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Director, Research and Development

City: Ottawa; Halifax 

Organizational Unit: Metrology Research Centre 

Classification: MGT-2 

Tenure: Continuing 

Language Requirements: Bilingual Imperative CBC/CBC 


Note(s): In the event that no qualified bilingual candidates are identified, NRC may consider unilingual candidates who will be required to commit to achieving these levels within two years.

The NRC Advantage

Great Minds. One Goal. Canada's Success.


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 (R&D), to support our Metrology Research Centre. The Director, R&D would be someone who shares our core values of Integrity, Excellence, Respect and Creativity.

Metrology underpins industrial competitiveness, trade and commerce, and is central to defining and enforcing the regulatory framework designed to protect Canadian citizens. It is therefore essential for Canada to maintain a highly credible metrology infrastructure that is capable and competent to address measurement challenges across all sectors of the economy.

The NRC Metrology Research Centre executes key metrological responsibilities as the mandated federal scientific authority in high-precision measurements for Canada. Our unique role as Canada’s National Metrology Institute places NRC at the foundation of the knowledge economy, where continuous improvement of products and services and access to domestic and international markets often builds upon advances in measurement precision, accuracy, reliability, and credibility.

The Director, Research and Development (DRD) provides scientific leadership and manages research activities, ensuring alignment with NRC’s objectives. The DRD supports the Director General in developing both employees and business or collaboration opportunities to create long-term sustainability for the organization. Where assigned, manages R&D programs, technical services, facilities, or other internal capabilities in home or other Divisions.

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:


University degree in science or engineering from a recognized university in a scientific field relevant to the research areas of the Metrology research centre.


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


  • In depth scientific experience working in an area related to metrology, including both supporting and leading the development of programs or projects.
  • Experience supervising and developing scientific staff in multidisciplinary teams, including in a matrix environment of projects and programs.
  • Significant and recently demonstrated experience in applying the principles, tools and practices of leadership, administrative, financial, and human resource management.
  • Experience accessing technology trends and setting research directions in application areas relevant to measurement technologies.
  • Significant experience with demonstrated success in developing partnership or business opportunities with industry, academia, government or other partnerships; demonstrating highly-effective interpersonal skills.

Condition of Employment

Secret (II)

Language requirements

Assessment Criteria

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

Technical Competencies

  • Demonstrated broad understanding of current and relevant scientific, technical and business issues, and of organizational and external factors and trends that impact the Metrology research centre’s success;
  • Ability to direct and engage organizational capabilities and to effectively lead and manage a multi-disciplinary team, balancing revenue and scientific-knowledge-generation activities;
  • Significant knowledge of program and project management, strategic and operational planning;
  • Significant ability to lead and inspire change while applying best practices in the management of human resources, finances and projects, achieving ongoing efficiencies and improvements;
  • Demonstrated effective interpersonal skills, to work cooperatively and effectively with a broad range of employees, colleagues, clients, and stakeholders.

Behavioural Competencies

  • Inspirational Leadership (Level 3)
  • 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)

Competency Profile(s)

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



Please direct your questions, with the requisition number (12145) to:


Telephone: 613-993-1679 

Closing Date: 22 June 2021 - 23:59 Eastern Time



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