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Technical Advisor - Calibration Laboratory Assessment Service

City: Ottawa 

Organizational Unit: Metrology Research Centre 

Classification: RCO 

Tenure: Continuing

Language Requirements: Bilingual imperative CBC/CBC





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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 Technical Advisor – CLAS (Calibration Laboratory Assessment Service) to support our Metrology Research Centre. The Technical Advisor - CLAS would be someone who shares our core values of Integrity, Excellence, Respect and Creativity.


Do you love analyzing problems?  Are you the person who sees that there is more than one solution?  Can you guide clients to analyze the pros and cons of different solutions?  Our team is looking for a highly-driven and passionate engineer or scientist to support the Metrology Research Center. The successful candidate would be someone who shares our core values of impact, accountability, leadership, integrity and collaboration.


The successful candidate will be responsible for the assessment of client calibration laboratories as part of the Calibration Laboratory Assessment Service (CLAS).


The Metrology Research Centre is responsible for realizing the seven base SI units (second, meter, kilogram, ampere, kelvin, candela and mole) and associated derived units.  The Research Centre provides traceability to these units through our calibration services. It also performs state-of-the art R&D in new and emerging areas such as Black Carbon Metrology, Nanometrology and Biometrology.


In order to maintain and develop technical expertise, the incumbent will be deployed to projects supporting research and development, maintenance of measurement standards and specific calibrations in the Electrical Standards team.


The incumbent may be deployed to manage special projects impacting on assessment services, quality system issues and stakeholder engagement within NRC.

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:


A Bachelor’s degree in science or engineering from a recognized university. 


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

  • Experience with measurement science, including metrology principles, practices and technologies; statistical techniques and data analysis used in all phases of metrology;
  • Experience in electrical metrology;
  • Experience in assessing and implementing quality systems in a research organization and/or related to calibration activities in laboratories, including auditing principles, practices and standards would be an asset;
  • Experience in RF and microwave metrology would be an asset
Condition of Employment

Reliability Status

Language requirements
Assessment Criteria

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

Technical Competencies
  • Ability to draft technical recommendations;
  • Ability to prepare and review detailed technical and assessment reports;
  • Ability to communicate orally and in writing, in both official languages;
  • Knowledge of Canadian and foreign issues in metrology.
Behavioural Competencies
  • Research Technician/Technologist - Results orientation (Level 3)
  • Research Technician/Technologist - Initiative (Level 2)
  • Research Technician/Technologist - Teamwork (Level 3)
  • Research Technician/Technologist - Communication (Level 3)
  • Research Technician/Technologist - Client focus (Level 2)
Competency Profile(s)

For this position, the NRC will evaluate candidates using the following competency profile(s): Research Technician/Technologist


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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 Council Officer (RCO), a group that is unique to the NRC. The RCO 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 $52,854 to $149,416 per annum, which permits for employees of all levels from new graduates to world renowned experts to be fairly compensated for their contributions. 


In addition, the incumbent will receive the Bilingualism Bonus of $800 per year.


  • A pre-qualified list may be established for similar positions for a one year period.
  • 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 (7053) to:


Telephone: 613-993-9173 

Closing Date: Posted until filled



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Date Modified: 2019-08-12

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