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Research Associate, Simulation and Numerical Modeling

Priority may be given to the following designated employment equity groups: women, Indigenous peoples* (First Nations, Inuit and Métis), persons with disabilities and racialized persons*.

* The Employment Equity Act, which is under review, uses the terminology Aboriginal peoples and visible minorities.


City: Boucherville 

Organizational Unit: Automotive and Surface Transportation 

Classification: RO 

Tenure: Term 

Duration: 2 years 

Language Requirements: French 


Note: Due to the nature of the work and operational requirements, this position will require some physical presence at the NRC work location identified, however, the option of a hybrid work arrangement (a combination of working onsite and offsite), may be possible.


The NRC Advantage


The National Research Council of Canada represents a powerful partnering option for anyone looking to push the boundaries of science and industry. In fact, as the Government of Canada's largest research organization supporting industrial innovation, the advancement of knowledge and technology development, we have become catalysts for innovation. For over a hundred years, the impact of our work with industry leaders and other government bodies has shaped Canada’s future. We partner with some of the most creative and solutions-driven minds in the world. 
And now, we want to partner with you. Be part of our collective force to come up with potentially disruptive solutions to Canada’s current and future technology challenges. Let your expertise and inspirations make an impact by joining the NRC.

Your Challenge

We are looking for a Research Associate for the Simulation and numerical modeling team to support our Automotive and Surface Transportation (AST) Research Center. Activities also include the development of proposals for new research initiatives, project management, and providing service to NRC clients. The candidate would be someone who shares our core values of Integrity, Excellence, Respect and Creativity.

Within the Simulation and Numerical Modeling team, the incumbent will join a group of experts working on the development and application of simulation software applied to manufacturing processes and optimization. He/she will support the material development via exploration of new designs and optimization of new topologies for improved performance of magnetic motors and systems, which should address the needs of clients and stakeholders from the automotive industry. The research domains of interest for NRC include presently the advanced manufacturing, light weighting of ground transportation vehicles and vehicle propulsion technologies.

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 or Masters in physics, electrical, mechanical, materials engineering or similar field within the last five years or you expect to receive the degree within the next six months.


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


  • Experience in computer assisted simulation of applications relevant to the position including numerical simulation assisted development and optimization of electric motor designs exploiting advanced manufacturing technologies and/or magnetic materials.


  • Significant experience (2 to 6 years) in at least two of the following:
    • numerical simulation of electric motors or magnetic devices or magnetic materials;
    • development or improvement of electric motor designs;
    • use of commercial software (preferably JMAG) for the numerical simulation of electric motors;
    • optimisation in electric motors applications;
    • effective use of CAD/CAM software to create complex 3D finite element meshes.


  • Experience in programming for scientific applications as well as in the analysis and interpretation of numerical simulation results.

To prove their experience the interested candidates should include a list of pertinent activities and/or publications.

Condition of Employment

 Reliability Status

Assessment Criteria

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

Technical Competencies

  • Knowledge of magnetic materials, electric motors and magnetic devices.
  • Solid ability in the use of numerical simulation software applied to the solution of complex problems in design and evaluation of electric motors.
  • Knowledge of numerical methods (of preference by finite elements) for the numerical modeling and simulation.
  • Knowledge in scientific programming applied to simulation software development.
  • Basic ability in developing new business opportunities, in the redaction of project proposals and project reports.

Behavioural Competencies

  • Research - Communication (Level 2)
  • Research - Results orientation (Level 2)
  • Research - Teamwork (Level 2)
  • Technology support - Conceptual and analytical ability (Level 2)

Competency Profile(s)

For this position, the NRC will evaluate candidates using the following competency profiles: ResearchTechnology Support


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


The intent of this hiring action is to staff through the Research Associate (RA) Program at the RCO-2/AsRO level, which is an early-career level position with a salary range of $74,230 to $103,093.

NOTE: 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 a guide, the current annual PhD recruiting rate is $74,230.


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


Application requirements:

In order to be considered for the Research Associate program please include the following in your application. Failure to do so will result in your application being excluded from searches.

  • Resume
  • Transcript
  • Two letters of recommendation


When submitting your application, you can include the required documents in any attachment field such as «Second language evaluation results» or «Other attachments».

  • 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 (18392) to:


Telephone: 343-548-5849 

Closing Date: 8 December 2022 - 23:59 Eastern Time  



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*If you are currently a term or continuing employee at NRC, please apply through the SuccessFactors Careers module from your NRC computer.


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