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Research Council Officer, Computerized Laboratory Systems

City: Ottawa 

Organizational Unit: Metrology Research Centre 

Classification: RCO 

Tenure: 2-year term with possibility of extension 

Language Requirements: English 

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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 Council Officer, Computerized Laboratory Systems to support the research and calibration services in the Frequency and Time group of our Metrology Research Centre. The Research Council Officer would be someone who shares our core values of Integrity, Excellence, Respect and Creativity.


We at the NRC Frequency and Time (F&T) group are responsible for realising the second, the SI unit of time, and maintaining and disseminating the Official Time for Canada. In support of this work, the F&T team conducts research and development of primary and secondary frequency standards, and frequency comparison and dissemination methods. We operate frequency standards, frequency combs, an ensemble of commercial atomic clocks, and multiple time dissemination systems.

The RCO primary role will be to contribute to the support and development of F&T automated systems and services.

The RCO challenge will be to develop software tools, IT systems and microcontroller-enabled hardware to support F&T measurement, analysis and dissemination systems and contribute to F&T capabilities development at one of the leading metrology institutes in the world.

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:


BSc in Engineering or Science. Preference will be given to a candidate with Master’s or Doctoral degree in engineering or science.


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


  • Significant experience working independently and within a team on joint projects and achieving recognized and quantifiable results including planning, design, setup, data collection, troubleshooting, and analysis of complex systems.
  • Significant experience working in Linux and Windows OS, including system setup and configuration, software design and development using Python and C/C++. 
  • Experience in microcontroller programming and embedded system design.
  • Experience in computer networks design, implementation and troubleshooting, system architecture for data collection, storage, and dissemination.
  • Experience in Java, Java script, Linux shell scripting languages, web development, scientific software libraries, open source tools and resources and databases would be considered an asset.
  • Experience in electronics design and supporting research laboratory work would be considered an asset.

Condition of Employment

Reliability Status

Assessment Criteria

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

Technical Competencies

  • Solid knowledge of Linux OS and scripting languages
  • Knowledge of programming languages for microcontrollers and embedded devices.
  • Solid knowledge of Python and C/C++ computer programming languages.
  • Knowledge of TCP/IP model and general networking concepts.
  • Solid knowledge of a robust system design for data collection, storage, and dissemination.

Behavioural Competencies

  • Research - Creative thinking (Level 2)
  • Research - Communication (Level 2)
  • Research - Results orientation (Level 2)
  • Research - Initiative (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 Council Officer (RCO), a group that is unique to the NRC. The RCO 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 $56,374 to $159,364 per annum, which permits for employees of all levels from new graduates to world renowned experts to be fairly compensated for their contributions. 


  • A flexible schedule and overtime may be required.
  • Occasional national and international travel may be required.
  • 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 (11839) to:


Telephone: 343-573-1537 

Closing Date: 17 June 2021 - 23:59 Eastern Time



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