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Application System Administrator

City: Ottawa 

Organizational Unit: Construction 

Classification: CS-2 

Tenure: Term 

Duration: 2 years 

Language Requirements: English 

*** Assignments and secondments may be considered according to NRC's policies.

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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 an Applications System Administrator to support our Construction Research Centre and maintain Codes Canada’s support systems including its Content Management System (CMS). The Applications System Administrator would be someone who shares our core values of Integrity, Excellence, Respect and Creativity.

The incumbent will be responsible for administration, planning, testing, installation, configuration and maintenance of Codes Canada’s existing OpenText TeamSite CMS (or any other CMS platform) and supporting services; and CMS content repositories for Codes Canada. The incumbent will be involved in application and system support for other projects. She or he will co-operate with Shared Services Canada/NRC Knowledge and IT Services on planning, development, testing, installation, configuration or upgrading servers, operating systems, packages as related to system tools and user productivity tools for Codes Canada.

This position provides technical advice, training and assistance to internal clients and is a subject matter resource on technical aspects of Codes Canada applications, including its CMS; operating systems; systems development and security standards. The incumbent represents the project team in discussions with internal clients and technical staff to explain issues of a technical nature or to resolve technical issues.

Responsibilities also include producing specifications and technical documentation for installation and configuration, and maintenance procedures; and evaluating new technologies/applications and providing recommendations to staff.

This position will appeal to a person who has a very strong application systems administration and development background with a strong competency in content management systems. If you’re this person, then this is the perfect role for you!

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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:



Degree or diploma in Computer Science or systems administration.

Candidates who have acquired computer skills and knowledge through academic training in another university program or at a community college or professional certification program and who have relevant experience in Unix OS and Content Management Systems (CMS) administration in Unix OS environment may also be considered.

A Systems Administration certification in Unix and Systems Administration certification for TeamSite would be an asset.


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


Significant and recent experience on Unix (Linux/Solaris) servers including:

  • Troubleshooting technical problems
  • CMS Applications installation, configuration, administration and maintenance
  • Middleware installation, configuration and maintenance
  • Experience working in a project management focused environment
  • Experience producing specification and technical documentation for installation and configuration and maintenance procedures
  • Experience evaluating new technologies/applications and providing recommendations
  • Experience providing technical advice, training and assistance to clients

The following will be considered assets:

  • Experience using XML processing and publishing tools on Unix (Linux/Solaris)
  • OpenText TeamSite installation and administration experience on Unix (Linux/Solaris)
  • Installation, configuration and maintenance of programming language modules (Perl and Python)
  • Experience in Solaris 10/Linux 6.x, 7.x administration
Condition of Employment

Reliability Status

Language requirements




Assessment Criteria

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

Technical Competencies


  • Knowledge of methods and practices of computer science, applications system administration, application development, departmental IT systems methodologies, the Systems Development Life-Cycle (SDLC) and applications management systems.
  • Knowledge of Unix (Linux/Solaris) backup, recovery, continuity and survivability methods, techniques and practices.
  • Ability to analyze application technical and procedural problems including system malfunctions and implement appropriate sustainable solutions.
  • Ability to identify evolving client requirements and concerns, and to design, develop and maintain appropriate training resources for CMS and applications users.
  • Ability to communicate in writing to provide specifications and documentation, back-up and recovery procedures and to develop technical reports including recommendations to management.
  • Knowledge of project management principles.
  • Knowledge of Solaris 10 Administration would be an asset.
Behavioural Competencies
  • Technology support - Client focus (Level 2)
  • Technology support - Communication (Level 2)
  • Technology support - Conceptual and analytical ability (Level 1)
  • Technology support - Initiative (Level 2)
  • Technology support - Results orientation (Level 2)
  • Technology support - Teamwork (Level 2)
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 $72,365 to $90,866 per annum. 

An incumbent occupying a position within the CS Group is currently entitled to receive a terminable allowance of $176 per month.


  • 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.
  • We thank all those who apply, however only those selected for further consideration will be contacted.



Please direct your questions, with the requisition number (10173) to:


Telephone: 613-998-6825 

Closing Date: 10 July 2020 - 23:59 Eastern Time



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Date Modified: 2020-06-12

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