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Instrumentation Engineer

City: Ottawa (Uplands)

Organizational Unit: Automotive and Surface Transportation 

Classification: RCO 

Tenure: Continuing 

Language Requirements: English

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 an Instrumentation Engineer, with the Testing & Evaluation team to support the Automotive and Surface Transportation (AST) Research Center. The ideal candidate is an experienced researcher capable of leading research projects and working collaboratively in multidisciplinary teams to improve transportation safety through cutting edge research. The selected candidate would be someone who shares our core values of Integrity, Excellence, Respect and Creativity.
NRC Automotive and Surface Transportation (AST) Research Center has the mandate to advance product and process technologies for producing more fuel-efficient, safe, affordable and environmentally-responsible ground vehicles, and to deliver engineering solutions to complex technology challenges facing today’s surface transportation industries including automotive, heavy and specialized vehicles and rail. 


The primary responsibility of the candidate is to support the goals of NRC and the Research Centre in providing Canadians access to research, scientific knowledge and technologies for innovation in ground based transportation.  The candidate will work in a team environment with researchers and technical experts in unique research facilities. The candidate will be responsible for developing, conducting, coordinating and reporting on research and engineering projects related to ground transportation. The projects range from component and full-scale vehicle testing in NRC’s laboratories, test track experiments through to large-scale studies conducted on public roadways. Projects can involve economic, environmental and social impact studies related to rail, vehicles and vehicle safety


The candidate will be applying science and engineering theories and developing technical approaches to solve transportation research challenges complementing the overall direction and research priorities for the Advanced Transportation System Programs in road, off-road and rail vehicles. Activities also include interaction and collaboration with industry, other government departments, and researchers from universities and national laboratories. 


Duties and responsibilities will include:


  • Author, review and critique research plans, detailed test plans, technical reports and technical papers.
  • Oversee laboratory, track and on-road testing activities including supervision of technical staff.
  • Manipulate and analyze data. 
  • Interpret results and develop robust conclusions and recommendations.
  • Research and assist in the composition of literature reviews.
  • Present research findings in technical forums including conferences, seminars, working groups, etc.
  • Assist in the development of research proposals including scope definition, elaboration of research activity timelines and funding/budget estimates.
  • Occasional travel may be required.

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:


Master of Engineering or Master of Applied Science with a major in Electrical Engineering or Electronic Engineering.


Eligibility for membership in Professional Engineers Ontario, or in an equivalent organization elsewhere in Canada, as a Professional Engineer.


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


  • Significant experience with electronics and microcontroller-based embedded system design, prototyping and evaluation.
  • Significant experience performing data interpretation/research analysis.
  • Significant practical experience in preparing & executing field and laboratory test campaigns.
  • Significant experience in technical report writing.
  • Experience with power system management.
  • Experience in evaluation & selection of suitable sensors and instrumentation for research activities.
  • Experience presenting research findings at scientific conferences and through peer-reviewed journal publications.

Condition of Employment

Secret (II)

Assessment Criteria

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

Technical Competencies

  • Solid understanding of testing standards related to vehicle systems performance.
  • Solid working level knowledge of test instrumentation and its applications (strain gauges, accelerometers, etc).
  • Strong research and writing skills to develop research ideas and support documentation of research deliverables.
  • Solid working level knowledge in design, prototyping, troubleshooting and verification of embedded systems to create solutions that meet technical requirements.
  • Strong communication and presentation skills (written and verbal)

Behavioural Competencies

  • Technology support - Client focus (Level 3)
  • Technology support - Communication (Level 2)
  • Technology support - Conceptual and analytical ability (Level 3)
  • Technology support - Results orientation (Level 3)
  • Technology support - Teamwork (Level 2)

Competency Profile(s)

For this position, the NRC will evaluate candidates using the following competency profile(s): Technology Support


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

Salary Range

This position is classified as a Research Council Officer (RCO), a group that is unique to the NRC. The RCO group uses a person-based classification system instead of the more common duties-based classification system. Candidates are remunerated based on their expertise, skill, outcomes and impacts of their previous work experience. The salary scale for this group is vast, from $57,220 to $161,754 per annum, which permits for employees of all levels from new graduates to world renowned experts to be fairly compensated for their contributions. 


  • A pre-qualified list may be established for similar positions for a one year period.
  • Candidates must clearly demonstrate in their cover letter how they meet the education and experience factors listed on the poster. Candidates must use the education/experience criteria as a header and then write one or two paragraphs demonstrating how they meet them by providing concrete examples. In addition, the candidate is encouraged to describe in detail when, where and how he/she gained the experience. Failure to provide an appropriate cover letter will result in the rejection of your application. Candidates will not be solicited for incomplete or possible missing information.
  • The successful candidate must be willing to travel occasionally across Canada and internationally to represent NRC.
  • 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 (12764) to:


Telephone: 613-949-7685 

Closing Date: 2 August 2021 - 23:59 Eastern Time



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