Scientific and Applications Programming Support Analyst

Priority will be given to the following designated employment equity groups: 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


Candidates are asked to self-declare when applying to this hiring process.


City: Boucherville
Organizational Unit: Knowledge, Information and Technology Services 
Classification: CS-3
Tenure: Continuing
Language Requirements: Bilingual Imperative BBB/BBB

Work Arrangements: 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.


We recognize that Indigenous candidates may have important connections to their communities.  If you are an Indigenous candidate, you may be eligible for an exception to this work arrangement.  To learn more, please contact the hiring team, using the contact information below.



  • Assignments and secondments may be considered according to NRC's policies.
  • This position may be underfilled.

The NRC Advantage

Great Minds. One Goal. Canada's Success.


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

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 vibrant and dynamic Scientific and Applications Programming Support Analyst to assist our Knowledge, Information, and Technology Services. The Analyst would be someone who shares our core values of impact, accountability, leadership, integrity and collaboration.


Working closely with researchers across the NRC, but mostly with Automotive and Surface Transportation in Boucherville, the chosen candidate will support software maintenance and development activities, continuous integration, quality-assurance and integrated software package release to clients. Other activities include providing support on all aspects of scientific computing, including High Performance and Cloud Computing (HPC); Linux/Unix and Windows systems administration, management and support; and scientific applications and computation.

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:


Degree from a recognized university specializing in Computer Science, or one of the Physical Sciences, Mathematics, or Engineering with computational emphasis.


A combination of a post secondary education in Computer Science or Computer Technology and experience may also be considered.


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


  • Significant and recent experience developing, maintaining, and running computational scientific or engineering research applications, using primarily C/C++ and scripting languages (e.g. Python), running in Windows or Linux environments.
  • Significant and recent experience providing developer and user support by analysing, troubleshooting and resolving complex hardware and software problems.
  • Significant and recent experience in software quality-assurance, continuous integration, source repository and versioning, packaging and multi-platform software development.


* Significant is defined as at least 3 years of experience.

** Recent is defined as within the last five years



  • Experience with graphics applications, HTML and XML Web related technologies, of 3D visualisation, GUI development tools (Qt, VTK) and event model.
  • Experience SCADA and IOT communication protocol (e.g. OPC-UA, MQTT), edge framework (e.g. EdgeX Foundry), network programming, database management (e.g. PostgreSQL), as well as backend development.
  • Experience with “DevOps” and quality-assurance tools.
  • Experience with cloud solutions, virtual machines and container solutions.
  • Experience with distributed scientific computing, parallel programming and clustered HPC environments.

Condition of Employment

Secret (II)

Language Requirements

Assessment Criteria

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

Technical Competencies

  • In-depth knowledge of algorithms, data structures and scientific programming languages such as C/C++.
  • Advanced knowledge in software maintenance and development including quality-assurance (GitLab, automatic testing), continuous integration, source repository and versioning (Git).
  • Knowledge of Linux and Windows system administration and management, operating systems principles and shell programming; 
  • Knowledge of Linux application development tools, such as compilers, debuggers, libraries, profilers.
  • Working knowledge of graphics applications, of 3D visualisation, GUI development tools (Qt, VTK) and event model.

Behavioural Competencies

  • Technology support - Client focus (Level 2)
  • Technology support - Communication (Level 2)
  • Technology support - Conceptual and analytical ability (Level 2)
  • Technology support - Initiative (Level 2)
  • Technology support - Teamwork (Level 2)

Competency Profile(s)

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


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


From $89,548 to $112,660 per annum. 


An incumbent occupying a position within the CS Group is currently entitled to receive a terminable allowance of $212 per month.


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


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


  • Relocation assistance will be determined in accordance with the NRC's directives.
  • A pre-qualified list may be established for similar positions for a one year period.
  • To ensure a prompt and efficient processing of applications, candidates must 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.
  • Candidates who have Second Language Evaluation (SLE) test results with the Public Service Commission should include these results with their application.
  • 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 (18572) to:
Telephone: (343) 596 - 8193
Closing Date: Posted until filled.


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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.