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Research Associate, Fire Safety

City: Ottawa 

Organizational Unit: Construction 

Classification: RO 

Tenure: Term 

Duration: 2 years

Language Requirements: English

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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, Fire Safety to support our Construction Research Centre. The Research Associate (RA), Fire Safety 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 the NRC, the Research Centre, and the Fire Safety unit through research of international calibre and the development and application of advanced technologies – ensuring that we conduct research that enhances public safety and aids industrial innovation. The RA works in a team environment with researchers and technical experts in world-class facilities. Activities include the development of proposals for new research initiatives, providing scientific evidence for the development of technical standards and regulations, project management, and providing service to NRC clients. The RA also provides input into the overall direction of the Fire Safety unit and research priorities within the context of the Research Centre business plan.

The RA will elaborate, lead and participate in research projects involving the generation and analysis of data (e.g. from numerical models, experimental tests, existing datasets, or alternative data sources such as social media) to improve fire and life safety, assess and reduce fire risk and exposure, increase the fire resilience of communities, and conduct impact analyses on proposed solutions.

The RA will also work within multidisciplinary research teams to assist in the development of regulatory requirements, design guidelines, performance-based specifications, probabilistic and reliability based models, and innovative technologies and protocols to minimize the impact of fire occurrence and fire prevention measures on humans, the environment and the economy; to assist in decision making on fire management strategies; and to improve the cost-effectiveness of fire safety solutions.

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 engineering, science, mathematics, or a relevant area of expertise (combined with work experience in research or technology development), 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

  • 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 publications;
  • Experience in evaluating fire hazards, exposures or impacts, and developing or optimizing solutions to fire and life safety challenges;
  • Experience in data analysis, overseeing data production, and ensuring data quality;
  • Experience in working in multi-disciplinary teams; and
  • Experience in business development, marketing activities, and/or the development of partnerships and collaborations.
  • Experience in fire modelling, fire experiments, cost-benefit analysis, impact analysis, and/or risk assessment would be an asset.
Condition of Employment

Reliability Status

Assessment Criteria

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

Technical Competencies
  • Advanced knowledge of fire science; fire prevention, mitigation and recovery measures;
  • Solid knowledge of data/information gathering tools, data analysis and data visualization, including statistical analysis for large multiple datasets with varying uncertainty;
  • Knowledge of project management principles and practices; and
  • Knowledge of fire modelling, fire experiments, cost-benefit analysis, impact analysis and/or risk assessment 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 2)
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.

Salary Range

From $56,374 to $159,364 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 (10474) to:


Telephone: 613-998-6825

Closing Date: 6 October 2020 - 23:59 Eastern Time



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Date Modified: 2020-09-15

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