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Technical Officer, Phytoplankton Genomics

City: Halifax 

Organizational Unit: Aquatic and Crop Resource Development 

Classification: TO-3 

Tenure: Continuing 

Language Requirements: English

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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) to support our Aquatic and Crop Resource Development (ACRD) Research Centre. The Technical Officer would be someone who shares our core values of Integrity, Excellence, Respect and Creativity.

The primary responsibility of the TO is to support high calibre research projects by conducting experimental laboratory work and applying advanced instrumentation and technologies in the area of Phytoplankton Genomics.  Under the direction of a Team Lead, the TO will support a novel research program investigating the environmental genomics of marine phytoplankton at NRC’s ACRD Research Centre facilities in Halifax and Ketch Harbour, Nova Scotia, and will have the opportunity to interact with academic and industrial collaborators and clients. In addition, the Phytoplankton Genomics TO will:

  • Conduct research activities supporting ACRD strategic priorities in the application of algal technologies in general, and specifically in the characterization of phytoplankton communities as bio-sensors for monitoring perturbations in ocean health in response to pollution, climate change, and other environmental stressors.
  • Participate in new research initiatives in response to NRC and client R&D needs as they arise and as tasks are assigned by a Team Lead.
  • Collect and analyse data, compose draft reports, protocols and standard operating procedures, and contribute to the preparation of research publications and client reports.
  • Contribute to ACRD’s multidisciplinary research environment by supporting research efforts of NRC colleagues and providing guidance and technical expertise 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:


College diploma in biology, molecular biology, genomics or a related field. A Bachelor of Science in these or related fields would be an asset.


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


  • Significant recent experience in functional or environmental genomics of microalgae or plants. Experience with non-photosynthetic microbes may also be considered.
  • Significant experience in next-generation sequencing (including metabarcoding, metagenomics and metatranscriptomics) and associated bioinformatics.
  • Experience in standard molecular biology techniques including nucleic acid extraction and purification, DNA cloning, primer and plasmid design, genetic transformation and gene editing technologies.
  • Experience working in multi-disciplinary teams and coordinating activities with other researchers, students and technicians.
  • Experience in bioinformatics analysis or R program is 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 applied practices and basic concepts relating to functional or environmental genomics. General knowledge of related industry trends, developments and best practices.
  • Ability to work independently and without immediate supervision on assigned research tasks. Good interpersonal and problem-solving skills are essential.
  • Ability to analyze and discuss technical issues, troubleshoot and solve problems relating to application of molecular biology techniques and bioinformatics.
  • Ability to collect and analyze data, compose draft reports, protocols and standard operating procedures, and contribute to the preparation of research publications and client reports.
  • Ability to multi-task in a fast paced environment.
  • Knowledge of occupational health and safety best practices required to create and maintain a safe and healthy work environment.

Behavioural Competencies

  • Research Technician/Technologist - Communication (Level 2)
  • Research Technician/Technologist - Creative thinking (Level 2)
  • Research Technician/Technologist - Initiative (Level 2)
  • Research Technician/Technologist - Results orientation (Level 2)
  • Research Technician/Technologist - Teamwork (Level 2)

Competency Profile

For this position, the NRC will evaluate candidates using the following competency profile: 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. 


You will be required to answer screening questions to demonstrate how you meet the Essential Qualifications (Education and Experiences).


When answering the screening questions, it is not sufficient to say that you have the required qualifications or to list your current or past responsibilities. Rather, you must provide concrete examples of tasks you have accomplished with significant details to explain the WHAT, WHEN, WHERE and HOW you acquired each qualification.

Should your responses to the screening questions contain insufficient details to demonstrate that you meet the screening criteria, your application may not be given further consideration in this process. A CV is still required as part of your application, but a cover letter is not required. Candidates will not be solicited for incomplete or possible missing information.


  • 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.



Please direct your questions, with the requisition number (6765) to:


Telephone: 613-299-4639 

Closing Date: 25 January 2021 - 23:59 Eastern Time



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