Research Council Officer, Photometry / Solid State Lighting

Measurement Science and Standards
Ottawa - Ontario


  • This is a two (2) year term position from the date of reporting.
  • Assignments and secondments may be considered according to NRC's policies.
  • An eligibility list may be established for similar positions.

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.

We are looking for a vibrant and dynamic Research Council Officer (RCO), Photometry to support our Measurement Science and Standards (MSS) Portoflio. The RCO would be someone who shares our core values of impact, accountability, leadership, integrity and collaboration.

MSS portfolio is responsible for realizing the base SI unit of photometry (candela) and associated derived units.  The photometry and spectrophotometry (P&S) activities cover spectral irradiance, luminous flux, luminance, Illuminance, luminous intensity, spectral reflectance, transmittance, colour and appearance measurements. It also performs state-of-the art analytical molecular spectroscopy and supports R&D in the study of novel optical properties of emerging materials.

The successful candidate will focus on the innovation, design, development, maintenance and expansion our photometry and solid state lighting (SSL) capabilities to meet both research and client needs. The individual must have outstanding laboratory skills in optical science  (relevant to photometry and SSL) and a strong background in statistical analysis applied to the calculation of measurement uncertainties. Responsibilities include to develop the solid-state lighting facility; to respond to client requests for calibration and measurement services; to support photometry R&D and P&S calibration services.


• Develop state-of-the art solid state lighting facility to support both SSL R&D and client calibration activities in MSS.

• Secure receptors and clients by identifying opportunities, participating in business development and marketing activities, and building collaborations with local, national and international organizations;

• Analyze and identify client requirements and prepare project proposals including estimates of time and budget;

• Plan and conduct innovative experiments  and investigate emerging technologies to achieve Portfolio/Program research objectives;

• Develop creative engineering solutions to meet scientific/technical objectives for improved photometry / SSL technical capabilities. (e.g. improved speed, accuracy, versatility, automation, etc.)

• Contribute to scientific output and excellences through outreach activities such as participation in standardization organizations and scientific publications.

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:


Bachelor’s degree in physics, engineering, lighting science or related field.

A Ph.D. or Masters degree in one of the above fields would be an asset.


Significant experience in planning and delivering optical calibration or testing services

Significant practical experience in optical radiation measurements including experience in technical requirements for optical radiation sources, detectors and optical design

Practical experience in solid state lighting devices measurements and characterisation

Practical experience in comprehensive optical system characterization

Practical experience in testing electronics, troubleshooting and repair of lab equipment

Practical experience in mechanical design (CAD)

Significant experience in general computer programming including interfacing of equipment, data acquisition, hardware and software and data analysis

Experience in photometry/SSL activities including identification of research requirements, proposal writing, project management, project reporting and scientific publication.

Experience in client and stakeholder engagement and delivering technical services, including marketing of these services.

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 basic principles of Physics

Advanced knowledge of fundamental optical principles.

Solid knowledge of photometry and radiometry.

Practical and in-depth knowledge of optical measurement techniques, and optical instrumentation.

Knowledge of the principles of measurement and instrumental error analysis.

Knowledge of general electronics, laboratory equipment troubleshooting and repair .

Knowledge of computer programming including software / hardware interfacing, remote controlled devices and data display analysis.

Practical knowledge and ability to perform photometric measurement and characterizations of solid state lighting devices.

Behavioural competencies:

• Creative Thinking (Level 3)

• Communication (Level 2)

• Networking (Level 2)

• Result Orientation (Level 2)

• Initiative (Level 2)

• Team work (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 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


  • Job description available upon request.
  • Must be able to handle/lift 20Kg
  • Preference will be given to Canadian Citizens and Permanent Residents of Canada. Please include citizenship information in your application.
  • This position is being advertised internally and externally simultaneously, however first consideration will be given to internal NRC applicants.
  • The incumbent must adhere to safe workplace practices at all times.
  • NRC employees enjoy a wide-range of benefits including comprehensive health and dental plans, pension and insurance plans, vacation and other leave entitlements.
  • Candidates must clearly demonstrate in their cover letter how they meet the education and experience factors listed on the poster. Candidates must use the education/experience criteria as a header and then write one or two paragraphs demonstrating how they meet them by providing concrete examples. In addition, the candidate is encouraged to describe in detail when, where and how he/she gained the experience. Failure to provide an appropriate cover letter will result in the rejection of your application. Candidates will not be solicited for incomplete or possible missing information.
  • 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.

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To obtain a copy of the job description

Please direct your questions, with the hiring number (102-16-0597) to:

Telephone: (613) 991-2024