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Technical Officer, Biology (CRAFT)

City: Toronto

Organizational Unit: Medical Devices 

Classification: TO-3 

Tenure: Term 

Duration: 2 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) while collaborating with University of Toronto to  help realize exciting  projects in the area of bio-devices design, fabrication and their applications in in-vitro-diagnostics, regenerative medicine and bio-manufacturing.


We want to fill one Technical Officer - Biology position reporting to the NRC Bioanalytical Micro-Nano Devices Section composed of 38 physicists, nanofabrication engineers, chemists and biomedical researchers. This position will be dedicated to support the strategic collaboration between NRC and University of Toronto in the Centre for Research and Applications in Fluidic Technologies (CRAFT) located on the University of Toronto downtown campus and at NRC laboratories in Boucherville, Quebec.  CRAFT will drive the development of a national science and technology platform, establish an industry cluster for biomedical micro/nanodevice innovation, and foster their translation into commercial products and solutions to significant clinical problems. Some travel to NRC laboratories in Boucherville, Quebec will be required.


CRAFT aims to become an international leader in biomedical microdevices for in vitro diagnostics, artificial living systems, and biomanufacturing. CRAFT will nurture an ecosystem between scientists and engineers, clinicians, technology companies, and the entrepreneurial community, that publishes impactful research, pro-actively protects intellectual property, and translates device innovations to products and clinical solutions.


You will be working as part of a multidisciplinary team recognized for its innovation in the field of nanomaterials and molecular-based micro-nanodevices fabrication. The impact of your contributions would be in progressing science & technology as well as practical applications in the field of life sciences research and clinical application. More specifically, key activity includes duties related to areas of research encompassing the use of lab-on chip systems for integration of molecular and cellular assays, artificial living systems, and portable molecular diagnostic devices for various applications such as environmental, food and water safety, clinical applications including in-vitro diagnostics for remote and space applications, as well as the emerging cell-based immunotherapy.


The Technical Officer – Biology will provide technical support to research work for developing and performing different techniques in biology, molecular biology and biochemistry. The individuals selected will also have to recognize and resolve problems associated with the experimental or analytical techniques and the approaches used.  The candidate is expected to be able to work independently as well as part of the broader R&D team an environment requiring a high-level of adaptability and multitasking.


The work will be performed as part the CRAFT research program in cooperation with university of Toronto researchers, industrial partners, or other government laboratories.


The position includes maintaining laboratory equipment, space, logbooks and inventories, as well as responsibilities involving health and safety.

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’s Degree in Biochemistry, Biotechnology, Cell and Molecular Biology, or other disciplines relevant to the position. 


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



  • Extensive recent experience in the cellular and molecular biology techniques are required:


  • cell and tissue culture; ideally with hPSC cells


  • biomaterial characterization


  • collagen extraction


  • immunohistochemistry


  • experience with imaging. Experience in some of the following modalities is required, e.g. confocal, live cell, calcium, fluorescence life time microscopy, atomic force microscopy


  • blood cell handling and isolation;


  • DNA and RNA extraction, DNA fragmentation, PCR, qPCR;


  • protein immunoprecipitation, western blot, ELISA;


  • DNA sub-cloning, generation of expression plasmids and cell transfection is a plus;


  • Experience in experimental design, troubleshooting, statistical analysis, assay results interpretation;


  • Experience in maintenance and management of laboratory records;


  • Direct experience in medical/clinical research setting would be an asset
Condition of Employment


Reliability Status

Assessment Criteria


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

Technical Competencies


  • Solid knowledge of molecular biology techniques [DNA/RNA (isolation, fragmenting, PCR, qPCR), protein (immunoprecipitation, western blot, ELISA)];


  • Solid knowledge of cell biology techniques (culture, separation, surface labelling) with blood cells, cell lines, primary cells.


  • Working knowledge of tissue handling and culture, storage of samples in liquid nitrogen and freezers;


  • Working knowledge of immunostaining techniques, basic confocal microscopy and epifluorescence microscopy, image capturing and image processing;


  • Ability to perform experimental design, troubleshooting, data collection, analysis and interpretation;




  • Ability to manage a Biosafety Level 2 research facility and to develop safety protocols


  • Familiarity with microfluidics and lab-on-a-chip systems


  • Familiarity with organ-on-chip engineering
Behavioural Competencies
  • Research Technician/Technologist - Client focus (Level 2)
  • Research Technician/Technologist - Communication (Level 2)
  • Research Technician/Technologist - Creative thinking (Level 2)
  • Research Technician/Technologist - Results orientation (Level 2)
  • Research Technician/Technologist - Teamwork (Level 2)
Competency Profile(s)


For this position, the NRC will evaluate candidates using the following competency profile(s): Research Technician/Technologist


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

Salary Range


From $56,730 to $77,692 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.


  • Priority may be given to qualified candidates who self identify as members of the following designated groups: Women, Visible Minorities, Aborignial Peoples and Persons with Disabilities.


As an employer who values diversity in its workforce, we encourage candidates to self-identify as members of the following designated groups: women, visible minorities, aboriginal peoples and persons with disabilities. Measures for accommodation are available to all candidates retained for further assessment.



Please direct your questions, with the requisition number (7878) to:


Telephone: 613-949-7685 

Closing Date: 21 November 2019 - 23:59 Eastern Time



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Date Modified: 2019-10-31

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