Analytics Technical Officer

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.


Candidates are asked to self-declare when applying to this hiring process.


City: Ottawa 

Organizational Unit: Human Health Therapeutics 

Classification: TO-3 

Tenure: Term 

Duration: 2 years 

Language Requirements: English 



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.



Your Challenge

Great Minds. One Goal. Canada's Success.


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 Analytics Facilities Management team which is a part of the Human Health Therapeutics (HHT) Research Center. The selected candidate would be someone who shares our core values of Integrity, Excellence, Respect and Creativity.

Become part of a team that works at the interface of academia and industry in the exciting field of Biological Mass Spectrometry. Help us and our industrial partners move Protein Therapeutics from the bench into patients by providing technical support to researchers and project leaders.

The technical officer will primarily be responsible for the setup, maintenance, calibration, and troubleshooting of sophisticated LC-MS infrastructure.  The candidate will also be called upon to plan, and execute complex experiments using liquid chromatography and mass spectrometry to analyze proteins and other biomolecules. In time, the technical officer will also be called upon to help train other colleagues in LC-MS analysis, assisting in administrative and support roles such as purchasing of reagents/supplies, preparing scientific reports, assisting in the development of new analytical assays, attending internal and external meetings, writing standard/developmental operating procedures (SOPs/DOPs), documenting experiments in laboratory notebooks, and presenting data at internal meetings.

At NRC we work in a dynamic matrix environment. As part of the organization, you will need to interact and communicate effectively with your direct supervisor, team members, and project leads.

The ideal candidate would have two to three years of Protein Mass Spectrometry experience and a passion for working in a team to support high impact challenging projects.

This analytical technical officer position would appeal to someone who is interested in analytical technology within the realm of biological research. Someone who is flexible and has a passion for working hands-on in a high-tech laboratory setting, learning new techniques, helping to find solutions to challenging instrumentation and scientific problems, and interacting with other scientists with diverse backgrounds.

If you are that person, then this is the perfect role for you!

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 degree in Chemistry, Biochemistry, Biology or relevant related discipline. 


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


  • Experience with the operation of mass spectrometers, in combination with chromatographic techniques (liquid chromatography).
  • Experience with biological sample preparation for chromatographic and mass spectrometry analysis.
  • Experience with analysis of protein and/or peptide mass spectrometry data.
  • Experience in making scientific and technical recommendations and providing technical support in a laboratory setting.
  • Experience in the preparation of high quality scientific reports/manuscripts/presentations.

Condition of Employment

Reliability Status

Assessment Criteria

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

Technical Competencies

  • Knowledge of the fundamental and practical aspects of mass spectrometry.
  • Knowledge of the fundamental and practical aspects of protein and peptide chromatography.
  • Knowledge of the fundamentals and practical aspects of biological sample preparation techniques.
  • Ability to develop, troubleshoot and optimise analytical methods.
  •  Ability to understand and use specialized domain-specific software as well as general office products.
  • Ability to analyze data, interpret results, and identify and troubleshoot problems.
  • Ability to prepare scientific reports and maintain proper records in a lab environment.
  • Solid knowledge of basic and safe laboratory practices.

Behavioural Competencies

  • Research Technician/Technologist - Communication (Level 2)
  • Research Technician/Technologist - Initiative (Level 2)
  • Research Technician/Technologist - Results orientation (Level 2)
  • Research Technician/Technologist - Teamwork (Level 2)
  • Research Technician/Technologist - Creative thinking (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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Rates under review.


From $58,445 to $80,040 per annum. 


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

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 the NRC Employee wellness matters. We offer flexible work schedules as well as part-time work to help employees maintain work-life balance. We are one of the few federal organizations that close our offices during the December holiday season.  We offer professional learning and development opportunities such as conferences, workshops, and a suite of mentorship, award and recognition programs. Diversity enables creativity and innovation. Fostering a diverse, inclusive, welcoming and supportive workplace is important to us, and contributes to a more inclusive Canadian innovation system. We welcome all qualified applicants and encourage you to complete the employment equity self-declaration questions during the job application process. Please let us know of any accommodation measures required to help you to be assessed in a fair and equitable manner. Please note that the information you provide will be treated confidentially. 


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  • Relocation assistance will be determined in accordance with the NRC's directives.
  • A pre-qualified list may be established for similar positions for a one year period.
  • 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 (20827) to:


Telephone: 438-304-7562

Closing Date: 29 November 2023 - 23:59 Eastern Time 



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