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

Who can apply: Candidates who self-declare as members of the following designated employment equity groups – women. 

Candidates are asked to self-declare when applying to this hiring process.


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 



Your Challenge

Great Minds. One Goal. Canada's Success. 

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, who identifies as a woman, to work within one of our 14 research centres located across Canada for a two-year term. Interested candidates from any science, technology, engineering or math (STEM) discipline can submit their fellowship research project for consideration. The research project must align with one of NRC’s research centres.

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. Information on the NRC research centres and their research interests is available here:  Research centres - National Research Council Canada 

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

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:


Candidates should have obtained a PhD within the past three years (PhD received on or after August 2020) or expect to complete their PhD within 6 months of appointment. 

**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(s): Research


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Application Requirements


In order to be considered for the fellowship, in addition to the screening criteria listed above,please include the following in your application.   Failure to do so will result in your application being excluded from searches.

  • You must attach the below list of documents.  If possible, please attach as PDFs.  When submitting your application you MUST attach the PDFs under «Other Attachments».

1.    Cover Letter

  • Must include the NRC Research Centre that is best suited for your fellowship research proposal. See item 5 below.

2.    Curriculum Vitae (CV)

3.    Description of past research (maximum three pages)

4.    List of Publications

5.    Original research proposal you would like to undertake as a fellow at NRC (maximum three pages excluding references). 

6.    Two letters of reference


The intent of this hiring action is to staff through the Postdoctoral Fellowships Program at the AsRO level, which is an early-career-level position with a salary range of $74,230 to $103,093.  

The Postdoctoral Fellowships Program 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.

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, vacation, sick, and other leave entitlements, disability insurance and pension plans. 

The NRC Advantage

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 Employee wellness matters. We offer flexible work schedules as well as part-time work to help employees maintain work-life balance. We are one of the few federal organizations that close our offices during the December holiday season.  We offer professional learning and development opportunities such as conferences, workshops, and a suite of mentorship, award and recognition programs. Diversity enables creativity and innovation. Fostering a diverse, inclusive, welcoming and supportive workplace is important to us, and contributes 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. 

For the NRC Luise and Gerhard Herzberg Fellowship, we are seeking candidates who are recent Ph.D. graduates and who identify as women.
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 : Home - National Research Council Canada.

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  • Relocation assistance will be determined in accordance with the NRC's directives. 
  • 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 incumbent must adhere to safe workplace practices at all times.
  • We thank all those who apply, however, only those selected for interviews will be contacted.




Please direct your questions, with the requisition number (20304) to:


Telephone: 343-571-6509 

Closing Date: 1 December 2023 - 23:59 Eastern Time 



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