Research Officer, Building Acoustics

Construction
Ottawa - Ontario

RO

  • An eligibility list may be established for similar positions.
  • This is a continuing 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 motivated and dynamic Research Officer to support our Construction Portfolio. The Research Officer (RO) would be someone who shares our core values of impact, accountability, leadership, integrity and collaboration.

The primary responsibility of the RO is to support the goals of NRC and the Portfolio through research of international calibre and the development and application of advanced technologies. The RO works in a team environment with researchers and technical experts in world-class facilities. Activities include the development of proposals for new research initiatives, project management, and providing service to NRC clients. The RO provides input into the overall direction and research priorities for the program area within the context of the Portfolio business plan.

As part of a multi-disciplinary team developing and deploying technical solutions for construction sector clients, the incumbent will support and conduct research activities dealing with the evaluation and control of sound in buildings. This includes the development and use of advanced techniques to characterize and predict sound fields in rooms, and sounds transmitted into rooms. Research activities focus on characterizing the acoustic performance of multi-unit construction, relating this performance to key construction details, modifying the design details to achieve enhanced performance for airborne and impact sound insulation.

Transferring research findings to industry and stakeholders is also an important responsibility of this position.
 

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:

Education

PhD in Physical Science or Engineering, or related discipline, with a specialization in acoustics.

For alternate qualifications please refer to equivalency heading below.

Experience

Experience in identification of research requirements, proposal writing, project management, and reporting through written documentation, presentations and publishing.

Experience in designing and conducting research activities dealing with the evaluation and control of sound transmission in buildings.

Experience in experimental design and analysis including data collection and analysis, overseeing data production, and ensuring data quality.

Experience using measurement systems and analysis techniques to characterize sound fields and sound transmission.

Experience in the prediction or rating of physical or subjective response to sound.

Experience in business development, marketing activities, and/or the development of partnerships and collaborations would be an asset.

Experience working with standards, specifications, or building codes dealing with acoustical performance of buildings would be an asset.

Experience measuring or predicting flanking sound transmission using standardized approaches such as ISO 10848 and/or ISO 15712 would be an asset.
 

Equivalency

Candidates having a Master’s degree in Engineering and relevant work experience in research or technology development will also be considered.

Condition of employment

  • Reliability Status

Language requirements

  • English

Assessment criteria

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

Technical competencies:

Advanced knowledge of physical acoustics, including sound transmission in buildings.

Advanced knowledge of measurement instrumentation and methods to measure, control, and characterize direct and flanking sound transmission in buildings, for airborne and impact sound.

Solid knowledge of the relationship between human perception and the physical attributes of sound, including basic knowledge of common criteria and rating systems for building acoustics.

Solid knowledge of acoustic signal analysis.

Basic knowledge of interrelation of acoustical performance of buildings with multidisciplinary performance aspects such as fire, thermal, ventilation.
 

Behavioural competencies:

Creative Thinking  (Level 2)
Networking  (Level 2)
Communication  (Level 2)
Continuous Professional Learning  (Level 2)
Results Orientation  (Level 2)
Teamwork  (Level 2)
 

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

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Relocation

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

Salary range

  • From $49,670 to $140,418 per annum.
  • This position is classified as a Research Officer (RO), a group that is unique to the NRC. The RO group 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. The salary scale for this group is vast, from $49,670 to $140,418 per annum, which permits for employees of all levels from new graduates to world renowned experts to be fairly compensated for their contributions.

Closing date

Posted until filled

Notes

  • NRC employees enjoy a wide-range of benefits including comprehensive health and dental plans, pension and insurance plans, vacation and other leave entitlements.
  • Travel may be required.
  • 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 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.

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 (145-16-0760) to:

E-mail: HRQuestionsRH_CG1@nrc-cnrc.gc.ca
Telephone: (613) 998-6825