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Research Associate, Fire Resistance

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: 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 the NRC, we know that diversity enables excellence in research and innovation. We are committed to a diverse and representative workforce, a safe and respectful work environment, and contributing to a more inclusive Canadian innovation system.  We welcome all qualified applicants and encourage you to complete the employment equity self-declaration questions during the job application process.

Please let us know of any accommodation measures required to help you to be assessed in a fair and equitable manner. Please note that the information you provide will be treated 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 early-career Research Associate, Fire Resistance to support our Construction Research Centre. The Research Associate, Fire Resistance would be someone who shares our core values of Integrity, Excellence, Respect and Creativity.

The primary responsibility of the Research Officer (Research Associate) is to support the goals of NRC and the resource units through research of international-calibre and the development and application of advanced technologies. The Research Officer 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, project management, and providing service to NRC clients. The Research Officer provides input into the overall direction and research priorities for the program area within the context of the research unit business plan.

This specific Research Officer will, as a member of the research team, conduct research within the Fire Safety Research Unit. He/she will initiate, participate in and manage industry supported research activities in areas primarily related to the fire resistance. The responsibilities include developing new fire related research projects, conducting research, interacting closely with other team members, exchanging ideas, publishing papers and transferring research findings to industry and its 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 Fire Safety Engineering, Mechanical Engineering or Civil Engineering within the last five years or you expect to receive the degree within the next six months. 

A Master’s degree (received within the last five years or expected to receive within the next six months) combined with significant work experience in relevant research or technology development may be considered.


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



  • 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 experimental fire science for evaluating fire resistance which includes assessment of the performance of structural elements under fire conditions.
  • Experience in fire resistance modelling of structural elements. 
  • Experience in working in multi-disciplinary teams.

Condition of Employment

Reliability Status


All employees of the National Research Council are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and attest to their vaccination status unless accommodated based on a medical contraindication, religion, or another prohibited ground of discrimination as defined under the Canadian Human Rights Act.

Assessment Criteria

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

Technical Competencies


  • Advanced knowledge of fire safety engineering and science with the focus on fire resistance of structural elements, and approaches to provide fire protection.
  • Advanced knowledge of experimental techniques, in evaluation of performance of structural elements in fire, design of experiments and data analysis.  
  • Knowledge of thermo-fluid and heat transfer analysis, computer modeling/simulation to evaluate the behaviour of structural elements in fire. 
  • Knowledge in project management and business development, and/or the development of partnerships and collaborations.
  • Knowledge of building and fire codes, and artificial intelligence or machine learning would be considered an asset.

Behavioural Competencies

  • Research - Communication (Level 2)
  • Research - Teamwork (Level 2)
  • Research - Continuous professional learning (Level 2)
  • Research - Results orientation (Level 2)
  • Research - Creative thinking (Level 3)

Competency Profile(s)

For this position, the NRC will evaluate candidates using the following competency profile(s):  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 through the Research Associate (RA) Program at the AsRO level, which is an early-career level position with a salary range of $74,230 to $103,093.


NOTE: 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 a guide, the current annual PhD recruiting rate is $74,230.


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


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».


  • On October 6, 2021, the Government of Canada announced the launch of a mandatory vaccination policy across the federal public service. The Policy on COVID-19 Vaccination for the National Research Council requires you to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19, and that you attest to your vaccination status prior to the date of your appointment unless accommodated based on a medical contraindication, religion, or another prohibited ground of discrimination as defined under the Canadian Human Rights Act. You can find more specific information on the collection and use of your personal information when you submit your attestation.
  • 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 (16904) to:


Telephone: 613-998-6825 

Closing Date: 12 August 2022 - 23:59 Eastern Time 



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