Research Officer, Indoor Biocontaminants

Ottawa - Ontario


  • An eligibility list may be established for similar positions for a one year period.
  • This is a continuing position.

Your challenge

Bring your career forward with the National Research Council of Canada (NRC), Canada's premiere research and technology organization.

We are looking for a motivated Research Officer to support our Indoor Air Quality team.

The primary responsibility of the RO is to support the development and evaluation of advanced technologies to reduce harmful pollutants in indoor environments. The RO will work in a multi-disciplinary team performing research and development, building and using world-class facilities, and closing knowledge gaps relevant to the Canadian industry and health partners.

Activities will include writing proposals for new research initiatives, project management, and supervising technical officers.

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 Microbiology, Environmental Engineering, Environmental Sciences or a related discipline.


Significant experience in developing or testing air purification devices for assessing the control of (bio) contaminants in indoor environments.

Experience in establishing research projects and building research facilities.

Experience in sampling and analyzing airborne and building-related bio-contaminants, including bacteria and mold spores, and/or their by-products (e.g., allergens, mycotoxins) may be considered an asset.

Experience with the safe operation of facilities working with hazardous substances or microorganisms may be considered an asset.

Condition of employment

  • Reliability Status

Language requirements

  • English

Assessment criteria

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

Technical competencies:

Ability to design and build test systems for airborne contaminants.

Ability to sample and analyze airborne microbiological contaminants.

Ability to create safe procedures for handling microbial contaminants like mold or bacteria.

Behavioural competencies:

Partnering  (Level 2)
Communication  (Level 2)
Results Orientation  (Level 2)
Initiative  (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

09/11/2017 (25 days)

Applications will be accepted until 23:59 Eastern Time


  • 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. Applications must be received no later than the closing date.

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 (145-16-1052) to:

Telephone: (613) 998-6825