Research Associate

Aquatic and Crop Resource Development
Saskatoon - Saskatchewan


  • An eligibility list may be established for similar positions for a one year period.
  • This is a 1 year term position from the date of reporting.

Your challenge

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

We are looking for a Research Associate to support our Aquatic and Crop Resource Development. The Research Associate would be someone who shares our core values of impact, accountability, leadership, integrity and collaboration.

You are eligible for the Research Associate Program if you possess a Ph.D. in natural science or engineering earned within the last five years, or you expect to obtain the degree within six months. You must have a demonstrated ability to perform original high-quality research in your chosen field. This will be the main criterion used in selecting candidates and in considering extensions of their term.

The general objective of this position is to provide research support for a project relating to the molecular, biochemical and developmental aspects of genes in wheat
NRC’s Aquatic and Crop Resource Development (ACRD) portfolio works directly with small to large Canadian companies to realize technological advances with bio-based resources destined for the bioproduct and food and beverage sectors, including: bio-based chemicals, structural fibers, bioenergy, bioremediation and other related industries. At our Saskatoon location we have a focus on agricultural biotechnology.

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:


As part of the RA Program you must have received your PhD in Plant Molecular Biology within the last 5 years or you expect to receive the degree within the next 6 months.


  • Significant experience in plant physiology, developmental biology and molecular mechanisms of photosynthesis.
  • Significant experience in application of molecular tools to analyse and decipher gene expression and metabolite profiles.
  • Experience in the full spectrum of research activities including identification of research requirements, proposal writing, project management, data production and analysis, and reporting through written documentation, presentations and publishing.
  • Experience in experimental design and analysis including data collection and analysis, overseeing data production, and ensuring data quality.
  • Experience in working in multi-disciplinary teams.
  • Experience in developing partnerships and overseeing collaborative efforts .with relevant stakeholders.

For alternate qualifications please refer to equivalency heading below.


Candidates who possess a PhD in a related field may also be considered. 

Condition of employment

  • Reliability Status

Language requirements

  • English

Assessment criteria

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

Technical competencies:

  • Advanced knowledge in the practical aspects of photosynthesis research, and the broad application of molecular and bioinformatics tools to achieve research goals.
  • Solid knowledge in genomics, transcriptomics and metabolomics.
  • Ability to plan and conduct innovative experiments which may require initiating and designing new experiments, overseeing experimental set-up, data collection, and investigating emerging technologies.
  • Ability to lead or contribute to the development of new experimental procedures.
  • Ability to efficiently gather data, maintain, analyze, and prepare project reports, and develop written reports for publication.
  • Ability to provide scientific expertise and act as a technical resource to relevant internal and external stakeholders.
  • Ability to communicate clearly and effectively both orally and in writing.
  • General knowledge of project management principles and practices.
  • Knowledge of good laboratory practices and safety awareness.

Behavioural competencies:

Communication – Level 2
Continuous Professional Learning – Level 2
Creative Thinking – Level 3
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

  • From $49,670 to $140,418 per annum.
  • The Research Associate (RA) Program is unique to the NRC. It falls under the RO/RCO classification system which 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.

Closing date

09/13/2017 (27 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.
  • Research Associate Program : In order to be considered for the Research Associate Program all applicants must include a copy of their resume with their application. Additionally, two letters of recommendations, their transcripts, and a copy of their degree must also be submitted. These can be attached to the application or may follow via e-mail to the contact below no later than the closing date indicated on this poster.

    Candidates must demonstrate the ability to perform original high-quality research in their chosen field. The initial appointment will normally be for a two-year term. Appointments may be extended subject to the Associate's performance and subject to the requirements of NRC. The maximum period of employment as a Research Associate is five years.

    Additionally, by applying to this competition your application will be added to the national NRC Research Associate Program Inventory and may be considered for other RA positions as they become available.

    For further information regarding the RA Program, please visit our website.
  • 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 (121-17-0264) to:

Telephone: (613) 991-1123