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Postdoctoral Fellow - National Research Council Canada Luise and Gerhard Herzberg Fellowship

Priority will be given to the following designated employment equity groups: women


City: Within a National Research Council Office across Canada 

Organizational Unit: One of the National Research Council’s 14 research centres located across Canada

Classification: RO 

Tenure: Term 

Duration: 2 Years with possibility of extension 

Language Requirements: Various Linguistic Profiles 



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 NRC, we know 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.

For the NRC Luise and Gerhard Herzberg Fellowship, priority will be given to recent Ph.D. graduates that have demonstrated research excellence who identify as women.

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 a dynamic Postdoctoral Fellow to work within one of our 14 research centres located across Canada. Our research centres span a broad spectrum of activities and enable our researchers and partners to advance research and accelerate commercial development that leads to scientific breakthroughs and innovation.

Interested candidates from any science, technology, engineering or math (STEM) discipline can submit their fellowship research project for consideration.

The chosen candidate would be someone who shares our core values of Integrity, Excellence, Respect and Creativity.

NRC Luise and Gerhard Herzberg Fellows are hired for a 2-year term and undertake leading-edge research activities in one of the field of NRC research centres. The successful candidate will:

  • Conduct original research independently and in collaboration with one of our 14 research centres located across Canada.
  • Contribute to the scientific utilization of NRC resources, particularly, but not limited to, the expertise of scientific and technical staff, and the facilities and infrastructure of the NRC.
  • Engage with the research community to further NRC’s mandate to advance knowledge and technology development.
  • Fellowships will be for two years contingent on satisfactory progress achieved during the first year.
  • Fellows will work in a lab under the direct supervision of an NRC researcher.

For background information on the NRC Luise and Gerhard Herzberg Fellowship, please go to: NRC Luise and Gerhard Herzberg Postdoctoral Fellowship - National Research Council Canada

Information on the NRC research centres and their research interests is available at

Before you submit your research project proposal with your application, you are encouraged to reach out to the NRC research centre that is in line with your work (contacts on the website) to ensure alignment with their research priorities and mandate.

Your Challenge (continued)

Our Inclusive Work Environment

Your work environment and tools will enable you to collaborate with your colleagues across Canada and the globe. We are committed to ensuring that each staff member promptly receives the accommodation they need to do their job and we understand the importance of work/life balance.

NRC employees enjoy a wide range of benefits that include comprehensive medical and dental, pension and insurance plans as well as annual vacation time and other leave. The NRC also offers learning and development opportunities. For more information, please visit our website

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:


Applicants must have received their Ph. D. within the last three years. 

Doctoral candidates who will complete all requirements for their Ph. D. within 6 months of assuming the Fellowship may also be considered.

**Exception may be considered to recognize maternity/parental leave.


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



  • Experience in publishing international calibre research papers in the refereed scientific or engineering literature.
  • Experience in working in a team work environment.
  • Demonstrated research excellence.

Condition of Employment

Reliability Status

Language Requirements

Assessment Criteria

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

Technical Competencies


  • Ability to conceive, organize, conduct, and publish independent research of international calibre.
  • Expert knowledge in one or more science, technology, engineering or math (STEM) discipline.
  • Expert ability to contribute to the planning and execution of research projects.
  • Advanced knowledge of the exploitation of research data, including proven ability to analyze or enable the interpretation of such data.

Behavioural Competencies

  • Research - Communication (Level 2)
  • Research - Creative thinking (Level 2)
  • Research - Results orientation (Level 2)
  • Research - Teamwork (Level 1)

Competency Profile(s)

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


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Application Requirements

In order to be considered for the fellowship, please include the following in your application.  Please note that you will need to attach the required documents as per the list below when submitting your application. When submitting your application you can include the required documents in any attachment field such as «Second language evaluation results» or «Other attachments». Failure to do so will result in your application being excluded from searches.

  • Curriculum Vitae (CV)
  • Cover Letter
  • Description of past research (maximum three pages)
  • List of Publications
  • Research proposal no longer than 3 pages. The proposal should highlight areas that are relevant to one or more of the 14 NRC research centres located across Canada.
  • Two letters of reference


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


The Luise and Gerhard Herberg Fellowship is unique to NRC. It falls under the RO/RCO classification system, which uses a person-based classification system rather than the more common task-based classification system.

The intent of this hiring action is to staff through the Luis and Gerhard Herzberg Fellowship at the AsRO level, which is an early-career-level position with a salary range of $74,230 to $103,093.  

NOTE: Salary determination will be based on a review of the candidate’s expertise, outcomes and impacts of their previous work experience relative to the requirements of the level. As a guide, the current annual Ph.D. recruiting rate is $74,230.

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



  • The NRC Luise and Gerhard Herzberg Fellowship is open to nationals of all countries, although preference will be given to Canadian Citizens and Permanent Residents of Canada. Please include citizenship information in your application. 
  • The NRC is committed to having an inclusive and flexible workforce.
  • 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.

* Preference will be given to persons who, at the time of application, self-identify as a member of the women employment equity group.



Please direct your questions, with the requisition number (18540) to:


Telephone: 343-571-6509 

Closing Date: 10 February 2023 - 23:59 Eastern Time



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