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Technical Officer, Natural Product Chemistry

City: Halifax 

Organizational Unit: Metrology Research Centre 

Classification: TO-3 

Tenure: Term 

Duration: 2 years

Language Requirements: English


This is a re-post - candidates who have previously applied do not need to re-apply.

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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 Technical Officer to support our Metrology Research Centre. The Technical Officer would be someone who shares our core values of Integrity, Excellence, Respect and Creativity.


The Biotoxin Metrology group performs research on analytical methods for marine and freshwater algal biotoxins, and develops certified reference materials (CRMs) for algal biotoxins. These CRMs are distributed worldwide to environmental and food testing laboratories to ensure public health.


The Technical Officer will carry out laboratory work associated with isolation and purification of organic compounds, particularly algal biotoxins, using preparative chromatographic techniques and perform evaluation of the data. The Technical Officer is responsible for purity and structural characterisation of compounds using a variety of analytical techniques including nuclear magnetic resonance and high resolution-mass spectrometry. The work requires extensive interactions with scientific and technical staff, so excellent communication skills are required. The position is responsible for developing and maintaining detailed searchable inventories of raw materials used, fractions produced and samples analysed during these activities. They will also contribute to general activities of the Biotoxin Metrology team 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:


Bachelor’s degree in chemistry or a related field. College diploma in a related field may also be considered.


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

  • Significant experience in natural product chemistry or organic chemistry relating to the isolation and purification of small organic compounds, specifically secondary metabolites such as algal biotoxins.
  • Significant experience with nuclear magnetic resonance, liquid chromatography with optical detection, mass spectrometry (low and high resolution) and associated data processing and interpretation.
  • Experience in structural elucidation of novel small organic compounds.
  • Experience in preparation of high-quality technical scientific reports.
  • Experience in database preparation and organisation.
Condition of Employment

Reliability Status

Assessment Criteria

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

Technical Competencies
  • Knowledge of natural product chemistry or organic chemistry, particularly in the isolation and purification of small organic molecules, such as algal toxins, using various preparative and semi-preparative chromatographic techniques.
  • Knowledge of purity analysis and structural characterisation of small organic compounds using techniques such as nuclear magnetic resonance, mass spectrometry and additional spectroscopy methods.
  • Knowledge of good laboratory practices and scientific record keeping.
  • Knowledge of Occupational Health & Safety regulations and legislation required to create and maintain a safe and healthy environment.
Behavioural Competencies
  • Research Technician/Technologist - Results orientation (Level 2)
  • Research Technician/Technologist - Communication (Level 2)
  • Research Technician/Technologist - Creative thinking (Level 2)
  • Research Technician/Technologist - Teamwork (Level 2)
Competency Profile(s)

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


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

Salary Range

From $57,581 to $78,857 per annum. 


  • Some travelling may be required
  • This position is being advertised internally and externally simultaneously, however first consideration will be given to internal NRC applicants.
  • 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.



Please direct your questions, with the requisition number (7809) to:


Telephone: 416-768-4406

Closing Date: 1 December 2020 - 23:59 Eastern Time



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