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Research Officer, Cell Technologies

City: Saskatoon 

Organizational Unit: Aquatic and Crop Resource Development 

Classification: RO 

Tenure: Term 

Duration: 3 Years 

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

We are looking for a Research Officer (RO) specializing in plant cell technologies to broaden and strengthen NRC’s internationally recognized research activities in plant research. The RO would be someone who shares our core values of Integrity, Excellence, Respect and Creativity.

The primary responsibility of the RO is to support the goals of NRC through research of the highest international calibre and the development and application of advanced technologies in the area of plant cell technologies with a focus on embryogenesis. The RO will work in a team environment with researchers and technical experts in the areas of cell technologies and genomics. The RO will provide input into the overall direction and research priorities for the program area within the context of the research centre business plan.

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 plant science or related field with at least 2 years of relevant research experience.


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

  • Significant technical competence, with an understanding of plant cell culture and plant embryogenesis methodology.
  • Experience and knowledge of genomic and other ‘omics methods, tools, and databases and ability to apply these in appropriate situations.
  • Experience and knowledge of molecular biology methods and tools and ability to apply these in appropriate situations.
  • Experience in research activities including identification of research requirements, proposal writing, project management, data production and analysis, and reporting through written documentation, presentations and publishing.
  • Experience working in multi-disciplinary teams and overseeing the activities of other researchers, students and technicians.
  • Experience in chemical biology in the area of plant tissue and cell culture would be an asset.
Condition of Employment

Reliability Status

Assessment Criteria

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

Technical Competencies
  • Knowledge of scientific methodology in the area of plant cell culture including embryogenesis.
  • Knowledge of gene activity and function and methodology in the area of genomics and other ‘omics.
  • Ability to review, evaluate and implement methodologies into technical plan for executing projects.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills, ability to communicate effectively internally and externally.
  • Good organizational and time management skills; ability to prioritize effectively, manage multiple projects simultaneously and work under pressure with minimal supervision.
Behavioural Competencies
  • Research - Communication (Level 3)
  • Research - Creative thinking (Level 4)
  • 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 Officer (RO), a group that is unique to the NRC. The RO 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 $56,374 to $159,364 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 (9858) to:


Telephone: 613-299-4639

Closing Date: 21 August 2020 - 23:59 Eastern Time



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Date Modified: 2020-07-30

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