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Director, Research & Development - Aerospace

City: Ottawa 

Organizational Unit: Aerospace 

Classification: MGT-2 

Tenure: Continuing 

Language Requirements: Bilingual Imperative CBC/CBC 

The NRC Advantage



The National Research Council of Canada represents a powerful partnering option for anyone looking to push the boundaries of science and industry. In fact, as the Government of Canada's largest research organization supporting industrial innovation, the advancement of knowledge and technology development, we have become catalysts for innovation. For over a hundred years, the impact of our work with industry leaders and other government bodies has shaped Canada’s future. We partner with some of the most creative and solutions-driven minds in the world. 


And now, we want to partner with you. Be part of our collective force to come up with potentially disruptive solutions to Canada’s current and future technology challenges. Let your expertise and inspirations make an impact by joining the NRC.

Your Challenge

Headquartered in Ottawa, the National Research Council (NRC) is Canada’s premier national research and technology organization.  The NRC focuses on business-led research in science and technology development to provide more efficiency from research to commercialization. The NRC has 12 research centres under four integrated R&D divisions: Transportation and Manufacturing, Engineering, Life Sciences, and Emerging Technologies. They have found solutions to some of the world’s most challenging issues including infectious disease, genomics, nano-technology, and aerodynamics.   In 2016, the NRC embarked on a strategic re-imagining initiative that is focused on working with Canadian industry to drive innovation and Canadian competitiveness in the global context.


The National Research Council is now seeking a Director, Research & Development for Aerospace to lead one of the NRC’s five aerospace labs, the Flight Research Centre. With a staff of 80, and a budget of $10 million, the Flight Research Centre is a world-class research facility that includes a fleet of 9 aircraft (5 fixed wing and 3 helicopters) that it can modify for leading-edge experimentation.  In this key role, you will provide strategic and operational leadership in the development of industry linkages and research programs that position the NRC as a key partner in Canada’s aerospace innovation agenda.  Building visibility domestically and internationally, and collaborating with other divisions within the organization, the Director will seek out innovative business and research opportunities that meet the needs of industry while continually positioning the NRC as a driver of leading-edge research that enables Canadian innovation.


As the ideal candidate, you are a passionate and experienced research leader with deep subject matter expertise in airworthiness and related disciplines. Naturally collaborative, you bring the ability to manage research programs while looking for innovative strategic initiatives that can build profile and drive business.  You are comfortable working with fellow researchers and industry players alike and possess domestic and international networks that will serve you well in the pursuit of collaborations and partnerships. With a passion for aerospace research, you are open to new ideas and technology applications, and have a track record of translating research opportunities into business solutions. Functionally bilingual in French and English, you bring a strategic lens to program management while balancing the everyday operational realities of a high-profile multi-disciplinary research centre.

To explore this fantastic opportunity further, please send your resume and related information to To submit your resume in confidence, please visit

The National Research Council is an equal opportunity employer.  In accordance with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005, upon request, accommodation will be provided by both Odgers Berndtson and NRC throughout the recruitment, selection and/or assessment process to applicants with disabilities.

Condition of Employment

Secret (II)

Language requirements

Bilingual Imperative CBC/CBC 


Information on language requirements and self-assessment tests


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

Salary Range

From $125,300 to $150,300 per annum. 



  • Candidates who have Second Language Evaluation (SLE) test results with the Public Service Commission should include these results with their application.
  • 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.



As an employer who values diversity in its workforce, we encourage 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.


Please direct your questions, with the requisition number (4828) to:


Telephone: 613-990-1679 

Closing Date: Posted until filled



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Date Modified: 2019-01-28

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