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Research Officer, Life Cycle Assessment

Priority may be given to the following designated employment equity groups: women, 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.


City: Ottawa 

Organizational Unit: Construction 

Classification: RO 

Tenure:  This is a continuing position and anticipatory staffing for positions of continuing and term tenures. 

Language Requirements: English



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 the NRC, we know that diversity enables excellence in research and innovation. We are committed to a diverse and representative workforce, a safe and respectful work environment, and contributing 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. 

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 Research Officers, Life Cycle Assessment support our Construction Research Centre. The Research Officers, Life Cycle Assessment would be someone who shares our core values of Integrity, Excellence, Respect and Creativity.

The Implementation of an NRC Platform

Federal Budget 2022 proposed that the National Research Council of Canada (NRC) receive $183.2 million over seven years (2022-23 to 2029-30) to transition the Canadian construction sector towards decarbonization and a more resilient built environment. The funding will support the implementation of an NRC Platform to Decarbonize the Construction Sector at Scale consisting of three integrated and synergistic “thrusts” to advance the transformation of Canada’s construction sector and contribute to the emerging low-carbon economy.

The thrusts consist of two Challenge Programs that will develop low-carbon and digitalized solutions, as well as a series of deployment solutions thrust that leverages NRC activities (National Model Construction Codes, Canadian Construction Materials Centre, and the National Master Construction Specification) to accelerate the scale and speed of deployments of low-carbon technologies at a pace for the sector to achieve its 2050 greenhouse gas (GHG) carbon reduction targets. These investments will leverage private sector capacity in support of climate change mitigation, spur the growth of Canada’s clean technology sector, and help achieve Canada’s international commitments to reduce GHG emissions.

The primary responsibility of the Research Officer (RO) is to support the goals of NRC and the Construction Research Centre through research of international calibre and the development and application of advanced technologies related to life cycle assessment. The RO will work in a team environment with other researchers and technical experts in world-class facilities. The primary role of this position is to provide leadership for ongoing projects, the development of proposals for new research initiatives, project management and service delivery to NRC clients.

Your Challenge (con't)

The LCA incumbent will join a team in the newly created Centre of Excellence for Construction Life-Cycle Assessment to perform research that supports the Low-Carbon Construction Challenge Program.  This program (approximately $70M over seven years) will drive transformation to low-carbon construction.  The program will enable Canadian industry to develop and produce the materials, products, and services needed for net-zero carbon new and retrofit construction.

Specifically, this position will provide technical leadership to a large multi-party initiative that will produce guidelines, benchmarks, and databases that will empower Canadians to take carbon-based decision-making actions.  The project includes building a centralized and validated Canadian Life-Cycle (LCI) database, as well as developing guidelines (whole-building life cycle assessment (LCA) and others), benchmarks, and enhanced LCA tools. The incumbent will interact with diverse stakeholders, including representatives of government, industry and academia, during the course of the project.  Initially focus will be on the built environment, with work related to both buildings and infrastructure.  Work in other areas is possible when the NRC Platform is completed.

The NRC team for this project involves LCA, sustainability and materials specialists.  Part of the role for the incumbent will be integrating input to the project both from team members within the NRC and from experts and stakeholders outside the organization.  The incumbent will be expected to lead the development of the technical vision and research agenda for the project as a whole as well as well as carrying out their own research.  As part of this leadership role, the incumbent will be expected to chair, coordinate and set the technical agenda for the technical committee meetings with project stakeholders.

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:


A PhD or Master’s degree in engineering or a relevant field of science, with an emphasis on life cycle assessment.

A PhD or Master’s degree in a related field, combined with significant experience in life cycle assessment applied consulting or research would also be considered.

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


  • Experience in research activities and application of LCA.
  • Experience in working with diverse stakeholders and/or clients.
  • Experience in data collection, interpretation of results, and ensuring data quality.
  • Experience in research proposal development, project execution, documentation, and reporting.
  • Experience in both written and oral communication to a broad range of audiences, such as industry, conferences, trade shows, community professionals, review committees.
  • Experience in using LCA software and LCA databases such as; Athena Impact Estimator, Bionova One click LCA, Gestimat, ecoinvent.

The following may be considered assets:

  • Experience in LCA of buildings and/or civil engineering infrastructures
  • Experience related to the building/infrastructure project management life cycle
  • Experience related to the impact of climate change on buildings and infrastructure
  • Experience working on code, standard or guideline development
  • - Experience in leading and developing the documentation for consultative exercises

Condition of Employment

 Reliability Status

Assessment Criteria

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

Technical Competencies


  • Solid ability to evaluate life cycle environmental impacts of materials and systems.
  • Solid ability to conduct life cycle inventory (LCI) analysis and life cycle assessment (LCA), including gathering data, creating models, and interpreting results.
  • Strong familiarity with and ability to use LCA software.
  • Solid ability to develop and execute research and/or LCA projects.
  • Solid ability to lead teams in completing technical projects.
  • Solid ability to engage with stakeholders and clients.
  • Knowledge of building codes, and the building design and construction process would be an asset.
  • Knowledge of infrastructure design, construction and management would be an asset.

Behavioural Competencies

  • Research - Creative thinking (Level 2)
  • Research - Communication (Level 2)
  • Research - Networking (Level 2)
  • Research - Teamwork (Level 2)
  • Research - Initiative (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.


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 $57,220 to $161,754 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, pension and insurance plans, vacation and other leave entitlements.


  • ​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 (17146) to:


Telephone: 343-571-6509 

Closing Date: Posted until filled



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