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Technical Officer in Chemistry

City: Ottawa 

Organizational Unit: Metrology Research Centre 

Classification: TO-3 

Tenure: Term 

Duration: 2 years 

Language Requirements: English 

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


The Technical Officer will provide technical support to research work and performing calibration services to clients and technical (chemical synthesis, electronic, computer, mechanical, organizational, logistical and other) support, and systems oversight in the day to day operations of the Photometry and Spectrophotometry team.



  • Synthesis, characterization and functionalization of nanomaterials
  • Optical and electron spectroscopy, microscopy and
  • Scheduling equipment maintenance and validation.
  • Computer interfacing and programming to communicate with electronic equipment.
  • Maintaining, troubleshooting, and validating the performance of precision scientific equipment.
  • Acquiring and analyzing data and reporting results. 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:


A bachelor degree or a college diploma in chemistry or related disciplines. An equivalent combination of experience and education may be considered.


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

  • Significant laboratory experience in inorganic synthesis, purification, functionalization and characterization
  • Extensive hands-on experience working in a wet-chemistry laboratory
  • Experience in vibrational spectroscopy and related optical instrumentation
  • Experience working independently on simultaneous projects.
  • Experience in nanomaterials synthesis and modification.
  • Experience in surfaces and interface characterization is an asset.
  • Experience in electronics, mechanical design, general programming and control of instruments by computer is an asset.
Condition of Employment

Reliability Status

The candidate must be able to work in a wet chemistry laboratory environment.

The candidate must be able to safely handle chemicals and be willing to work with laser based optical spectroscopy instrument

Assessment Criteria

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

Technical Competencies
  • Knowledge of synthetic chemistry and functional group reactions
  • Knowledge of chemical synthesis, purification and characterization of nanomaterials
  • Knowledge of surface modification / functionalization of functional nanomaterials
  • Knowledge of fundamental principles of vibrational spectroscopy and related optical  instrumentation
  • Ability to identify problems with experimental techniques and/or approaches and suggest solutions.
  • Ability to troubleshoot complex experimental apparatus.
  • Ability to design, construct and maintain advanced scientific apparatus.


  • Knowledge of programming, computer interfacing, data acquisition and instrument control
Behavioural Competencies
  • Research Technician/Technologist - Client focus (Level 2)
  • Research Technician/Technologist - Creative thinking (Level 2)
  • Research Technician/Technologist - Initiative (Level 2)
  • Research Technician/Technologist - Results orientation (Level 2)
  • Research Technician/Technologist - Teamwork (Level 2)
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 $56,730 to $77,692 per annum. 


  • Candidates must clearly demonstrate in their cover letter how they meet the education and experience factors listed on the poster. Candidates must use the education/experience criteria as a header and then write one or two paragraphs demonstrating how they meet them by providing concrete examples.  In addition, the candidate is encouraged to describe in detail when, where and how he/she gained the experience.  Failure to provide an appropriate cover letter will result in the rejection of your application.  Candidates will not be solicited for incomplete or possible missing information.
  • 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 (7484) to:


Telephone: 613-993-9173 

Closing Date: 25 November 2019 - 23:59 Eastern Time



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Date Modified: 2019-10-18

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