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Research Associate, Energy Modelling

City: Ottawa 

Organizational Unit: Construction 

Classification: RO 

Tenure: Term 

Duration: 2 years

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 a Research Associate, Energy Modelling to support our Construction Research Centre. The Research Associate would be someone who shares our core values of Integrity, Excellence, Respect and Creativity.

The primary responsibility of the RA is to support the goals of NRC's Integrated Building Performance team, and other projects served by the Intelligent Building Operations unit. These goals require research of international caliber and the development and application of advanced technologies to support the needs of our numerous industry partners. The RA works in a team environment with researchers and technical experts in world-class facilities. Activities also include the development of proposals for new research initiatives, effective project management, and support to the enhancement of facilities, and communication of research plans and results to stakeholders.

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:


As part of the RA Program you must have received your PhD in Building Science, Electrical, Mechanical or Civil Engineering, or a Master’s degree in Engineering (Electrical, Mechanical or Civil) within the last five years or you expect to receive the degree within the next six months.


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



  • Significant experience in building simulation with the goal of identifying mechanisms to reduce energy use and understand building performance.
  • Significant experience of using scripting/programming languages and data analysis tools (e.g. MATLAB, Python, R, Ruby, FORTRAN) to manage large-scale building simulation studies.
  • Experience in simulation of building integrated/small scale renewable energy systems. 
  • Experience of validating/calibrating simulation models against experimental data.
  • Experience in the full spectrum of research activities including identification of research requirements, proposal writing, project management, data production and analysis, and reporting through written documentation, presentations and publishing.
  • Experience in working in multi-disciplinary teams. 

The following may be considered as assets:

  • Experience working with Canadian provincial and national building codes, and other relevant and voluntary standards such as ASHRAE 90.1 and R-2000;
  • Experience with Linux/Unix environments, Docker, and versioning control with git;
  • Experience in business development, marketing activities, and/or the development of partnerships and collaborations

Condition of Employment

Reliability Status

Assessment Criteria

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

Technical Competencies


  • Knowledge of building science and HVAC design.
  • Knowledge of building scale renewable energy systems and their integration into building energy systems.
  • Knowledge of mathematical modelling of building energy systems.
  • Knowledge of building simulation tools for energy performance (e.g. EnergyPlus, TRNSYS, HOT2000).
  • Knowledge of scripting/programming languages such as Ruby or FORTRAN.
  • Knowledge of data analysis tools such as R or MATLAB.

Behavioural Competencies

  • Research - Teamwork (Level 2)
  • Research - Results orientation (Level 2)
  • Research - Creative thinking (Level 3)
  • Research - Self-knowing and self-development (Level 1)
  • Research - Communication (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.

Salary Range

From $57,220 to $161,754 per annum. 


The Research Associate (RA) Program is unique to the NRC. It falls under the RO/RCO classification system which 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.


Application Requirements:

In order to be considered for the Research Associate program please include the following in your application. Failure to do so will result in your application being excluded from searches.

  • Resume
  • Transcript
  • Two letters of recommendation

When submitting your application you can include the required documents in any attachment field such as «Second language evaluation results» or «Other attachments».


  • 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 (12943) to:


Telephone: 613-998-6825 

Closing Date: 9 November 2021 - 23:59 Eastern Time 



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