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Research Council Officer, High Performance Buildings

City: Ottawa 

Organizational Unit: Construction 

Classification: RCO 

Tenure: Continuing 

Language Requirements: English 



The NRC Advantage

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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 an early-career Research Council Officer, High Performance Buildings to support our Construction Research Centre. The Research Council Officer, High Performance Buildings would be someone who shares our core values of Integrity, Excellence, Respect and Creativity.

The RCO will focus on the application of technologies designed to improve building performance with respect to energy, sustainability, and indoor environment quality. This may include deployment and verification of technologies and operational approaches across large groups of buildings, such as campuses, bases, or precincts. The development of best practice guides for such applications may also be required.

The primary responsibility of the RCO is to support the goals of NRC and the Construction Research Centre through the development and application of advanced technologies and utilizing research of international calibre.

As a valued member of the Intelligent Building Operation resource unit, the incumbent RCO works in a dynamic team environment with researchers and technical experts from a range of disciplines, including lighting, heating, ventilation, air conditioning, system optimization, and statistical analysis, and uses NRC’s world-class facilities to solve complex technical problems critical to NRC clients. Technical solutions enable NRC’s clients to become marketplace leaders.

Activities also include the development of proposals for new research initiatives, project management, liaison with external and internal stakeholders, and providing service to NRC clients. The RCO provides input into the overall direction and research priorities for the program area within the context of the Construction Research Centre business plan.

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:


Bachelor’s degree in Engineering in one of the following areas: Mechanical, Civil, Electrical, Building Science;   

A Bachelor’s degree in a related discipline combined with relevant work experience in research, in development/implementation of technology, or in design, operation and commissioning of building systems may also be considered.

A Master’s degree in one of the Engineering fields noted above may be considered an asset.


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



  • Significant experience in the full spectrum of technical/research service activities, including identification of research/technical requirements, proposal writing, client/stakeholder engagement, project management, data acquisition and analysis, reporting through written documentation, presentations and publications; as well as business development, marketing activities, and/or the development of partnerships and collaborations.
  • Significant experience managing and delivering building technology projects in a commercial setting.
  • Experience developing best practice guides (or equivalent) to enhance building performance.
  • Experience in working on sustainability projects in multi-building settings (or equivalent).
  • Experience in the interpretation of building system data for the purpose of improving building operations.
  • Experience  using building data to verify the effectiveness of energy conservation measures. 
  • Experience working in a project management focused multidisciplinary environment, including effective teamwork and client/partner/supplier liaison.

Condition of Employment

Reliability Status

Assessment Criteria

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

Technical Competencies


  • Ability to apply knowledge of building systems and end uses (e.g. HVAC, renewables, lighting systems, plug loads, controls) to optimize building performance (e.g. energy, greenhouse gas emissions, indoor air quality, operational costs, occupant comfort).
  • Ability to manage multiple projects and client requirements at once and communicate effectively with internal and external stakeholders. 
  • Ability to analyze data from buildings to confirm technology performance using measurement and verification techniques, and to present these results to clients.
  • Ability to develop best practice guides (or equivalent) and technical reports to support enhanced building performance.
  • Knowledge of the relevant regulatory environment.

Behavioural Competencies

  • Research - Teamwork (Level 2)
  • Research - Results orientation (Level 2)
  • Research - Partnering (Level 2)
  • Research - Communication (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.


The intent of this hiring action is to staff this position at the RCO-2 level, which is an early-career level position with a salary range of $74,230 to $103,093. 


NOTE: Please note that the full RO/RCO salary scale has five levels. 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 such, the initial salary could be within another level of the RO/RCO salary scale (i.e. above or below the intended level for this position).


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



  • In order to ensure a prompt and efficient processing of applications, candidates will be required to answer screening questions explaining how they meet each of the requirements of this position (education, experience) by providing concrete examples. In addition, the candidate is encouraged to describe in detail when, where and how they gained the experience.
  • Candidates will not be solicited for incomplete or possible missing information.
  • Failure to provide appropriate or factual information in the application may result in the rejection of your application.
  • Some travelling (potentially anywhere in Canada) is required, within the limits of local health regulations and requirements. 
  • ​A pre-qualified list may be established for similar positions for a one year period.

  • 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 (14571) to:


Telephone: 613-998-6825 

Closing Date: 26 October 2021 - 23:59 Eastern Time 



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