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Quality Assurance Specialist

City: Ottawa or any NRC location across Canada

Organizational Unit: Knowledge, Information and Technology Services 

Classification: CS-3 

Tenure: Continuing

Language Requirements: English


* Note that this is a repost and if you have previously applied you do not need to re-apply.

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 Quality Assurance Specialist to support our Knowledge, Information and Technology Services Branch. The Quality Assurance Specialist would be someone who shares our core values of Integrity, Excellence, Respect and Creativity.


We are looking to hire a QA Specialist to catch our "Oops" before it goes out the door.  The ideal candidate is a detail-oriented individual who shares the passion of our development team for high quality releases!  As we develop our consolidated, next generation Grants & Contribution application, the successful candidate will hold ultimate responsibility for both our manual test strategies and plans plus development of test automation suites, design frameworks and standards.

The successful candidate is someone who can be counted on to:


  • Provide expert QA advice to a variety of colleagues (management, clients, developers)
  • Establish a QA Definition of Done with appropriate QA processes and procedures as required, leveraging Azure DevOps
  • Seek out new ideas and technologies to achieve our QA needs
  • Mentor other QA resources

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:


Bachelor degree in Computer Science from a recognized University or a Technical College diploma in Computer Science or related field. An equivalent combination of education and direct experience may be considered.


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


  • Extensive experience writing test plans, test suites and test cases
  • Significant experience with Selenium framework, .NET and C#
  • Significant experience with CSS, Xml data, XPath and xml deserialization
  • Significant experience with Visual Studio unit test projects and related architecture
  • Significant experience developing tests targeting vertical environments
  • Significant experience working with Visual Studio and Azure DevOps/VSTS/TFS

Condition of Employment

Reliability Status

Assessment Criteria

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

Technical Competencies

  • Solid knowledge of software development methodologies, such as Agile, Scrum and/or LEAN.
  • Solid knowledge of Object Oriented Programming best practices
  • Advanced ability to review business requirements and develop appropriate Test Plans, Test Suites and Test Cases using Microsoft Azure DevOps (or similar)
  • Solid ability to create/modify/maintain unit tests using Visual Studio, C# and the Selenium framework
  • Solid ability to create/modify/maintain test data using xml data files targeting multiple vertical environments
  • Advanced ability to research and analysis quality assurance needs to recommend solutions

Behavioural Competencies

  • Technology support - Communication (Level 2)
  • Technology support - Conceptual and analytical ability (Level 3)
  • Technology support - Initiative (Level 2)
  • Technology support - Results orientation (Level 3)
  • Technology support - Teamwork (Level 2)

Competency Profile(s)

For this position, the NRC will evaluate candidates using the following competency profile(s): Technology Support


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

Salary Range

From $88,225 to $110,995 per annum. 

An incumbent occupying a position within the CS Group is currently entitled to receive a terminable allowance of $212 per month.


  • Preference may be given to candidates who self-declare at the time of application and fall under the Employment Equity category of Persons with disabilities and Aboriginal.
  • A pre-qualified list may be established for similar positions for a one year period.
  • Candidates must clearly answer all application questions. CV and cover letter will only be used to confirm information detailed in the application. Candidates must use the education/experience criteria as a header and then write a maximum of 800 characters demonstrating how they meet them by providing concrete examples. In addition, the candidate is encouraged to describe in detail when, where and how he/she gained the experience.
  • Failure to provide appropriate or factual information in the application may result in the rejection of your application.
  • Candidates will not be solicited for incomplete or possible missing information.
  • Overtime may be required.
  • 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.
  • We thank all those who apply, however only those selected for further consideration will be contacted.



Please direct your questions, with the requisition number (6690) to:


Telephone: 613-990-4498 

Closing Date: Posted until filled



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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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