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Research Officer - Computational Biology

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.

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 to support our Aquatic and Crop Resource Development Research Centre. The Research Officer (RO) would be someone who shares our core values of Integrity, Excellence, Respect and Creativity.

The Research Officer (RO) will contribute to NRC's bioinformatics and computational biology capacities in plant research. The successful candidate will be located in the NRC facility in Saskatoon on the campus of the University of Saskatchewan. 

The campus research community includes the Saskatoon Research and Development Centre of Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, research centres for other Canadian and Provincial research organizations, many companies involved in agricultural research, Colleges of Agriculture, Medicine, and Veterinary Medicine, the Global Institute for Food Security (GIFS), the Global Institute for Water Security (GIWS), and the Vaccine and Infectious Disease Organization - International Vaccine Centre (VIDO-InterVac). 

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 Computer Science, bioinformatics, biostatistics or other relevant fields.


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

  • Significant experience in analysis, interpretation and integration of omics data. Omics data includes next-generation sequencing, metabolomics, proteomics or lipidomics datasets
  • Experience with artificial intelligence and machine learning
  • Experience with applying AI / ML to address sustainable agricultural and food systems challenges would be an asset
  • Experience with image analysis of digital phenotyping data would be an asset.
  • Experience with integration of various types of phytobiome data would also be an asset
  • Experience in developing end user applications that support visualization and statistical analysis of large diverse datasets
  • 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 peer-reviewed publications.
  • Experience in team building, leadership and collaboration
  • Experience in development of research partnerships and collaborations
Condition of Employment

Reliability Status

Assessment Criteria

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

Technical Competencies
  • Demonstrated ability to design novel data analysis strategies, utilizing and combining diverse datasets, bioinformatics tools and pipelines; datasets include: next-generation sequencing, metabolomics, proteomics and phenotyping data
  • Experience in modern statistical and machine learning techniques, deep learning would be an asset
  • Ability to conceive and initiate computational biology projects and write funding proposals
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills; demonstrated ability to write high quality research articles, communicate findings to partners, clients, leadership, and present findings at relevant conferences, meetings and workshops
  • Demonstrated ability to conduct and perform collaborative research and effectively interact and communicate with a broad range of colleagues, collaborators and clients
  • Strong interpersonal and leadership skills; ability to build a positive work environment
Behavioural Competencies
  • Research - Partnering (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


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 (7488) to:


Telephone: 613-299-4639

Closing Date: Posted until filled



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Date Modified: 2020-07-29

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