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Postdoctoral Fellowship, Marine Genomics

City: Halifax 

Organizational Unit: Aquatic and Crop Resource Development 

Classification: RO 

Tenure: Term 

Duration: 2 Years 

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.

The Program

The NRC’s Postdoctoral Fellowship program offers PDFs access to unique world-class facilities and the opportunity to work alongside multi-disciplinary teams of expert researchers and technicians on projects of critical importance to Canada. PDFs will carry out research on innovative research projects, with opportunities for career development (publications and/or industry interaction).

 

PDFs will be offered appointments to the staff of the National Research Council on a term basis and will be offered salaries and benefits currently available to Research Officers. Salaries commensurate with experience are taxable and subject to other deductions. As a guide, the current annual PhD recruiting rate is $68,567. In addition PDFs will be allocated a travel fund to support their work.

Project Title

Phytoplankton as bio-sensors for monitoring ocean health

Your Challenge

Due to their ubiquity in aquatic systems, phytoplankton are becoming organisms of choice for developing bio-sensors and models to monitor and predict ocean health and the impact of human activities on the marine environment. Indeed, phytoplankton populations continuously evolve and adapt to their surrounding environment, and can therefore be employed as valuable diagnostic tools if we can better measure, characterize and understand the short- and long-term responses of these microbial communities to environmental stressors, including pollution events. 

 

NRC is seeking a PDF researcher to lead the identification and characterization of phytoplankton species that decline or proliferate in response to petroleum oil exposure and develop DNA-based markers for informative species so that they may be quantified in situ in the ocean environment.  Based on the emerging field of environmental DNA (eDNA) and new sequencing technology platforms, various sampling techniques and bio-sensing methodologies will be developed and assessed for the collection of real-time data from the marine environment.

Education

PhD in biology, molecular biology, genomics or related field.

 

Candidates should have obtained a PhD (or equivalent) within the past three years (PhD received on or after July 1, 2016) or expect to complete their PhD within 6 months of appointment.

 

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

Experience

  • Research experience in molecular biology is essential. 
  • Experience in microbial genomics or the application of environmental DNA analysis is highly desirable.

Language requirements

English

Condition of Employment

Reliability Status

Who is eligible?

  • Fellowships will be for two years contingent on satisfactory progress achieved during the first year.
  • Candidates should have obtained a PhD (or equivalent) within the past three years (PhD received on or after July 1, 2016) or expect to complete their PhD within 6 months of appointment.
  • Fellows will work in a lab under the direct supervision of an NRC researcher.

 

Although preference will be given to Canadian citizens and Permanent Residents, Fellowships are open to nationals of all countries. The offer of a Fellowship does not ensure foreign nationals Permanent Residency in Canada. Non-Canadian candidates should apply for non-immigrant status (i.e. temporary status) and an employment visa.  For further information, please contact the closest Canadian High Commission, Embassy or Consulate in your area.

Application Requirements

In order to be considered for the program please include the following in your application, please note that you will need to attach the required documents as per the list below when submitting your application. Failure to do so will result in your application being excluded from consideration.

 

  • Resume
  • Statement of Interest in the project (maximum one page in length)
  • PhD Transcript - an electronic copy is sufficient, it does not have to be an official version.
  • List of Publications
  • Three letters of recommendation (please note that you need to attach the letters to your application profile, your referees will need to provide you with their letters)

 

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

Relocation

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

Salary Range

From $52,854 to $149,416 per annum. 

 

The Postdoctoral Fellowships 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. As a guide, the current annual PhD recruiting rate is $68,567.

Notes

  • NRC employees enjoy a wide-range of benefits including comprehensive health and dental plans, pension and insurance plans, vacation and other leave entitlements.
  • Fellowships are open to nationals of all countries, although 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 (6497) to:

E-mail: NRC.NRCHiring-EmbaucheCNRC.CNRC@nrc-cnrc.gc.ca

Telephone: 613-993-0542 

Closing Date: Extended to June 12, 2019 - 23:59 Eastern Time.  As such, awards will be announced the end of July 2019. Successful fellows may commence their award at any time from August 15 to December 16, 2019.

 

 

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Date Modified: 2019-05-21

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