stakeholder engagement strategies to meet the objectives of the NANO Research Centre. The BDO supports NANO’s management team, often leading contacts with high-level stakeholders in industry, government, and academia. The position must understand the priorities of NRC’s various programs, research centres, and divisions, the Government of Canada and Canada’s R&D ecosystem; and must possess an up-to-date, sharp insight of stakeholder priorities in relevant technology domains.

The insight provided by this position will significantly guide the decisions of NANO’s management in relation to strategic initiatives, nationally, and internationally. The BDO is also expected to work with researchers in NANO to establish collaborative relationships and projects with key stakeholders in industry, academia and government and to achieve targeted growth in new opportunities for NANO to provide technical or research services to clients.

This is an excellent opportunity for the right candidate interested in working within a fast-paced business environment at Canada’s leading research and technology organization.

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, preferably Engineering, Science or Business Administration. A Master’s degree, in Science, Engineering or Business Administration would be an asset.


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


  • Significant and recent experience in developing business strategies and managing relationships with diverse academic, government and industry stakeholders in materials characterization, biomedicine, sensor systems and/or technology development; 
  • Significant and recent experience in creating and developing opportunities for collaborative advancement of technology from bench-scale to prototype;
  • Significant experience leading complex files requiring coordination with internal and external partners or stakeholders;
  • Experience supporting, leading and supervising business-related activities within a research organization;
  • Experience in leveraging intellectual property to address industry challenges; and
  • Experience in international business contexts would be considered an asset.

Condition of Employment

Reliability Status


Must be able to travel.

Assessment Criteria

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

Technical Competencies

  • Knowledge of trends and developments (in national and international contexts) relevant to nanotechnology translating this into business opportunities with key prospects and accounts; 
  • Extensive knowledge of the Canadian innovation landscape, including leading R&D institutions in nanoscience, microscopy;
  • Superior communication and interpersonal skills; ability to make business pitches to technical and business audiences;
  • Ability to use well-developed influencing and negotiation strategies to achieve business outcomes; 
  • Strategic planning; leveraging advanced technical, analytical and problem-solving skills; and
  • Demonstrated ability to meet revenue objectives and outreach or marketing targets, leading activities which are aligned with strategic goals and that have significant impact for the organization. 



  • Knowledge of physics, chemistry, biology and/or engineering technologies and leading organizations.

Behavioural Competencies

  • Management services - Client focus (Level 3)
  • Management services - Communication (Level 4)
  • Management services - Results orientation (Level 3)
  • Management services - Initiative (Level 3)
  • Management services - Partnering (Level 3)
  • Management services - Teamwork (Level 3)
  • Management services - Networking (Level 3)
  • Technology extension - Business understanding (Level 4)

Competency Profile(s)

For this position, the NRC will evaluate candidates using the following competency profiles: Management Services; Technology Extension


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


The intent of this hiring action is to staff this position at the RCO-3 to RCO-4 level, which is a senior-career level position with a salary range of $105,785 to $148,657


NOTE: Please note that the full RO/RCO salary scale has five levels. Salary determination will be based on a review of the candidate’s expertise, outcomes and impacts of their previous work experience relative to the requirements of the level.  As such, the initial salary could be within another level of the RO/RCO salary scale (i.e. above or below the intended level for this position).


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


  • A pre-qualified list may be established for similar positions for a one year period.
  • In order to ensure a prompt and efficient processing of applications, candidates are encouraged to provide, along with their résumé, a detailed covering letter explaining how they meet each of the requirements of this position (education, experience, language requirements) by providing concrete examples. In addition, the candidate is encouraged to describe in detail when, where and how he/she gained the experience.
  • 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 (17723) to:


Telephone: 438-455-5335 

Closing Date: Posted until filled



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