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Director, Research and Development - Semiconductor Fabrication

City: Ottawa 

Organizational Unit: Advanced Electronics and Photonics 

Classification: MGT-2 

Tenure: Continuing 

Language Requirements: Bilingual Non-imperative CBC/CBC 


Note: 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



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 Advanced Electronics and Photonics Research Centre. The Director, R&D would be someone who shares our core values of Integrity, Excellence, Respect and Creativity.


NRC's Advanced Electronics and Photonics Research Centre (AEP) conducts Research and Technology Development (R&TD) related to semiconductor-based photonics and next-generation electronics. We engage in materials research; design and fabricate novel components; and build system prototypes used in a variety of industries, including telecommunications, energy, health and environment. We develop innovative functional inks that unleash the promise of low-cost, printable, flexible electronic devices and enable the Internet of Things (IoT), as well as energy-saving organic solar cells. In addition, the Centre works to develop the unique devices that may one day enable commercial quantum communication and cryptography.


The Director, Research and Development – Semiconductor Fabrication, is one of two Directors of R&D reporting to the Director General of AEP. The DRD – Semiconductor Fabrication has oversight of AEP’s Photonic Compound Semiconductor Fabrication Facility, managing research and operational staff in two fabs;

  • The Advanced Technology Fabrication facility (ATF) supports low technology readiness level (TRL) photonic and electronic materials development, component and device design. Its layout, tool set and operation maximizes research flexibility and allows exploration into new materials and design approaches.
  • The Canadian Photonics Fabrication Centre (CPFC) is a world-renowned semiconductor fabrication facility that provides engineering and manufacturing services, commercial grade prototyping, and pilot-run production of advanced optical and electronic components.
  • Alongside these two facilities there is material growth (MOCVD) and E-beam lithography capabilities which together comprise AEP’s Photonic Compound Semiconductor Fabrication Facility.
Your Challenge Continued

Applying excellent management skills, hands-on leadership, and technological depth, the DRD leads a cadre of 5 Team Leaders and one Section Head, with approximately 75 research and technical staff, on multi-shift operations, to achieve optimal execution of projects, resource management, and continuous professional development of staff.  The DRD plays a critical role in the AEP management team and provides the Director General with crucial and timely advice and ongoing assurance of: alignment with strategy, scientific and technical excellence, and client satisfaction. The DRD maximizes the value and impact of AEP’s fabrication technologies by deploying them in various NRC R&D Programs aimed at Canada’s public policy initiatives. As well, the DRD works extensively with external stakeholders and clients providing research, development and industry-grade fabrication services to an international client base.

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:


Graduate degree in science, engineering from a recognized university. Preference may be given to candidates with a combination of science/engineering and business education.


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

  • In depth experience working in the Canadian and international context related to one or more of: photonics; electronics; semiconductor materials research; semiconductor fabrication; component, device and system development, optical telecommunication networks.
  • Experience supervising and developing staff in multidisciplinary teams, ideally in a matrix environment of projects and programs;
  • Significant experience in a client-facing role with demonstrated success in developing business opportunities.
  • Significant and recently demonstrated experience in applying the principles, tools and practices of leadership, administrative, financial, and human resource management.
  • Experience analyzing technology trends in application areas relevant to AEP technologies, e.g. telecommunications, aerospace, environment, defense.
  • Business experience within the relevant scientific and technological domains gained through collaboration with industry, academia, government or other partnerships; demonstrating highly-effective interpersonal skills;
  • Experience managing equipment maintenance and support teams, ensuring maximum tool uptime, in a large research or industrial facility would be an asset.
Condition of Employment

Secret (II)

Language requirements

Bilingual Non-imperative CBC/CBC 


Note: 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.


Information on language requirements and self-assessment tests

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 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
    Competency Profile(s)
    • 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)

    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 (9664) to:


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    Closing Date: 19 April 2020 - 23:59 Eastern Time



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    Date Modified: 2020-02-19

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