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Technical Officer, Whole Building Performance

City: Ottawa 

Organizational Unit: Construction 

Classification: TO-2 

Tenure: Continuing 

Language Requirements: English 

The NRC Advantage


The National Research Council of Canada represents a powerful partnering option for anyone looking to push the boundaries of science and industry. In fact, as the Government of Canada's largest research organization supporting industrial innovation, the advancement of knowledge and technology development, we have become catalysts for innovation. For over a hundred years, the impact of our work with industry leaders and other government bodies has shaped Canada’s future. We partner with some of the most creative and solutions-driven minds in the world. 

And now, we want to partner with you. Be part of our collective force to come up with potentially disruptive solutions to Canada’s current and future technology challenges. Let your expertise and inspirations make an impact by joining the NRC.

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 vibrant and dynamic Technical Officer, Whole Building Performance to support our Construction Research Centre. The Technical Officer, Whole Building Performance would be someone who shares our core values of Integrity, Excellence, Respect and Creativity.

The successful candidate will play an important role within a team working towards better performing buildings with a focus on supporting energy efficiency and Radon mitigation projects. Responsibilities will include the provision of technical support services in the design, planning, preparation, conduct and analysis of various simulations or experiments and tests. Work is typically undertaken in small teams of technical officers and the successful candidate would be expected to work with senior technical officers.

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 Engineering, Mathematics or other discipline related to the field of ventilation or building energy assessment.

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



  • Basic experience supporting activities related to preparing for, conducting, documenting and analyzing routine experiments/tests in indoor environment quality such as air quality, relative humidity, temperature, airflow, and air speed, etc.
  • Basic experience with the safe operation, routine maintenance, repair and installation of basic equipment and laboratory apparatus for indoor environment monitoring, for example air flow measurement, blower door equipment, gas analysers.
  • Basic experience in the design, construction and maintenance of custom mechanical components for scientific apparatus.
  • Basic experience supporting activities related to preparing for, conducting, documenting and analyzing routine experiments/tests in field work such as air quality monitoring in homes and office buildings.
  • Basic experience using data acquisition systems and connecting sensors.
  • Experience in the following could be considered an asset:
    Basic experience in radon measurement and mitigation
    Basic experience working in a project management focused multi-disciplinary research environment

Condition of Employment

Reliability Status

Language requirements



Information on language requirements and self-assessment tests

Assessment Criteria

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

Technical Competencies


  • Basic knowledge of building performance standard practices such as measuring energy flows, HVAC performance, indoor environment quality, pollutant control.
  • Basic knowledge of occupational health and safety best practices required to create and maintain a safe and healthy work environment. Knowledge in working with Radon is an asset.
  • Ability to analyze and discuss technical issues, troubleshoot and solve problems relating to various physical parameters such as: air flow/speed, pressure, relative humidity or temperature measurement.
  • Ability to use specialized domain-specific software such as SolidWorks, MatLab, LabVIEW, AutoCAD, Vee, and HOBOWare, as well as general office software products.

Behavioural Competencies

  • Research Technician/Technologist - Creative thinking (Level 1)
  • Research Technician/Technologist - Results orientation (Level 1)
  • Research Technician/Technologist - Teamwork (Level 1)
  • 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.

Salary Range

From $45,537 to $64,072 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
  • Occasional travel and working outside of core hours may be required.



As an employer who values diversity in its workforce, we encourage candidates to self-identify as members of the following designated groups: women, visible minorities, aboriginal peoples and persons with disabilities. Measures for accommodation are available to all candidates retained for further assessment.


Please direct your questions, with the requisition number (5094) to:


Telephone: 613-998-6825 

Closing Date: 21 January 2019 - 23:59 Eastern Time



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Date Modified: 2018-12-20

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