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Technical Officer, Fire Chemistry

City: Ottawa 

Organizational Unit: Construction 

Classification: TO-4 

Tenure: Continuing 

Language Requirements: English 

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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, Fire Chemistry to support our Construction Research Centre. The Technical Officer would be someone who shares our core values of Integrity, Excellence, Respect and Creativity.

Working with Research and Technical Officers, the incumbent will provide technical support services. This includes designing, planning, conducting analysis of complex experiments and/or tests, and operating research facilities.

The incumbent’s key activities will be developing and testing of fire materials and/or products; maintaining and troubleshooting equipment; and analyzing data, reporting results and record keeping.

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:


College diploma in chemistry, chemical engineering, material science or other discipline related to the position.

A university degree in a related field may be considered an asset.

An equivalent combination of experience and education may be considered.


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



  • Significant experience providing technical support in fire chemistry and/or materials.
  • Significant experience with methods and techniques related to preparing for, conducting, documenting and analyzing experiments/tests in fire chemistry and/or materials such as cone calorimeter, FT-IR, TGA/DSC, GC, etc.
  • Significant experience with the safe operation, maintenance, verification, repair and installation of equipment and laboratory apparatus such as cone calorimeter, FT-IR, TGA/DSC, GC, etc.
  • Significant and practical laboratory experience with analytical chemistry, wet chemistry and chemical product formulation.
  • Experience with coating formulation could be considered an asset.
  • Experience working in a project management focused multi-disciplinary research environment could be considered an asset.
Condition of Employment

Reliability Status

Assessment Criteria

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

Technical Competencies


  • Knowledge of theoretical concepts relating to chemistry and/or materials chemistry. General knowledge of related industry trends, developments and best practices.
  • Knowledge of occupational health and safety best practices required to create and maintain a safe and healthy work environment.
  • Knowledge of analytical and wet chemistry. Knowledge of fire chemistry and/or materials may be considered an asset.
  • Ability to analyze, discuss, solve problems and present on complex technical issues relating to fire chemistry and/or materials.
  • Ability to write reports and draft protocols and standard operating procedures.
  • Ability to use technical and scientific literature sources, search engines and specialized domain-specific software associated with chemistry and/or fire chemistry equipment and procedures, as well as general office software products.
Behavioural Competencies
  • Research Technician/Technologist - Creative thinking (Level 3)
  • 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 2)
Competency Profile(s)

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


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

Salary Range

From $71,580 to $92,056 per annum. 




  • A pre-qualified list may be established for similar positions for a one year period.
  • We thank all those who apply, however only those selected for further consideration will be contacted.
  • 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 (7643) to:


Telephone: 613-998-6825 

Closing Date: 7 February 2020 - 23:59 Eastern Time



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Date Modified: 2020-01-07

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