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Scientific Software Developer / Numerical Modelling

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: Ocean, Coastal and River Engineering 

Classification: RCO 

Duration: 2 year term with possibility of extention of up to 4 years.

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.

  • Do you want a career that will tackle some of the biggest environmental issues? 
  • Are you driven to finding new solutions to world problems?
  • Are you keen to engage with a diverse set of partners to deliver impactful research?
  • If so, then we want you!

NRC Ocean, Coastal and River Engineering (OCRE) supports a broad cross-section of industry sectors by developing creative and practical solutions to engineering challenges in rivers, lakes, and marine environments. We provide expertise and tools to identify, adapt, and integrate advanced solutions into systems that improve the performance and safety of ocean, coastal, and marine operations, meet the challenges of climate change, and protect infrastructure, property and people from severe weather events and other environmental risks.

NRC-OCRE is seeking to hire three Research Council Officers (RCOs) to support our plastics research initiative. The RCOs will develop and apply numerical methods, data analysis, and decision support tools to deliver solutions to the plastic pollution challenge in surface water environments. The RCOs will apply expertise in water resources and/or coastal engineering to support NRC-OCRE research and development (R&D) objectives. The primary responsibility of the RCOs will be to contribute to the achievement of NRC-OCRE goals for impactful R&D by delivering modeling, technologies, and innovations through our broad spectrum of engineering research activities.  The RCOs will also be expected to contribute to the development of capabilities, processes, and standards to advance and maximize the impact of our work. The RCOs will be expected to be involved in client and partner engagement, proposal development, project management, dissemination of research, technical services delivery, and share our core values of Integrity, Excellence, Respect, and Creativity. 
The ideal candidate for this position would possess the skills required to modify and optimize software using high performance computing hardware and GPUs, and would also be interested in optimizing existing numerical models for predicting sediment and pollutant transport in open water. 

To know more: Ocean, Coastal and River Engineering Research Centre - National Research Council Canada.

To know more about the NRC and the advantage, please click on the following link: The NRC advantage - National Research Council Canada.

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:


Graduate degree (M.Sc. or M.A.Sc.) or from a recognized institution in Civil, Computer, Mechanical, Environmental, Water Resources, Coastal Engineering, or in Computer Science.

Equivalency of experience and education may be considered for candidates that have completed bachelor degree and relevant experience. 

Candidates possessing a graduate degree in a relevant field may be given preference.

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


  1. Experience programming and optimizing scalable software code to be executed on high performance computing clusters or GPU hardware.
  2. Experience using high performance computing tools and libraries such as C++, CUDA, Fortran, GPUs, HPC clusters, parralization libraries and cloud services.
  3. Experience in numerical modelling of riverine and/or coastal physical processes (e.g. hydrodynamics, waves, sediment transport, water quality), and application of programming for data processing/analysis would be considered an important asset.
  4. Experience in programming techniques, data collection and analysis in Geographic Information System (GIS) software to support coastal/water resources engineering analysis would be considered an important asset
  5. Experience in the full spectrum of research activities including identification of research requirements, data production and analysis, and reporting through written documentation, presentations and publishing would be considered an asset.
  6. Experience with web development techniques/programming principles and the creation of informative and interactive web pages is considered an asset.

Condition of Employment

 Reliability Status

Assessment Criteria

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

Technical Competencies

  1. Knowledge of the theory and the ability of programming optimized scalable methods to be executed on high performance computing clusters or GPU hardware.
  2. Knowledge of high performance computing tools and parallel libraries such as C++, CUDA, Fortran, GPUs, HPC clusters and cloud services.
  3. Advanced knowledge of applying computer programming (e.g., MATLAB, Python, FORTRAN, C++) and GIS software to read, process, analyze, and write geospatial data. 
  4. Knowledge of numerical methods and models used for simulating the flow and transport of water, pollutants and/or sediments through watersheds, rivers, lakes, estuaries and coastal areas considered a strong asset.
  5. Advanced skills in oral and written communication, writing clear and concise reports, conference papers and/or journal papers and effectively communicating results to project team and/or at scientific communities.
  6. Ability in web development techniques/programming principles and the creation of informative and interactive web pages considered an asset.

Behavioural Competencies

  • Research - Continuous professional learning (Level 2)
  • Research - Creative thinking (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.


This position is classified as a Research Council Officer (RCO), 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.


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


  • You will be asked to answer screening questions as part of the application process. 
  • ​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 (18046) to:


Telephone: 343-552-7798

Closing Date: 7 December 2022 - 23:59 Eastern Time 



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