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Research Officer, Quantum Algorithms

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: Waterloo

Organizational Unit: Digital Technologies 

Classification: RO 

Tenure: Term 

Duration: 2 Years 

Language Requirements: English 


Note: Due to the nature of the work and operational requirements, this position will require full-time physical presence at the NRC work location identified.

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 a Research Officer to support our Digital Technologies research centre (DT). The Research Officer would be someone who shares our core values of Integrity, Excellence, Respect and Creativity.

The Digital Technologies Research Centre collects multiple research teams who focus on machine learning, advanced analytics, computer vision, bioinformatics, cryptography, cyber security, natural language processing, quantum computing and other branches of digital technologies and artificial intelligence. 

The primary responsibility of the researcher in this position is to support the goals of NRC and the activities of the Digital Technologies Research Centre in conducting research of international calibre in applied quantum computing, including quantum algorithms and software, quantum error correction, theoretical models of quantum computing and other related areas.  The researcher will work in a team environment with other researchers and technical experts in world-class facilities. The researcher will participate in the development and execution of an original research agenda in collaboration with NRC colleagues and with academic and commercial partners across Canada.  The researcher will be called upon to contribute to collaborative research projects in support of NRC’s Applied Quantum Computing challenge program.

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 Mathematics, Computer Science, Physics or other related field.


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


  • Significant experience in conducting research or technical activities dealing with quantum computing theory, applications, algorithms or error correction.
  • Significant experience writing publications, in a recognized national and international journals, books and reports and presenting at conferences.

To prove their experience the interested candidates should include a list of pertinent activities and/or publications

Condition of Employment

 Basic Reliability

Assessment Criteria

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

Technical Competencies

  • Ability to analyse and experimentally evaluate algorithms.
  • Knowledge of theory of computation and computational complexity.
  • Extensive knowledge of the theory of quantum computing and quantum algorithms.
  • Knowledge of quantum error correction. 

Behavioural Competencies

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

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.


The intent of this hiring action is to staff this position at the AsRO or AcRO level, which is a mid-career level position with a salary range of $74,230 to $123,393.  

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 (18944) to:



Telephone: 343-552-7798

Closing Date: 4 April 2023 - 23:59 Eastern Time 



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*If you are currently a term or continuing employee at NRC, please apply through the SuccessFactors Careers module from your NRC computer.


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