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Research Associate - Building Automation Systems

City: Ottawa 

Organizational Unit: Construction 

Classification: RO 

Tenure: Term 

Duration: 2 years

Language Requirements: Bilingual Non-imperative BBB/BBB 

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 Associate to support our Construction Research Centre. The Research Associate (RA) 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 High Performance Buildings Program, and other Programs served by the Intelligent Building Operations unit. These goals require research of international calibre 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, 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 Engineering, Building Science, Physics, or a related discipline 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 interacting with building automation systems (BAS) to extract operational and energy data, and then to analyze these data with the goal of modifying operational parameters or suggesting retrofits to reduce energy use and improve occupant comfort.
  • Experience in building simulations with the goal of identifying mechanisms to reduce energy use and improve occupant comfort.
  • Experience in experimental design and in advanced data analysis techniques, using specialized software tools.
  • Experience in the full spectrum of research activities including identification of research requirements, proposal writing, project management, client/stakeholder interaction, data production and analysis, and reporting through written documentation, presentations and publishing.
  • Experience in working in multi-disciplinary teams.
  • Some experience in business development, marketing activities, and/or the development of partnerships and collaborations.
Condition of Employment

Reliability Status

Language requirements

Bilingual Non-imperative BBB/BBB 


Information on language requirements and self-assessment tests

Assessment Criteria

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

Technical Competencies


  • Knowledge of HVAC and lighting systems, and the sensors used in such systems.
  • Ability to interact with building automation systems (BAS) and controls to extract operational and energy data.
  • Knowledge of building simulations for energy performance (e.g. EnergyPlus, ESP-r, DOE2, TRNSYS) and indoor environment conditions.
  • Knowledge of custom programming for data analysis (e.g. MATLAB, R, Python, Excel macros), and use of advanced statistical techniques (e.g. multivariate analysis, time series analysis, machine learning approaches).
  • Ability to apply data analysis and simulation skills for to generate insights into operational changes or targeted retrofits that will enhance building energy performance.
  • Knowledge of factors affecting building occupant comfort, and how occupants interact with buildings to affect comfort conditions and energy use.
Behavioural Competencies
  • Research - Networking (Level 2)
  • Research - Communication (Level 2)
  • Research - Continuous professional learning (Level 1)
  • Research - Results orientation (Level 2)
  • Research - Teamwork (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

This position is classified as a Research Officer (RO), a group that is unique to the NRC. The RO group 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. The salary scale for this group is vast, from $55,541 to $157,009 per annum, which permits for employees of all levels from new graduates to world renowned experts to be fairly compensated for their contributions.  

In addition, the incumbent who meets the language requirements will  receive the Bilingualism Bonus of $800 per year.

  • A pre-qualified list may be established for similar positions for a one year period.
  • 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 (9738) to:


Telephone: 613-998-6825 

Closing Date: 31 May 2020 - 23:59 Eastern Time



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Date Modified: 2020-03-25

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