Comparative and Regulatory Genomics Research Associate

28 Oct 2021 16:59 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

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City: Saskatoon

Organizational Unit: Aquatic and Crop Resource Development

Classification: RO

Tenure: Term

Duration: 2 Years

Language Requirements: English

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 Research Associate to support the Aquatic and Crop Resource Development Research Centre. The Research Associate would be someone who shares our core values of Integrity, Excellence, Respect and Creativity.

The Research Associate (RA) will contribute to NRC's computational biology and machine learning capacities in plant research to address sustainable agricultural and food systems challenges. The successful candidate will be located in the NRC facility in Saskatoon on the campus of the University of Saskatchewan. The RA will leverage advances in non-standard and low input genomic technologies made by the nucleic acid solutions team in Saskatoon in order to identify functional genomic elements and variation. This may include 1) building models that predict gene expression as a function of DNA sequence and chromatin context and 2) using these models for comparative, associative and predictive studies at the gene expression level.

The campus research community includes the Saskatoon Research and Development Centre of Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, research centres for other Canadian and Provincial research organizations, many companies involved in agricultural research, Colleges of Agriculture, Medicine, and Veterinary Medicine, the Global Institute for Food Security (GIFS), the Global Institute for Water Security (GIWS), the Vaccine and Infectious Disease Organization - International Vaccine Centre (VIDO-InterVac and the synchrotron science of the Canadian light Source (CLS).

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 Computer Science, bioinformatics, biostatistics or other relevant fields within the last five years or you expect to receive the degree within the next six months.


1.             Experience with computational biology and bioinformatics;

2.             Experience in analysis, interpretation and integration of genomics and/or proteomics data;

3.             Experience with artificial intelligence and machine learning (AI /ML) would be an asset;

4.             Experience with sequencing library preparation and/or genomics experimental design would be an asset;

5.             Experience in the full spectrum of research activities including identification of research requirements, data production and analysis, and reporting through written documentation, presentations and peer-reviewed publications would be an asset;

6.             Experience working and collaborating with multi-disciplinary teams would be an asset.

Assessment Criteria

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

Technical Competencies

1.             Ability to integrate novel genomic technologies and machine learning approaches for predicting gene expression, phenotype and environmental performance;

2.             Ability to design novel data analysis strategies and bioinformatics pipelines; Combining diverse datasets such as next-generation sequencing, proteomics and phenotyping data;

3.             Knowledge of deep learning approaches would be an asset;

4.             Knowledge of population genetics would be an asset;

5.             Knowledge of gene regulatory mechanisms would be an asset;

6.             Knowledge of metagenomics would be an asset;

7.             Excellent written and oral communication skills; demonstrated ability to write high quality research articles, communicate findings to partners, clients, leadership, and present findings at relevant conferences, meetings and workshops.

Behavioural Competencies

                     Research - Partnering (Level 3)

                     Research - Creative thinking (Level 3)

                     Research - Initiative (Level 3)

                     Research - Teamwork (Level 3)

                     Research - Communication (Level 3)

Competency Profile(s)

For this position, the NRC will evaluate candidates using the following competency profile(s): Research


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


NOTE: Please note that the full RO/RCO salary scale has five levels. 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 such, the initial salary could be within another level of the RO/RCO salary scale (i.e. above or below the intended level for this position).

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

About ACRD

We perform advanced scientific research and provide research services and technology development for the sustainable transformation of Canadian bio-based resources into higher-value products

Why work with us

We collaborate with industry, academia and government partners to develop and transform agricultural and marine bioresources into food, feed and ingredients, and other high value bioproducts.

The services we offer include:

                     Collaborative research opportunities

                     Access to expert researchers and technicians

                     Scientific advice and technical services

                     Projects tailored to your needs using our specialized facilities

                     Research and development support

Our goal is to help strengthen the economy by growing global markets for Canadian industry.


About Saskatoon

Saskatoon is the perfect city for people who enjoy the natural world, a diverse cultural environment and want to find a place they can call home. A wonderful place to raise a family, Saskatoon enjoys one of the lowest costs of living among major cities in Canada.

Located in the heart of the prairies, the city is home to about 300,000 people, has one of the most diversified economies in the country, producing products and services that are in demand throughout the world. With a solid infrastructure, natural resources, research and development facilities, and a well-educated workforce, the Saskatoon region is continually creating new opportunities for business and individuals.

There are six dominant industries within the region, including mining/energy, manufacturing, transportation, life sciences, construction and agriculture. Wages in the Saskatoon region are competitive when compared with the rest of the province and country. In large part due to low housing costs and good wages, people in Saskatoon have a good standard of living compared to more expensive cities.

Please direct your questions, with the requisition number (12862) to:


Telephone: 613-990-4498

Closing Date: 17 November 2021 - 23:59 Eastern Time

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