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Research Officer, Airborne Research

City: Ottawa 

Organizational Unit: Aerospace 

Classification: RO 

Tenure: Term 

Duration: 2 years

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 a Research Officer, Airborne Research to support our Aerospace Research Centre. The Research Officer, Airborne Research would be someone who shares our core values of Integrity, Excellence, Respect and Creativity.


Working for the NRC Aerospace Research Centre (NRC-AERO), you will support the goals of NRC and the Research Centre through research of international caliber and the development and application of advanced technologies. You will work 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. You will provide input into the overall direction and research priorities for the program area within the context of the Aerospace Research Centre business plan.


This position will appeal to a person who is well organized, who is detail-oriented and who enjoys working as part of a multidisciplinary team to deliver excellent service.  If you’re that person, then this may be the perfect role for you!


In joining our team, you will enjoy a wide-range of benefits including comprehensive health and dental plans, pension and insurance plans, vacation and other leave entitlements.

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:


PhD in Atmospheric Science, Applied Science (Applied Physics, Optics, Remote Sensing or Equivalent) or Electrical Engineering.


M.Sc. degree in a related field with experience in analyzing and modeling of airborne remote sensing data (lidar, radar and/or radiomter) will be considered.


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


  • Experience in the full spectrum of research activities in atmospheric science, including identification of research requirements, proposal writing, data production and analysis, and reporting through written documentation, presentations and publishing;
  • Experience in analysing and/or developing scattering models using airborne or multi-platform (ground, airborne and/or space) atmospheric remote sensing datasets;
  • Experience in developing or improving signal processing and machine learning algorithms for atmospheric applications.

Condition of Employment

  • Secret (II)
  • The incumbent will be able to travel on deployments. He/she must be able to fly as aircrew on-board experimental aircraft and be able to access system locations (i.e., confined and/or high places) on aircraft;
  • Travel will be required.

Assessment Criteria

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

Technical Competencies

  • Advanced knowledge of radars/lidars, including signal processing particularly for application in weather and surface target detections;
  • Solid knowledge of electromagnetic scattering theory and modeling of scattering properties of materials and distributed targets;
  • Solid ability to conduct research using observational datasets;
  • Solid ability to program in Matlab, Python or C/C++; and
  • Solid understanding of data analysis tools including machine learning.

Behavioural Competencies

  • Research - Creative thinking (Level 2)
  • Research - Networking (Level 1)
  • Research - Communication (Level 2)
  • Research - Results orientation (Level 2)
  • Research - Initiative (Level 1)
  • Research - Teamwork (Level 2)

Competency Profile(s)

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


  • A pre-qualified list may be established for similar positions for a one year period.
  • Overtime will sometimes be required.
  • In order to ensure a prompt and efficient processing of applications, candidates are encouraged to provide, along with their résumé, a detailed covering letter explaining how they meet each of the requirements of this position (education, experience, language requirements) by providing concrete examples.
  • 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 (12070) to:


Telephone: 438-455-5335

Closing Date: 25 June 2021 - 23:59 Eastern Time



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