Technical Officer, Alternative Fuels and Clean Combustion Research

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.
Candidates are asked to self-declare when applying to this hiring process.


City: Ottawa 
Organizational Unit: Energy, Mining and Environment  
Classification: TO-3
Tenure: Two (2) year term 
Language Requirements: English 


Note: Due to the nature of the work and operational requirements, this position will require full-time physical presence at the at the NRC work location identified.

Your Challenge

Great Minds. One Goal. Canada’s Success. 


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 and be part of a small team working on the transition to alternative fuels in heavy industrial applications.


We are looking for a Technical Officer to join the Low Carbon Fuels and Clean Combustion team to support the Energy, Mining and Environment Research Centre. This person would be someone who shares our core values of Integrity, Excellence, Respect and Creativity. 


The NRC Energy, Mining and Environment Research Centre delivers advanced technology solutions to Canadian industry sectors in their efforts to de-carbonize Canada’s energy supply and utilization. Our capabilities help companies develop and maintain a globally competitive position, and support quality improvements and cost reductions for vital products and services delivered to Canadians.


Working closely with our experienced Project Managers and under the supervision of the Team Leader and a senior Technical Officer, you will be responsible for the safe maintenance and operation of laboratory/demonstration scale process equipment, gas analyzers and fuel analysis equipment. You will support projects on the production and utilization of alternative fuels for low carbon combustion, including assisting with the procurement and installation of equipment for the Alternative Fuels and Engine Technology Facility. You will also be assisting with the instrumentation and troubleshooting of different process equipment, analytical instruments and emission measurement devices. You will assist with routine maintenance and operation of the engine test facility, perform fuel characterizations and documenting results.

You are expected to be able to manage time and maximize productivity and be an effective member of the Low Carbon Fuels and Clean Combustion team, supporting projects, conducting maintenance and upkeep, assisting with facility management tasks and improvement of the facility. The successful candidate will have basic analytical, problem solving and troubleshooting skills; have strong communications skills; be well organized and meticulous; particularly with experimental work; and are able to understand and accurately follow instructions in the lab.


This position will appeal to a person who likes new challenges, has a variety of skills including hands on work, is well organized, detail-oriented, self- motivated and enjoys working as part of a team striving for research excellence. You will also have the opportunity to be included in research publications and reports, contributing directly to the research mandate of the team and NRC. If you’re that person, then this is the perfect role for you!


This position is for a term of two years with the possibility of extension or transfer to a continuing position.

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 College diploma or University degree in Mechanical Engineering technology or an equivalent combination of experience and education.


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


  • Experience with mechanical system and process equipment design, installation and operation; 
  • Experience with the use of hand tools;
  • Experience with machine shop tools is an asset; 
  • Experience with electronic control and automation system is an asset;
  • Experience with working safely in a laboratory or industrial environment;
  • Experience with National Instruments LabView for programming, control, and data acquisition is an asset;
  • Experience with C/C++ programming is an asset;
  • Experience with fuel preparation and characterization techniques using analytical equipment is an asset;  
  • Experience with basic data analysis is an asset; and
  • Experience with or knowledge of alternative fuels production and utilization.

Condition of Employment

Reliability Status 


Must be able to work in environments where handling of fuels and chemicals are common. 

Must be able to handle/lift 20 lbs. 

Assessment Criteria

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

Technical Competencies

  • Proficiency with process equipment installation and maintenance including process piping, flow control and measurement equipment, and instrumentation;
  • Basic computer knowledge including, Microsoft Excel, and networking;
  • Ability to comprehend, follow procedures and accurately take directions in a mechanical laboratory setting; 
  • Proficiency in technical communication and reporting on experimental observations and data; and 
  • Knowledge of Occupational Health & Safety regulations and legislation required to create and maintain a safe and healthy environment. 

Behavioural Competencies

  • Research Technician/Technologist - Communication (Level 2)
  • Research Technician/Technologist - Initiative (Level 2)
  • Research Technician/Technologist - Results orientation (Level 3)
  • Research Technician/Technologist - Teamwork (Level 2)
  • Research Technician/Technologist - Client focus (Level 2)
  • Research Technician/Technologist - Self-knowing and self-development (Level 2)

Competency Profile(s)

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


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From $58,544 to $80,040 per annum. 
NRC employees enjoy a wide-range of competitive benefits including comprehensive health and dental plans, vacation, sick, and other leave entitlements, disability insurance and pension plans.

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 the NRC Employee wellness matters. We offer flexible work schedules as well as part-time work to help employees maintain work-life balance. We are one of the few federal organizations that close our offices during the December holiday season.  We offer professional learning and development opportunities such as conferences, workshops, and a suite of mentorship, award and recognition programs.

Diversity enables creativity and innovation. Fostering a diverse, inclusive, welcoming and supportive workplace is important to us, and contributes 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. 
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  • Relocation assistance will be determined in accordance with the NRC's directives. 
  • 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 (20731) to:
Telephone: 343-551-8349 

Closing Date: 8 December 2023 - 11:59 PM 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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