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Research Officer, Fire Chemistry

City: Ottawa 

Organizational Unit: Construction 

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 over 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.

We are looking for a vibrant and dynamic Research Officer, Fire Chemistry to support our Construction Research Centre.  The Research Officer, Fire Chemistry would be someone who shares our core values of Integrity, Excellence, Respect and Creativity.

The primary responsibility of the RO is to support the goals of NRC, the Research Centre, and of the Fire Safety unit through research of international calibre and the development and application of advanced technologies – ensuring that we conduct research that enhances public safety and aids industrial innovation. The RO works in a team environment with researchers and technical experts in world-class facilities. Activities include the development of proposals for new research initiatives, providing scientific evidence for the development of building regulations, project management, and providing service to NRC clients. The RO also provides input into the overall direction of the Fire Safety unit and research priorities for the program areas within the context of the Research Centre business plan.

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 chemical engineering, mechanical engineering, material science, chemistry, fire protection engineering, or a relevant area of expertise combined with work experience in research or technology development.

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



  • Experience in the full process of engineering principles including demonstrated analytical and problem-solving skills, testing and data analysis and reporting through computer aided design, documentation, presentations and publication;
  • Experience in materials/fuels characterization and in operating the latest analytical/lab equipment and test methodologies including cone calorimeter, FTIR, IC, GC; HPLC, DSC/TGA, etc.;
  • Experience and knowledge of the theories, principles and practices of fire science, combustion chemistry, chemical fire suppressants/ retardants and fire protection systems; 
  • Some project management experience;
  • Experience in working in multi-disciplinary teams; and
  • Basic experience in business development, marketing activities, and/or the development of partnerships and collaborations.
  • Experience with toxicity and environmental risk analysis of combustion products would be an asset.

Condition of Employment

Reliability 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


  • Advanced knowledge of fire and material science, combustion chemistry, chemical fire suppressants/ retardants and fire protection systems;
  • Knowledge of experimental methods associated with combustion and/or fire and analytical chemistry techniques of materials and combustion/fire products;
  • Knowledge of environmental risks and health hazards associated with fire testing.
  • Knowledge of data/information analysis;
  • Knowledge of experimental investigation relevant to fire or combustion in general.
  • Ability to give scientific and technical presentations.

Behavioural Competencies

  • Research - Communication (Level 2)
  • Research - Results orientation (Level 2)
  • Research - Teamwork (Level 2)
  • Research - Continuous professional learning (Level 2)
  • Research - Creative thinking (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 $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 (3681) to:


Telephone: 613-998-6825 

Closing Date: 31 January 2019 - 23:59 Eastern Time


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Date Modified: 2018-11-30

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