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Research Council Officer

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: Ocean, Coastal and River Engineering 

Classification: RCO 

Duration: 2 years term with possibility of extention

Language Requirements: English 

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 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.

Please let us know of any accommodation measures required to help you to be assessed in a fair and equitable manner. Please note that the information you provide will be treated 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.

  • Do you want a career that will tackle some of the biggest environmental issues? 
  • Are you driven to finding new solutions to world problems?
  • Are you keen to engage with a diverse set of partners to deliver impactful research?
  • If so, then we want you!

NRC Ocean, Coastal and River Engineering (OCRE) supports a broad cross-section of industry sectors by developing creative and practical solutions to engineering challenges in rivers, lakes, and marine environments. We provide expertise and tools to identify, adapt, and integrate advanced solutions into systems that improve the performance and safety of ocean, coastal, and marine operations, meet the challenges of climate change, and protect infrastructure, property and people from severe weather events and other environmental risks.

NRC-OCRE is seeking to hire three Research Council Officers (RCOs) to support our plastics research initiative. The RCOs will develop and apply numerical methods, data analysis, and decision support tools to deliver solutions to the plastic pollution challenge in surface water environments. The RCOs will apply expertise in water resources and/or coastal engineering to support NRC-OCRE research and development (R&D) objectives. The primary responsibility of the RCOs will be to contribute to the achievement of NRC-OCRE goals for impactful R&D by delivering modeling, technologies, and innovations through our broad spectrum of engineering research activities.  The RCOs will also be expected to contribute to the development of capabilities, processes, and standards to advance and maximize the impact of our work. The RCOs will be expected to be involved in client and partner engagement, proposal development, project management, dissemination of research, technical services delivery, and share our core values of Integrity, Excellence, Respect, and Creativity. The positions require background and skills in some of the following areas: surface water hydraulics/hydrodynamics, environmental fluid mechanics, water quality modelling, numerical (or CFD) modelling of physical processes in coastal and/or riverine environments (waves, hydrodynamics, and sediment transport), coastal engineering, coastal processes, flood/erosion risk management, physical modelling, hydrology, climate science and modelling, data analysis, programming, web development, and project management. 

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:


Graduate degree (M.Sc. or M.A.Sc.) or from a recognized institution in Civil, Environmental, Water Resources, Coastal, or Ocean Engineering. 

A Ph.D. in Civil, Environmental, Water Resources, Coastal, or Ocean Engineering is considered an asset. 

Equivalency of experience and education may be considered for candidates expected to complete their master’s degree within 6 months.

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


  1. Significant experience in the application of engineering principles, including problem and constraint identification, streamlined problem-solving approaches, modelling and simulation, analysis, and clear and effective dissemination of technical findings to a range of audiences through written and oral forms of communication (e.g. reports, presentations).
  2. Experience in engagement activities, and/or in the development and management of effective partnerships and collaborations.
  3. Experience with numerical modelling, and analysis to provide solutions to a variety of topics related to coastal and/or water resources engineering challenges, including flood and erosion hazard assessment and management, wave impacts on shorelines and infrastructure, water quality assessment and risk management, and climate change impacts assessment and adaptation. The applicant must especially possess a solid understanding of fundamental sediment transport and/or water quality concepts and practical experience applying modelling tools to investigate real-world sediment transport or water quality issues.
  4. Experience in numerical modelling of riverine and/or coastal physical processes (e.g. hydrodynamics, waves, sediment transport, water quality), and application of programming for data processing/analysis.
  5. Experience in programming techniques, data collection and analysis in Geographic Information System (GIS) software to support coastal/water resources engineering analysis.
  6. Experience in executing technical projects, proposal development, project management, and working in multidisciplinary teams. 
  7. Experience with web development techniques/programming principles and the creation of informative and interactive web pages is considered an asset.

Condition of Employment

 Reliability Status

Assessment Criteria

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

Technical Competencies

  1. Advanced skills in oral and written communication, writing clear and concise proposals, reports, conference papers and/or journal papers and effectively communicating results to clients and/or at scientific conferences.
  2. Understanding of project management principles, practices, tools, and techniques required to complete assigned project tasks on time, within budget, and with the desired quality and impact. 
  3. Knowledge of the principles of fluid mechanics, coastal engineering, water resources, coastal and/or riverine physical processes (hydrodynamics, water quality, and sediment transport).
  4. Solid knowledge of the principal numerical models used for simulating the flow and transport of water, pollutants and/or sediments through watersheds, rivers, lakes, estuaries and coastal areas.
  5. Knowledge of the theory of numerical modelling and physical modelling to investigate a diverse range of problems related to, coastal engineering, water resources, and water quality.
  6. Knowledge of applying statistical methods to support coastal and/or water resources engineering (e.g. hydrological frequency analysis, hypothesis testing, extreme value analysis).
  7. Advanced knowledge of applying computer programming (e.g., MATLAB, Python, FORTRAN, C++) and GIS software to read, process, analyze, and write geospatial data. 
  8. Ability to conduct unsupervised research to generate creative solutions for previously unexplored or unsolved problems. 
  9. Ability to effectively engage with clients and partners (e.g. industry, other government departments, and academia) to identify strategic opportunities for collaboration, work towards common goals, and build consensus. 
  10. The ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with various administrative, management, and engineering/research colleagues to work towards common goals.

Behavioural Competencies

  • Management services - Conceptual and analytical ability (Level 2)
  • Research - Creative thinking (Level 2)
  • Research - Partnering (Level 3)
  • Research - Results orientation (Level 2)
  • Research - Teamwork (Level 2)

Competency Profile(s)

For this position, the NRC will evaluate candidates using the following competency profiles: Management Services; Research


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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.


  • You will be asked to answer screening questions as part of the application process. 
  • ​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 (18047) to:


Telephone: 343-552-7798

Closing Date: 7 December 2022 - 23:59 Eastern Time



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