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Program Director, Energy Materials Challenge Program

City: Within a National Research Council Office across Canada 

Organizational Unit: Energy, Mining and Environment 

Classification: MGT-2 

Tenure: Continuing

Language Requirements: Bilingual Imperative CBC/CBC 


The NRC Advantage


The National Research Council of Canada is the Government of Canada's largest research organization supporting industrial innovation, the advancement of knowledge and technology development. For over a hundred years, the impact of our work with industry leaders and other government bodies has helped shape Canada’s future.


Help bring research to life and drive your career forward with the National Research Council of Canada (NRC).


Your Challenge

The Energy Materials Challenge Program is being created to help develop world leading “made in Canada” clean and sustainable sources of energy that will lead to disruptive solutions to enable Canada to meet its environmental commitments. 


As Program Director of the Energy Materials Challenge Program, you will build and lead a multi-disciplinary, collaborative research team to develop novel materials to produce clean and sustainable energy over seven years.


Under your leadership, the Program will bring together government, academic and business researchers. This will consist of a core team of dedicated research, technical, and program management staff from across the NRC's national research centres. In addition, up to $21M over seven years has been provided for over the life of the Program to fund the participation of academic partners and their teams, other government departments, and to support the participation of Small and Medium Enterprises (SME) in the program as appropriate.


As Program Director, you will consult with partners and stakeholders on the Program approach, set the outcome(s), build the team, establish the research program and its supporting projects, and then lead the program to achievement of the target outcomes.


To successfully do so, you will have experience as a researcher, leading large team research programs, and managing financial and human resources. You will have the experience and attributes required to inspire and lead collaborative multidisciplinary teams with expertise in a wide array of disciplines such as materials chemistry; catalysis; computational materials development; numerical modeling; chemical synthesis; materials fabrication; artificial intelligence; and artificial photosynthesis.


You will be part of NRC's Engineering Division, reporting directly to the Director General Research of our Energy, Mining and Environment Research Centre, but expected to work collaboratively with other Research Centres across NRC.


This is a unique opportunity to play a leadership role in advancing the low carbon economy to help transform the Canadian and international energy landscape.

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 graduate university degree in engineering or in a science field relevant to the position. Preference may be given to candidates with a combination of science/engineering experience and business education.


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


  • Significant experience developing strategic program plans and the associated metrics for discovery oriented work.
  • In depth experience working in the Canadian and international context around Program specific technologies: industries, forums, trends, the issues and dynamics that impact them and the engagement needed to keep this knowledge current.
  • Extensive and recent experience in providing strategic advice and counsel to senior level executives including Presidents, Vice Presidents and/or other equivalent positions in the public or private sectors, on complex initiatives.
  • Significant business experience within the relevant scientific and technological domains gained through experience with industry, government or other partnerships.
  • Significant experience managing partnerships including contributions, terms of engagement, reporting and IP ownership.
  • Experience supervising and developing both direct and indirect staff in multidisciplinary teams, ideally in a matrix environment of projects and programs.
  • Significant and recently demonstrated experience in applying the principles, tools and practices of administrative, financial, and human resource management.
  • Experience in leading, planning, monitoring and re-aligning studies, projects or strategic initiatives within a fast-paced and complex environment.
  • Experience in designing and delivering strong impact presentations to various audiences.

Condition of Employment

Secret (II)

Language requirements

Bilingual Imperative CBC/CBC 


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 the NRC, and its mandate, programs and awareness of the characteristics and special requirements of an innovation program and scientific research environment.
  • Expert knowledge of R&D management, including strategic planning, in an environment whose main features are matrix management; high interdisciplinary; and multi-partner participation in mission-critical roles.
  • Expert knowledge of the relevant field and its applications in a broad range of sectors, including current and emerging trends globally.
  • Expert knowledge of the players, dynamics, and business models of industry sectors in which clean energy is applied including the entire supply chain as well as the related R&D fields nationally and internationally.
  • Significant knowledge of policies and sound practices related to contract management, financial management, human resources, and procurement management.
  • Knowledge of strategic marketing, and the practices and principles of negotiating and securing business and partnership relationships.
  • Demonstrated ability to autonomously evaluate, manage and assume risks for large scale R&D projects. 

Behavioural Competencies

  • Inspirational Leadership (Level 3)
  • Strategic Outlook and Alignment (Level 3)
  • Drive for Results and Efficiency (Level 4)
  • Leverage Collaborative Relationships (Level 3)
  • Financial Management (Level 3)
  • Client Relationship Management (Level 3)
  • Industry Sector Knowledge (Level 3)
  • Self-awareness (Level 4)
  • Action management (Level 4)
  • People Management (Level 3)

Competency Profile(s)

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

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

Salary Range

From $119,100 to $142,900 per annum. 



  • 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.
  • Candidates who have Second Language Evaluation (SLE) test results with the Public Service Commission should include these results with their application.
  • 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.



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 (4676) to:


Telephone: 613-990-1679 

Closing Date: Posted until filled


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Date Modified: 2018-12-11

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