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Technical Officer, Chemistry

City: Montreal

Organizational Unit: Aquatic and Crop Resource Development 

Classification: TO-2 

Tenure: Term 

Duration: 2 Years 

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.


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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.

The successful candidate will play an important role within a team working towards supporting the chemical synthesis activities of the Advanced Biomaterials and Chemical Synthesis team. The team produces a wide range of chemical products for internal and external clients including small molecules, nanomaterials, and polymers from mg to kg-scale for health, agriculture and material science applications. Responsibilities will include the provision of technical support services in designing, planning, preparing, conducting and analyzing various experiments and/or tests, and the coordination and maintenance of the chemical synthesis laboratory and related equipment.

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 or university degree in chemistry.

A Bachelor’s degree in chemistry would be considered an asset.

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

  • Experience providing technical support in chemical catalysis.
  • Experience in synthesis and purification of bio-based materials and nanomaterials.
  • Experience with methods and techniques related to preparing for, conducting, documenting and analyzing experiments/tests for the production of catalysts and their application in chemical transformation reactions.
  • Experience with the safe operation, maintenance, verification, and installation of equipment and laboratory apparatus such as chemical reactors and instrumentation required to characterize chemical compounds.
  • Experience working in a project management focused multi-disciplinary research environment.
Condition of Employment

Reliability Status

Assessment Criteria

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

Technical Competencies
  • Knowledge of applied practices and concepts relating to catalysis. General knowledge of related industry trends, developments and best practices.
  • Knowledge relating to the synthesis of bio-based materials and nanomaterials.
  • Knowledge relating to scaling-up syntheses.
  • Knowledge of occupational health and safety best practices required to create and maintain a safe and healthy laboratory/work environment.
  • Ability to analyze and discuss technical issues, troubleshoot and solve problems relating to chemical synthesis and the operation of chemical reactors and analytical instrumentation required to characterize chemical compounds.
  • Ability to write reports and draft protocols and standard operating procedures.
Behavioural Competencies
  • Research Technician/Technologist - Client focus (Level 2)
  • Research Technician/Technologist - Communication (Level 2)
  • Research Technician/Technologist - Initiative (Level 1)
  • Research Technician/Technologist - Results orientation (Level 2)
  • Research Technician/Technologist - Teamwork (Level 1)
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 $48,569 to $68,339 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 (10370) to:


Telephone: 613-299-4639

Closing Date: 7 August 2020 - 23:59 Eastern Time



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Date Modified: 2020-07-23

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