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Postdoctoral Fellowship, Infectious diseases - National Research Council of Canada (NRC)

Province: Ottawa, Ontario
Position: Postdoctoral Fellowship, Infectious diseases
Deadline: March 26, 2024

Job Description / Duties

Priority may be given to the following designated employment equity groups: women, Indigenous peoples* (First Nations, Inuit and Métis), persons with disabilities and racialized persons*.

* The Employment Equity Act, which is under review, uses the terminology Aboriginal peoples and visible minorities.

Candidates are asked to self-declare when applying to this hiring process.

City: Ottawa (Sussex Drive)
Organizational Unit: Human Health Therapeutics
Classification: RO
Tenure: Term
Duration: 2 years
Language Requirements: English

Note: Due to the nature of the work and operational requirements, this position will require full-time physical presence at the NRC work location identified.

Your Challenge
Avian influenza viruses pose serious challenges to global public health due to their widespread circulation and considerable mortality rates. These viruses normally spread among wild bird populations, but recent increased detection among mammals raises concern the virus might adapt to infect humans more easily. Given the unprecedented spread of H5N1 virus among animals and the potential risk to human health, urgent action is needed to ensure we are prepared for a potential influenza pandemic.

Vesicular Stomatitis Virus (VSV) has been widely used as vector vaccines to several human and animal pathogens. However, current vector design approaches limit the full utility of the VSV platform.

The successful candidate will work closely in collaboration with a team of experts to develop a new approach to produce a VSV vaccine targeting avian influenza strains.

Qualifications / Required Skills

Ph.D. degree in virology or related field.

For information on certificates and diplomas issued abroad, please see Degree equivalency.

• Research experience in virus vector engineering and molecular biology.
• Experience working with virus as related to human infection and prevention.
• Experience working with different cell culture systems.
• Experience working with small animal models in a high biocontainment level-3 facility.

Language requirements

Information on language requirements and self-assessment tests.

Condition of Employment
• Reliability Status.

• Must be able to work in a high biocontainment level 3 facility with Risk Group 3 pathogens.

Who is eligible
• Fellowships will be for two years contingent on satisfactory progress achieved during the first year.
• Candidates should have obtained a PhD (or equivalent) within the past three years (PhD received on or after July 1, 2021) or expect to complete their PhD within 6 months of appointment.
• Fellows will work in a lab under the direct supervision of an NRC researcher.

* Exceptions may be considered to recognize personal or family related leave.

Please connect with us using the contact information below to discuss in more detail.

Application Requirements
In order to be considered for the program please include the following in your application, please note that you will need to attach the required documents as per the list below when submitting your application. Failure to do so will result in your application being excluded from searches.

• Resume
• Statement of Interest in the project (maximum one page in length)
• PhD Transcript - an electronic copy is sufficient; it does not have to be an official version.
• List of Publications

Additional Information

When submitting your application you can include the required documents in any attachment field such as «Second language evaluation results» or «Other attachments».

In addition, applicants who best meet the requirements of the position will be asked to provide three letters of recommendation at a later stage of the competition process.

The intent of this hiring action is to staff through the Postdoctoral Fellowships Program at the AsRO level, which is an early-career level position with a salary range of $74,230 to $103,093.

NOTE: Salary determination will be based on a review of the candidate’s expertise, outcomes and impacts of their previous work experience relative to the requirements of the level. As a guide, the current annual PhD recruiting rate is $74,230.

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

• Relocation assistance will be determined in accordance with the NRC's directives.
• Fellowships are open to nationals of all countries, although 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.

Salary: $74,230 to $103,093

Contact Information

Please direct your questions, with the requisition number (21310) to:
E-mail: NRC.NRCHiring-EmbaucheCNRC.CNRC@nrc-cnrc.gc.ca
Telephone: 613-949-7685
Closing Date: 26 March 2024 - 11:59 Eastern Time

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*If you are currently a term or continuing employee at NRC, please apply through the SuccessFactors Careers module from your NRC computer.

Employer Profile

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 the NRC Employee wellness matters. We offer flexible work schedules as well as part-time work to help employees maintain work-life balance. We are one of the few federal organizations that close our offices during the December holiday season. We offer professional learning and development opportunities such as conferences, workshops, and a suite of mentorship, award and recognition programs. Diversity enables creativity and innovation. Fostering a diverse, inclusive, welcoming and supportive workplace is important to us, and contributes to a more inclusive Canadian innovation system. We welcome all qualified applicants and encourage you to complete the employment equity self-declaration questions during the job application process. Please let us know of any accommodation measures required to help you to be assessed in a fair and equitable manner. Please note that the information you provide will be treated confidentially.

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The Program

The NRC’s Postdoctoral Fellowship program offers PDFs access to unique world-class facilities and the opportunity to work alongside multi-disciplinary teams of expert researchers and technicians on projects of critical importance to Canada. PDFs will carry out research on innovative research projects, with opportunities for career development (publications and/or industry interaction).

PDFs will be offered appointments to the staff of the National Research Council on a term basis and will be offered salaries and benefits currently available to Research Officers. Salaries commensurate with experience are taxable and subject to other deductions. As a guide, the current annual PhD recruiting rate is $74,230. In addition PDFs will be allocated a travel fund to support their work.