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Zebrafish Platform Technical Officer - Zebrafish Husbandry

City: Halifax 

Organizational Unit: Aquatic and Crop Resource Development 

Classification: TO-2 

Tenure: Term 

Duration: 2 Years 

Language Requirements: English 


*Please note that the work schedule will be from Thursday to Monday.

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


As part of the Zebrafish Toxicology, Genomics and Neurobiology team the Platform Technical Officer will support NRC, other government departments and industry research activities through technical assistance, animal care and facility maintenance of the NRC zebrafish facility in Halifax. The incumbent will be part of a multidisciplinary team, providing essential support for ongoing projects and programs involving our industry partners and other government departments and agencies in the area of toxicology and biomedical research.

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 of Science Degree with a major in one of the life sciences or equivalent combination of work-related experience, training and education. 


Preference will be given to candidates who have Canadian Council on Animal Care (CCAC) certification regarding laboratory animal care. 


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


  • Hands-on experience in the maintenance of the health and safety of research animals within a zebrafish research facility;

  • Experience in performing zebrafish husbandry and technical duties following standard operating protocols related to animal care;

  • Experience in operating and maintaining recirculating aquatic systems would be considered an asset;

  • Experience in maintaining a zebrafish breeding colony would be considered an asset;

  • Experience in routine practices using zebrafish as a model organism for evaluating toxicity or biomedical research would be considered an asset;

  • Experience in the use of computers and common computer software to track, monitor and analyze data.

Condition of Employment

  • Reliability Status

  • The work schedule will be from Thursday to Monday. 

  • Must be able to work in a warm laboratory environment (25°C to 30°C).

Assessment Criteria

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

Technical Competencies

  • Knowledge of zebrafish husbandry, breeding and development;

  • Knowledge of occupational health and safety best practices required to create and maintain a safe and healthy work environment;

  • Ability to manage time to maximize productivity.

Behavioural Competencies

  • Research Technician/Technologist - Communication (Level 1)
  • Research Technician/Technologist - Creative thinking (Level 1)
  • Research Technician/Technologist - Initiative (Level 1)
  • Research Technician/Technologist - Results orientation (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 $49,298 to $69,364 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.



Please direct your questions, with the requisition number (12139) to:


Telephone: 613-314-6733

Closing Date: 16th June 2021 - 23:59 Eastern Time



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