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Research Officer, Structural Mechanics and Monitoring

City: Ottawa 

Organizational Unit: Aerospace 

Classification: RO 

Tenure: Term 

Duration: 2 years

Language Requirements: English

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 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.


Please advise of any accommodation measures required to enable you to be assessed in a fair and equitable manner. They are available to all candidates for further assessment. Related information received will be addressed 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 for the Structural Integrity team to support ongoing research areas in structural mechanics, model validation and virtual testing, full-field strain measurements at high temperature and advanced testing methods for full scale testing for the Aerospace Research Centre.  This person would be someone who shares our core values of Integrity, Excellence, Respect and Creativity.

Working for NRC Aerospace (NRC-AERO), you will support the goals of NRC through research of international calibre and the development and application of advanced 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 also provide input into the overall direction and research priorities for the program area within the context of the Research Centre business plan.

NRC’s main campus on Montreal Road offers free parking and easy access for runners, walkers and in-line skaters to break away during the day and enjoy the beautiful surroundings. Most buildings have shower and locker facilities, in addition to an on-campus Fitness Centre. There are also areas for soccer, volleyball and even beach volleyball during the summer! There are ample picnic areas and easy access to a shopping centre, grocery store and pharmacy, as well as numerous restaurants.

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 or Aerospace Engineering and significant experience using advanced strain measurement methods applied to mechanical testing.


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

  • Experience in conducting static and/or fatigue testing to characterize mechanical performance of metallic and/or composite materials and structures, including test aircraft loads measurement approaches, spectrum development, structural test rig design, data/results analysis/interpretation and test documentation;
  • Experience using or interpreting the data from one or more advanced strain visualization methods including (but not limited to) digital image correlation, thermoelastic stress analysis, or fibre optic strain gauges; and
  • Experience in the full spectrum of research activities including manuscript preparation, report writing, proposal writing, data analysis, and reporting through written documentation and presentations.
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 solid mechanics and the ability to apply these fundementals to understand material and structural behaviour.
  • Ability to design, plan, and carry out mechanical testing, including both static and fatigue testing, for aerospace materials and structures;
  • Ability to generate test aircraft loads using analytical and measurement approaches, development of loads spectrum and related structural test rig design, a sound knowledge of aircraft structures, typical structural damages inspection and repairs techniques.
  • Knowledge of, or ability with one or more advanced strain measurement techniques including (but not limited to) digital image correlation, thermoelastic stress analysis and fibre optic strain sensors
  • Ability to program in any one or more of the following languages: C/C++, LabView, Python, MatLab, Octave with the goal of producing programs/scripts for data analysis
  • 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 commercial 3D modelling and analysis software, for example Autodesk Inventor and Nastran;
  • Knowledge of X-ray diffraction or other destructive/non-destructive technique for residual stress measurement;
  • Knowledge of fatigue and fracture mechanics and specifically how it applies to aircraft structural design and certification; and
  • General awareness about 3D printing (polymers) and additive manufacturing (metals) as it relates to the design, manufacture, and repair of aircraft components.
Behavioural Competencies
  • Research - Creative thinking (Level 2)
  • Research - Communication (Level 2)
  • Research - Self-knowing and self-development (Level 2)
  • Research - Results orientation (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.
  • Occasional national and international travel may be required.
    Overtime will sometimes be required.
  • The incumbent is expected to independently work in such environments in a safe manner, with a working-level tolerance to a typical test environment with enhanced noise levels, heat and reduced air quality.
  • 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 (7341) to:


Telephone: 450-641-5132 

Closing Date: 25 October 2019 - 23:59 Eastern Time OR Posted until filled



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Date Modified: 2019-10-07

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