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Research Associate, Nanobioengineering

City: Edmonton 

Organizational Unit: Nanotechnology 

Classification: RO 

Tenure: Term 

Duration: 2 years 

Language Requirements: English 

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), Canada's largest research and technology organization.


We are looking for a Research Associate (RA) to support our Nanobiology research group at the Nanotechnology Research Centre in Edmonton. The RA would be someone who shares our core values of Integrity, Excellence, Respect and Creativity.


The primary responsibility of the RA is to support the goals of NRC and the Research Centre through research of international calibre and the development and application of advanced technologies. The RA works in a team environment with researchers and technical experts in world-class facilities. Activities also include the development of proposals for new research initiatives, project management, and providing service to NRC clients.  The RA provides input into the overall direction and research priorities for the program area within the context of the Research Centre business plan.

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:


As part of the RA Program you must have received your PhD degree in biochemistry, cell biology, molecular biology, bioengineering or immunology within the last five years or you expect to receive the degree within the next six months.


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


  • Experience in culturing and working with mammalian cells.
  • Experience in creating biomaterials and or using biomaterials for the purposes of manipulating biological systems.
  • Significant experience in general molecular biology techniques including, but not limited to transcriptome mapping, molecular subcloning, quantitative PCR, or site directed mutagenesis.
  • Experience with nanoparticle design and characterization, either through biological testing or biochemical methods.
  • Experience in the full spectrum of research activities including experimental design, data production, analysis and quality assurance as reported through written documentation, publications and/or presentations.
  • Experience with proteomics, including ligand/receptor analysis would be considered an asset
  • Experience in allergic inflammation and skin immunology would be considered an asset.

Condition of Employment

Reliability Status

Language requirements


Assessment Criteria

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

Technical Competencies

  •  Knowledge of mammalian biology, including immune responses and the mechanisms of inflammation.
  • Knowledge of basic nanoparticle design and uses of nanomaterials in DNA delivery and cell differentiation.
  • Knowledge of basic synthetic biology approaches and applications.
  • Knowledge of basic cell and tissue culture techniques and applications in skin biology and inflammation studies.
  • Strong writing skills with the ability to write scientific reports, either as scientific publications or similar.
  • Strong presentation skills and significant experience presenting scientific findings to research audiences at national or international conferences.

Behavioural Competencies

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

Competency Profile(s)

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


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

Salary Range

From $52,854 to $149,416 per annum. 


The Research Associate (RA) Program is unique to the NRC. It falls under the RO/RCO classification system which 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.


Application Requirements:

In order to be considered for the Research Associate program please include the following in your application. Failure to do so will result in your application being excluded from searches.

  • Resume
  • Transcript
  • Two letters of recommendation

When submitting your application you can include the required documents in any attachment field such as «Second language evaluation results» or «Other attachments».


  • 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 (5761) to:


Telephone: 613-993-0542 

Closing Date: 30 May 2019 - 23:59 Eastern Time



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Date Modified: 2019-05-09

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