Metallurgist: Mining Wear and Corrosion

Energy, Mining and Environment
Vancouver - British Columbia


  • 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 premier research and technology organization.

Operating nationally with more than 3,600 employees working from over 20 state-of-the-art research facilities from coast to coast, NRC works with clients and partners to advance knowledge and accelerate technology development and deployment in various industrial sectors. Our multidisciplinary capabilities, world-class facilities, unbiased view, and international networks make us a critical player in Canada’s innovation ecosystem.

NRC’s Energy, Mining and Environment (NRC EME) Portfolio delivers advanced technology solutions to improve the productivity and competitiveness of Canada’s natural resource and utility sectors. The portfolio addresses the industry sectors comprising the value chains of mining, oil and gas extraction and processing, primary and fabricated metal products, and electricity and natural gas utilities. Collectively, these sectors contribute >$110 billion (~10%) annually to Canada’s GDP and invest more than $1B/annum in research and development (R&D).

We are seeking a Metallurgist with team leadership potential to develop innovation solutions to mining wear and corrosion issues affecting Canadian clients such as industries in the oil sands and hard rock mining sectors, and suppliers of wear materials and technologies nationally and internationally. 

Working with an internationally recognized senior researcher, the Metallurgist will contribute to the continued development of NRC’s world-class wear and corrosion facilities and capabilities. It is envisioned that in the near future, this position will technically lead the wear and tribo-corrosion staff and the development of the capability.

The Metallurgist will contribute to the innovation and advancement of knowledge, technology exploitation and application, and the transfer and diffusion of technologies. He/she will also play a role in the development of partnerships with industries, universities and other government departments in order to meet the goals of programs at NRC.

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 Master’s degree in metallurgy, materials science and engineering, or metallurgical engineering.


Significant experience in establishing influences on resistance of materials under different abrasion, erosion and tribo-corrosion conditions.

Basic experience in developing and conducting wear and tribo-corrosion investigations to assist in effective evaluation and selection of materials.

Significant experience on writing and presenting research proposals, reports, and results.


Experience leading teams.

Experience managing projects.

Industrial experience in application of wear materials and technologies in mining, mineral processing or oil sands operations.

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:

• Relationship between materials’ mechanical and wear (including tribo-corrosion) properties and their microstructures and the influence of chemical compositions and processing (fabrication/treatment) conditions.

• Mechanisms and influencing factors of different types of wear and tribo-corrosion attack.

• Types of materials to withstand abrasion, erosion and tribo-corrosion attack under different application conditions and the reasons why they are applied.

• Methods of fabricating and applying these materials of construction for various types of components used in different abrasion, erosion and tribo-corrosion environments and their advantages and limitations.

• Standard and non-standard testing systems that simulate different wear and tribo-corrosion mechanisms, particularly for those involving abrasives.

Demonstrated ability to:

• Apply wear and tribo-corrosion knowledge to support the advancement of technology and/or new product development & applications.

• Develop and manage client-oriented projects.

• Understand and follow safety protocols.

Behavioural competencies:

Communication (level 3)

Creative Thinking (level 2)

Initiative (level 2)

Results orientation (level 2)

Teamwork (level 3)

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 Council Officer (RCO), a group that is unique to the NRC. The RCO 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


  • 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.
  • 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 (146-16-1117) to:

Telephone: (613) 993-0542