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Research Officer, Atomic Molecular and Optical Physics

City: Ottawa 

Organizational Unit: Security and Disruptive Technologies 

Classification: RO 

Tenure: Continuing 

Language Requirements: English 

The NRC Advantage



The National Research Council of Canada represents a powerful partnering option for anyone looking to push the boundaries of science and industry. In fact, as the Government of Canada's largest research organization supporting industrial innovation, the advancement of knowledge and technology development, we have become catalysts for innovation.  For a hundred years, the impact of our work with industry leaders and other government bodies has shaped Canada’s future. We partner with some of the most creative and solutions-driven minds in the world. 


And now, we want to partner with you.  Be part of our collective force to come up with potentially disruptive solutions to Canada’s current and future technology challenges. Let your expertise and inspirations make an impact by joining the NRC.


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.


The National Research Council of Canada (NRC) is seeking to hire a senior research scientist in experimental atomic, molecular and optical physics (AMO) in Ottawa, Canada. The Research Officer would be someone who shares our core values of Integrity, Excellence, Respect and Creativity.


The NRC is Canada’s federal research and technology organization. The AMO physics team at NRC has a long history of scientific excellence dating from the foundational work of Gerhard Herzberg. The team currently consists of active theoretical and experimental staff scientists with expertise in ultrafast femto- and attosecond physics, nonlinear optics, quantum optics, quantum electronics, fibre photonics and related fields. 


The team benefits from strong collaborations between its experimental and theoretical members, with vibrant national and international university collaborations.  It pursues strong fundamental research and relevant technology development within a context of opportunities of national significance.


Research is centered around major facilities in a collaborative group environment. Extensive state-of-the-art laser facilities are designed, built and operated by the AMO team, including e.g. the Joint Attosecond Science Laboratory. Team members also have access to the comprehensive NRC nanofabrication facilities and the chip-based Canadian Photonics Fabrication Centre.


Successful candidates are expected to collaborate strongly with teams of peers within NRC and develop an independent research program related to ultrafast physics, nonlinear or quantum optics, molecular or fibre photonics, and are expected to publish in high-impact scientific journals and patent new innovative technologies in quantum sensing, measurement, communications, and computing.


All operating funds, equipment and salaries are provided by the NRC at the group level. The incumbent will be encouraged to obtain adjunct professor status at the University of Ottawa or elsewhere, and seek supplementary external funding to hire additional students and postdocs.

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 degree or equivalent, in physics, chemistry or optical sciences, with work experience in ultrafast phenomena or nonlinear optics.  The PhD must have been obtained in the past 7 years.


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


  • Significant experience in conducting fundamental experimental research related to ultrafast physics, quantum optics, molecular or fibre photonics.
  • Strong evidence of relevant scientific impact (publications, citations in peer-reviewed journals in physics, chemistry or optics).
  • Significant experience related to attosecond or femtosecond optical sources.

Condition of Employment

Reliablity Status

Language requirements



Information on language requirements and self-assessment tests

Assessment Criteria

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

Technical Competencies

  • Proven ability to conduct fundamental experimental research related to ultrafast or quantum optics, molecular or fibre photonics.
  • Strong evidence of relevant scientific impact (publications, citations in peer-reviewed journals in physics, chemistry or optics).
  • Competence in relevant technology development
  • Knowledge of theoretical modeling of ultrafast processes in atoms, molecules or solids.
  • Working knowledge of vacuum systems.
  • Working knowledge of laser systems.
  • Working knowledge of nonlinear optics.
  • Ability to supervise students formally or informally.

Behavioural Competencies

  • Research - Creative thinking (Level 3)
  • Research - Results orientation (Level 3)
  • Research - Teamwork (Level 3)
  • Research - Partnering (Level 3)
  • Technology extension - Client focus (Level 2)

Competency Profile(s)

For this position, NRC will evaluate candidates using the following competency profile(s): Research; Technology Support


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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 $52,854 to $149,416 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.
  • 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.



As an employer who values diversity in its workforce, we encourage candidates to self-identify as members of the following designated groups: women, visible minorities, aboriginal peoples and persons with disabilities. Measures for accommodation are available to all candidates retained for further assessment.


Please direct your questions, with the requisition number (730) to:


Telephone: 613-993-0542

Closing Date: Open until filled



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Date Modified: 2018-04-20

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