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Research Officer in CO2 Conversion Technologies

City: Mississauga

Organizational Unit: Energy, Mining and Environment 

Classification: RO 

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 Research Officer (RO) in CO2 Conversion Technologies to support our new NRC Research facilities in Mississauga.  The facility in Mississauga is the first NRC Research Facility in the Greater Toronto Area and will be an innovation ecosystem hub and a catalyst for accelerating the development and commercialization of advanced materials.  The selected candidate would be someone who shares our core values of Integrity, Excellence, Respect and Creativity. 


You will support the goals of NRC and the Energy, Mining and Environment Research Centre through research and the development and application of advanced technologies.  You will be working in a team environment with researchers and technical experts in world-class facilities.


You will synthesize, test and scale the production of new catalytic materials for renewably-powered CO2 conversion to fuels and chemicals; you will manage collaborations with external partners within the energy and chemical industries, academia and other researchers in Canada and internationally. You will have demonstrated research excellence in the form of high-impact publications, patents, awards, and conference presentations. You will have familiarity with research proposals and funding in the Canadian ecosystem. A post-doctoral research experience, particularly in the private sector, is preferred.


Projects will be diversified and will include activities in development and production scale-up of catalytic materials (primarily electrocatalytic), membranes, and CO2 conversion devices. Some of these activities will be aimed at the development of a platform for accelerated catalyst development to speed the discovery and evaluation of new materials.  Your responsibilities will include development of new research initiatives, preparation of research proposals, management of R&D projects, maintenance of research partnerships and advancing CO2 conversion technologies toward commercialization. Your role will require that you lead multidisciplinary research projects in collaboration with leading academic groups and early-stage SMEs.


Being in a dynamic position means that the workdays are always evolving, challenging and motivating. You are a self-starter who can excel in an evolving and exciting R&D environment and provide input into the direction and priorities of R&D activities that will be set forth by this new initiative in Mississauga.  If you’re that person, then this may be the perfect role for you!


In joining our team, you will enjoy a wide range of benefits including comprehensive health and dental plans, pension and insurance plans, vacation and other leave entitlements.

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:



PhD in materials science, chemistry, chemical engineering or related areas


MSc in materials science, chemistry, or chemical engineering or related areas, along with significant and relevant R&D experience in broader area of catalysts associated with the CO2 reduction reaction, hydrogen evolution reaction, oxygen evolution reaction, and/or the nitrogen reduction reaction conversion, and development of related devices will be considered.


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



  • Recent and relevant experience in electrocatalysis, preferably with application to CO2 conversion and/or scale up of electrochemical processes for energy conversion and storage;
  • Recent and relevant experience in materials synthesis and characterization with familiarity in using the following techniques/equipment:
    • Microscopy: TEM, SEM, EDS, EBSD, STEM
    • Spectroscopy and X-ray: UV-Vis, XPS, XAS, Auger, MS, XRD, FTIR
    • Gas analysis: GC, , SIFT-MS
    • Liquid analysis: HPLC, NMR, ICP-MS
  • Recent experience in production of devices and components commonly used in devices for electrocatalysis, including gas diffusion electrodes, membrane electrode assemblies, and electrolyzers;
  • Experience in experimental design and analysis including data collection and analysis, overseeing data production, and ensuring data quality;
  • Experience in working in multi-disciplinary teams and overseeing the activities of other researchers, students and technicians;
  • Experience in the full spectrum of research activities including identification of research requirements, proposal writing, project management, data production and analysis, and reporting through written documentation, presentations and publishing;
  • Some experience in business development and/or the development and oversight of partnerships and collaborations; and
  • Relevant experience in the hydrogen evolution reaction, oxygen evolution reaction, and/or nitrogen reduction reaction would be an asset.
Condition of Employment


Reliability Status

Assessment Criteria


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

Technical Competencies


  • Excellent written and oral communication skills;
  • Knowledge of CO2 conversion technologies;
  • Knowledge in electrocatalysis;
  • Ability to lead a technical research team;
  • Ability to conduct laboratory activities on material synthesis;
  • Ability to plan experiments, analyze data and ensure data quality; and
  • Knowledge of materials characterization and materials processing techniques.
Behavioural Competencies
  • Research - Communication (Level 2)
  • Research - Creative thinking (Level 3)
  • Research - Initiative (Level 2)
  • Research - Partnering (Level 2)
  • Research - Results orientation (Level 2)
  • 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.

Salary Range



This position is classified as a Research Council Officer (RCO), a group that is unique to the NRC. The RCO group uses a person-based classification system instead of the more common duties-based classification system. Candidates are remunerated based on their expertise, skill, outcomes and impacts of their previous work experience. The salary scale for this group is vast, from $55,541 to $157,009 per annum, which permits for employees of all levels from new graduates to world renowned experts to be fairly compensated for their contributions. 



  • 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 (7618) to:


Telephone: 613-949-7685 

Closing Date: 07 July 2020 - 23:59 Eastern Time



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Date Modified: 2020-06-23

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