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Technical Officer, Applied Genomics

City: Ottawa

Organizational Unit: Human Health Therapeutics 

Classification: TO-3 

Tenure: Term 

Duration: 2 year 

Language Requirements: English

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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 the National Research Council of Canada (NRC), Canada’s largest research and technology organization. 


We are looking for a Technical Officer in the Applied Genomics team to support the Human Health Therapeutics Research Center (HHT). The Technician would be someone who shares our core values of Integrity, Excellence, Respect and Creativity.


As an R&D partner of choice, NRC's Human Health Therapeutics (HHT) Research Center de-risks critical steps in the development of biotherapeutics, vaccines, and delivery of large molecules to the brain. NRC HHT adds value to Canadian commercial partners' products by overcoming challenges in target selection, candidate design, lead optimization, functional and biophysical characterization, and biomanufacturing. By collaborating with us, our partners have reached milestones in antibody therapies for cancer, vaccines and the treatment of neurological diseases while reducing their biomanufacturing costs. NRC-HHT stimulates industry presence in Canada while lowering costs to its health care system.


The technical officer will  provide general technical support for the Genomics Technologies projects. 


Some of the duties are to :


  • Design and print oligonucleotides onto suitable biochip surfaces. 
  • Extract nucleic acids and protein from mammalian tissues and bacterial cells, prepare fluorescently-labeled nucleic acid probes.
  • Perform and analyze DNA and RNA using gel separation, hybridizations or sequencing.
  • Assist in maintenance of the genomics facility.
  • Observe and record data from the characterization of DNA, RNA and proteins.
  • Review results and discuss findings with the supervisor.  Maintain accurate and comprehensive records of analyses, including the conversion of results into a form suitable for presentation and publication.  
  • Conduct literature searches of trends and developments in cellular and molecular biology techniques and instrumentation related to microarray analysis.
  • Assist in preparing reports on experiments for collaborators. 

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 Biology, Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, Biotechnology or other discipline related to the position. 


A relevant combination of education and experience may also be considered.


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


  • Significant experience in the use of molecular biology techniques, such as nucleic acids extraction and analysis by PCR, RT-PCR and quantitative PCR analysis; gene cloning and sub-cloning; restriction mapping; DNA sequencing and primer design 
  • Significant experience in cell culture techniques, cell transfection, protein extraction and Western analysis 
  • Significant experience with standard bioinformatics tools – BLAST, primer design, sequence analysis and public database searches 
  • Experience with DNA/oligonucleotide hybridisation 

Condition of Employment

Reliability Status

Assessment Criteria

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

Technical Competencies

  • Knowledge of the principles behind genomics and molecular biology. 
  • Knowledge of the industry trends and best practices.
  • Knowledge in microbiology and biochemistry.  
  • Knowledge of analytical equipment and techniques, such as, electrophoresis equipment, various microarray scanners, cloning, electrophoresis, PCR, DNA hybridization, DNA microarray hybridization, aseptic technique.
  • Knowledge of health and safety related practices pertaining to biocontainment level 2 conditions.
  • Ability to maintain accurate and comprehensive records of analyses and to convert results into a form suitable for presentation.  
  • Knowledge in Sanger and Next generation sequencing.

Behavioural Competencies

  • Technology support - Communication (Level 2)
  • Technology support - Conceptual and analytical ability (Level 2)
  • Technology support - Results orientation (Level 2)
  • Technology support - Teamwork (Level 2)

Competency Profile(s)

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


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

Salary Range

From $58,445 to $80,040 per annum. 


  • 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 (12944) to:


Telephone: 613-949-7685 

Closing Date: 3 August 2021 - 23:59 Eastern Time



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