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Research Officer, Building Acoustics

City: Ottawa 

Organizational Unit: Construction 

Classification: RO 

Tenure: Continuing 

Language Requirements: English 

Note: This is a repost of the Research Officer, Building Acoustics position and if you have previously applied you do not need to re-apply. 

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

We are looking for a motivated and dynamic Research Officer to support our Construction Research Centre. The Research Officer (RO) would be someone who shares our core values focusing on being a world leader in acoustic research for the built environment.

As part of a multi-disciplinary team developing and deploying technical solutions for construction sector clients, the incumbent will support and conduct research activities dealing with the evaluation and control of sound in buildings. This includes the development and use of advanced techniques to characterize and predict sound fields in rooms, and sounds transmitted into rooms. Research activities focus on characterizing the acoustic performance of multi-unit construction, relating this performance to key construction details, modifying the design details to achieve enhanced performance for airborne and impact sound insulation.  Along with our research partners, stakeholders and collaborators, we together help people to understand and to improve the acoustics of the built environment.

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 a relevant field of Engineering such as Acoustic, Architectural, Civil, Mechanical or Electrical.

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



  • Experience with the evaluation and control of sound transmission in buildings.
  • Experience in experimental design and analysis including data collection and analysis, overseeing data production, and ensuring data quality.
  • Experience using measurement systems and analysis techniques to characterize sound fields and sound transmission.
  • Experience in the prediction or rating of physical or subjective response to sound.
  • Experience in identification of research requirements, proposal writing, project management, and reporting through written documentation, presentations and publishing.
  • Experience in business development, marketing activities, and/or the development of partnerships and collaborations would be an asset.
  • Experience working with standards, specifications, or building codes dealing with acoustical performance of buildings would be an asset.
  • Experience measuring or predicting flanking sound transmission using standardized approaches such as ISO 10848 and ISO 12354 would be an asset.
  • Experience with the interrelation of acoustical performance of buildings with multidisciplinary performance aspects such as fire, thermal, ventilation would be an asset.

Condition of Employment

Reliability Status

Assessment Criteria

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

Technical Competencies


  • Advanced knowledge of physical acoustics, including sound transmission in buildings.
  • Advanced knowledge of measurement instrumentation and methods to measure, control, and characterize direct and flanking sound transmission in buildings, for airborne and impact sound.
  • Solid knowledge of the relationship between human perception and the physical attributes of sound, including basic knowledge of common criteria and rating systems for building acoustics.
  • Solid knowledge of acoustic signal analysis.

Behavioural Competencies

  • Research - Creative thinking (Level 2)
  • Research - Networking (Level 2)
  • Research - Communication (Level 2)
  • Research - Continuous professional learning (Level 2)
  • Research - Results orientation (Level 2)
  • Research - Teamwork (Level 2)

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.

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. 


  • An eligibility list may be established for similar positions.
  • NRC employees enjoy a wide-range of benefits including comprehensive health and dental plans, pension and insurance plans, vacation and other leave entitlements.
  • Travel may be required.
  • 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 (5517) to:


Telephone: 613-998-6825 

Closing Date: Posted until filled



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