Research Officer, Road and Pavement Engineering

Ottawa - Ontario


  • This position is being re-posted. If you had previously applied to competition 145-16-0327, there is no need to re-apply.
  • 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 vibrant and dynamic Research Officer (RO) to support our Construction Portfolio. The 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 also 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.

This position will provide direct support to an initiative on the long term impact of climate change on buildings and infrastructure. Climate models will be used to predict future climatic loads. The impact of these loads will be assessed on existing, and new, buildings and infrastructure and mitigation approaches will be developed.  The challenge will be to create codes and guidelines to ensure that the expected life cycle performance of the building or infrastructure is adequate under the effects of climatic change.  The codes and guidelines will be developed for the design of new structures, and for the rehabilitation, or upgrade of existing. The incumbent will be part of a multi-disciplinary team which is being assembled to complete this challenging project.

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:


Ph.D. in Civil engineering. 

A Master’s degree in Civil engineering combined with significant experience in applied consulting or research would also be considered.

Education related to climate change would be considered an asset.

For alternate qualifications please refer to equivalency heading below.


  • Significant hands-on experience working in the field of Civil engineering in the area of roads and pavements.
  • Significant experience in assessment of stakeholders, research proposal development, and project execution including staff coordination, documentation, and reporting.
  • Significant experience in experimental design and analysis, including data collection and analysis, overseeing data production, and ensuring data quality.
  • Significant experience in communication in a variety of ways including both written and oral presentations to a broad range of audiences, such as industry, construction trades, community professionals, review committees.
  • Experience related to climate change adaptation, or assessment of impact of climate change on infrastructure would be an asset.


An equivalent education of a PhD (or Master’s degree) in a related field, combined with significant experience in applied consulting or research would 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:

Knowledge of the structural design, construction, evaluation, and rehabilitation of highway, airport and municipal pavements using current pavement design methods and software (e.g. AASHTO, MEPDG, DarWIN, KenPAVE, etc).

Knowledge of the design, construction, and condition assessment of flexible (asphalt concrete), rigid (Portland cement concrete), composite (asphalt concrete over Portland cement concrete) and gravel-surfaced pavements under normal loads and extreme weather loads.

Working knowledge in geotechnical related work, such as site investigations, and the design of shallow foundations.

Solid ability to participate in research projects including planning, work scheduling, costing, and proposal development.

Knowledge of the impact of climate change would be an asset.

Knowledge of design codes, guides, and infrastructure guidelines and associated standards would be an asset.

Behavioural competencies:

Creative Thinking  (Level 3)
Communication  (Level 3)
Partnering  (Level 2)
Teamwork  (Level 2)
Results Orientation  (Level 2)
Initiative  (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

  • 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

04/24/2017 (Today)

Applications will be accepted until 23:59 Eastern Time


  • NRC employees enjoy a wide-range of benefits including comprehensive health and dental plans, pension and insurance plans, vacation and other leave entitlements.
  • 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.
  • 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. 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 (145-16-0327_1) to:

Telephone: (613) 998-6825