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Director General, Human Health Therapeutics

City: Ottawa; Montréal 

Organizational Unit: Human Health Therapeutics 

Classification: MGT-4 

Tenure: Continuing 

Language Requirements: Bilingual Imperative CBC/CBC


Notes: In the event that no qualified bilingual candidates are identified, NRC may consider unilingual candidates who will be required to commit to achieving these levels within two years.

As an employer who values diversity in its workforce, we encourage 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.

* The Employment Equity Act, which is under review, uses the terminology Aboriginal peoples and visible minorities. 

The NRC Advantage

Great Minds. One Goal. Canada's Success.


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, we know that diversity enables excellence in research and innovation. We are committed to a diverse and representative workforce, a safe and respectful work environment, and contributing 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. 

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.

The Human Health Therapeutics (HHT) Research center aims to transform human health outcomes 
for the benefit of society, in collaboration with public and private sector organizations, by accelerating the discovery and development of innovative biologic medicines in Canada. Our 300+ scientific staff focuses on advancing vaccines, antibody therapeutics, cell and gene therapy products from early stage R&D through to progression for first in human clinical trials. HHT enables all aspects of biomanufacturing from development of production platforms and cell lines and optimization of scale-up processes for production, purification and analytics of complex biologics. HHT’s newest facility expansion is the construction of a Clinical Trial Material Facility, which will enable GMP Biomanufacturing for Phase I and II clinical trial material for biologics material. .The research center has a strong track record of generating and leveraging intellectual property particularly platform technologies and collaboration with industry and is an innovation engine that is a major contributor to the prosperity of Canada’s small and medium enterprises (SMEs). 

The Director General reports of the Vice-President of Life Sciences and will support the development of the Life Sciences strategy as it pertains to R&D of vaccines, biologics and biomanufacturing. Four-Six Directors that oversee various R&D departments, programs, operations and business management services report to the Director General of Human Health Therapeutics.  The DG is also supported by a number of different corporate groups such as Finance, HR, Information technology etc. 

The Director General will provide inspirational leadership to the scientific staff and will help set the direction of research as aligned with the strategy. Applying excellent management skills, the Director General will ensure scientific and technical excellence, and client satisfaction. The DG maximizes the value and impact of Human Health Therapeutics in various NRC R&D Programs and initiatives aimed at scientific excellence, business innovation, and Canada’s public policy, including forging and leveraging complex external partnerships and collaborations across a wide range of stakeholders encompassing academia, Other government departments (OGDs), and industry nationally and internationally.

Our Inclusive Work Environment

We are committed to ensuring that each staff member promptly receives the accommodation they need to do their job and we understand the importance of work/life balance.

NRC employees enjoy a wide range of benefits that include comprehensive medical and dental, pension and insurance plans as well as annual vacation time and other leave. The NRC also offers learning and development opportunities. For more information, please visit our website.

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:


A Ph.D. or equivalent degree in life science from a recognized university. Preference may be given to candidates with a combination of science and business education.

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


  • Significant experience conducting original research in a field related to the position and ideally recognition as a global leader in their domain of expertise.
  • Significant experience supervising and developing staff in multidisciplinary teams, ideally in a matrix environment of projects and programs.
  • Significant and recently demonstrated experience in applying the principles, tools and practices of leadership, administrative, financial, and human resource management.
  • Experience managing multidisciplinary R&D programs.
  • Significant and demonstrated scientific or engineering and technical leadership.
  • Significant experience in building partnerships with national and international organizations.
  • Experience developing and maintaining strategic projects with senior government officials, academic and industry leaders. 
  • Senior executive experience including a demonstrated ability to lead change, build superior teams, motivate a diverse group of individuals, and direct large-scale initiatives.

Condition of Employment

Secret (II)


All employees of the National Research Council are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and attest to their vaccination status unless accommodated based on a medical contraindication, religion, or another prohibited ground of discrimination as defined under the Canadian Human Rights Act.

Language Requirements

Assessment Criteria

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

Technical Competencies

  • Strong knowledge of the national and international Human Health Therapeutics research community.
  • Knowledge of the Canadian innovation process, the structure of the Canadian research and innovation systems, and the Canadian research community.
  • Ability to effectively lead and manage a multi-faceted organization in an R&D environment with a style and approach that supports NRC’s commitment to scientific excellence and its participative management and entrepreneurship values.
  • Demonstrated ability to successfully leverage, government, industry or other partnerships to generate and deliver on ideas that would lead to recognition of NRC’s role in world-wide research and technology innovation.
  • Strong knowledge of Human Health Therapeutics’ initiatives, programs and activities and their potential for impact nationally and internationally.
  • Recognized leadership in the field of human health therapeutics.
  • Ability to analyze complex information, make timely decisions and communicate clearly with all internal and external stakeholders.
  • Ability to manage in a scientific environment with in depth knowledge of the different models of research operations while enhancing a collaborative approach.
  • Knowledge of the National Research Council, its mandate and strategic objectives.

Behavioural Competencies

  • Inspirational Leadership (Level 4)
  • Self-Awareness (3)
  • Strategic Outlook and Alignment (Level 4)
  • Drive for Results and Efficiency (Level 4)
  • Leverage Collaborative Relationships (Level 4)
  • Client Relationship Management (Level 4)
  • Service Orientation (level 4)
  • Financial Management (Level 4)
  • Human Resources Management (4)

Competency Profile(s)

For this position, the NRC will evaluate candidates using the following competency profile: Management Competencies (MG)


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


From $154,500 to $185,300 per annum. 


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


  • On October 6, 2021, the Government of Canada announced the launch of a mandatory vaccination policy across the federal public service. The Policy on COVID-19 Vaccination for the National Research Council requires you to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19, and that you attest to your vaccination status prior to the date of your appointment unless accommodated based on a medical contraindication, religion, or another prohibited ground of discrimination as defined under the Canadian Human Rights Act. You can find more specific information on the collection and use of your personal information when you submit your attestation.
  • 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 (17235) to:


Telephone: 613-993-1679 

Closing Date: Posted until filled



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