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Microbiology Analyst, Quality Control

City: Montréal 

Organizational Unit: Biologics Manufacturing Centre 

Classification: TO-2 

Tenure: Term 

Duration: Until 31 March 2023 

Language Requirements: Bilingual Imperative BBB/BBB 


Up to 3 positions to fill


Assignments and secondments may be considered according to NRC's policies.

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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 three Microbiology Analysts, Quality Control (QC) to support our Biologics Manufacturing Centre. The seleted candidate would be someone who shares our core values of Integrity, Excellence, Respect and Creativity.

The new Biologics Manufacturing Centre (BMC), currently under construction by the NRC, will help to accelerate Canada’s capacity to produce, access and supply vaccines and other biologics. Certified as Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP) compliant, the facility will have full end-to-end production capability for mammalian cell-based biologics. This includes a production capacity of approximately 4000 litres per month, upstream and downstream processing, a fill and finish system, a quality control lab, secondary packaging, and related logistics management of final products. In the short-term, the BMC’s top priority and focus is to help secure the production of a COVID-19 vaccine for Canadians as quickly as possible, once one is approved by Health Canada. In the longer term, the BMC’s focus will be on providing innovative solutions for the domestic production and supply of novel biologics for the future, while providing Canada with access to a facility that is ready to respond to emergencies, such as a pandemic.

The candidate will contribute to implement the QC system (SOPS, forms, detailed work instructions) to support environmental validation and monitoring, control of raw material, packaging material and critical consumable.

Once the system will be set-up, the principal responsibilities will be the following:

  • Environmental monitoring sampling (air, water)
  • Finished product sampling and inspection
  • In-process and Finished Product Testing (bacterial endotoxin, Bioburden, Microbial identification)
  • Inventory management of QC consumables

The candidates will also be involved in:

  • OOS/OOT investigation
  • Support to production team
  • Improve the QC activities, when necessary
  • Maintenance and calibration of the QC equipment

Shift work may be 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 (DEC) in science (microbiology or any scientific related fields).


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


  • Significant experience in the field of pharmaceuticals in a QC laboratory;
  • Experience in air sampling, water sampling in a GMP environment.


  • Experience in writing analytical methods related to microbiological testing and based on compendial tests.
  • Experience in the  the analysis of in-process and finished product and raw materials (bioburden bymembrane filtration, LAL turbidimetric/chromogenic, etc.)
  • Experience in sterile manufacturing.

Condition of Employment

Secret (II)

Language requirements

Assessment Criteria

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

Technical Competencies

  • Knowledge of quality control in a GMP microbiological laboratory environment.
  • Knowledge of environmental monitoring analysis (water, air).
  • Knowledge of equipment maintenance and troubleshooting.
  • Technical knowledge of working under aseptic conditions (an asset).

Behavioural Competencies

  • Technology support - Client focus (Level 2)
  • Technology support - Initiative (Level 2)
  • Technology support - Results orientation (Level 2)
  • Technology support - Teamwork (Level 2)

Competency Profile(s)

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


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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. 


In addition, the incumbent will receive the Bilingualism Bonus of $800 per year.


  • Willingness to occasionnally work on weekend and/or on statutory holiday.
  • A flexible schedule and overtime may be required.
  • Shift work may be required.
  • 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 (11871) to:


Telephone: 613-949-7685 

Closing Date: 19 April 2021 - 23:59 Eastern Time



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