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Technical Officer, Applied Microbiology

Priority may be given to the following designated employment equity groups: women, Indigenous peoples* (First Nations, Inuit and Métis), persons with disabilities and racialized persons*.

* The Employment Equity Act, which is under review, uses the terminology Aboriginal peoples and visible minorities. 


City: Montréal 

Organizational Unit: Energy, Mining and Environment 

Classification: TO-3 

Tenure: Term 

Duration: until  31 March 2024

Language Requirements: English or French 


Note: Due to the nature of the work and operational requirements, this position will require full-time physical presence at the NRC work location identified.



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, Applied Microbiology to support our Energy, Mining and Environment Research Centre (EME). The Technical Officer, Applied Microbiology would be someone who shares our core values of Integrity, Excellence, Respect and Creativity.

The main responsibilities of the Technical Officer, Applied Microbiology include bioactivity tests, setup, day-to-day operation and maintenance of anaerobic reactors, and processing, analysis and reporting of related experimental results. 

In addition, he/she will discuss methods and procedures with colleagues and technical personnel in client organization. He/She will review literature for techniques related to the work to be performed. He/She will modify and adapt test procedures and methodology as required to correct identified problems and/or improve results. 

He/She will ensure the performance and operating reliability of the equipment. More specifically, he/she will setup and operate equipment in accordance with analytical/experimental procedures and tests to be performed. 

If you have the ability to work autonomously, efficiently, with great attention to detail, and with a good sense of organization, you may be the perfect candidate for this position.  

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 in Life Sciences, Microbiology, Biochemistry, Bio-engineering, Environmental sciences or Chemical engineering. 

A 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 a microbiology or bioengineering research laboratory, particularly in the field of anaerobic fermentation, bioconversion, biofiltration or gas biotreatment;
  • Significant experience with pure, enriched and mixed cultures of microorganisms;
  • Significant experience with complex laboratory testing procedures (activity tests, biological methane potential tests, biomolecular techniques), instruments, and equipment; and
  • Basic experience with lab-scale bioreactors’ operation and monitoring.

Condition of Employment

  • Reliability Status
  • Must be available to work overtime including weekends.
  • Must be able to work in a standard laboratory environment with some exposure to hazardous materials and situations

Language Requirements

Assessment Criteria

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

Technical Competencies

  • Working knowledge of analytical techniques required for bioreactor monitoring (gas chromatography, COD measurements, solids, pH, alkalinity, sugars, etc);
  • Ability to perform simple mathematical calculations (rule of three, volume calculations, mass balances, etc);
  • Ability to interpret results, identify problems and troubleshoot basic equipment as needed; and
  • Ability to create and maintain a safe and healthy environment based on knowledge of Occupational Health and Safety regulations and legislation.

Behavioural Competencies

  • Research Technician/Technologist - Results orientation (Level 2)
  • Research Technician/Technologist - Teamwork (Level 2)
  • Research Technician/Technologist - Client focus (Level 2)
  • Research Technician/Technologist - Initiative (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.


From $58,445 to $80,040 per annum. 


NRC employees enjoy a wide-range of competitive benefits including comprehensive health and dental plans, pension and insurance plans, vacation and other leave entitlements.


  • A pre-qualified list may be established for similar positions for a one year period.
  • Overtime will sometimes be required on short notice. 
  • In order to ensure a prompt and efficient processing of applications, candidates are encouraged to provide, along with their résumé, a detailed covering letter explaining how they meet each of the requirements of this position (education, experience) by providing concrete examples.
  •  Some travelling may be required.
  • 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 (18677) to:


Telephone: 343-548-5849 

Closing Date: 31 January 2023 - 23:59 Eastern Time 



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*If you are currently a term or continuing employee at NRC, please apply through the SuccessFactors Careers module from your NRC computer.


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