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Radiobiologist - Section Head Radiobiology

Canadian Nuclear Laboratories
California, Kentucky, US
Closing date
Oct 6, 2022

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Academic / Research
Conservation science
Genetics, Biology
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The Radiobiology & Health Branch is seeking an experienced Biologist/Biophysicist in the area of low-dose radiation research, studying the biological effects of ionizing radiation as they relate to the radiological protection of the public and workers, to environmental health, medical applications, and to radiation therapy.
The role will involve defining, building and leading a program of work to grow the existing low-dose radiation research program at the Chalk River site of Canadian Nuclear Laboratories. The successful candidate will act as a section leader of the low-dose radiobiology team, supervising a team of >10 people.
The position holder will participate and grow the existing radiobiological research program examining sub-cellular, cellular, and biological responses to ionizing radiation exposures using both cell culture in vitro and animal in vivo models. The position holder will also lead and conduct research and development related to medical applications of the aforementioned topics.
Attracting investment from the Canadian Federal Government, the CANDU Owners Group (COG), commercial customers and internal sources, and building on their established expertise and reputation, the successful candidate will develop a co-ordinated research portfolio to effectively utilize the state-of-the-art Biological Research Facility at CNL ( This 1,600 m2 specific pathogen-free facility consists of environmentally controlled labs dedicated to in vitro and in vivo research with the added ability to work with a variety of radionuclides, including alpha emitters. Uniquely within this facility is also a 30m long gamma irradiation hall that can deliver variable gamma dose rates to animals and cells.

Typical duties can include:
• Actively contributing to short and long term planning of the branch and the health program, influencing the Directorate and Company's strategic technical direction in the field of low-dose radiation.
• Supervising and leading a team of scientists and technologists to provide technological and scientific expertise and support.
• Leading initiatives and generating new research projects proposals with appropriate resourcing and budgeting.
• Pro-actively working with business development to identify opportunities and lead R&D activities for commercial applications.
• Planning and conducting biological research in areas relevant to mechanisms of cellular, molecular, tissue and organism responses to ionizing radiation using both in vivo and in vitro models. Conducting research in areas relevant to radiation effects and risk assessment.
• Providing technical guidance, on-the-job training, leadership and supervision for scientific and technical staff, including performing yearly Performance Assessments.
• Managing research projects, scheduling and coordinating research activities, and interacting with staff and management.
• Overseeing scheduling and expenditures. Managing staff effort in an efficient and cost effective manner.
• Analysing the results of the team's scientific research, and preparing research reports for publication in peer reviewed scientific literature, as well as research reports for internal and external customers.
• Attending and delivering oral presentations at technical meetings, workshops, and conferences representing the company on major scientific and technological issues nationally and internationally.
• Producing administrative, progress, scientific and technical reports, including high quality journal and project publications to inform and support federal priorities.
• Providing novel solutions to problems and resolving complex multi-disciplinary problems.
• Seeking and participating in pursuing opportunities for external funding of research.
• Providing expert scientific advice within company and to external clients. Identifying emerging market opportunities and supporting execution of commercial projects.
• Ensuring that all activities are carried out with due diligence relative to established Quality Assurance/Quality Control requirements, applicable environmental and safety regulations and requirements (industrial and radiological), and company policies and procedures (including relevant labour contracts).

• A PhD in a relevant Biological/Biochemical discipline from a university of recognized standing.
• A minimum of 12-15 years of relevant working experience in the areas of Radiobiology, Cancer Biology, Cell Biology, Biophysics, Immunology, and/or omics.
• Strong theoretical knowledge and practical skills/experience in mouse cancer models, cell and molecular biology, immunology, DNA repair, DNA damage response, epigenetics, omics, as they relate to questions in radiation protection as demonstrated by peer-reviewed publications, conference abstracts, research reports or fellowships.
• Demonstrated ability to publish the results of his/her scientific research as lead or senior author in peer reviewed scientific literature.
• Demonstrated ability to effectively communicate within multidisciplinary environment and audiences, including shareholders (non-expert).
• A minimum of 12-15 years of supervisory experience in a research environment is required.
• A demonstrated commitment to laboratory safety including a good working knowledge of the hazards associated with biological materials, chemicals and radioactive material.
• Excellent oral and written English communication skills are essential to the performance of the duties of the post. The incumbent must be able to effectively interact with staff at various levels (technical, management and customer) to meet operational objectives.

CNL is committed to providing an atmosphere free from barriers that promote equity, diversity and inclusion in achieving our mission. CNL welcomes and celebrates employees, stakeholders and partners of all racial, cultural, and ethnic identities.

CNL also supports a workplace environment and a corporate culture built on our Core Values: Respect, Teamwork, Accountability, Safety, Integrity and Excellence, which encourage equitable employment practices and career prospects inclusive of accommodations for all employees.

CNL is committed to being an equal-opportunity employer. If you require accommodation measures during any phase of the hiring process, please inform the Talent Acquisition Specialist with whom you are in contact. All information received in relation to accommodation requests will be kept confidential.

The Chalk River Laboratories site is located on the unceded and unsurrendered territory of the Algonquin Anishinaabe people. As an organization, CNL recognizes and appreciates their historic connection to this place. CNL also recognizes the contributions that First Nations, Métis, Inuit and other Indigenous Peoples have made, both in shaping and strengthening this community in particular, and this province and country as a whole.

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