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Technical Officer, Thin Film and Surface Coatings

City: London

Organizational Unit: Automotive and Surface Transportation 

Classification: TO-2 

Tenure: Term 

Duration: 2 years 

Language Requirements: English

The NRC Advantage




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 Technical Officer to support our Manufacturing direction of the Automotive and Surface Transportation (AST) Research Center. The Technical Officer would be someone who shares our core values of Integrity, Excellence, Respect and Creativity.


The Technical Officer will work closely with research and technical staffs in the thin film and surface coating laboratories at NRC AST-London. The primary responsibility of this position is to support activities for a number of R&D projects including a large multi-party industrial project, two Office of Energy Research and Development (OERD) research projects and a NRC Challenge Program project. The incumbent will perform daily operation of thin film coating systems including sputtering, pulsed laser deposition, and plasma enhanced chemical vapor deposition as well as thin film characterization instruments.  The incumbent will also contribute to upgrade and improve the existed thin film deposition system as well as to assist researchers to build new thin film systems. The incumbent will perform a variety of custodial and maintenance duties in order to provide a clean, orderly and safe work environment. Duties among others include experimental data analysis, technical report writing, process development, and making technical presentations.


You will be part of a diverse and dynamic team and will work with us to take on exciting challenges that will change the industrial materials of tomorrow.
As a member of our team, you will enjoy a wide range of benefits that include comprehensive medical and dental insurance, pension and insurance plans, as well as vacation and other benefits.


Are you a motivated recent graduate who is willing to learn while working for an inspirational organization?


Are you passionate about continuing your career path in a stimulating, state of the art environment? Then we have an opportunity for you, apply now!

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:




Bachelors of Science or Engineering in Physics, Chemistry, Materials Science or Chemical Engineering or college diploma in a relevant field.


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



  • Experience in designing, conducting and analyzing the results of experiments in an R&D environment.


All these experience would be great assets :


  • Recent experience in research laboratories in the development, evaluation and characterization of thin film and surface coatings.
  • Experience in designing multilayer optical coatings using commercial software.
  • Experience using any of the physical/chemical vapour deposition systems such as sputtering, pulsed laser deposition and plasma enhanced chemical vapor deposition.
  • Experience in designing and building of vacuum chamber and plasma deposition set-ups.
  • Experience in chemical processing of surface and coatings such as sol-gel process.
Condition of Employment


Reliability Status

Assessment Criteria


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

Technical Competencies


  • Knowledge of engineering principles that facilitates the design, production, and operation of instruments and machines.
  • Knowledge of occupational health and safety best practices required to create and maintain a safe and healthy work environment.
  • Ability to use specialized domain-specific software including Labview, CAD, MATLAB, as well as general office software products.
  • Knowledge of standard techniques for characterizing thin films and materials such as UV-Visible-NIR spectrometry, x-ray diffraction (XRD), x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), scanning and transmission electron microscopy (SEM, TEM).


Assets :


  • Ability to analyze and discuss technical issues, troubleshoot and solve problems relating to physical vapour deposition and chemical vapour deposition systems.
  • Ability to analyze, discuss, solve problems and present solutions relating to complex technical issues associated with thin films, surface coatings and their deposition methods.
Behavioural Competencies
  • Technology support - Conceptual and analytical ability (Level 1)
  • Technology support - Initiative (Level 1)
  • Technology support - Results orientation (Level 1)
  • Technology support - Teamwork (Level 1)
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.

Salary Range


From $48,569 to $68,339 per annum. 



  • A pre-qualified list may be established for similar positions for a one year period.
  • This position is being advertised internally and externally simultaneously, however first consideration will be given to internal NRC applicants.
  • 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.
  • We thank all those who apply, however only those selected for further consideration will be contacted.



Please direct your questions, with the requisition number (10584) to:


Telephone: 613-949-7685 

Closing Date: 29 September 2020 - 23:59 Eastern Time



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Date Modified: 2020-09-08

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