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Research Officer(s), Life Cycle Inventories and Life Cycle Assessment for the Built Environment

City: Ottawa 

Organizational Unit: Construction 

Classification: RO 

Tenure: This is a continuing position and anticipatory staffing for positions of various tenures.

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 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 Research Officer(s), Life Cycle Inventories (LCIs) and Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) for the Built Environment to support our Construction Research Centre. The Research Officer(s), Life Cycle Inventories (LCIs) and Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) for the Built Environment would be someone who shares our core values of Integrity, Excellence, Respect and Creativity.

The primary responsibility of an NRC RO is to support the goals of NRC and the Research Centre through research of international calibre and the development and application of advanced technologies. The RO 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, project management, and providing service to NRC clients.  The RO provides input into the overall direction and research priorities for the program area within the context of the Research Centre strategic plan.

The LCI and LCA incumbents will join a multi-disciplinary team focused on performing research that supports a low-carbon built environment through design, construction, building and infrastructure operation, to the end of life.

The LCI and LCA incumbent will provide technical leadership that will guide and contribute to research and development activities that provides the technical underpinnings to a large multi-party initiative that aims to produce guidelines, benchmarks, LCI datasets and LCA databases, industry collaborations, and calculation tools.

The LCI incumbent will contribute research and development activities to establish a centralized and validated Canadian Construction Life-Cycle Inventory (LCI) database for construction materials that also provides interoperability solutions to harmonize with existing LCI datasets. The LCI incumbent will contribute to the development of foundational Life Cycle Inventory (LCI) datasets.

The LCI and LCA incumbents will interact with diverse stakeholders, including representatives of government, industry and academia.  For the next five years the work will focus on the built environment, construction materials and products, buildings, and infrastructure. Work in support of other LCI/LCA opportunities is possible.

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 PhD in engineering with an emphasis on life cycle inventories (LCIs) and/or life cycle assessment (LCA). 
Preference may be given to candidates who have a multidisciplinary background of materials, chemistry, and/or structural architecture.

A PhD or Master’s degree in a related field, combined with significant experience of applied research in life cycle inventory development and life cycle assessment may also be considered.


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



  • Extensive experience in application of LCIs and LCA, including significant experience in using LCA software and LCA databases
  • Significant experience in research activities related to the application of LCA, such as sensitivity analysis and prediction uncertainties; 
  • Significant experience in LCI, in data collection and database structure, interpretation of results, and ensuring data quality.
  • Significant experience in research proposal development, project execution, documentation, and reporting.
  • Significant experience in both written and oral communication to a broad range of audiences, such as industry, conferences, trade shows, community professionals, review committees.
  • Experience in working with diverse stakeholders and/or clients.

The following may be considered assets:

  • Experience in programming (e.g. SQL, Python, R]
  • Experience in  LCCA of buildings and/or civil engineering infrastructures
  • Experience related to climate sustainability and resilience and of the built environment, biogenic carbon and land use change 
  • Experience working on guideline development, standard, or code, and leading and developing the documentation for consultative exercises

Condition of Employment

Reliability Status 

Assessment Criteria

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

Technical Competencies


  • Solid ability to conduct life cycle assessment (LCA) and life cycle inventory (LCI) analysis, including gathering data, creating models, interpreting results, and using LCA software.
  • Familiarity with LCI databases and solid ability to develop Life cycle inventory (LCI) datasets.
  • Solid ability to develop and execute research and/or LCA projects.
  • Knowledge of building and infrastructure codes/standards, and the building design and construction process would be an asset.
  • Knowledge of infrastructure design, construction and management would be an asset. 
  • Knowledge of Life Cycle Cost Analysis (LCCA) of building and infrastructure would be an asset

Behavioural Competencies

  • Research - Creative thinking (Level 3)
  • Research - Communication (Level 3)
  • Research - Networking (Level 3)
  • Research - Teamwork (Level 3)
  • Research - Initiative (Level 3)

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.


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 $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.   


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 (13494) to:


Telephone: 613-998-6825 

Closing Date: 28 October 2021 - 23:59 Eastern Time 



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