Share this job

Metallization Engineer

Priority may be given to the following designated employment equity groups: women, Indigenous peoples* (First Nations, Inuit and Métis), persons with disabilities and racialized persons*.

* The Employment Equity Act, which is under review, uses the terminology Aboriginal peoples and visible minorities.


City: Ottawa 

Organizational Unit: Advanced Electronics and Photonics 

Classification: RCO 

Tenure: Term 

Duration: 2 Years 

Language Requirements: English  


Note: Due to the nature of the work and operational requirements, this position will require full-time physical presence at the NRC work location identified.

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 Metallization Engineer to work for the Canadian Photonics Fabrication Centre (CPFC) within our Advanced Electronics and Photonics (AEP) Research Centre. The successful candidate would be someone who shares our core values of Integrity, Excellence, Respect and Creativity.

This position will focus on activities related to system processes and actively contribute to the Metallization Engineering Team. Working with clients and partners, the National Research Council Canada provides strategic research, innovation support, scientific, and technical services to develop and deploy solutions to meet Canada's current and future industrial and societal needs. The CPFC offers our clients and partners access to cutting-edge photonics device fabrication services providing simulation, design, fabrication, testing, characterization, and prototyping services to help move innovative photonic and electronic devices to market. It plays a key role in NRC’s Challenge Programs.


The key activities of the Metallization Engineer are:

  • The RCO will be the primary technical resource during the first shift of operation of the CPFC.
  • Ensure that Metallization goals are met and effectively contribute to overall CPFC goals.
  • Maintain a comprehensive record keeping and the provision of detailed reports to clients, and publications where appropriate.
  • Establish validation and verification criteria for new processes and products to address new client/project needs and Identify opportunities for process improvements.
  • Create and revise documentation detailing production processes.
  • Assist in the maintenance of the Metallization tools.
  • Take a leadership role in the training and support of more junior technical staff across multiple shifts.
  • Provide expert advice and guidance to researchers for Metallization processes.
  • Perform other related duties as assigned.
  • Maintain a safe work environment.

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:


Bachelor’s degree in the Physical, Chemical, Materials Sciences; or Chemical or Electrical Engineering.

A PhD or Master’s in one of these disciplines will be considered an asset.

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


  • Extensive relevant hands-on experience in an R&D or semiconductor production environment.
  • Significant experience in semiconductor device process development.
  • Extensive experience in semiconductor metallization systems and techniques.
  • Significant experience in Statistical Process Control (SPC).
  • Basic experience in setup and commissioning on new metallization tools.
  • Experience in thinning, lapping, and polishing processes with an in-depth understanding of Jigs, pads, conditioning disks and slurries would be an asset.

Condition of Employment

 Reliability Status

Assessment Criteria

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

Technical Competencies

  • Solid knowledge of metallization techniques. 
  • Solid knowledge of process improvement, optimization to ensure robustness and reliability.
  • Solid knowledge of safe practices for working with chemicals, compressed gases, liquid nitrogen, and electrical, mechanical, and vacuum systems.
  • Demonstrated ability to understand the dynamic interaction of process steps across various fabrication areas.
  • Solid knowledge of the use of design of experiments, process control checks, trend charts, WIP tracking and paperless MES.

Behavioural Competencies

  • Research - Communication (Level 2)
  • Research - Creative thinking (Level 2)
  • Research - Partnering (Level 1)
  • Research - Results orientation (Level 2)
  • Research - Teamwork (Level 2)

Competency Profile(s)

For this position, the NRC will evaluate candidates using the following competency profile: Research


View all competency profiles


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


This position is classified as a Research Council Officer (RCO), a group that is unique to the NRC. Candidates are remunerated based on their expertise, outcomes and impacts of their previous work experience relative to the requirements of the level. 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.


NRC employees enjoy a wide-range of competitive benefits including comprehensive health and dental plans, pension and insurance plans, vacation and other leave entitlements.


  • ​A pre-qualified list may be established for similar positions for a one year period.
  • 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 (12223) to:


Telephone: 343-552-7798

Closing Date: 15 February 2023 - 23:59 Eastern Time 



For more information on career tools and other resources, check out Career tools and resources


Report a problem                                                Date modified: This page is updated continuously.