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Research Officer, Mucosal Immunology

City: Ottawa

Organizational Unit: Human Health Therapeutics 

Classification: RO 

Tenure: Continuing 

Language Requirements: English

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 NRC, Canada's largest research and technology organization.


We are looking for a Research Officer (RO) to support our Mucosal Immunology Team in Human Health Therapeutics (HHT) Research Center.  The candidate would be someone who shares our core values of Integrity, Excellence, Respect and Creativity.


The Human Health Therapeutics Research Center provides innovative technologies and expertise to Canadian industry, academia and government through R&D services and collaborations, enabling them to develop new treatments to prevent or treat diseases cost effectively. As an R&D partner of choice, NRC HHT de-risks critical steps in the development of vaccines, biotherapeutics, and delivery of large molecules to emerging infections, cancers and chronic diseases. NRC HHT adds value to partners' products by overcoming challenges in target selection, candidate design, lead optimization, functional and biophysical characterization, immunogenicity and preclinical efficacy evaluation, and bioprocessing.

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:



PhD in microbiology, molecular microbiology or relevant discipline.


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



  • Significant research experience with host-pathogen interaction and antimicrobial resistance using varying state of the art in vitro and in vivo models of bacterial infections, particularly mucosal pathogens;
  • Significant experience in routine bacteriology methods and assays such as bacterial growth and quantification and cell-free and cell-based functional assays for anti-microbial product evaluations;
  • Experience in using modern molecular microbiology approaches (such as mutagenesis, CRISPR, metabolomics etc.) to study the bacterial virulence and identify novel immunotherapeutic targets;
  • Demonstrated scientific leadership and research project management experience in the full spectrum of research activities as evident by peer-reviewed publication, competitive funding and research outreach;
Condition of Employment


Secret (II)

Assessment Criteria


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

Technical Competencies


  • Advanced knowledge on the application of varying state of the art in vitro and in vivo models of mucosal bacterial infections to study the host-pathogen interaction and antimicrobial resistance;
  • Advanced knowldege on cell-free and cell-based bacterial functional assays for anti-microbial product evaluations;
  • Advanced knowledge in modern molecular microbiology approaches (such as mutagenesis, CRISPR, metabolomics etc.) to study the bacterial virulence and identify novel immunotherapeutic targets;
  • Knowledge of host immune responses to bacterial infection and the principle of the development and evaluation of bacterial vaccines and immunotherapeutics
  • Basic knowledge of project management and scientific leadership.
Behavioural Competencies
  • Research - Communication (Level 2)
  • Research - Initiative (Level 2)
  • Research - Results orientation (Level 2)
  • Research - Teamwork (Level 2)
Competency Profile(s)


For this position, the NRC will evaluate candidates using the following competency profile(s):  Research;


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

Salary Range


This position is classified as a Research Council Officer (RCO), a group that is unique to the NRC. The RCO group uses a person-based classification system instead of the more common duties-based classification system. Candidates are remunerated based on their expertise, skill, outcomes and impacts of their previous work experience. The salary scale for this group is vast, from $55,541 to $157,009 per annum, which permits for employees of all levels from new graduates to world renowned experts to be fairly compensated for their contributions. 




  • 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 (9757) to:


Telephone: 613-949-7685 

Closing Date: 09 April 2020 - 23:59 Eastern Time



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Date Modified: 2020-03-19

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