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Research Officer, Multi-Omics Networks and Systems Biology

City: Saskatoon 

Organizational Unit: Aquatic and Crop Resource Development 

Classification: RO 

Tenure: Continuing 

Language Requirements: English 


Note: This position is being re-posted. If you have previously applied to competition 7528, there is no need to re-apply.

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 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.

As an employer who values diversity in the workforce, the NRC will give preference to women, visible minorities, Indigenous peoples and persons with disabilities in this process to contribute to improving representation of designated group members.

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 vibrant and dynamic Research Officer (RO) to support NRC’s Aquatic and Crop Resource Development Research Centre (ACRD), and develop and direct research projects focused on computational and systems biology approaches to model and understand the complex interactions between agricultural crops and their surrounding environment. The RO would be someone who shares our core values of Integrity, Excellence, Respect and Creativity. RO activities include the development of proposals for new research initiatives, project management, and providing service to NRC clients. The RO would also provide input into the overall direction and research priorities for program areas within the Research Centre.

To support the goals of the NRC and ACRD Research Centre, the RO will establish an international calibre research program focused on deciphering the network of interactions occurring in agroecosystems and crop phytobiomes that affect overall productivity. Specifically, the RO’s research should focus on: (1) the integration of various ‘omics datasets from plants, microbes, and environment, and (2) the development of systems and network models that would predict the impacts of agro-ecosystem interactions on crop production and help identify preferred crop genetics. The RO would be expected to translate discoveries into powerful new tools for crop and agroecosystem management. The RO would work in a multi-disciplinary team environment with researchers and technical experts at NRC and would form collaborative research activities within Canada and internationally. It is expected that the RO will provide meaningful contributions to the ACRD Research Centre’s goal of providing solutions that enhance and increase the sustainability and long-term health of Canada’s agricultural production systems encompassing food, feed, and fiber. 

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 Bioinformatics, Biology, or other-related discipline with relevant experience in multi-omics data analysis and systems biology studies. Preference will be given to candidates with relevant post-doctoral experience.

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


  • Significant experience in analysis and interpretation of multi-omics data including analyses and integration of transcriptomes, microbiomes, and/or metabolomes with phenotype, genetic variant, and environment data.
  • Experience in statistical analysis of network data, multi-variate statistics, and meta-analysis of large-scale ‘omics datasets.
  • Experience in the development of predictive models and networks that contribute to the understanding of a biological system and gene by environment interactions.
  • Experience in developing algorithms, code, and/or end-user applications that support analysis and visualization of multi-omics data or network building and interpretation.
  • Experience in experimental design for multi-omic sampling with model species or crop plants will be considered an asset. 
  • Experience applying artificial intelligence or machine learning algorithms will be considered an asset.
  • Significant experience in the full spectrum of research activities including identification of research requirements, proposal writing, project management, data production and analysis, and reporting through written documentation, presentations and publishing.

Condition of Employment

Reliability Status

Assessment Criteria

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

Technical Competencies

  • Knowledge of systems biology and how network composition and dynamics impacts the overall health and productivity of a biological system. Knowledge pertaining to model plants or crops will be considered an asset.
  • Ability to integrate knowledge of biological systems and networks for the development of analytical tools that contribute to increasing the sustainability of crops and agro-ecosystems.
  • Advanced knowledge of biostatistics and bioinformatics relevant for analysis of multi-omics data.
  • Ability to conceive and initiate projects and write funding proposals focused on a systems biology approach to understanding agro-ecosystems and crop phytobiomes.
  • Knowledge of modern machine learning techniques, including deep learning or convolutional neural networks will be considered an asset.
  • Knowledge of experimental design and sampling for systems biology studies. Knowledge pertaining to studies of model plants or crops will be considered an asset.

Behavioural Competencies

  • Research - Continuous professional learning (Level 3)
  • Research - Results orientation (Level 3)
  • Research - Initiative (Level 2)
  • Research - Teamwork (Level 3)
  • Research - Creative thinking (Level 4)
  • Research - Communication (Level 3)

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 (7528) to:


Telephone: 613-299-4639

Closing Date: Posted until filled



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