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Research Associate, Insulation and Roofing

City: Ottawa 

Organizational Unit: Construction 

Classification: RO 

Tenure: Term 

Duration: 2 years

Language Requirements: English 


Note : This position is being re-posted.  If you had previously applied, there is no need to re-apply.

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

The primary responsibility of the Research Associate (RA) is to support the goals of NRC and the Research Centre through application of research of international calibre and through the development and application of advanced building envelope and insulation technologies. The RA works in a team environment with researchers and technical experts in world-class facilities. The RA will be responsible for developing, conducting, coordinating and reporting research projects related to insulation and building materials, specifically 1) performing hypothermal material properties testing and 2) conducting hygrothermal analysis. The RA will be applying science and engineering theories and developing technical approaches to solve building materials research challenges complementing the overall direction and research priorities for the Building Envelope and Materials (BEM) resource group. Activities also include interaction and collaboration with the construction industry, Canadian Construction Material Centre (CCMC), and researchers from universities and national laboratories. The RA will present the research results in the form of conference papers, peer-reviewed journal papers, test standards and code changes.

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 Material/Civil/Mechanical/ Building Engineering Physics (or a related discipline) within the last 5 years or you expect to receive the degree within the next 6 months.


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



  • Significant experience in conducting research or technical activities dealing with the evaluation of air/heat/moisture and durability performance of building envelope materials.
  • Significant experience in conducting hygrothermal material properties testing and performing data interpretation /research analysis.
  • Basic experience in analysis of building envelope materials and systems with modeling programs such as WUFI, Delphin, THERM etc.
  • Hands-on experience in development and application of property evaluation methodologies for sustainable construction materials or advanced building materials.
  • Experience in client needs identification, marketing activities, and/or the development of partnerships and collaborations.
  • Experience interacting with standard bodies, on specifications or building codes or standards dealing with performance of building envelope materials and components (NBCC, NECB, ASHRAE, ASTM, CSA etc.).
  • Experience in participating in lab maintenance/upgrade/calibration process.
  • Experience in building envelope product manufacturing/marketing 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 understanding of built environment and building physics, including heat and mass transfer.
  • Solid knowledge of building envelope materials and the response of the building envelope systems to the effects of climatic loading.
  • Advanced ability to design and conduct laboratory and field experiments for short and long term performance assessment of building envelope materials and components.
  • Basic knowledge of hygrothermal simulation models for modeling heat and moisture flows in the building envelop components and assemblies.
  • Basic knowledge of building codes and standards related to performance requirements of the building envelope materials and components.
  • Ability to interact with clients and stakeholders to initiate projects supporting innovation in construction materials, including marketing of services and facilities.
  • Strong research and writing skills to develop research ideas and support documentation of research deliverables.

Behavioural Competencies

  • Research - Teamwork (Level 2)
  • Research - Self-knowing and self-development (Level 2)
  • Research - Results orientation (Level 2)
  • 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 (11783) to:


Telephone: 613-998-6825 

Closing Date: Posted until filled



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