Share this job

DG, Advanced Electronics & Photonics Research Centre/DG, Metrology Research Centre

City: Halifax; Ottawa 

Organizational Unit: Advanced Electronics & Photonics Research Centre/Metrology Research Centre 

Classification: MGT-4 

The National Research Council of Canada

The National Research Council of Canada (NRC) is the Government of Canada’s largest science and research organization. NRC partners with Canadian academia, industry and other governmental organizations to take research impacts from the lab to the marketplace, where people can experience the benefits. This market-driven focus delivers innovation faster, enhances people’s lives and addresses some of the world’s most pressing problems. The National Research Council is responsive, creative and uniquely placed to partner with Canadian industry, to invest in strategic R&D programming that will address critical issues for our future.

The NRC is seeking two research executives to join the ranks of its senior management team. Reporting to a Vice President, these Directors General will be leaders of highly skilled researchers and technical staff, organized in multidisciplinary teams, and supported by large-scale facilities and leading-edge equipment. They will be responsible for the management of the human resources, the facilities, the research and business activities and the stakeholder engagement as the head of one of NRC’s Research Centres.

Director General, Advanced Electronics & Photonics Research Centre (AEP):

This research centre develops advanced sensing and communications technologies that collect and move data. The Centre enables Canada’s infrastructure and services to become smarter, creating sustainable prosperity in the digital era. AEP focusses on next-generation semiconductor-based photonics and electronics. The team conducts innovative research and development in the areas of integrated photonics for telecommunications, semiconductor lasers for medical applications, sensors and telecommunications, and printable electronics for autonomous energy collection, smart packaging, wearable electronics, advanced manufacturing, and internet of things applications. AEP also contributes to the development of quantum components for emerging markets.

Director General, Metrology Research Centre:

This team is committed to fostering innovation through high-precision measurement science and advancements in metrology. It is the federal agency responsible for official time. Clients and partners rely on the Centre for accurate, traceable measurements that define the national standard and are in line with international requirements. Staff, which includes Canada’s Chief Metrologist, offer unparalleled metrology knowledge and expertise.

As a well-qualified candidate for either position, you are known for your research leadership in one or more of the centre’s disciplines. You are skilled in inspiring research teams and collaborating with stakeholders across the innovation landscape environment in achieving outcomes. You bring significant experience in developing, maintaining and leveraging strategic partnerships, research collaborations and client relationships with research partners including academia, technology organizations, private sector firms, and government departments/agencies. You are experienced in developing and leading research agendas designed to keep groups are the forefront of scientific, engineering and/or technical fields. An outstanding communicator and relationship builder, you easily navigate large, complex organizations and are skilled in developing high-performing teams that pivot to seize emerging opportunities and adapt to change. As an ideal candidate, you possess a Masters or PhD in a relevant field and an ability to communicate in both official languages. If you have the desired profile and are retained as a successful candidate but haven’t yet had an opportunity to learn a second language, we are open to providing you with dedicated training at the onset of your appointment.

NRC employees are committed to collaboration and dedicated to the betterment of life for Canadian citizens. To apply or to learn more about this exceptional opportunity to lead within the Government of Canada’s largest research organization, please email Michelle Richard or Cameron Morrison at and clearly state the Research Centre of interest in the subject line of your e-mail.



The NRC values diversity in its workforce and encourages candidates to self-identify as members of the following designated groups: women, visible minorities, aboriginal peoples and persons with disabilities. Measures for accommodation are available to all candidates retained for further assessment.

Closing Date: Posted until filled


Report a problem                                                Date modified: This page is updated continuously.