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Industrial Technology Advisor (Various technology domains)

City: Atlantic Canada: exact location to be determined 

Organizational Unit: Industrial Research Assistance Program 

Classification: RCO 

Tenure: Continuing 

Language Requirements: Various


This position is being re-posted. If you have previously applied to requisition 4513, there is no need to re-apply.

The NRC Advantage


The National Research Council of Canada (NRC) is the Government of Canada's largest research organization supporting industrial innovation, the advancement of knowledge and technology development. We collaborate with over 70 colleges, universities and hospitals annually, work with 800 companies on their projects, and provide advice or funding to over 8000 Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs) each year.


We bring together the brightest minds to deliver tangible impacts on the lives of Canadians and people around the world. And now, we want to partner with you.  Let your expertise and inspirations make an impact by joining the NRC. 


At NRC, we know diversity enables excellence in research and innovation. We are committed to a diverse and representative workforce, an open and inclusive work environment, and contributing to a more inclusive Canadian innovation system. 


NRC welcomes all qualified applicants and encourages candidates to self-declare as members of the following designated employment equity groups: women, visible minorities, aboriginal peoples and persons with disabilities.


Please advise of any accommodation measures required to enable you to be assessed in a fair and equitable manner. They are available to all candidates for further assessment. Related information received will be addressed confidentially.


Your Challenge

The National Research Council of Canada (NRC) itself is home to one of the country’s best known government support programs for small and medium-sized innovative companies – the Industrial Research Assistance Program, commonly known as IRAP.  In 2018, the Government of Canada designated IRAP as one of four flagship programs that will consolidate program initiatives and focus on providing customized support that Canadian businesses need to succeed and grow.

The uniqueness of IRAP has been the method in which NRC provides services to companies through a network of field staff known as Industrial Technology Advisors.  These people deliver both advice to our clients to further their business growth, and in some situations, make the case for IRAP to fund their client’s innovative projects.   Do you think you have what it would take to be part of this dynamic and exciting team? Are you passionate about clients? Love getting involved in challenging and complex business and technology problems?  Have a gift at sharing your wisdom with others and finding the way that will help them succeed? 


We are looking for highly qualified Industrial Technology Advisors to support our multiple technical sectors and regional offices across the country. Seasoned industry professionals who are absolutely enthusiastic about helping innovative Canadian companies grow and prosper are the best fit for our team.  We need people who see the potential in a business and are driven to nurture it to the next level.  We are increasing our staff across the country and our clients need energetic and engaged professionals to guide them and invest in them as they grow.  

As an ideal member of this team, you are focused on results, but you also understand that large success can sometimes mean taking risks.  You are honest and frank, but at the same time offer a gentle helping hand to your clients.

Your Challenge, Continued

IRAP is a program that is growing rapidly and full of opportunity and excitement.   We are changing fast and must remain agile.  But more than this – so are our clients.   We need people who champion change and look for ways to apply their vast knowledge and experience in innovative ways to the benefit of their clients.

This job poster is a general call to action for locations across our country – while we have some particular technical sectors that we are looking to meet for our clients, we are also looking for people who are technology conveners and would thrive in our environment and create success all around them.   The job action is going to remain open and we will be screening and assessing potential candidates throughout the next six months.   Apply early and don’t miss out on our opportunities.  

As an employer who values diversity in its workforce, we encourage and welcome women, visible minorities, aboriginal peoples and persons with disabilities to apply to our positions.

Are you ready to be part of Canada’s tomorrow?


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:

Screening is conducted based on understanding how you meet both the Education and the Experience criteria discussed in this poster below. As such, candidates must provide a cover letter that clearly articulates how and where they meet the criteria.

Please identify in your cover letter your preferred region to work as well as the specific technology domain that you feel you are most aligned to.

Also in your cover letter, please identify your ability to communicate in both official languages (French and English).


Bachelor's degree in Science or Engineering in a discipline related to the position from a recognized university. 

A bachelor's degree in another field with significant work experience relevant to the position will be considered.

Preference may be given to candidates with a complementary degree or diploma in business, management, administration, finance or marketing.


For information on certificates and diplomas issued abroad, please see Degree equivalency


*Recent industrial business experience as an entrepreneur or senior manager – preferably in SMEs.

**Extensive experience in developing and commercializing innovative products or services within the private sector with demonstrable outcomes in innovation or technology domains such as:

  • ICT
  • Cleantech
  • Naval architecture
  • Life Sciences
  • Ag / Food
  • Manufacturing
  • Industrial Engineering

Experience in international business development and/or intellectual property management will be considered an asset.


Condition of Employment


Must be able to travel.

A valid driver's licence and access to the use of a vehicle are required.

Assessment Criteria

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

Technical Competencies
  • Basic knowledge of NRC-IRAP's mandate, mission and business model. 
  • Solid knowledge of SME business management, marketing of technology and productivity increase. 
  • Solid knowledge of developing, adopting and adapting technologies. 
  • Solid knowledge of project management principles and practices.
  • Advanced knowledge of technology, innovation and commercialization issues and trends within the sector/or region relation to the position.
Behavioural Competencies
  • Management services - Communication (Level 3)
  • Management services - Initiative (Level 2)
  • Management services - Networking (Level 2)
  • Technology extension - Client focus (Level 3)
  • Technology extension - Conceptual and analytical ability (Level 3)
  • Technology extension - Results orientation (Level 3)
  • Technology extension - Teamwork (Level 2)
Competency Profile(s)

For this position, the NRC will evaluate candidates using the following competency profiles: Management Services; Technology Extension


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Relocation assistance will be determined in accordance with the NRC's directives.

Salary Range

This position is classified as a Research Council Officer (RCO), a group that is unique to the NRC. The RCO group uses a person-based classification system instead of the more common duties-based classification system. Candidates are remunerated based on their expertise, skill, outcomes and impacts of their previous work experience. The salary scale for this group is vast, from $55,541 to $157,009 per annum, depending on experience, our Industrial Technology Advisors often are placed at a senior range between $122,790-$131,833.

In addition, the incumbent may receive the Bilingualism Bonus of $800 per year.


  • 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.
  • We thank all those who apply, however only those selected for further consideration will be contacted.



Please direct your questions, with the requisition number (5781) to:


Telephone: 613-991-2024 

Closing Date: Posted until filled



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Date Modified: 2020-02-05

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