Research Officer - Chemist
Measurement Science and Standards
Halifax - Nova Scotia
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.
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
Candidates will be assessed on the basis of the following criteria:
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.
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
Relocation assistance will be determined in accordance with NRC's directives.
Posted until filled
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