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Research Officer, Simulation and Numerical Modeling

City: Boucherville 

Organizational Unit: Automotive and Surface Transportation 

Classification: RO 

Tenure: Term 

Duration: 2 years 

Language Requirements: Bilingual Imperative BBB/BBB 

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

Help bring research to life and drive your career forward with the National Research Council of Canada (NRC), Canada's largest research and technology organization.


We are looking for a Research Officer (RO) in Simulation and Numerical modeling to support the Automotive and Surface Transportation Research Center (AST).


The primary responsibility of the Research Officer is to support the goals of NRC and the Research Center through research of international caliber and the development and application of advanced technologies. Activities also include the development of proposals for new research initiatives, project management, and providing service to NRC clients.


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 process optimization. He/she will be asked to develop and implement solution algorithms for the numerical modeling of fluid flow, structural behavior or thermal management which should address the needs of clients and stakeholders from the automotive industry. The development of data analytics and artificial intelligence tools supporting advance manufacturing could also be sought. 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:


Ph.D. in engineering, physics, chemistry, informatics or mathematics.


Candidates with Masters in an engineering field pertinent to the position combined with practical experience in research by numerical modeling and simulation may be considered.


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


Significant and recent experience in computer assisted simulation of applications relevant to the position including development and implementation of numerical simulation algorithms.

Significant experience (2 to 6 years) in at least two of the following:


  • numerical simulation of fluid flow and heat transfer;
  • modeling structural behavior of materials, especially composites;
  • application of data analytics and artificial intelligence tools;
  • optimization applied to manufacturing processes or part design;
  • effective use of CAD/CAM software to create complex 3D finite element meshes.


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

Experience in the complete range of research activities including identification of opportunities, writing of project proposals, generation and analysis of simulation results, as well as the presentation of research results in reports, presentations and publications.


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

Condition of Employment

Basic Reliability

Language requirements

Bilingual Imperative BBB/BBB 


Information on language requirements and self-assessment tests

Assessment Criteria

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

Technical Competencies

  • Solid ability in the use of numerical simulation software applied to the solution of complex fluid flow, heat transfer or structural problems.
  • Solid knowledge of numerical methods (of preference by finite elements) for the numerical modeling and simulation.
  • Solid 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.
  • Knowledge in data analytics and artificial intelligence will be an asset.

Behavioural Competencies

  • Research - Communication (Level 2)
  • Research - Creative thinking (Level 3)
  • Research - Results orientation (Level 2)
  • Research - Teamwork (Level 2)

Competency Profile(s)

For this position, the NRC will evaluate candidates using the following competency profile(s): Research


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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 Officer (RO), a group that is unique to the NRC. The RO 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 $52,854 to $149,416 per annum, which permits for employees of all levels from new graduates to world renowned experts to be fairly compensated for their contributions. 


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


  • A pre-qualified list may be established for similar positions for a one year period.
  • In order to ensure a prompt and efficient processing of applications, candidates are encouraged to provide, along with their résumé, a detailed covering letter explaining how they meet each of the requirements of this position (education, experience, language requirements) by providing concrete examples.  In addition, the candidate is encouraged to describe in detail when, where and how he/she gained the experience.
  • 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.



As an employer who values diversity in its workforce, we encourage candidates to self-identify as members of the following designated groups: women, visible minorities, aboriginal peoples and persons with disabilities. Measures for accommodation are available to all candidates retained for further assessment.


Please direct your questions, with the requisition number (5648) to:


Telephone: 613-949-7685

Closing Date: 05 September 2019 - 23:59 Eastern Time



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Date Modified: 2019-08-08

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