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Research Officer, Metrology, Electrical Standards

City: Ottawa 

Organizational Unit: Metrology Research Centre 

Classification: RO 

Tenure: Term 

Duration: 2 years 

Language Requirements: English

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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 to support the Electrical Standards Team in the Metrology Research Centre. The incumbent would be someone who shares our core values of Integrity, Excellence, Respect and Creativity. The Team is responsible for conducting research on precision Electromagnetic Measurements, realising and disseminating the base SI units of Voltage, Resistance and other related electrical quantities at the highest level of accuracy and providing high quality calibration services to industry, government, and other users. Research objectives of the Electrical Standards Team include building a Thompson-Lampard Calculable Capacitor, the development of high accuracy impedance bridges, improving and maintaining the NRC Kibble balance, the development of cryogen-free or closed cycle cryogenic systems for a new generation of quantum electrical standards, the development of precision electrical instrumentation and single electron tunneling devices.

The Electrical Standards team is seeking candidates who have demonstrated skills and qualifications required to take on a variety of duties as part of a team.  The successful candidates will be expected to perform original research to meet group objectives, to conduct calibrations and develop new methods within a quality system, to interact in a positive manner with a multi-disciplinary team of researchers in the laboratory as well as with external clients and collaborators, to prepare research papers and technical reports and to make conference presentations. The specific assignment of duties may be expected to change from time to time depending on the aptitude, abilities, and interests of the candidate and the needs of the group. 

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 in experimental physics, applied physics, electrical engineering or a related field is required. 

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


  • Experience of precision electrical instrumentation, measurement techniques and automation.
  • Experience in the design and development of precision electronic instrumentation.
  • Significant experience in laboratory work, including the planning, design, setup, data collection and analysis of scientific experiments. 
  • Experience in one or more of the following areas would be considered an asset: low temperature physics and cryogenic techniques, Kibble balances, Coaxial AC bridges, Calculable Capacitors, Quantum Hall resistance standards and Single Electron Tunneling.

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

  • Proven ability to conduct research in experimental physics in which clear goals were achieved, to design and analyze scientific experiments, and to design scientific instruments and equipment.
  • Ability to write quality scientific articles as well as an ability to communicate clearly in discussions and through presentations to industrial and research partners, and at scientific conferences, workshops and seminars, and to answer questions from the general public.
  • A working knowledge of electronics (digital and analog) and scientific programming languages (e.g. C, C++, Visual Basic, LabView).
  • Advanced knowledge of electrical measurement principles and techniques, characteristics and limitations of electrical instrumentation and calculation of measurement uncertainty.

Behavioural Competencies

  • Research - Communication (Level 2)
  • Research - Creative thinking (Level 2)
  • Research - Initiative (Level 2)
  • Research - Results orientation (Level 2)
  • Research - Teamwork (Level 1)

Competency Profile(s)

For this position, the NRC will evaluate candidates using the following competency profiles: 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.
  • This position is being advertised internally and externally simultaneously, however first consideration will be given to internal NRC applicants.
  • 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 (6131) to:


Telephone: 613-991-1125 

Closing Date: Posted until filled



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Date Modified: 2019-05-22

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