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Research Officer, Mucosal Immunology - National Research Council Canada

Province: Ottawa, Ontario
Position: Research Officer, Mucosal Immunology
Deadline: July 6, 2018
Posted: June 20, 2018

Job Description / Duties

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

The NRC is seeking to hire a senior research scientist in experimental virology, molecular virology and viral vaccine development to support our Human Health Therapeutics (HHT) Research Centre to develop prophylactic and therapeutic vaccines against emerging infections and cancer. The Research Officer would be someone who shares our core values of Integrity, Excellence, Respect and Creativity.

The NRC is Canada’s federal research and technology organization. The HHT at NRC has a long history of scientific excellence and success dating from the successful development and commercial licensing of meningococcal C vaccine. HHT works hand in hand with industry, academia and federal government departments to deploy our expertise in immunomodulation, analytics and bioprocessing to enable the Canadian vaccine industry to harness advances in adjuvants, biomarkers and vaccine production, with a strong focus on vaccines that address the needs of adults and the aging population, such as those for cancer and emerging infections.

The successful candidate will play a critical role within a team working towards providing cutting-edge scientific advances and technical solutions for prevention and treatment of viral infections and associated diseases. The incumbent is expected to establish and lead virology competency at HHT and collaborate strongly with teams of peers within NRC, and are expected to publish in high-impact scientific journals and patent new innovative technologies in novel vaccines against emerging viruses and virus-vector platform.

Qualifications / Required Skills


PhD in virology, immunology or relevant area of expertise combined with virology work experience in research or technology development.

•Significant hands-on experience with various basic and advanced virological assays and methods.
•Significant hands-on experience with in vivo and in vitro viral infection and immunity methods.
•Demonstrated hands-on experience in developing and executing immunologic assays (e.g. B cell/T cell proliferation, Dendritic cell differentiation, antigen-presentation, ELISPOT, cytokine analysis, virus neutralization assays) based on current accepted scientific standards.
•Experience in molecular virology, viral vector and viral immunology techniques such as cloning and expression of antigens, Western blotting for immune cell signaling pathways and assays for monitoring innate immune modulation.
•Demonstrated experience working with animal models and biocontainment Level II and III pathogens.
•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.
•Some experience in business development, marketing activities, and/or the development of partnerships and collaborations. Industrial working experience would be an asset.
•Experience working in and leading multidisciplinary scientific teams will be an asset.

Technical Competencies

•Knowledge of basic and advanced modern virology, viral assays and methods.
•Knowledge of host immune responses to viral infection and the principle of the development and evaluation of viral vaccines and immunotherapeutics.
•Knowledge of molecular virology, viral vector and viral immunology techniques.
•Basic knowledge of the Canadian federal regulation on Level 2 and 3 biocontainment and human pathogen act.
•Basic knowledge of project management and scientific leadership.
•Ability to understand partner/client (industry, academic and government) needs and match that with appropriate scientific/technical solutions.

Additional Information

•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.

Salary: The salary scale for this group is vast, from $49,670 to $140,418 per annum.

Contact Information

Please direct your questions, with the requisition number (3245) to:
E-mail: NRC.NRCHiring-EmbaucheCNRC.CNRC@nrc-cnrc.gc.ca
Telephone: 613-993-9173

Employer Profile


The National Research Council of Canada represents a powerful partnering option for anyone looking to push the boundaries of science and industry. In fact, as the Government of Canada's premier research organization supporting industrial innovation, the advancement of knowledge and technology development, we have become catalysts for innovation. For over a hundred years, the impact of our work with industry leaders and other government bodies has shaped Canada’s future. We partner with some of the most creative and solutions-driven minds in the world.

And now, we want to partner with you. Be part of our collective force to come up with potentially disruptive solutions to Canada’s current and future technology challenges. Let your expertise and inspirations make an impact by joining the NRC.