Senior Technologist, Bio-Industrial Services Pilot Facilities and Operations


The Bio Industrial Services Division at InnoTech Alberta is seeking a Senior Technologist to join our Pilot Facilities and Operations team to lead in the coordination and execution of projects within our Engineered Wood Composites area. The Senior Technologist will act as project manager to design and execute trials relevant to the Engineered Wood Composites pilot plant, participate within a larger team in the operation of this pilot plant and perform business development activities including the preparation of proposals for clients, and board production.  It is expected that the candidate is proficient in the operation, configuration, and capabilities of the pilot and laboratory equipment within the engineered composite wood panel production facilities and a variety of related fibre processing equipment.


Are you our Senior Technologist within our Bio-Industrial Pilot Facilities & Operations service area?  You would be a good fit for this position if you desire to:

  • Work with various engineered composite client groups and the internal team to design engineered composite material production trials, material testing programs and lead and coordinate the execution of production trials
  • Participate in business development and engage stakeholders for new projects & initiatives
  • Utilize your technical knowledge while developing and guiding others
  • Utilize leadership and coaching skills and enjoy working in a team environment
  • Excel at project management and enjoy tackling new challenges


We are game changers

InnoTech is a leading Applied Research & Technology Development Services Organization serving the needs of industry, entrepreneurs and the public sector. Our leading-edge expertise and industrial-scale research and demonstration facilities accelerate and de-risk technology development and deployment with a focus on industrial solutions and commercial application.  We are Alberta’s innovation engine with 100 years of bold ideas that feed, grow, fuel, and build Alberta’s agriculture, energy, environment, and forestry sectors. Visit us at: 

Our Pilot and Facilities Team, with operations in Edmonton and Vegreville, comprises specialized facilities and expertise in biotechnology, biomass feedstock development, bio-processing, bio-conversion, thermo-chemical treatments and biomaterials engineering that help industry design, develop, demonstrate, utilize and commercialize new bio-material production processes.  The team also provides experimental services related to the development and production of engineered composite materials.  This work is generally associated with wood and agricultural fibre and accompanying value-added products. Key clients and partners served by this group include forest products and agriculture industries, SMEs, entrepreneurs, government agencies, non-government organizations and academic institutions.


Intrigued? Here’s some more information about the position:

Reporting to the Manager of Bio Industrial Services - Pilot Facilities & Operations, the Senior Technologist will be accountable for, but not limited to, executing the following:


  • Conduct business development and engage stakeholders and clients for new projects & initiatives and ultimately identify, propose, and execute projects
  • Lead in the development of process procedures very specific to the clients’ requirements and in consultation with other senior technologists, researchers, and in certain situations direct interaction with the client.
  • Operate various process and mobile equipment (forklift), screening, blending, forming and weighing of materials for the Engineered Wood Composites plant as well as the fibre processing areas. 
  • Provide direction to technologists regarding operations, process improvements and equipment requirements
  • Plan and coordinate the execution of projects by preparing and updating the laboratory schedule and communicating the daily or weekly pilot plant activities to the team.
  • Identify and respond to the needs of clients, leading the direction of the work in the engineered composites field, and communicate results effectively
  • Improve the service area technical expertise & expand the area capabilities
  • Ensure projects are delivered on time, and on budget within the pilot plant & testing services
  • Provides technical and scientific insight for clients and stakeholders
  • Assemble reports for clients using data produced from the pilot plant


Qualifications and skills we are looking for:

  • A technical diploma or a degree in engineering or a wood-related science.
  • Eligible for registration with a professional designation associated with candidate’s education.
  • Minimum of eight years of forest product industry experience.
  • Direct experience in a wood panel board mill or other similar engineered composite production with working knowledge of wood products such as oriented strand board (OSB), medium- and high- density fibreboard (MDF/HDF), particleboard, and various wood laminate materials and the associated chemicals.
  • Experience with the testing methods from different standards organizations such as CSA, ASTM, ANSI, JAS, JIS, EN, CCMC.
  • Knowledge and experience in applied research would be considered an asset
  • An equivalent combination of education and/or experience will be considered
  • Demonstrated ability to manage projects, tasks (including budgets), resources, on a timely basis
  • Interpersonal and organizational skills are essential
  • Demonstrated ability to build and maintain relationships with internal and external stakeholders
  • Ability to effectively lead others, coordinate and manage workflow and delegate tasks 
  • Strong oral and written communications and the ability to produce technical presentations and reports
  • A valid driver’s license with the ability to travel to work sites as required


Why InnoTech Alberta?

We offer our employees opportunities to work on projects that will expand their skill sets while witnessing the visible impacts of their efforts. We value the development of our employees and create opportunities for working in capacities that allow new skills to be learned. We know that the wellness of our team is the most important part of our business, so we offer a strong benefits package and generous vacation and paid time off programs to promote work-life balance. 


Additional Information


At InnoTech Alberta, we respect diversity and embrace an inclusive culture. We value uniqueness and different perspectives as they play a critical role in our success. To achieve this, individuals are selected based on qualifications, merit, and abilities and we encourage applications from all backgrounds to apply.  


The final candidate will be required to undergo a security clearance. All interviewees must be able to meet the requirement specified in the Physical Demand Analysis. This document will be supplied during the interview process to the successful candidate. This competition will remain open until a successful candidate is found.





Employment Status: Regular

Hours bi-weekly: 72.5

Classification: TB

Pay Grade: 11

Salary: $80,774 - $101,040