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Senior Investigator

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: Security Branch 

Classification: AS-5 

Tenure: Continuing 

Language Requirements: Bilingual Imperative CBC/CBC 


*Work Arrangement: While the official location of work for this position will be the NRC facility in Ottawa, the option of a hybrid work arrangement (a combination of working onsite and offsite) may be possible.

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 Senior Investigator to support our Security Branch. The Senior Investigator would be someone who shares our core values of Integrity, Excellence, Respect and Creativity.


The Senior Investigator is mandated to lead a small team which investigate all reported or potential incidents with a possible security implication. The scope for this role includes leading the collection and interpretation of information and events generated by internal security monitoring tools and third party providers including Commissionaires.


The Senior Investigator will provide Incident Management leadership and support to highly technical and confidential investigations to address and/or eradicate potential incidents, limit potential exposure and ensure that all established NRC programs operate within established NRC security policies and standards.  

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:


College diploma or other post-secondary program in a relevant field or a combination of education and required experience in the field of security investigations. 


The following certifications will be considered as assets:


  • Certification in investigation techniques.
  • Certification in case management.


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


  • Significant experience with responding to and investigating all reported or potential incidents with a possible security implication.
  • Significant experience with collecting and analyzing evidence to identify the root cause of potential security incidents which includes conducting interviews with appropriate groups and/or individuals.
  • Significant experience with administering an incident management program and processes including the development and leadership of multiple concurrent remediation processes, ensuring proper containment, eradication, recovery and production of required post incident reports.
  • Significant experience interacting with multiple internal and external response partners including lead agencies CSIS, RCMP, SSC, and CSE as required.
  • Basic experience participating in the delivery of recommendations and formulated strategies to improve the efficiency and consistency of all security policies, programs and applications based on incident findings.
  • Basic experience contributing to the improvement of security documentation, reporting mechanisms, awareness and training processes and enhancements.
  • Basic experience supervising employees, setting objectives, goals and priorities and insuring compliance of health and safety practices.


*Basic – a few months and up to 2 years 
*Significant – 2 to 6 years

Condition of Employment

Secret (II)

Language Requirements

Assessment Criteria

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

Technical Competencies

  • Advanced knowledge of security operations, security monitoring and incident response in a complex and geographically dispersed environment.
  • Advanced knowledge of implementation of investigative techniques to follow-up reported incidents, identify and verify reports and sources of further information such as operational reports and visitor logs, conduct on-site interviews and examination of physical infrastructure and facilities, and record findings.
  • Advanced knowledge of the essential elements of Security Incident Management that incorporates all stages of incident impact assessment as well as the development of strategies for further prevention, mitigation and/or recovery from future incident of this nature.
  • Basic knowledge of physical security concepts and standards, personnel screening and information security standards, all in accordance with the Policy on Government Security.
  • Basic knowledge of controlled goods & ITAR.

Behavioural Competencies

  • Management services - Client focus (Level 2)
  • Management services - Conceptual and analytical ability (Level 3)
  • Management services - Initiative (Level 2)
  • Management services - Networking (Level 2)
  • Management services - Teamwork (Level 3)
  • Management services - Communication (Level 3)

Competency Profile(s)

For this position, the NRC will evaluate candidates using the following competency profile: Management Services


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Relocation assistance will be determined in accordance with the NRC's directives.


From $84,199 to $94,284 per annum. 


In addition, the incumbent who meets the language requirements will receive the Bilingualism Bonus of $800 per year.


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


  • In order to ensure a prompt and efficient processing of applications, candidates are encouraged to provide, along with their résumé, a detailed covering letter explaining how they meet each of the requirements of this position (education, experience, language requirements) by providing concrete examples.  In addition, the candidate is encouraged to describe in detail when, where and how he/she gained the experience.
  • Candidates who have Second Language Evaluation (SLE) test results with the Public Service Commission should include these results with their application.
    May be required to work overtime, or travel on short notice.
  • 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 (18111) to:


Telephone: 819-431-8570 

Closing Date: 06 October 2022 - 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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