Research Officer - Chemist

Measurement Science and Standards
Halifax - Nova Scotia


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  • This is a continuing position.

Your challenge

Help bring research to life with the National Research Council of Canada (NRC), Canada's premiere research and technology organization.

We are looking for a vibrant and dynamic Research Officer (RO) to support the Biotoxin Metrology (BTM) team of the Measurement Science and Standards (MSS) Portfolio. The RO would be someone with an established international reputation in the field of biotoxin research and who shares our core values of impact, accountability, leadership, integrity and collaboration.

MSS maintains national research and technology development facilities in Halifax and Ottawa. These laboratories feature leading-edge equipment, including precision instrumentation for mass measurement (vacuum and watt balances), world-leading single-ion optical frequency determination, and a suite of mass spectrometers for speciation and quantification.

The Biotoxin Metrology group performs research on biotoxin chemistry, development of analytical methods for marine and freshwater algal biotoxins, and production of certified reference materials (CRMs) for algal biotoxins. These CRMs are distributed worldwide to environmental and food testing laboratories to ensure public health.

The Research Officer will carry out the following activities:
• innovative R&D work in the area of algal biotoxin chemistry and novel method development;
• apply methodologies to support and enhance the biotoxin CRM output of MSS;
• develop proposals for new research initiatives and provide service to NRC clients;
• prepare research papers and technical reports and present results at appropriate meetings and conferences; and
• provide guidance to other members of staff.

MSS/BTM is a team environment and the position will require extensive interaction with all technical and scientific staff, so excellent communication is required.

NRC employees enjoy a wide-range of benefits including comprehensive health and dental plans, pension and insurance plans, vacation and other leave entitlements. 

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 Chemistry or a related field.


Extensive R&D experience relating to the chemistry (identification, structural elucidation) of algal biotoxins.

Significant experience with development of novel analytical and bioanalytical methods for algal toxin measurement.

Experience in a broad range of analytical methodologies, including nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) and mass spectrometry.

Experience in development of reference materials for algal biotoxins (e.g. toxin purification and characterisation).

Experience in the identification of research requirements, proposal writing, project management, data production and analysis, and reporting through written documentation, presentations and publishing.

Experience working in multidisciplinary teams and in the training and supervision of staff.

Condition of employment

  • Reliability Status

Language requirements

  • English

Assessment criteria

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

Technical competencies:

Strong ability, as demonstrated for example by peer-reviewed publications, to conduct research in which clear goals were achieved and to design and analyze scientific experiments.

Significant ability to manage and coordinate R&D projects in the field of algal biotoxins, particularly those relating to development of novel chemical processes or analytical techniques for biotoxin identification and measurement.

Knowledge of algal toxin chemistry including natural product purification and structure elucidation, analytical techniques including mass spectrometry and NMR, and biochemical methods for toxin purification and measurement.

Proven ability to write high quality research articles, communicate findings with partners and clients, and present findings at relevant conferences, meetings and workshops.

Behavioural competencies:

Creative Thinking (Level 3)

Partnering (Level 3)

Communication (Level 3)

Teamwork (Level 3)

Networking (Level 3)


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


  • This position is being advertised internally and externally simultaneously, however first consideration will be given to internal NRC applicants.
  • Preference will be given to Canadian Citizens and Permanent Residents of Canada. Please include citizenship information in your application.
  • Some travelling is required.
  • The incumbent must adhere to safe workplace practices at all times.
  • NRC employees enjoy a wide-range of benefits including comprehensive health and dental plans, pension and insurance plans, vacation and other leave entitlements.
  • 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 (102-15-1675) to:

Telephone: (613) 991-2024