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Intelligence Specialist

City: Within a National Research Council Office across Canada 

Organizational Unit: Knowledge, Information and Technology Services 

Classification: LS-3 

Tenure: 1 Continuing and 2 Term

Duration: 2 years 

Language Requirements: 2 Bilingual Imperative CBC/CBC (Continuing and Term) and 1 English (Term) 

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 three Intelligence Specialists to support our Knowledge, Information and Technology Services Branch. The successful candidate would be someone who shares our core values of Integrity, Excellence, Respect and Creativity.

Working for the Intelligence and Analytics (I&A) team in NRC’s Library and Information Management Services (NRC-LIMS), the incumbent of this position supports LIMS’s role as the National Science Library and provider of knowledge and information to NRC and the Canadian innovation community to ensure that clients have essential information for decision-making, opportunity identification, and world class research and technology development.

The successful candidate will be part of a diverse, multidisciplinary team where communication and teamwork are critical and interactions with clients and partners are frequent.

The Intelligence Specialist aligns the production of research and business reports with organizational and business objectives. This work informs the assessment of business and R&D opportunities, as well as strategic planning and program evaluation.

As an Intelligence Specialist, you will contribute to client success by performing R&D and business searches using online databases and the web, by developing content, providing advice and training to support NRC employees’ use of library and information resources; and by participating in the development of library services.

The Intelligence Specialist is responsible for the delivery of scientific, technical and industry searches. These searches typically involve the assessment of client requirements, planning of the search steps and the gathering, selection and synthesis of competitive and technical intelligence, packaged into insightful deliverables. 

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:


Master's degree in Library and Information Sciences, preferably preceded by a science, engineering or business degree.


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


  1. Significant* experience in the provision of information services in science, technology and business. 
  2. Significant experience in searching, collecting, and extracting information and data from online systems and the Web to find information in science, technology, patents, and business.
  3. Recent experience** in synthesis of scientific, technical and business information and in presenting findings clearly and concisely verbally and in writing.

* Minimum 3 years
** Acquired in the past four (4) years

Condition of Employment

Reliability Status


All employees of the National Research Council are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and attest to their vaccination status unless accommodated based on a medical contraindication, religion, or another prohibited ground of discrimination as defined under the Canadian Human Rights Act.

Language Requirements

2 Bilingual Imperative CBC/CBC and 1 English positions


Information on language requirements and self-assessment tests

Assessment Criteria

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

Technical Competencies

  1. Thorough knowledge of information products, sources and services in science, technology, patents, and business.
  2. Ability to plan, organize and prioritize work in a project oriented, matrix environment.
  3. Ability to assess current information needs, anticipate trends and respond creatively.
  4. Ability to do complex information and data searching on online systems and the Internet.
  5. Ability to synthesize and package complex information.
  6. Ability to write in English.

Behavioural Competencies

  • Technology extension - Client focus (Level 3)
  • Technology extension - Communication (Level 2)
  • Technology extension - Conceptual and analytical ability (Level 2)
  • Technology extension - Results orientation (Level 2)
  • Technology extension - Teamwork (Level 3)
  • Management services - Initiative (Level 2)

Competency Profile(s)

For this position, the NRC will evaluate candidates using the following competency profile(s): Technology Extension; Management Services


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


From $85,363 to $96,330 per annum. 

In addition, the incumbent in the bilingual imperative position will receive the Bilingualism Bonus of $800 per year.


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


  • On October 6, 2021, the Government of Canada announced the launch of a mandatory vaccination policy across the federal public service. The Policy on COVID-19 Vaccination for the National Research Council requires you to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19, and that you attest to your vaccination status prior to the date of your appointment unless accommodated based on a medical contraindication, religion, or another prohibited ground of discrimination as defined under the Canadian Human Rights Act. You can find more specific information on the collection and use of your personal information when you submit your attestation.
  • Preference will be given to candidates who self-identify as being from one of the following EDI groups: women, visible minorities, aboriginal peoples and persons with disabilities.
  • This position is being advertised internally and externally simultaneously, however first consideration will be given to internal NRC applicants.
  • 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 (17021) to:


Telephone: 343-548-9537 

Closing Date: Posted until filled



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*If you are currently a term or continuing employee at NRC, please apply through the SuccessFactors Careers module from your NRC computer.


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