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Research Council Officer, Mining Wear

City: Vancouver 

Organizational Unit: Energy, Mining and Environment 

Classification: RCO 

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.


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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.


The NRC Energy, Mining and Environment (NRC-EME) Research Centre delivers advanced technology solutions to improve the productivity and competitiveness of Canada’s natural resource and utility sectors. The Research Centre addresses the industry sectors comprising the value chains of mining, oil and gas extraction and processing, primary and fabricated metal products, and electricity and natural gas utilities. Collectively, these sectors contribute >$110 billion (~10%) annually to Canada’s GDP and invest more than $1B/annum in research and development (R&D).


We are looking for a Research Council Officer experienced in wear involving abrasives (i.e., abrasion, erosion, abrasion-corrosion and erosion-corrosion) who has a strong background in physical metallurgy to support the Energy, Mining and Environment Research Centre. The Research Council Officer would be someone who shares our core values of Integrity, Excellence, Respect and Creativity. In addition, the ideal candidate would be a team player with a strong technical background and the ease and ability to communicate effectively with partner organizations.


The incumbent will develop innovation solutions to mining wear and corrosion issues affecting Canadian clients such as industries in the oil sands and hard rock mining sectors and suppliers of wear materials and technologies nationally and internationally. The Research Council Officer will initiate, lead, and/or conduct projects to evaluate and understand the performance of materials for different wear and corrosion applications in industry such as oil sands and hard rock mining. The incumbent will develop technologies for wear and corrosion characterization of materials to simulate important industrial application conditions. He/she will also play a role in the development of partnerships with industries, universities and other government departments in order to meet the goals of programs at NRC. The successful candidate with established leadership and broad expertise will have the potential to technically lead the wear and tribo-corrosion staff in the near future and contribute to the continued expansion of NRC’s world-class wear and corrosion facilities and capabilities.

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 minimum of a Master's degree or preferably a PhD degree in Metallurgy, Materials Science and Engineering or Metallurgical Engineering.


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


  • Significant experience in establishing influences on resistance of materials under different abrasion, erosion and tribo-corrosion conditions;
  • Basic experience in developing and conducting wear and tribo-corrosion investigations to assist in effective evaluation and selection of materials; and
  • Significant experience on writing and presenting research proposals, reports, and results.



  • Experience leading teams;
  • Experience managing projects; and
  • Industrial experience in application of wear materials and technologies in mining, mineral processing, or oil sands operations.

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

Advanced knowledge of:

  • Relationship between materials’ mechanical and wear (including tribo-corrosion) properties and their microstructures and the influence of chemical compositions and processing (fabrication/treatment) conditions;
  • Mechanisms and influencing factors of different types of wear and tribo-corrosion attack;
  • Types of materials to withstand abrasion, erosion and tribo-corrosion attack under different application conditions and the reasons why they are applied;
  • Methods of fabricating and applying these materials of construction for various types of components used in different abrasion, erosion and tribo-corrosion environments and their advantages and limitations; and
  • Standard and non-standard testing systems that simulate different wear and tribo-corrosion mechanisms, particularly for those involving abrasives.


Demonstrated ability to:

  • Apply wear and tribo-corrosion knowledge to support the advancement of technology and/or new product development & applications;
  • Develop and manage client-oriented projects; and
  • Understand and follow safety protocols.

Behavioural Competencies

  • Research - Communication (Level 3)
  • Research - Creative thinking (Level 2)
  • Research - Initiative (Level 2)
  • Research - Results orientation (Level 2)
  • Research - Teamwork (Level 3)

Competency Profile(s)

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


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

Salary Range


This position is classified as a Research Council Officer (RCO), a group that is unique to the NRC. The RCO group uses a person-based classification system instead of the more common duties-based classification system. Candidates are remunerated based on their expertise, skill, outcomes and impacts of their previous work experience. The salary scale for this group is vast, from $52,854 to $149,416 per annum, which permits for employees of all levels from new graduates to world renowned experts to be fairly compensated for their contributions. 


  • 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 (754) to:


Telephone: 450-641-5132 

Closing Date: Posted until filled



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Date Modified: 2018-07-19

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