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Research Council Officer, Thermometry and Radiometry

Priority may be given to the following designated employment equity groups: Women, Indigenous peoples* (First Nations, Inuit and Métis), persons with disabilities and racialized persons*.


* The Employment Equity Act, which is under review, uses the terminology Aboriginal peoples and visible minorities. 

City: Ottawa 

Organizational Unit: Metrology Research Centre 

Classification: RCO 

Tenure: Term 

Duration: 2 years 

Language Requirements: English 

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At the NRC, we know that diversity enables excellence in research and innovation. We are committed to a diverse and representative workforce, a safe and respectful work environment, and contributing to a more inclusive Canadian innovation system.  We welcome all qualified applicants and encourage you to complete the employment equity self-declaration questions during the job application process.

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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 (RCO), Thermometry and Radiometry to support our Metrology Research Centre. The Research Council Officer (RCO) would be someone who shares our core values of Integrity, Excellence, Respect and Creativity.
The Research Council Officer provides leadership, and technical (electrical, electronic, computer, mechanical, organizational, logistical and other) support, and systems oversight in the day to day operations of the Thermometry and Radiometry Team.


Using your understanding of physical principles and your hands-on skills, the Research Council Officer will divide their time between maintaining and improving primary realizations (i.e. actualizing a unit of measure from its definition), supporting internal and external client calibration work, and supporting the Thermometry and Radiometry Team’s research and development activities.


Working with other members of the team, The Research Council Officer will:


  • Guide, coordinate and participate in the maintenance of primary scale realization(s) through careful measurement and scientific techniques and guidance to technical staff assigned to projects;
  • Plan technical and budgetary recommendations to the Team Lead for lab apparatus, facility and capability improvements to T&R services and primary realizations;
  • Work in the labs with other research and technical team members to support research activities;
  • Help to develop and adapt techniques for process control;
  • Plan and complete process control and calibration activities for scientific instruments;
  • Guide, coordinate or contribute to the development of new experimental procedures or standards;
  • Secure receptors and clients by identifying opportunities, participating in business development and marketing activities, and building collaborations with local, national and international organizations;
  • Work to develop new business relationships with other government departments, industry and academia to increase revenue;
  • Maintain knowledge and expertise in subject area(s) that support the research program areas;
  • Maintain and improve the quality system that supports the T&R Team’s services;
  • Acquire and analyze data; 
  • Report results and keep records.

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:


A Master’s degree in engineering physics, engineering (electrical, mechanical, physical, other), or in physics. A Bachelor’s degree in engineering physics, engineering (electrical, mechanical, other), or in physics, along with relevant experience may also be considered.


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


  • Hands-on experience in a scientific lab setting;
  • Experience working with optical components and systems;
  • Experience with a variety of laboratory test equipment;
  • Experience in general programming and computer interfacing and control of instruments by computer; and
  • Experience collecting and analysing data and ensuring data quality. 


Experience in the following are assets:


  • Experience with LabView and Python
  • Experience with quality systems (for example ISO 17025)

Condition of Employment


Assessment Criteria

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

Technical Competencies

  • Solid knowledge of laboratory measurement devices;
  • Solid knowledge of basic physical principles;
  • Solid knowledge of programming languages;
  • Ability to identify problems with experimental techniques and/or approaches and suggest or develop solutions; and
  • Ability to safely and confidently use delicate, high precision scientific or measurement devices.

Behavioural Competencies

  • Technology support - Results orientation (Level 2)
  • Technology support - Teamwork (Level 2)
  • Technology support - Initiative (Level 2)
  • Technology support - Client focus (Level 2)

Competency Profile(s)

For this position, the NRC will evaluate candidates using the following competency profile: Technology Support


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Relocation assistance will be determined in accordance with the NRC's directives.


This position is classified as a Research Council Officer (RCO), a group that is unique to the NRC. Candidates are remunerated based on their expertise, outcomes and impacts of their previous work experience relative to the requirements of the level. The salary scale for this group is vast, from $57,220 to $161,754 per annum, which permits for employees of all levels from new graduates to world renowned experts to be fairly compensated for their contributions.


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


  • ​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 (16563) to:


Telephone: 438-455-5335 

Closing Date: Posted until filled



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