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Research Officer, High Temperature Materials

City: Ottawa 

Organizational Unit: Aerospace 

Classification: RO 

Tenure: Continuing 

Language Requirements: English

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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.


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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 (RO) in the High Temperature Materials Team to support the NRC Aerospace Research Centre’s strategic research area on gas turbine technology in both structural modelling and testing. The selected candidate would be someone who shares our core values of Integrity, Excellence, Respect and Creativity.

Working for the NRC Aerospace Research Centre (NRC-ARC), you will support the goals of NRC through research of international calibre and the development and application of innovative 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 support research programs within the High Temperature Materials Team of the Aerospace Structures and Materials Performance Laboratory. You will support developing, implementing, and managing both industrial and military research activities focused on enhancing the performance and integrity assessment of new and legacy aerospace structures and materials.


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:


Ph.D. in Mechanical or Aerospace Engineering.



Applicants with a research-based Master’s degree in Mechanical, Aerospace or Materials Engineering and significant experience related to structural integrity assessment of gas turbines and high temperature metallic materials may be considered.


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

  • Significant experience in mechanical, thermal and vibration analysis of gas turbine components and structures using commercial and/or in-house finite element packages;
  • Significant experience in life prediction and damage tolerance analysis of gas turbine materials and structures;
  • Experience in conducting static and/or fatigue and fracture testing to characterize mechanical performance of high temperature materials including test data results analysis and interpretation;
  • Experience in developing solid models and reverse engineering of complex parts and assemblies; and
  • Experience in research activities involving modelling and testing comparison, verification and validation, and/or uncertainty quantification using deterministic and probabilistic methods.



  • Experience in customization of the finite element packages through writing and executing custom user subroutines, such as UMAT / VUMAT in Simulia Abaqus or UserMats in Ansys, applying Fortran, Python, APDL or other scripting languages; 
  • Experience in fatigue, fracture and creep analyses using in-house and/or commercial software for metallic, metal-matrix and ceramic matrix composite materials;
  • Experience in digital twin development for gas turbine sustainment;
  • Experience in planning, coordination and/or management of scientific projects, including experience in preparation of research proposals.
Condition of Employment

Secret (II).  A Secret clearance must be obtained within 12 months of employment.

Assessment Criteria

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

Technical Competencies
  • Knowledge of structural mechanics, thermal analysis and application of the finite element methods for analysis of metallic components and structures;
  • Knowledge of mechanical properties, deformation behaviour and failure mechanisms of high temperature materials;
  • Knowledge of advanced fatigue and fracture mechanics techniques and their application to life prediction analysis of gas turbine components and structures;
  • Ability to use commercial finite element analysis packages, for example Patran, Nastran, Marc, or Abaqus; 
  • Ability to design, plan, and carry out mechanical testing, including both static and fatigue testing, for aerospace materials and structures including analysis and interpretation of test results; and
  • Ability to communicate clearly in discussions and through presentations, and to write high quality reports and papers.

The following competencies will be considered as assets:

  • Knowledge of customization of finite element packages through writing and executing custom user subroutines; and
  • Knowledge of gas turbine structural design principles, their structural optimization, and/or regulatory certification processes.
Behavioural Competencies
  • Research - Communication (Level 2)
  • Research - Creative thinking (Level 2)
  • Research - Results orientation (Level 2)
  • Research - Self-knowing and self-development (Level 2)
  • 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 $55,541 to $157,009 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.
  • In order to ensure a prompt 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.
  • Some national and international travels may be required.
  • Overtime will sometimes be required.
  • 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.



Please direct your questions, with the requisition number (5601) to:


Telephone: 450-641-5132 

Closing Date: 22 October 2019 - 23:59 Eastern Time



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Date Modified: 2019-10-02

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