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Technical Officer - Chemist

City: Montreal

Organizational Unit: Aquatic and Crop Resource Development 

Classification: TO-3 

Tenure: Term 

Duration: 2 Years 

Language Requirements: English or French 

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 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 the Microbial Fermentation and Bioproducts team working towards the development of sustainable processes for transforming bio-based resources into high-value products such as biofertilizers, enzymes, surfactants, and fine chemicals. The Technical Officer will provide technical expertise and analytical support for projects that require the synthesis, purification, analysis, and characterization of chemical or biochemical compounds. The successful candidate should have experience with chemical synthesis, biocatalysis, the extraction and purification of small molecules from fermentation broth, and the analysis and characterization of chemical or biochemical compounds by HPLC, GC and NMR. Responsibilities will include the provision of technical support in the preparation, conduct, and reporting of various experiments, and the maintenance of chemistry facilities.

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 or Bachelor's degree in chemistry or organic chemistry.


A Master of Science degree in Chemistry or Organic Chemistry or a related discipline would be considered an asset.  


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

  • <span style="font-family:"Helvetica",sans-serif">Significant experience with organic chemistry and chemical synthesis.
  • <span style="font-family:"Helvetica",sans-serif"><span style="font-family:"Helvetica",sans-serif">Experience with thin layer chromatography and flash chromatography purification systems.
  • <span style="font-family:"Helvetica",sans-serif"><span style="font-family:"Helvetica",sans-serif">Experience with down-stream processing technologies that support biocatalytic and fermentation processes is an asset.
  • <span style="font-family:"Helvetica",sans-serif"><span style="font-family:"Helvetica",sans-serif">Significant experience with the operation and maintenance of HPLC instruments and data analysis.
  • <span style="font-family:"Helvetica",sans-serif"><span style="font-family:"Helvetica",sans-serif">Experience with the operation of GC and NMR instruments and data analysis is an asset.
  • <span style="font-family:"Helvetica",sans-serif"><span style="font-family:"Helvetica",sans-serif">Experience with the safe operation and maintenance of laboratory equipment such as rotary evaporators, heating mantles, shakers, thermomixers, centrifuges, balances, tensiometers, polarimeters, and pH meters.
Condition of Employment

Reliability Status

Language requirements
Assessment Criteria

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

Technical Competencies
  • <span style="font-family:"Helvetica",sans-serif">Solid knowledge of organic chemistry, chemical synthesis, and analytical chemistry.
  • <span style="font-family:"Helvetica",sans-serif"><span style="font-family:"Helvetica",sans-serif">Solid knowledge of analytical techniques including high performance liquid chromatography (HPLC), gas chromatography (GC), and nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectroscopy.
  • <span style="font-family:"Helvetica",sans-serif"><span style="font-family:"Helvetica",sans-serif">Knowledge of analytical techniques for determining the enantiomeric excess of chemicals and biochemicals is an asset.
  • <span style="font-family:"Helvetica",sans-serif"><span style="font-family:"Helvetica",sans-serif">Ability to analyze, discuss, and solve problems on technical issues relating to small molecule characterization, and reaction/fermentation monitoring.
  • <span style="font-family:"Helvetica",sans-serif"><span style="font-family:"Helvetica",sans-serif">Knowledge of technical and scientific literature sources, search engines and computer software relevant to the work
  • <span style="font-family:"Helvetica",sans-serif">Basic knowledge of occupational health and safety best practices required to create and maintain a safe and healthy work environment.
Behavioural Competencies
  • Research Technician/Technologist - Communication (Level 2)
  • Research Technician/Technologist - Creative thinking (Level 2)
  • Research Technician/Technologist - Initiative (Level 2)
  • 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: Research Technician/Technologist


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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. 


You will be required to answer screening questions to demonstrate how you meet the Essential Qualifications (Education and Experiences).

When answering the screening questions, it is not sufficient to say that you have the required qualifications or to list your current or past responsibilities. Rather, you must provide concrete examples of tasks you have accomplished with significant details to explain the WHAT, WHEN, WHERE and HOW you acquired each qualification.

For each experience criteria, please provide the following information:
1- Name of the department or organization where the experience was acquired;
2- Title of the position occupied, group and level and the period(s) in which you performed the functions (M-Y to M-Y)
3- Specific details of tasks or projects demonstrating how the experience was acquired (Situation/Challenge, Tasks, Action and Result)

Should your responses to the screening questions contain insufficient details to demonstrate that you meet the screening criteria, your application may not be given further consideration in this process. A CV is still required as part of your application, but a cover letter is not required. Candidates will not be solicited for incomplete or possible missing information.


  • 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 (10773) to:


Telephone: 613-299-4639

Closing Date: 4 December 2020 - 23:59 Eastern Time



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