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Director, Research and Development

City: Mississauga 

Organizational Unit: Energy, Mining and Environment 

Classification: MGT-2 

Tenure: Continuing 

Language Requirements: Bilingual Non-imperative CBC/CBC 

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 Director, Research and Development to support our Energy, Mining and Environment Research Centre. The Director, Research and Development would be someone who shares our core values of Integrity, Excellence, Respect and Creativity.


This is a special and entrepreneurial opportunity to play a leadership role in establishing and growing NRC’s first major research facility in the Greater Toronto Area and creating a major national innovation hub in advanced materials discovery.


The Director, Research and Development will lead the activities of the soon to be operational 3300 m2 research facility in Mississauga’s Sheridan Park. The vision for NRC-Mississauga is to establish a national centre for accelerated materials discovery and innovation, with a focus on collaborative development and application of a set of platforms for accelerated materials discovery, development, demonstration / validation, scale-up and transition to industry. Key areas of activity for the growing NRC-Mississauga facility include development of AI-driven, smart (computer-enabled) automated Materials Acceleration Platforms (MAPs), electrocatalytic materials for clean energy, synthesis of structural and functional powders and development of “smart materials for smart objects”.


As part of EME, NRC-Mississauga applies its multidisciplinary capabilities in partnership with other parts of NRC and our partners through strategic R&D programs that target stakeholder-endorsed challenges to strengthen Canadian supply chains. We will deliver advanced technology solutions to improve productivity and help companies develop and maintain competitive positions in markets at home and abroad. This involves connecting industrial end-users to the innovation capacity of their suppliers through strategic collaborations that de-risk the development and adoption of new technology. Co-investment from clients and stakeholders ensures our program activities remain aligned to market needs and deliver public and private return on investment, enhancing economic, social and environmental well-being.


The Director manages the capability embodied in assigned research centre resources, ensuring relevance, focus and utility by working with program leaders and external stakeholders, including clients. The Director supervises Team Leaders to achieve effective execution of project management and continuous professional development of staff. Through discharging these responsibilities, and through the provision of timely strategic advice, the Director, Research and Development provides the Director General with vital assurance of long-term research centre sustainability and impact for Canada.

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:


Graduate degree in science or engineering from a recognized university. Consideration will also be given to candidates with a combination of science/engineering and business education.


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

  • In depth experience working in the Canadian and international context around NRC’s Energy, Mining and Environment research centre technologies with a particular focus on advanced materials science and/or materials engineering: industries, forums, trends, the issues and dynamics that impact them and the engagement needed to keep this knowledge current;
  • Experience supervising and developing staff in multidisciplinary teams, ideally in a matrix environment of projects and programs;
  • Significant and recently demonstrated experience in applying the principles, tools and practices of administrative, financial, and human resource management;
  • Business experience within the relevant scientific and technological domains gained through experience with industry, government or other partnerships would be considered an asset.
Condition of Employment
  • Secret (II)
  • Must be able to travel.
Language requirements
Assessment Criteria

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

Technical Competencies
  • Demonstrated broad understanding of relevant business and industry issues, and of internal and external factors that impact research centre operations;
  • Significant knowledge of program and project management to fulfill research centre objectives;
  • Demonstrated ability to analyze and synthesize information, assess risks and opportunities, and make recommendations on potential courses of action;
  • Ability to direct and engage core capabilities to effectively lead and manage a multi-disciplinary team balancing generation of revenue and scientific / technical knowledge generation activities;
  • Ability to lead and influence change while applying best practices in the management of human resources, finances and projects, and strategic planning;
  • Demonstrated effective interpersonal skills, to work cooperatively and effectively with a broad range of employees, colleagues, clients, and stakeholders.
Behavioural Competencies
    Competency Profile(s)
    • Inspirational Leadership (Level 4)
    • Strategic Outlook and Alignment (Level 3)
    • Drive for Results and Efficiency (Level 4)
    • Leverage Collaborative Relationships (Level 3)
    • Financial Management (Level 3)
    • Client Relationship Management (Level 3)
    • Industry Sector Knowledge (Level 3)
    • Personal Agility (Level 4)
    • Innovativeness (Level 5)


    For this position, the NRC will evaluate candidates using the following competency profile(s): Management Competencies (MG)


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

    Salary Range

    From $125,300 to $150,300 per annum. 

    • A pre-qualified list may be established for similar positions for a one year period.
    • 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.



    Please direct your questions, with the requisition number (8044) to:


    Telephone: 613-990-1679 

    Closing Date: Posted until filled



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    Date Modified: 2019-12-17

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