Research Officer - Functional Nanomaterials Synthesis

Medical Devices
Boucherville - Québec


  • This is a 2 year term position.
  • Assignments will be considered according to NRC's policies.
  • An eligibility list may be established for similar positions.

Your challenge

Help bring research to life and drive your career forward with the National Research Council of Canada (NRC), Canada's premier research and technology organization.
We are looking for a vibrant and dynamic Research Officer to support our Medical Devices portfolio.  The Research Officer would be someone who shares our core values of impact, accountability, leadership, integrity and collaboration.

The Research Officer will conduct innovative R & D activities on the design, synthesis and functionalization of magnetic nanoparticles and on the production of magnetic microstructures and nanostructures in microfluidic systems with a view to using them to capture cells or other biological targets (proteins, nucleic acids, exosomes...) and to detect bacteria in clinical or food samples. The work will be carried out as part of projects between NRC and its government, industry and academic partners.

This position's activities will primarily cover development and optimization of magnetic nanostructure preparation techniques (nanoparticles, nanowires) and their functionalization in capturing biological targets in the context of developing rapid diagnosis applications in the biomedical, pharmaceutical, environmental and agri-food sectors.

More specifically, this key activity includes the following duties:

Development of methods for the synthesis and characterization of nanoparticles with magnetic/non-  magnetic core-shell architecture for biological applications.

Design and application of surface functionalization techniques for metal oxide or polymeric micro/nanoparticles to recognize bacteria and viruses in matrices and cells in projects in collaboration with various partners.

Participation in designing an original R & D program and proposal of innovative initiatives with Canadian companies and other organizations to promote technological development.

Communicating effectively orally and in writing to disseminate scientific and technological developments, taking into account the work done for clients or representing NRC in his/her area of expertise.

As the ideal candidate for this position you are a forward thinker recognized for your research contribution in R & D related to nanotechnology, nanostructures fabrication and their use for life sciences applications. 

You will be working as part of a multidisciplinary team recognized for it’s 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 security life sciences research and clinical application.

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. in chemistry, physical chemistry, materials engineering or an equivalent field.


Relevant and recent experience in R & D in the synthesis and functionalization of magnetic nanoparticles by wet chemistry.

Recent experience in R & D on the design and production of core-shell nanostructures such as Fe3O4/SiO2, FeO/SiO2 and their use for antibody binding to capture molecules (e.g. proteins, DNA, metabolites) and cells (e.g. bacteria, viruses).

Recent R & D experience in the design of processes and the fabrication of metal structures (Au, Ni, etc.) such as thin films and micro/nanoparticles through catalyst deposition processes.

Some experience in the development of partnerships and collaborations would be considered an asset.

Condition of employment

  • Reliability Status

Language requirements

  • English or French

Assessment criteria

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

Technical competencies:

Practical knowledge of wet chemical synthesis processes for magnetic nanoparticles such as FeO and FeCo.

Practical knowledge of wet chemical production processes for metal-oxide or metal-metal core-shell nanostructures (e.g. FeO/SiO2, FeO/Au).

Knowledge of chemical functionalization of metal oxide surfaces, antibody binding. aptamer binding, and medication binding.

Knowledge of metal micro/nanostructure production processes (films, catalytic nanoparticle deposition).

Ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing i.e. strategic or business plans, reports, and presentations


Behavioural competencies:

Creative Thinking (Level 3)
Communication (Level 2)
Results Orientation (Level 2)
Partnering (Level 2)
Teamwork (Level 2)

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

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Relocation assistance will be determined in accordance with 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 $49,670 to $140,418 per annum, which permits for employees of all levels from new graduates to world renowned experts to be fairly compensated for their contributions.

Closing date

Posted until filled


  • 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.

To apply

All applications must be submitted on-line.  Please do not fax or email your applications. By applying over the web, your application becomes available to managers immediately.

You should also be prepared to attach your résumé into the online application form in one of the following formats:

  • Microsoft Word
  • Rich Text Format (RTF)
  • ASCII text
  • PDF

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 review instructions before applying online.

To obtain a copy of the job description

Please direct your questions, with the hiring number (123-16-0443) to:

Telephone: (514) 496-8030