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Ottawa, ON, CA, K1G 4J5

Please note: This position is primarily on-site. The successful incumbent must be located in Canada and be able to access one of our sites. Canadian Blood Services has laboratory research space in support of this position at our national Head Office in Ottawa. Successful incumbents will either plan to work at this location or will secure equivalent laboratory research space at a Canadian University or hospital in a city accessible to one of our locations. 


​Job category: Innovation, research and science
Job posting ID: 3206


​Employment status: Regular full-time


Classification: PTS/MGT/IT B
Salary/Rate of pay: Scale aligned with experience


Application deadline: 2022-07-06 


Somewhere in Canada there’s a life you can save.   


Be part of a dynamic, collaborative and caring organization committed to saving and improving the lives of Canadians. Thousands of Canadians depend on us every day for reliable access to blood, plasma, stem cells and organs and tissues.  


Join Canada’s Lifeline and make a meaningful difference every day.


About the role

Canadian Blood Services is looking for a Regular full-time Scientist to join our dynamic Centre for Innovation team. The work of a Scientist is integral to Canadian Blood Services role as Canada’s Lifeline. 

In this role, you will demonstrate leadership skills through the maintenance of a research program and associated laboratory. This includes designing experiments, participating in development projects, writing technical reports, publishing papers, participating in training and supervising teams, teaching at the university level (role specific), participating in problem solving for specific organizational issues, participating on committees and working as part of the Medical Affairs and Innovation team. Incumbents may be required to obtain continuous grant funding.


Responsibilities include:

  • Advances Canadian science within the context of the Canadian Blood Services (CBS) research and development mandate.
  • Leads a CBS aligned but independent (discovery) research program in support of knowledge generation in the transfusion science-related area of hematopoietic stem cell biology or bioengineering and related cellular therapies. 
  • Leads a university or Canadian Blood Services based independent research laboratory.
  • Will be strongly encouraged to teach at the university undergraduate or graduate level and to collaborate, where applicable, with aligned university-based researchers.
  • Trains and supervises undergraduate students (e.g. honours students, summer students, co-op students).
  • Participates in problem-solving and quality event management, as required.
  • Provides professional leadership skills as demonstrated by contributing to science at national and international levels.
  • Performs other related duties as required.


Education, Training, and Experience: 

  • PhD degree with a specialization in an appropriate area from a recognized academic institution is required.
  • Individuals in this position must be willing to obtain a university appointment sufficient to permit the supervision of graduate students.
  • At least 2 years of post-doctoral experience or experience with a focus on discovery research in the stem cell area.


Demonstrated Skills and Abilities:

  • Excellent communication skills in English, both oral and written, are required.
  • Demonstrated ability to design and execute research studies and publish the results in high quality journals.
  • Demonstrated track record in obtaining national peer-reviewed competitive grant funds or equivalent achievements in industry.
  • Effective public speaking skills are desirable.



  • Competitive base salary range 
  • Annual Performance Award
  • 4 weeks vacation to start
  • Comprehensive extended health and benefits
  • Choice of defined contribution or defined benefits pension plan
  • Employee discounts, wellness programs and professional advancement opportunities

Diversity and inclusion play a vital role in ensuring health equity for patients across Canada. We are committed to reflecting Canada’s population in our organization and fostering an environment where all employees can be their authentic selves, with equal opportunities to succeed and contribute.  


To protect the health and safety of its employees, all Canadian Blood Services’ employees are required to be fully vaccinated (COVID-19 vaccine doses as approved by Health Canada), subject to any medical or other human rights grounds.


If this role resonates with you, we encourage you to apply! This could be your first step towards a meaningful and inspiring career. Come to work each day knowing that you save lives. 


We thank all applicants for their interest. However, only those considered for an interview or those invited to participate in an assessment (such as testing) will be contacted. Applicants who require accommodation should discuss their needs with us.