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Radio Astronomy Systems Engineer

Priority will 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: Penticton 

Organizational Unit: Herzberg Astronomy and Astrophysics 

Classification: RCO 

Tenure: Term 

Duration: 3 years 

Language Requirements: English 

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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.

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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 Radio Astronomy Systems Engineer to support our Herzberg Astronomy and Astrophysics Research Centre. The Radio Astronomy Systems Engineer would be someone who shares our core values of Integrity, Excellence, Respect and Creativity.


This position will be located in Penticton, British Columbia, at the Dominion Radio Astrophysical Observatory (DRAO), the site of several established telescopes and the location of the active design and construction of components for current and future facilities including the Atacama Large Millimeter-submillimeter Array (ALMA) and the Square Kilometer Array (SKA). The Radio Astronomy Systems Engineer will be a member of the DRAO Systems team, reporting to the Radio Systems team lead. They will be responsible for leading the development of efficient standard systems engineering tools and processes across the DRAO and guiding various teams in the development of their specific requirements, interfaces, test plans and other systems engineering deliverables.


Some of the responsibilities for this position include:


  • Build and implement a consistent and formal framework of systems engineering processes, tools and standards for DRAO.
  • Lead the development and adoption of a requirements management system tailored to meet the needs of specific projects.
  • Guide the development of verification, integration and test plans for technical systems.
  • Guide teams to develop requirements and Interface Control Documents (ICDs) as well as assist in writing, reviewing, and providing feedback on these draft documents.
  • Guide the setup of configuration control of technical systems, both in development and in operations.
  • Support the setup of the systems engineering change control review and release process.
  • Work with project managers to develop work- and product-breakdown structures for projects.
  • Work with project managers to identify synergies across projects to ensure maximal design reusability.
  • Work with subsystem groups and systems engineering to develop system wide performance allocation and resource budgets including radio astronomy science performance metrics, mass, heat dissipation, power requirements, cooling requirements. 
  • Work with subsystem groups and systems engineering to define the architectures for signal chain, control systems, communication and information systems, observatory safety systems, and services including power and coolant.

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 electrical and electronics engineering, mechatronics, robotics engineering or a related discipline.


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


  • At least 3 years of systems engineering experience.
  • At least 3 years of multi-disciplinary engineering experience, being involved in a wide variety of fields that contribute to the development of a technical system.
  • Experience working in a team environment with engineering staff to develop requirements, interfaces and test plans.
  • Experience writing formal requirements in radio astronomy or a related field such as radar or satcom using requirements capture and management software.

Condition of Employment

 Reliability Status

Assessment Criteria

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

Technical Competencies

  • Proficient in the use of systems engineering practices and tools.
  • Clear understanding of the fundamentals of various engineering disciplines such as electronic, mechanical and software engineering.  
  • Demonstrated ability to write formal requirements using requirements capture and management software.
  • Knowledge of radio astronomy, radar or satcom technologies including analog and digital systems, software and mechanical systems would be considered an asset.

Behavioural Competencies

  • Research - Communication (Level 2)
  • Research - Results orientation (Level 3)
  • 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.


This position is classified as a Research Council Officer (RCO), a group that is unique to the NRC. Candidates are remunerated based on their expertise, outcomes and impacts of their previous work experience relative to the requirements of the level. The salary scale for this group is vast, from $57,220 to $161,754 per annum, which permits for employees of all levels from new graduates to world renowned experts to be fairly compensated for their contributions.


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


  • Commuting assistance will be determined in accordance with NRC’s directives.
  • ​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 (17618) to:


Telephone: 613-949-7685 

Closing Date: 26 August 2022 - 23:59 Eastern Time



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