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Application Development Specialists

City: Fredericton; Moncton; Montréal; Toronto; Waterloo 

Organizational Unit: Digital Technologies 

Classification: CS-2 

Tenure: Various Tenures 

Language Requirements: French or English


An Eligibility list may be established for similar positions for a one year period.

Assignments and secondments may be considered according to NRC's policies.


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

We are looking for multiple dynamic Application Development Specialists to support NRC’s Digital Technologies Research Centre.

The Application Development Specialist would be someone who shares our core values of Integrity, Excellence, Respect and Creativity.

You will design, develop, test, deploy, maintain and improve software. You will be encouraged to innovate and propose improvements to new and existing solutions and you will be responsible for promoting and adhering to the Agile methodology. You will collaborate with other designers and developers and continuously learn.


You will work on such things as:

  • Extending or creating capabilities in globally-deployed software systems.
  • Building modular services for performing tasks as part of systems for cyber security, bioinformatics, IOT, advanced manufacturing, natural language processing, machine learning, AI for good, etc.
  • Ingesting, processing, and interacting with very large data sets.
  • Using test-driven development to write reliable, high-availability, maintainable code
  • Cleverly selecting and integrating open-source tools
  • Implementing and optimizing data stores
  • Rigorously analyzing software and system performance
  • Processing and sharing open data
  • Collaborative system administration 


Why work with us? We have several small high-energy teams looking for enthusiastic developers. We build large software of out small modules. Our work is meaningful and contributes to health and welfare of Canadians and to the Canadian economy. We create outsized impacts, and you will have the opportunity to further develop your skills.

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:


University degree in computer science, computer engineering, or related field. 


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


  • Significant (meaning at least three years’) experience in an agile team environment using modern software development tools, techniques, and methodologies.
  • Experience using modern development tools including but not limited to Eclipse, SVN, Git, JUnit, and Hudson; and experience with agile and waterfall development; and experience with unit, functional, and integration testing.
  • Experience with three or more general purpose programming languages, including but not limited to: Java, C/C++, C#, Objective C, and Python; and experience with legacy web technologies, including CGI.
  • Experience with Structured Query Language (SQL) and with at least one major relational database, including but not limited to: MySQL, MS SQL Server, Oracle.
  • Experience with one or more general purpose NoSQL document stores, including but not limited to: Lotus Domino, MongoDB, CouchDB.
  • Experience with web tools such as HTML5, CSS, Javascript, jQuery, jQuery UI, and PEG.js.
  • Experience with UNIX servers and workstations, including experience in UNIX command line tools.

Condition of Employment

Reliability Status

Language requirements

French or English


Information on language requirements and self-assessment tests

Assessment Criteria

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

Technical Competencies

  • Knowledge of web application development including MVC, templating and web frameworks, HTML 5, CSS, JavaScript, jQuery.
  • Knowledge of service-oriented architectures, distributed systems, web services and related specifications (e.g., REST, HTTP, JSON, authentication).
  • Knowledge of several programming languages such as C++, Python, Java, JavaScript, etc.                                              
  • Knowledge of SQL (MySQL).
  • Knowledge of UNIX command line tools.
  • Basic knowledge of one or more research fields within digital technologies including but not limited to, cybersecurity, game theory, natural language processing, computer vision, HCI, blockchain, machine learning, neural networks, bioinformatics, quantum technologies, medical informatics, etc.
  • Ability to identify problems and conceptualize solutions for implementation in software applications.
  • Ability to deal with practical issues in software design such as scalability and usability of proposed solutions.
  • Ability to communicate research problems and findings verbally and in writing.

Behavioural Competencies

  • Management services - Results orientation (Level 2)
  • Management services - Communication (Level 1)
  • Management services - Conceptual and analytical ability (Level 2)
  • Management services - Teamwork (Level 1)
  • Management services - Self-knowing and self-development (Level 1)

Competency Profile(s)

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


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

Salary Range


From : $68,865 to $86,472 per annum. 


An incumbent occupying a position within the CS Group is currently entitled to receive a terminable allowance of $176.00 per month.


  • In order to ensure a prompt and efficient processing of applications, candidates are encouraged to provide, along with their résumé, a detailed covering letter explaining how they meet each of the requirements of this position (education, experience, language requirements) by providing concrete examples. In addition, the candidate is encouraged to describe in detail when, where and how he/she gained the experience.
  • 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.
  • This position is being advertised internally and externally simultaneously, however first consideration will be given to internal NRC applicants.
  • 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.



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 (3063) to:


Telephone: 613-991-4116 

Closing Date: Posted until filled



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Date Modified: 2018-06-11

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