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Director General, Security and Disruptive Technologies

City: Ottawa 

Organizational Unit: Security and Disruptive Technologies 

Classification: MGT-4 

Tenure: Continuing 

Language Requirements: Bilingual Imperative CBC/CBC 

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 visionary, charismatic and dynamic Director General to lead the Security and Disruptive Technologies Research Centre. The Director General would be someone who shares our core values of Integrity, Excellence, Respect and Creativity.


Contribute to further develop the excellent work of the Security and Disruptive Technologies Research Centre and build fruitful collaborations with internal and external stakeholders.


The Research Centre

The researchers of this research centre are experts in quantum photonics, cutting edge security materials technologies and attosecond science. We collaborate with Canadian and international research labs, industry and academia to build the emerging technology platforms that will sustain Canada's industrial competitiveness well into the future.

We develop new platforms that can be applied in a wide range of industries in technology areas such as:

  • New materials
  • Quantum sciences and technologies
  • Electronic materials and additive manufacturing

We offer scientific and engineering expertise in nanomaterials synthesis, printed electronics (2D-3D printing), nanocomposites, electronic and fibre photonic sensors, quantum information and security, quantum theory, and state-of-the-art ultra-fast spectroscopy, as well as access to unique prototyping facilities.

Focusing on medium and long-range initiatives, we work with collaborators from industry, academia and government to:

  • Accelerate the development of innovative technologies
  • Validate technologies for robustness and manufacturability
  • Help reduce risk and lead time to turn innovation into products
  • Favor early adoption of disruptive technologies in the  defense and security sectors
  • Translate global science and engineering advances into validated technology opportunities for Canadian industry.

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:


Ph.D. in chemistry or a physics-related field from a recognized university.

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


  • Significant experience conducting original research in one of the fields covered by the research centre.
  • Experience managing and leading multidisciplinary R&D teams.
  • Experience in elaborating a strategic vision and translating it in efficient operations.
  • Significant experience in building partnerships with national (universities, government and industry) and international organizations.
  • Experience developing and executing strategic projects with senior government officials, academic and industry leaders.
  • Senior executive experience including a demonstrated ability to lead change, build superior teams, motivate a diverse group of individuals, and direct large-scale initiatives.

Condition of Employment

Secret (II)

Language requirements

Bilingual Imperative CBC/CBC 

Information on language requirements and self-assessment tests

Assessment Criteria

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

Technical Competencies

  • Strong knowledge of the national and international relevant research communities.
  • Knowledge of the Canadian innovation process, the structure of the Canadian research and innovation systems, and the Canadian research community.
  • Ability to effectively lead and manage a multi-disciplinary organization in an R&D environment with a style and approach that supports NRC’s commitment to scientific excellence and its participative management and entrepreneurship values.
  • Demonstrated ability to successfully leverage, government, industry or other partnerships to generate and deliver on ideas that would lead to recognition of NRC’s role in world-wide research and technology innovation.
  • Knowledge of Security and Disruptive Technologies’ initiatives, programs and activities and their potential for impact nationally and internationally.
  • Recognized leadership in the fields covered by the Research Centre of Security and Disruptive Technology.
  • Ability to analyze complex information, make timely decisions and communicate clearly with all internal and external stakeholders.
  • Ability to manage in a scientific environment with in depth knowledge of the different models of research operations while enhancing a collaborative approach.
  • Knowledge of the National Research Council, its mandate and strategic objectives.

Behavioural Competencies

    Competency Profile(s)

    • Inspirational Leadership (Level 4)
    • Strategic Outlook and Alignment (Level 4)
    • Drive for Results and Efficiency (Level 4)
    • Leverage Collaborative Relationships (Level 3)
    • Financial Management (Level 4)
    • Client Relationship Management (Level 4)
    • Industry Sector Knowledge (Level 4)
    • People Management (Level 4)
    • Business Acumen (Level 4)

    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 $154,500 to $185,300 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.



    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 (6878) to:


    Telephone: 613-990-1679 

    Closing Date: 3 June 2019 - 23:59 Eastern Time



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    *If you are currently a term or continuing employee at NRC, please apply through the SuccessFactors Careers module from your NRC computer.


    Date Modified: 2019-05-13

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