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Director General, Human Health Therapeutics

The NRC Advantage

Great Minds. One Goal. Canada's Success.

The NRC values diversity in its workforce and encourages candidates to self-identify as members of the following designated groups: women, visible minorities, aboriginal peoples and persons with disabilities. Measures for accommodation are available to all candidates retained for further assessment.  To retain the best candidate, the NRC may use interchange, secondment, or alternate programs for this hiring.

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. The NRC collaborates with over 70 colleges, universities and hospitals annually, works with 800 companies on their projects, and provides advice or funding to over 8000 Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs) each year.

The NRC brings together the brightest minds to deliver impacts on the lives of Canadians and people around the world.  Its Human Health Therapeutics (HHT) Research Centre is committed to achieving improved health outcomes for the benefit of society by accelerating the discovery and development of innovative biologic medicines in Canada through collaboration with academic, industrial, and government partners.

The NRC is seeking a research and innovation leader to fulfil the role of Director General to lead the Human Health Therapeutics (HHT) Research Centre and join the ranks of its senior management team.

Your Challenge

Reporting to the Vice President, Life Sciences, the Director General (DG) will lead highly skilled researchers and technical staff, organized in multi-disciplinary teams, and supported by large-scale facilities and leading-edge equipment. The successful candidate will support the development of the Life Sciences strategy and direct the Human Health Therapeutics (HHT) research centre as it pertains to R&D of vaccines, biologics and biomanufacturing as outlined in the 2019-2024 Strategic Plan.

As a well-qualified candidate, you come with a high level of scientific credibility and known internationally for your research leadership in one or more of the centre’s disciplines.  You are skilled in inspiring multi-disciplinary research teams and collaborating across the innovation landscape in achieving outcomes. You bring significant experience in developing, maintaining, and leveraging strategic partnerships, research collaborations and client relationships that include academia, technology organizations, private sector firms, and government departments/agencies. You are experienced in developing and leading research agendas designed to keep groups at the forefront of scientific and technical fields. As an outstanding communicator you easily navigate large, complex organizations and are skilled in developing high performing teams that pivot to seize emerging opportunities and adapt to change.  As an ideal candidate, you possess a PhD or equivalent degree in life science from a recognized university – preference may be given to candidates with a combination of science and business education.  Bilingual language is imperative, however if no qualified bilingual candidates are identified, NRC may consider unilingual candidates who will be required to commit to achieving these levels within two years.

To Apply

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Closing Date: Posted until filled.


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