Technical Officer, Molecular Biology Facility Resource Coordinator

Herzberg Institute of Astrophysics

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City: Halifax 

Classification: TO-4 


The National Research Council of Canada (NRC) is the Government of Canada's largest research organization supporting industrial innovation, the advancement of knowledge and technology development. We collaborate with over 70 colleges, universities and hospitals annually, work with 800 companies on their projects, and provide advice or funding to over 8000 Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs) each year.


We bring together the brightest minds to deliver tangible impacts on the lives of Canadians and people around the world. And now, we want to partner with you.  Let your expertise and inspirations make an impact by joining the NRC. 


At NRC, we know diversity enables excellence in research and innovation. We are committed to a diverse and representative workforce, an open and inclusive work environment, and contributing to a more inclusive Canadian innovation system. 


NRC welcomes all qualified applicants and encourages candidates to self-declare as members of the following designated employment equity groups: women, visible minorities, aboriginal peoples and persons with disabilities.


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Your Challenge

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


We are looking for a Technical Officer who wants to put their problem-solving skills to work on maintaining and improving the operation of the Molecular Biology Facility within the Aquatic and Crop Research Development Research Centre in NRC Halifax. The Molecular Biology Facility hosts a multitude of diverse scientific instrumentation used by NRC scientists, technicians, students and visitors to deliver project work under various research programs or as technical services to clients. The Molecular Biology Facility Resource Coordinator will be someone who shares our core values of Integrity, Excellence, Respect and Creativity.


Responsibilities will include coordination of the Molecular Biology Facility as well as conducting research activities and providing technical support for projects carried out in the facility. The incumbent will establish facility needs and priorities by drawing on their knowledge of existing equipment and operations, through discussions with researchers, clients and managers, and by reviewing and applying applicable NRC policies. The TO will support planning of annual operating and maintenance budgets as well as any new minor capital purchases.


Working autonomously under the oversight of a Team Lead, the successful candidate will play an important role promoting and maintaining appropriate health and safety practices to the benefit of all users and visitors of the Molecular Biology Facility.

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:





  • Significant experience conducting laboratory research and providing technical support in the field of molecular biology.
  • Significant experience with the safe operation, maintenance, verification, repair and installation of standard/common equipment and laboratory apparatus such as molecular biology equipment, vacuum pumps, centrifuges, analytical balances, freezers, fridges, ovens, pH meters, pipettes, etc.
  • Significant experience coordinating multi-user research lab activities and/or multiple labs
  • Experience in the general functionality of research labs containing fume hoods and flow hoods.
  • Experience in identifying facility resource gaps and providing recommendations when required.
  • Experience in providing technical leadership to multiple facility users, ensuring projects have access to appropriate equipment and consumables to reach scientific, technical and business goals.
  • Familiarity with SAP software is an asset.


Condition of Employment

Technical Competencies


  • Knowledge of theoretical concepts relating to molecular biology. General knowledge of related industry trends, developments and best practices
  • Strong ability to multi-task in a fast pasted environment.
  • Ability to exercise sound judgment and timely decision-making supporting the operation and development of the facility.
  • Ability to create and maintain a safe and healthy working environment based on knowledge of Occupational Health & Safety regulations and legislation.
  • Ability to manage the delivery of services in support of a research facility including the implementation of a preventive maintenance program for all systems and equipment.
  • Ability to work independently and without immediate supervision. Good interpersonal and problem-solving skills are essential.
  • Ability to collect data, write reports and draft protocols and standard operating procedures.


Behavioural Competencies

  • Technology support - Communication (Level 2)
  • Technology support - Initiative (Level 2)
  • Technology support - Results orientation (Level 3)
  • Technology support - Teamwork (Level 2)

Competency Profile(s)


Salary Range



  • A pre-qualified list may be established for similar positions for a one year period.
  • 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.





*If you are currently a term or continuingemployee at NRC, please apply through the SuccessFactors Careersmodule from your NRC computer.


Date Modified: 2019-06-03

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