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Technical Officer, Animal Resources

Priority may be given to the following designated employment equity groups: Indigenous peoples* (First Nations, Inuit and Métis) and persons with disabilities*. 
* The Employment Equity Act, which is under review, uses the terminology Aboriginal peoples.


City: Ottawa 

Organizational Unit: Human Health Therapeutics 

Classification: TO-2 

Tenure: Term 

Duration: one year 

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 Technical Officer to support our Human Health Therapeutics (HHT) Research Center. 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, working within the highly skilled Animal Resources Group, to care for a variety of laboratory animals (including but not limited to: mice, rats, hamsters, gerbils, rabbits, ferrets and other species) and performing technical manipulations (dosing and sample collections) and animal husbandry practices in support of research studies undertaken by HHT scientists or outside organizations. The candidate will perform technical duties and provide assistance to professional staff (scientific and/or veterinary) as required and in accordance with the animal resources standard operational procedures (SOPs).

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 in Veterinary Technology.

Current registration in the Canadian Association for Laboratory Animal Science (CALAS) at the Laboratory Animal Technologist (RLAT) or Masters level (RLAT-M) is preferred. 

Current registration in a provincial veterinary technician licensing body is preferred e.g. Ontario Association of Veterinary Technicians (OAVT).

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


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


  • Experience working in laboratory animal science;
  • Experience in the operations of laboratory animal containment level 1, 2 and 3;
  • Experience in routine clinical procedures and surgery involving laboratory animals such as rodents and rabbits;
  • Experience in the operation of an animal research facility equipment; 
  • Experience working under barrier conditions to protect immunocompromised (e.g. nude mice, severe combined immune deficient mice (SCID), certain transgenic strains of mice) or unusually valuable animals from being contaminated by adventitious pathogens or opportunistic environmental microorganisms


Condition of Employment

  • Reliability Status
  • Must be available to do occasional weekend and or statatory holiday work.
  • Must not be allergic to laboratory animals
  • Must not own, or come in to regular contact, with pet rodents, rabbits, or snakes
  • Must be able to lift supplies weighting up to 15 kg


Assessment Criteria

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

Technical Competencies

  • Extensive knowledge of Canadian Association for Animal Care (CCAC) guidelines and policies as well as other relevant regulations including bio-containment
  • Ability to perform technical duties such as drug dosing (SC, IM, IV, IP, and other routes) to a variety of laboratory animals.
  • Ability to perform blood draws and other tissue collections.
  • Ability to support and/or perform surgical procedures on a wide variety of laboratory animals
  • Knowledge of occupational health and safety best practices required to create and maintain a safe and healthy work environment.
  • Ability to analyze and discuss technical issues, troubleshoot and solve problems relating to animal health and clinical observations.
  • Ability to do data entry use specialized domain-specific software including EXCEL, Word, Powerpoint, etc., as well as other general office software products.

Behavioural Competencies

  • Technology support - Conceptual and analytical ability (Level 1)
  • Technology support - Initiative (Level 1)
  • Technology support - Results orientation (Level 1)
  • Technology support - Teamwork (Level 1)

Competency Profile(s)

For this position, the NRC will evaluate candidates using the following competency profile:  Technology Support


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


From $49,298 to $69,364 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.


  • A pre-qualified list may be established for similar positions for a one year period.
  • This position is being advertised internally and externally simultaneously, however first consideration will be given to internal NRC applicants.
  • 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 (17571) to:


Telephone: 343-548-5849 

Closing Date: 4 July 2022 - 23:59 Eastern Time 



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