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Technical Officer, Cement and Concrete Materials

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: Construction 

Classification: TO-3 

Tenure: Continuing

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. 

We are looking for a Technical Officer, Cement and Concrete Materials to support our Construction Research Centre. The Technical Officer would be someone who shares our core values of Integrity, Excellence, Respect and Creativity.

NRC Construction is implementing the “Platform to Decarbonize the Construction Sector at Scale” to accelerate and scale up new technologies to help transition the Canadian construction sector towards decarbonization and contribute to the emerging low-carbon economy. It will also establish new codes, standards, specifications, and guidelines to position the sector to achieve its 2050 greenhouse gas (GHG) carbon reduction targets. These investments will help spur the growth of Canada’s clean technology sector and help achieve Canada’s international commitments to reduce GHG emissions.

The successful candidate will play an important role within a team working towards investigating problems and developing solutions for sustainable resilient infrastructure and communities. 

Responsibilities will include:  

  • The provision of technical support services in the design, planning, preparation, conduct and analysis of various experiments and/or tests, and 
  • The coordination and maintenance of the concrete and mortar facility and related equipment.

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:


University degree or college diploma in civil engineering or materials science is preferred.

Other related degree or diploma may be considered.

An equivalent combination of work related experience, training and education may be considered.


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



  • Significant experience providing technical support in concrete materials and structural engineering.
  • Significant experience with methods and techniques related to preparing for, conducting, documenting and analyzing experiments/tests in concrete materials technology. such as concrete sample preparation, measurement of fresh properties, mechanical properties and durability evaluation of hardened concrete. 
  • Significant experience with the safe operation, maintenance, verification, repair and installation of equipment and laboratory apparatus such as servo-hydraulic testing systems, data acquisition systems and equipment for measuring deformation. 

The following assets will be considered:

  • Experience in corrosion field assessment of concrete infrastructure would be considered an asset.
  • Experience working in a project management focused multi-disciplinary research environment.
  • Experience in using specialized domain-specific software including servo control systems, data acquisition software, as well as general office software products.

Condition of Employment

Reliability Status

Assessment Criteria

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

Technical Competencies


  • Knowledge of applied practices and basic concepts relating to concrete materials technology. 
  • Ability to analyze and discuss technical issues, troubleshoot and solve problems relating to concrete properties and its durability testing, servo-hydraulic testing systems, data acquisition systems and deformation sensors.
  • Ability to write reports and draft protocols and standard operating procedures.

Behavioural Competencies

  • Research Technician/Technologist - Results orientation (Level 2)
  • Research Technician/Technologist - Teamwork (Level 2)
  • Research Technician/Technologist - Communication (Level 2)
  • Research Technician/Technologist - Initiative (Level 2)
  • Research Technician/Technologist - Self-knowing and self-development (Level 1)

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.


From $58,445 to $80,040 per annum. 


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


  • 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 (18009) to:


Telephone: 343-571-6509 

Closing Date: 12 December 2022 - 23:59 Eastern Time 



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