Research Officer, Hydrogen Propulsion System

Priority will be given to the following designated employment equity groups: Indigenous peoples* (First Nations, Inuit and Métis), persons with disabilities and racialized persons*.


* The Employment Equity Act, which is under review, uses the terminology Aboriginal peoples and visible minorities.


Candidates are asked to self-declare when applying to this hiring process.


City: Ottawa 

Organizational Unit: Aerospace 

Classification: RO 

Tenure: Continuing 

Language Requirements: English


Work Arrangements: Due to the nature of the work and operational requirements, this position will require some physical presence at the NRC work location identified in the form of a hybrid work arrangement (a combination of working onsite and offsite).


We recognize that Indigenous candidates may have important connections to their communities.  If you are an Indigenous candidate, you may be eligible for an exception to this work arrangement.  To learn more, please contact the hiring team, using the contact information below.

Your Challenge

Great Minds. One Goal. Canada's Success.


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), Hydrogen Propulsion System to join the Gas Turbine Laboratory (GTL) within the Aerospace Research Centre (ARC). The Research Officer would be someone who shares our core values of Integrity, Excellence, Respect and Creativity.  


The Aerospace Research Centre is expanding its research and development capabilities in the field of sustainable aviation, advancing key enabling hydrogen & electrification technologies with the greatest potential to accelerate aviation’s global transition to net-zero by 2050. This expansion will allow the incumbent to lead research projects in this area by working with an interdisciplinary team and utilizing world-class research facilities including our Engine and Component Test Cells and Altitude Test Facilities. Activities include the development and delivery of research and development, and/or technical service projects, project management, and external collaboration and relationship building.  


The Research Officer will also provide inputs to the overall direction of research priorities in sustainable aviation propulsion, as well as for the development of new research facilities and capabilities, which enable such activities. 


This is an excellent opportunity for the right candidate interested in working within a fast-growing research & business environment at Canada’s leading research and technology organization.

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 an Engineering field applicable to sustainable aviation (e.g. aerospace, mechanical, chemical, etc.).

Candidate with a Master’s degree in Engineering combined with relevant research experience may also be considered. 


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


  • Industry experience in the design, development, performance testing and/or integration of hydrogen-fuelled, hybrid powertrains for transport applications;
  • Experience in one or more of the following is required:
    • Fuel cell systems; 
    • Electric machines such as motors, inverters, controllers and generators, as well as power distribution, conversion, and controls;
    • Energy storage devices, such as batteries;
    • Hydrogen storage and distribution systems;
  • Experience in leading the technical execution of applied R&D projects;
  • Experience in working in medium to large scale industrial and/or academic projects in a multidisciplinary environment in collaboration with multiple stakeholders;
  • Experience in research networking, publications, Intellectual Property (IP) and preparation of project proposals; and
  • Experience working with codes and standards related to electrification and hydrogen technologies would be an asset.

Condition of Employment

  •  Reliability; and
  • Must be able to travel locally, nationally, and internationally.

Assessment Criteria

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

Technical Competencies

  • Solid knowledge in the systems integration and architectures for hydrogen propulsion and electric aircraft technologies; and
  • Solid knowledge of the state-of-the art in one or more of the following systems for low to zero emission transportation applications: 
    • Testing and performance evaluation of electric aircraft technologies, hydrogen propulsion systems, and hydrogen storage systems;
    • Fuel cell systems performance testing;
    • Electrification component technologies (advanced batteries, generators, electric motors, inverter and motor controller, and power electronics);
    • Modeling and Simulation of electric and hydrogen propulsion systems.

Behavioural Competencies

  • Research - Communication (Level 3)
  • Research - Teamwork (Level 3)
  • Research - Networking (Level 3)
  • Research - Self-knowing and self-development (Level 2)
  • Research - Initiative (Level 2)

Competency Profile(s)

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


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This position is classified as a Research Officer (RO), a group that is unique to the NRC. Candidates are remunerated based on their expertise, outcomes and impacts of their previous work experience relative to the requirements of the level. The salary scale for this group is vast, from $62,071 to $175,466 per annum, which permits for employees of all levels from new graduates to world renowned experts to be fairly compensated for their contributions.


NOTE: Please note that the full RO/RCO salary scale has five levels. Salary determination will be based on a review of the candidate’s expertise, outcomes and impacts of their previous work experience relative to the requirements of the level.  As such, the initial salary could be within another level of the RO/RCO salary scale (i.e. above or below the intended level for this position).


NRC employees enjoy a wide-range of competitive benefits including comprehensive health and dental plans, vacation, sick, and other leave entitlements, disability insurance and pension plans.

The NRC Advantage

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 the NRC Employee wellness matters. We offer flexible work schedules as well as part-time work to help employees maintain work-life balance. We are one of the few federal organizations that close our offices during the December holiday season.  We offer professional learning and development opportunities such as conferences, workshops, and a suite of mentorship, award and recognition programs. Diversity enables creativity and innovation. Fostering a diverse, inclusive, welcoming and supportive workplace is important to us, and contributes to a more inclusive Canadian innovation system. We welcome all qualified applicants and encourage you to complete the employment equity self-declaration questions during the job application process. Please let us know of any accommodation measures required to help you to be assessed in a fair and equitable manner. Please note that the information you provide will be treated confidentially. 


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  • Relocation assistance will be determined in accordance with the NRC's directives.
  • ​A pre-qualified list may be established for similar positions for a one year period.
  • 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 (21653) to:


Telephone: 438-455-5335 

Closing Date: 30 May 2024 - 23:59 Eastern Time 



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