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Research Officer, Plant Metabolism and Nutrition

City: Saskatoon 

Organizational Unit: Aquatic and Crop Resource Development 

Classification: RO 

Tenure: Continuing 

Language Requirements: English 


This position is being re-posted. If you have previously applied to this requisition, there is no need to re-apply.

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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.


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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 direct research projects that focus on plant metabolism and nutrition in Canadian crops. 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.

The RO will establish an international calibre research program focused on deciphering plant metabolic pathways and their interactions that affect valued-added products derived from Canada’s crops. Specifically, the RO’s research should focus on the field of plant metabolism and the production of high-value metabolites in Canadian crops integrating discoveries that: (1) increase nutritional components; (2) reduce anti-nutritionals; and (3) facilitate increased valorization of crops for food or feed. The research activities will also involve assessing the functional aspects of nutrients, specialized and functional metabolites and the potential benefits in promoting human health. The position requires a highly motivated individual with significant expertise in the application of advanced technologies to assess the nutritional characteristics of metabolites as related to agricultural practices and genetic make-up to support development of value-added products and enhanced nutritional benefits.

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:


Ph.D. from a recognized university in plant metabolism and nutrition, molecular genetics, biochemistry or plant sciences.


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


Successful candidates should take multi-disciplinary and collaborative approaches that incorporate the greatest number of experience points below, clearly addressing these points in a covering letter and curriculum vitae:

  • Significant research background regarding the physiochemical and nutritional properties of plant metabolites related to food or feed commodities.
  • Significant experience in the study of plant metabolism and metabolites which have direct impacts on the nutritional quality of crops.
  • Significant experience deciphering molecular processes that influence plant nutritional properties  will be considered an asset.
  • Experience with the generation and analysis of OMICS datasets to study of plant nutritional value.
  • Experience in the full spectrum of research activities including identification of research requirements, writing proposal, managing multi-year projects with associated human resource, budgetary, and planning functions, and reporting through written documentation, presentations and publications.
  • Experience in developing research partnership and collaborations with academia, industry and other stakeholders.
Condition of Employment

Reliability Status

Assessment Criteria

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

Technical Competencies
  • Demonstrated research capability in evaluating the nutritional properties of plant components including metabolites using analytical instrumentation, in vitro assays, and biochemical analysis.
  • Demonstrated ability to design and conduct scientific studies in plant metabolism with focus on improving crops for human or animal nutrition.
  • Knowledge of metabolites and metabolic pathways in Canadian crops with relevance to food and feed.
  • Ability to discover and annotate novel metabolites would be considered an asset.
  • Demonstrated background in integrating multi-OMICS datasets for understanding the nutritional value of plant metabolites.
Behavioural Competencies
  • Research - Communication (Level 3)
  • Research - Creative thinking (Level 4)
  • Research - Initiative (Level 2)
  • Research - Results orientation (Level 3)
  • Research - Teamwork (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

From $56,374 to $159,364 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 (7487) to:


Telephone: 613-998-3484 

Closing Date: Posted until filled



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Date Modified: 2020-09-25

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