Research Associate, Civil Engineering Infrastructure

Ottawa - Ontario


  • This is a 2 year term position.

Your challenge

Help bring research to life and drive your career forward with the National Research Council of Canada (NRC), Canada's premiere research and technology organization.

We are looking for a vibrant and dynamic Research Associate with expertise in seismic risk and reliability assessment to support our Construction Portfolio civil engineering infrastructure activities. The Research Associate would be someone who shares our core values of impact, accountability, leadership, integrity and collaboration.

The primary responsibility of the Research Associate (RA) is to support the goals of NRC and the Portfolio through application of research of international calibre and through the development and application of advanced technologies. The RA works in a team environment with researchers and technical experts in world-class facilities. Activities also include the development of proposals for new research initiatives, interaction with Canadian Construction Material Centre (CCMC), and providing service to NRC clients. The RA develops or assists in projects related to seismic risk and reliability assessment of existing buildings complementing the overall direction and research priorities for the Civil Engineering Infrastructure (CEI) resource group.

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:


As part of the RA Program you must have received your PhD in Civil/Structural Engineering (or a related discipline) within the last 5 years or you expect to receive the degree within the next 6 months.


Experience in conducting research or technical activities dealing with the structural mechanics, structural dynamics, and structural reliability, with emphasis on seismic analysis, seismic design, risk analysis, and reliability assessment of existing structures and infrastructure systems.

Experience with risk and reliability assessment of existing and new structures under different types of loads.

Experience with integrated programming languages (e.g., MATLAB, C++, Visual Basic, Fortran, etc.).

Basic experience with writing technical reports, writing proposals, and dealing with clients.

Experience with finite element modeling and other related commercial software packages (e.g. ABAQUS, Diana, SAP2000, ANSYS, AutoDYN, OpenSEES, and LS-Dyna) may be considered an asset.

Experience in client needs identification, marketing activities, and/or the development of partnerships and collaborations.

Condition of employment

  • Reliability Status

Language requirements

  • English

Assessment criteria

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

Technical competencies:

Solid knowledge of structural mechanics, structural dynamics, and structural risk and reliability analysis.

Solid knowledge and understanding of structural dynamics for analysis, design, and evaluation of structural elements and systems subjected to earthquake (e.g., pushover analysis, capacity spectrum method, fragility analysis, etc.).

Solid knowledge and understanding of analytical and numerical modeling of structures under earthquake and other loads.

Basic knowledge of design of reinforced concrete structures, steel structures, masonry structures, and timber structures.

Ability to interact with clients and stakeholders to initiate projects supporting innovation in construction materials, including marketing of services and facilities.

Knowledge of Canadian and provincial Building Codes, and Canadian design codes for steel, reinforced concrete, masonry, and timber structures related to seismic performance of structures.

Behavioural competencies:

Teamwork  (Level 2)
Creative thinking  (Level 2)    
Self-knowing and Self-Development  (Level 2)
Results Orientation  (Level 2)
Communication  (Level 2)

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

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

Salary range

  • From $49,670 to $140,418 per annum.
  • The Research Associate (RA) Program is unique to the NRC. It falls under the RO/RCO classification system which 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.

Closing date

06/05/2017 (8 days)

Applications will be accepted until 23:59 Eastern Time


  • Research Associate Program : In order to be considered for the Research Associate Program all applicants must include a copy of their resume with their application. Additionally, two letters of recommendations, their transcripts, and a copy of their degree must also be submitted. These can be attached to the application or may follow via e-mail to the contact below no later than the closing date indicated on this poster.

    Candidates must demonstrate the ability to perform original high-quality research in their chosen field. The initial appointment will normally be for a two-year term. Appointments may be extended subject to the Associate's performance and subject to the requirements of NRC. The maximum period of employment as a Research Associate is five years.

    Additionally, by applying to this competition your application will be added to the national NRC Research Associate Program Inventory and may be considered for other RA positions as they become available.

    For further information regarding the RA Program, please visit our website.
  • 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.
  • Willingness to travel.
  • 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.

To apply

All applications must be submitted on-line.  Please do not fax or email your applications. By applying over the web, your application becomes available to managers immediately. Applications must be received no later than the closing date.

You should also be prepared to attach your résumé into the online application form in one of the following formats:

  • Microsoft Word
  • Rich Text Format (RTF)
  • ASCII text
  • PDF

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 review instructions before applying online.

To obtain a copy of the job description

Please direct your questions, with the hiring number (145-17-0110) to:

Telephone: (613) 998-6825