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Process Engineer, Techno-Economic Analysis and Life Cycle Assessment

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: Energy, Mining and Environment 

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 some physical presence at the NRC work location identified in the form of a hybrid work arrangement (a combination of working onsite and offsite).



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 Research Council Officer (RCO), Process Engineer, Techno-Economic Analysis and Life Cycle Assessment for our Mineral Processing team.  The candidate would be someone who shares our core values of Integrity, Excellence, Respect and Creativity.

The Energy, Mines and Environment Research Centre within the National Research Council of Canada, offers process engineering professionals the opportunity to advance their career by contributing to development of novel technologies and innovation in the lithium-ion battery recycling and critical mineral extraction and refining that will underpin the reduction of greenhouse gas emission in Canada and globally. Our modern research centres provide a range of unique infrastructure for research and development to deploy best practice and innovation in mineral processing and metallurgical operations.

The candidate supports R&D by conducting process modelling, techno-economic analysis (TEA) and life-cycle assessment (LCA) to demonstrate technical, economic and environmental benefits of new technologies and practices that are crucial for research development, scale-up and commercial applications. The incumbent is responsible for carrying out literature and data analysis, preparation of mass and energy balances, equipment selection and sizing, preparation of operating and capital costs estimates, financial analysis and reporting in an independent and timely manner.

The incumbent will also utilize aspects of scientific research, data analysis, process modelling, market assessment to identify investment opportunities and develop LCA tools to help decision-makers in assessing potential of clean technologies, and establish R&D priorities. 

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’s degree in Chemistry, Metallurgical Engineering, Chemical Engineering or related field.

Bachelor’s degree in Chemistry, Metallurgical Engineering, Chemical Engineering or in a related field combined with significant experience in the field may be considered. 

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


  • Significant process engineering experience, including, but not limited to, test work data analysis, development of process design criteria, preparation of process flowsheet diagrams (PFD), calculation of mass and energy balances, equipment selection and sizing, preparation of operating and capital cost estimates and financial analysis.
  • Significant experience with process simulation software. Prior experience with SysCAD and METSIM will be considered an asset.
  • Basic experience in environmental impact assessment and simulation packages, for example: OpenLCA and GREET
  • Significant experience with preparation of technical reports and presentations
  • Significant experience with project management aspects including proposal preparation, scheduling, budgeting, execution, reporting, project closeouts, etc. 
  • Experience with experimental data analysis and mathematical modelling. Prior experience with computational packages (Mathematica, Python, MatLab) will be considered an asset.

Condition of Employment

  • Reliability Status
  • Ability to work in an environment that may include exposure to chemicals, dirt, noise, noxious odours, hazardous equipment, extreme temperatures and/or working in awkward conditions.

Assessment Criteria

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

Technical Competencies

  • Solid working knowledge of techno-economic analysis (TEA) and life-cycle assessment (LCA) methods and principles
  • Knowledge of SysCAD, METSIM, HSC, OpenLCA and GREET.
  • Solid programming skills with one or more languages, e.g. Excel Visual Basic, Python, Mathematica, MatLab etc.
  • Familiarity with complex metallurgical processes/flowsheets.

Behavioural Competencies

  • Research - Creative thinking (Level 3)
  • Research - Initiative (Level 2)
  • Research - Communication (Level 2)
  • Research - Teamwork (Level 2)

Competency Profile(s)

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


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


The intent of this hiring action is to staff this position at the RCO-2 level, which is an early-career level position with a salary range of $74,230 to $103,093. 

NOTE: Please note that the full RO/RCO salary scale has five levels. Salary determination will be based on a review of the candidate’s expertise, outcomes and impacts of their previous work experience relative to the requirements of the level.  As such, the initial salary could be within another level of the RO/RCO salary scale (i.e. above or below the intended level for this position).


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.
  • In order to ensure a prompt and efficient processing of applications, candidates are encouraged to provide, along with their resume, a detailed covering letter explaining how they meet each of the requirements of this position (education, experience, language requirements) by providing concrete examples. In addition, the candidate is encouraged to describe in detail when, where and how he/she gained the experience.
  • Travel may be required occasionally.
  • Willingness to work in an environment that may include exposure to chemicals, dirt, noise, noxious odours, hazardous equipment, extreme temperatures and/or working in awkward conditions.
  • 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 (18290) to:


Telephone: 343-548-5849 

Closing Date: 31 January 2023 - 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.


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