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Lab facilitator, Organic chemistry laboratory

City: Edmonton 

Organizational Unit: Nanotechnology 

Classification: TO-3 

Tenure: Continuing 

Language Requirements: English 

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 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 Lab Facilitator to support our Nanotechnology Research Centre. The Facilitator would be someone who shares our core values of Integrity, Excellence, Respect and Creativity.
The successful candidate will play an important role within an organic chemistry team within the NANO Biomedical nanotechnologies team. Primary responsibilities will include maintenance of organic synthesis labs such as chemical inventory, equipment maintenance (i.e., rotovaps, pipettors, vacuum pumps, freeze-drier, supercritical drier, sonicators, etc…), equipment/consumable ordering, as well as training to new users. Secondary responsibilities will include operation, maintenance, troubleshooting, and training new users on a rheometer. The candidate must be able to carry out rheology experiments using standard protocol as well as be able to develop new methods and sample preparation protocal as needed.

The incumbent will be required to perform various experiments in the lab involving organic synthesis as well as materials characterization, data collection, data processing, and data analysis, under the guidance of other technical staff. In addition, the incumbent will be responsible for  operating the following types of instrumention:

  • FTIR, UV-Vis, CD, fluorescence, and NMR spectroscopies, MS, DSC, TGA, HPLC, GC, light microscopy, polarized optical microscopy, fluorescence microscopy, SEM, TEM, AFM, XRD, SAXS, DLS, as well as others.

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:


A Bachelors in Science (Chemistry). A college diploma in a relevant field as well as relevant experience may also be considered.


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


  • Experience with operation of organic chemistry lab equipment.
  • Experience working in a project management focused multi-disciplinary research environment.
  • Experience in the following areas are considered assets:
    • Experience with organic synthesis;
    • Experience with supramolecular chemistry, soft materials and/or gels;
    • Experience with rheology;
    • Experience with nanomaterials characterization techniques.

Condition of Employment

Reliability Status

Assessment Criteria

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

Technical Competencies

  • Knowledge of applied practices and basic concepts relating to organic chemistry and materials characterization;
  • Practical chemical lab techniques especially organic chemistry and nanomaterials;
  • Ability to analyze and discuss technical issues, troubleshoot and solve problems relating to organic and/or polymeric nanomaterials;
  • Ability to perform and analyze the results of compositional characterization experiments;
  • Ability to write reports and draft protocols and standard operating procedures;
  • Ability to exercise sound judgment and timely decision-making supporting the safe and efficient operation of a chemical synthesis laboratory;
  • Ability to use specialized software including ChemOffice, OriginLabs Pro, and SAP, and as well as general office software products; and
  • Ability to perform chemical synthesis and purification of organic chemical compounds would be an asset.

Behavioural Competencies

  • Research Technician/Technologist - Communication (Level 2)
  • Research Technician/Technologist - Creative thinking (Level 2)
  • Research Technician/Technologist - Initiative (Level 1)
  • Research Technician/Technologist - Results orientation (Level 2)
  • Research Technician/Technologist - Self-knowing and self-development (Level 1)
  • Research Technician/Technologist - Teamwork (Level 2)
  • NRC-Wide - Valuing people (Level 1)

Competency Profile(s)

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


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

Salary Range

From $58,445 to $80,040 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.
  • We thank all those who apply, however only those selected for further consideration will be contacted.


As an employer who values diversity in its workforce, we encourage candidates to self-identify as members of the following designated groups: women, visible minorities, aboriginal peoples and persons with disabilities. Measures for accommodation are available to all candidates retained for further assessment.



Please direct your questions, with the requisition number (12443) to:


Telephone: 613-314-6733

Closing Date: 10 October 2021 - 23:59 Eastern Time



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