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Technical Officer, Purification

City: Montréal

Organizational Unit: Human Health Therapeutics 

Classification: TO-3 

Tenure: Term 

Duration: 2 years 

Language Requirements: English or French


There are two term positions to fill.

The NRC Advantage



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 two Technical Officer, Purification 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 successful candidate will play an important role within a GMP team that is engaged in the technology transfer  of downstream processes and GMP purification for  promising biotherapeutics and vaccines. The effort of this team directly contributes to the clinical pipeline of therapeutic candidates for Canadian small and medium-sized enterprises (SME’s). Responsibilities will include the provision of technical assistance in the preparation for and the conduct of production  and experiments, recording and organizing  data and the maintenance of the laboratory and associated equipment compliant with GMP.


This technical officer position would appeal to someone who has a passion for working in a controlled, GMP/GLP laboratory environment, providing their technical support to advance projects and contribute to establishing standard operating procedures. You would demonstrate ability to take direction and follow established procedures, efficiently document experimental activities / results and enjoy performing laboratory and manufacturing work in a dynamic and fast-paced environment.

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 in Chemical Engineering or Science degree in Life Science, or related to bioprocessing.


Collegial diploma combined with relevant and significant experience may be considered.


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

  • Significant experience in the execution of economical, scalable and transferable manufacturing processes preferably within a biotechnology or biopharmaceutical industry environment..
  • Experience in the application of protein purification tools - especially chromatography and filtration techniques – and process analytical assays (e.g., SDS-PAGE, endotoxin measurements, protein concentration by UV absorbance);
  • Experience in being assigned, preparing and duly completing technical tasks in a laboratory environment and generating standard operating procedure (SOPs) - preferably related to biotherapeutics and/or vaccines in an industrial setting.


Each of the following is considered an important asset:


  • Experience working in containment level 2 and with viral vectors.
  • Experience in working in a GMP/GLP environment
Condition of Employment

Reliability Status

Language requirements
Assessment Criteria

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

Technical Competencies
  • Solid knowledge in basic protein biochemistry and the principles of protein and/or virus particles based drug/vaccine production processes;
  • Efficient application of conventional and modern chromatography, modern chromatographic instrumentation (i.e., AKTA systems) and filtration techniques for protein and/or virus purification and formulation;
  • Ability to maintain, verify, repair and/or instal basic equipment and laboratory apparatus;
  • Ability to accurately follow, and if required effectively modify or create, Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) and batch records.
  • Basic knowledge of Occupational Health & Safety regulations and legislation required to create and maintain a safe and healthy environment;
  • Knowledge of GMP/GLP compliance.
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(s): Technology Support


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Relocation assistance will be determined in accordance with the NRC's directives.

Salary Range

From $57,581 to $78,857 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 (10849) to:


Telephone: 613-949-7685 

Closing Date: 27 November 2020 - 23:59 Eastern Time



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