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Hydrogen Codes and Standards Engineer

Priority may be given to the following designated employment equity groups: women, Indigenous peoples* (First Nations, Inuit and Métis), persons with disabilities and racialized persons*.



* The Employment Equity Act, which is under review, uses the terminology Aboriginal peoples and visible minorities.


City: Vancouver 

Organizational Unit: Energy, Mining and Environment 

Classification: RCO 

Tenure: Term 

Duration: 3 years 

Language Requirements: English 




Note: Due to the nature of the work and operational requirements, this position will require some physical presence at the NRC work location identified in the form of a hybrid work arrangement (a combination of working onsite and offsite).



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 an engineer (Research Council Officer) with a background in hydrogen technologies and codes and standards to support hydrogen technologies adoption by removing technical and regulatory barriers for the Energy, Mining and Environment Research Centre’s Facility in Vancouver. The selected candidate would be someone who shares our core values of Integrity, Excellence, Respect and Creativity.


You will will be working on projects performing research in the hydrogen codes and standards field to understand gaps and to propose strategies to address those gaps. Also, you will apply theoretical calculations and design hydrogen tests and setups to perform research in codes and standards related to hydrogen storage, metals and non-metals material compatibility (with gaseous and liquid hydrogen), dilution boundaries, hydrogen leakage scenarios, etc. You will help with the design of new hydrogen system applications (e.g., for use in extreme environments) or novel hydrogen storage systems focussing on meeting the required specifications, component sizing as well as the application of safety strategies, risk assessments and codes and standards compliance. You will be designing safety strategies to address normal and abnormal hydrogen components leakage scenarios while under extreme weather conditions.


You will be involved in the development of new research proposals (with multi-stakeholders), management of research projects, maintenance of research partnerships with external academic, industrial and government collaborators and supervision of students and vendors.


You will support the advancement of the hydrogen lab infrastructure necessary to enable this paradigm shift in codes and standards and participate in pilot programs to test use case studies on proposed standard solutions.


Being in a dynamic position means that the workdays are always evolving, challenging and motivating. You are a self-starter who can excel in an evolving and exciting environment and who provides input into the direction and priorities of R&D activities. If you are that person, this may be the perfect role for you!

Screening Criteria


Masters or PhD in Mechanical Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Systems Engineering, or similar domain.


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


•    Experience working with hydrogen and familiarity with hydrogen lab safety
•    Experience applying hydrogen safety knowledge and safety strategies to the design of hydrogen equipment
•    Experience working in the area of hydrogen and relevant standards
•    Experience with risk assessment tools such as FMEA, FTA, or others
•    Experience initiating and championing new ideas and executing research projects
•    Experience presenting research findings
•    Publication of reports or client reports
•    Experience participating in hydrogen codes and standards committees is an asset

Condition of Employment

 Reliability Status

Assessment Criteria

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

Technical Competencies

•    Knowledge of hydrogen work safety, which includes safety practices, risk mitigation strategies and codes and standards in one of the following areas:

o    Hydrogen material compatibility
o    Area classification
o    Pressure vessels
o    Prevention against fire and explosion

•    Knowledge of the hydrogen and fuel cells codes and standards development process.
•    Knowledge of one of the North American or international hydrogen or fuel cell standards such as CSA/ANSI HGV 4.9, ANSI/CSA CHMC 1, CSA/ANSI CHMC 2, CSA/ANSI FC 1, ANSI/CSA AMERICA FC 3, IEC 62282-4-101, IEC IEC 60079-10-1, UL 2267, or others.
•    English comprehension and writing skills to develop research ideas, write proposals, support documentation of research deliverables, review technical reports and write technical publications.
•    Liquid hydrogen codes and standards knowledge is an asset.
•    Knowledge of lithium battery safety standards and thermal runaway prevention and mitigation strategies is an asset.

Behavioural Competencies

  • Research - Communication (Level 2)
  • Research - Self-knowing and self-development (Level 2)
  • Research - Creative thinking (Level 3)
  • Research - Teamwork (Level 2)
  • Research - Results orientation (Level 3)

Competency Profile(s)

For this position, the NRC will evaluate candidates using the following competency profile(s):  Research


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


This position is classified as a Research Council Officer (RCO), a group that is unique to the NRC. Candidates are remunerated based on their expertise, outcomes and impacts of their previous work experience relative to the requirements of the level. The salary scale for this group is vast, from $57,220 to $161,754 per annum, which permits for employees of all levels from new graduates to world renowned experts to be fairly compensated for their contributions.


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


  • ​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 (19651) to:


Telephone: 438-304-7562

Closing Date: 9 June 2023 - 23:59 Eastern Time



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