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X-Ray Characterizations Facility Coordinator

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: Edmonton 

Organizational Unit: Nanotechnology 

Classification: TO-3 

Tenure: Continuing 

Language Requirements: English


Note: Due to the nature of the work and operational requirements, this position will require full-time physical presence at the NRC work location identified.

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 an X-Ray Characterizations Facility Coordinator to support our Nanotechnology Research Centre. The X-Ray Characterizations Facility Coordinator would be someone who shares our core values of Integrity, Excellence, Respect and Creativity.


The successful candidate will provide technical support and systems oversight in the day-to-day operations of the X-Ray Characterizations Facility and will contribute to research projects and capability developments. Key activities include calibrating and checking the performance and operating reliability of equipment and instruments; setting up and operating equipment in accordance with established procedures; performing routine experiments, observing and recording data; maintaining accurate records of experimental work and maintenance; training and supervising users on equipment; maintaining the day-to-day operability and inventory of the facility; and attending and contributing to team and project meetings. The successful candidate will also provide back-up support to the Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM) Characterizations Facility. The successful candidate will perform both facilities work and project work in equal measure.

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:


Post-secondary degree in Physics, Chemistry, or Materials Science.


A college diploma combined with work-related experience, training and education may also be considered.


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


  • Experience with laboratory equipment for x-ray characterization;
  • Experience with the analysis and interpretation of x-ray diffraction data; 
  • Experience with scientific inquiry and experimentation in a research environment;
  • Basic experience with SEM would be an asset; and
  • Basic experience with maintenance and repair would be an asset.

Condition of Employment

Reliability Status

Assessment Criteria

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

Technical Competencies

  • Solid knowledge of the science of x-ray characterization of materials, especially by the x-ray diffraction (XRD), x-ray reflectance (XRR), and small angle x-ray scattering (SAXS) techniques;
  • Basic knowledge of the SEM characterization of materials;
  • Ability to take direction from a variety of sources, including scientific publications, standards, and verbally;
  • Ability to collect and analyse scientific data reliably;
  • Ability to communicate scientific findings orally and in writing;
  • Ability to maintain, troubleshoot and modify instrumentation; and
  • Ability to manage a small user facility.

Behavioural Competencies

  • Research Technician/Technologist - Results orientation (Level 2)
  • Research Technician/Technologist - Teamwork (Level 2)
  • Research Technician/Technologist - Client focus (Level 2)
  • Research Technician/Technologist - Initiative (Level 2)
  • Research Technician/Technologist - Communication (Level 2)

Competency Profile(s)

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


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


From $58,445 to $80,040 per annum. 


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 (19483) to:


Telephone: 438-455-5335 

Closing Date: 19 June 2023 - 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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