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Software Engineer

Priority will be given to the following designated employment equity groups: women, Indigenous peoples* (First Nations, Inuit and Métis) and 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: Energy, Mining and Environment 

Classification: RCO 

Tenure: Term 

Duration: 3 years

Language Requirements: Bilingual Imperative BBB/BBB 


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 the NRC, we know that diversity enables excellence in research and innovation. We are committed to a diverse and representative workforce, a safe and respectful work environment, and contributing to a more inclusive Canadian innovation system.  We welcome all qualified applicants and encourage you to complete the employment equity self-declaration questions during the job application process.

Please let us know of any accommodation measures required to help you to be assessed in a fair and equitable manner. Please note that the information you provide will be treated 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 Sofware Engineer to support our Energy, Mining and Environment Research Centre. The Research Officer would be someone who shares our core values of Integrity, Excellence, Respect and Creativity.

The individual in this position will be responsible for all aspects of software engineering on the Systems and Prototypes Integration team. Most of the work will consist of designing, programming, testing, deploying and documenting applications for peripheral monitoring & instrumentation (sensor, video capture board, laser, spectrometer, actuator, etc.), data acquisition and processing, as well as posting the results. User interface programming in accordance with good practices (User experience – UX) is also part of the mandate.

Some of your challenges will be to:
•    Program monitoring software for instruments and analysis of results for optical and ultrasound measurement applications;
•    Perform design, version control and unit test reviews; 
•    Write scripts for automating existing processes to increase resource effectiveness;
•    Reshape existing instrumentation and analysis platforms to enhance robustness or fulfill new requirements;
•    Integrate third-party development kits (SDK or API) for monitoring scientific peripherals;
•    Manage a version and environment monitoring server for the various languages.

The applicant will work as part of a multidisciplinary team of researchers, engineers and specialists in world-class unique facilities in the design and creation of complex scientific instrument prototypes.

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:


Bachelor’s degree in Software Engineering, Electrical Engineering with speciality or other related discipline. 


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


•    Experience as a full-stack developer;
•    Experience in object-oriented programming with a modern language;
•    Practical experience in the design of architecture and complex instrumentation, and peripheral monitoring software;
•    Considerable experience in standard software design patterns, simulation and unit tests;
•    Considerable experience in debugging and problem solving.

Condition of Employment

Reliability Status


Language Requirements

Assessment Criteria

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

Technical Competencies

•    Proficiency in a modern IDE with their debugging and profiling tools, etc. (Visual Studio, Visual Studio Code, Eclipse, etc.);
•    Clear knowledge of C# programming language (Full-Stack, .Net and WPF framework);
•    Knowledge of C, C++ and Python programming language (scripting and scientific ecosystem an asset);
•    Familiarity with the use and writing of DLL;
•    IT knowledge (Windows server, Sysadmin, Windows IOT, networking, virtual machines);
•    Basic knowledge of Agile, unified modelling language (UML) and the rudiments of user experience (UX).

Behavioural Competencies

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

Competency Profile(s)

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


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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 this position at the RCO-2 level, which is an early-career level position with a salary range of $74,230 to $103,093. 

NOTE: Please note that the full RO/RCO salary scale has five levels. 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 such, the initial salary could be within another level of the RO/RCO salary scale (i.e. above or below the intended level for this position).

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


  • A pre-qualified list may be established for similar positions for a one year period.
  • 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 (16426) to:


Telephone: 343-548-5849 

Closing Date: 5 August 2022 - 23h59 - 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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