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Technical Officer, Chemical and Environmental Technologies

City: Ottawa

Organizational Unit: Energy, Mining and Environment 

Classification: TO-2 

Tenure: Term 

Duration: 2 years 

Language Requirements: English

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 Technical Officer (TO) to support our Energy, Mining and Environment Research Center. The Technical Officer would be someone who shares our core values of Integrity, Excellence, Respect and Creativity.


This position is for a candidate with a chemical/environmental background with a knowledge of reactions and associated analytical chemistry for environmentally friendly processes. The successful candidate will learn and implement novel technologies from laboratory to pilot scale and collect scientific data for process optimization.  As part of a team, she/he will support the development of innovative solutions for emerging challenges in environmental processes in both organic and inorganic chemistry.

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 Degree from Chemical or Environmental Technology program.


A Bachelor’s degree in chemistry or related computational/ environmental science would be an asset.


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



  • Basic experience providing technical support in the field of advanced oxidation processes, such as chemical cavitation and others.


  • Basic experience with preparing, conducting, documenting and analyzing routine experiments/tests in organic and inorganic chemistry such as neutralization, addition & substitution reactions.


  • Basic experience with the safe operation, routine maintenance, repair and installation of basic equipment and laboratory apparatus such as pH, conductivity, temperature and flow meters and working with research chemical reactors.


  • Experience working in a project management focused multi-disciplinary research environment.
Condition of Employment


Reliability Status

Assessment Criteria


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

Technical Competencies


  • Knowledge of reaction chemistry standard practices such as chemistry of organic acids, water treatment processes and low concentration contaminant removal. Related computation (stereochemistry) will be considered an asset.


  • Ability to analyze and discuss technical issues, troubleshoot and solve problems relating to reaction kinetics, product bond formation and routine instrument (mentioned above) maintenance.


  • Ability to use specialized domain-specific software including MATLAB or other similar mathematical software, as well as general office software products.


  • Ability to accurately interpret technical direction from a variety of sources, industry standards and standardized operating procedures.


  • Demonstrated writing skills in recording technical data.


  • Knowledge of Occupational Health & Safety regulations and legislation required to create and maintain a safe and healthy environment.
Behavioural Competencies
  • Technology support - Teamwork (Level 1)
  • Technology support - Results orientation (Level 2)
  • Technology support - Communication (Level 2)
  • Technology support - Initiative (Level 1)
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 $47,851 to $67,329 per annum. 




  • 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 (7486) to:


Telephone: 613-949-7685 

Closing Date: 14 November 2019 - 23:59 Eastern Time



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Date Modified: 2019-10-24

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