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Technical Officer, Genomic

City: Montréal

Organizational Unit: Human Health Therapeutics 

Classification: TO-4 

Tenure: Continuing 

Language Requirements: Bilingual Imperative BBB/BBB

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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 in Genomic to support our Human Health Therapeutics (HHT) research centre. The Technical Officer would be someone who shares our core values of Integrity, Excellence, Respect and Creativity.


The Applied Genomics Team is considering a strategic expansion to high throughput screening and single-cell sequencing techniques to support HHT’s cell therapy initiatives. The incumbent will play a key role in large-scale projects to identify therapeutic targets through the use of advanced technologies such as CRISPR/Cas9 screening and single-cell sequencing. The Technical Officer will actively contribute to the design, laboratory implementation and bioinformatic analysis of CRISPR/Cas9 screening.

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’s degree in Biology, Microbiology, Molecular Biology, Biochemistry or other discipline related to the position. 


Master’s degree in these disciplines would be considered an asset.


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


  • Extensive experience in cell culture, transfection, stable mammalian cell line development and characterization of cell lines: (Expanding, titration, banking, confirming loss of function or gain of function gene mutations by sequencing, qPCR, immunoblotting, and / or functional assays, microscopy)
  • Significative experience in molecular biology (cloning, RNA, DNA, gDNA, Q-PCR…)
  • Significative experience in the characterization of model cell lines for screening, target validation and mechanistic studies;
  • Significative experience in flow cytometry and fluorescence assisted cell sorting (FACS);
  • Experience with gene editing technologies such as CRISPR/Cas9 to generate gene deletions, point mutations, etc.;
  • Experience in the use of bioinformatics and statistical tools for next-generation sequencing data analysis

Condition of Employment

Reliability Status

Language requirements

Assessment Criteria

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

Technical Competencies

  • Knowledge of mammalian cell culture, viral production and functional characterization of stable lines.
  • Knowledge of CRISPR/Cas9 gene editing approaches and related experimental designs.
  • Ability to write reports and draft protocols and standard operating procedures.
  • Knowledge of next-generation sequencing principles and data analysis.
  • General knowledge of related industry trends, developments and best practices.
  • Knowledge of occupational health and safety best practices required to create and maintain a safe and healthy work environment.

Behavioural Competencies

  • Research Technician/Technologist - Client focus (Level 3)
  • Research Technician/Technologist - Communication (Level 2)
  • Research Technician/Technologist - Creative thinking (Level 3)
  • 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 $72,654 to $93,437 per annum. 


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


  • 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 (11340) to:


Telephone: 613-949-7685 

Closing Date: 21 January 2021 - 23:59 Eastern Time



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