Research Council Officer (RCO), Canadian Photonics Fabrication Centre (CPFC)

Information and Communications Technologies
Ottawa - Ontario


  • These are four (4) term positions for 2 years 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 for a one year period.

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 four (4) dynamics Research Council Officers (RCO) to support the Canadian Photonics Fabrication Centre (CPFC) within NRC’s Information and Communications Technologies portfolio (NRC-ICT).  The Research Council Officer would be someone who shares our core values of impact, accountability, leadership, integrity and collaboration.

The CPFC is seeking Research Council Officers to join a team who will develop advanced fabrication processes and provide prototype photonic and optoelectronic components in a variety of material systems. Clients will include private industry, government and post graduate institutions.  The primary responsibility of the RCO will be to develop and sustain processes to fabricate a range of devices on InP, GaAs, Si or other substrates to meet customer requirements. By extending the range of processes offered by the CPFC, and the hours of operation, the response time to meet clients’ needs will be reduced.

The CPFC offers our clients and partners access to cutting-edge photonics fabrication services providing simulation, design, fabrication, testing, characterization and prototyping services to help move innovative photonic and electronic devices to market. It plays a key role in NRC’s Advanced Photonic Components and Gallium Nitride Electronics Programs.

The elements of the CPFC infrastructure include: class 100 and class 1000 cleanrooms, semiconductor optoelectronic growth facilities (MOCVD), dielectric waveguide deposition services (PECVD, ECR), lithography (contact aligner, i-line stepper, e-beam), wet and dry (ICP) etching, metallization (e-beam evaporation, sputtering and electroplating), wafer thinning, dicing and other standard semiconductor fabrication equipment and device testing.

*These four positions are for evening shift and we would like to create a list of qualified candidates for the night shift.

Stream 1: RCO, Litho, Etch and Metallization, Evening shift – 1 position

Stream 2: RCO, Process systems, Evening shift – 1 position

Stream 3: RCO, III-V etch process systems, Evening shift – 1 position

Stream 4: RCO, MOCVD systems, Evening shift – 1 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:


Bachelor’s degree in the Physical, Chemical, or Materials Sciences or equivalent engineering disciplines.

A PhD in one of these disciplines will be considered an asset.



*You must meet the following common criteria plus the specific stream criteria identified below:

Common to all streams:

Significant relevant hands-on experience in an industrial R&D or semiconductor fabrication environment.

Significant experience in semiconductor device process development.

Significant experience in integrating complex process steps in the fabrication of semiconductor-based photonics devices.

Significant hands-on experience in developing, supporting and sustaining processes for fabrication of III-V compound semiconductor devices.

Specific to Stream 1:

Extensive experience with ASML Stepper.

Specific to Stream 2:

Extensive Experience in InP process systems and techniques would be an asset.

Specific to Stream 3:

Extensive experience with wet and dry etch processes (ICP, RIE), including knowledge of differences and when to use each type of etch.  

Specific to Stream 2 and 3:

Basic experience in diverse areas of fabrication such as Dielectric deposition and etch, metallization, III-V etch and lithography.

Extensive hands-on experience in developing, supporting and sustaining processes for fabrication of III-V compound semiconductor devices.

Basic experience in setup and commissioning on new III-V etch tools.

Specific to Stream 4:

Extensive Experience in Epitaxial Growth (MOCVD) process systems and techniques would be an asset.

For alternate qualifications please refer to equivalency heading below.


An equivalent combination of work related experience, training and education may be considered.

Condition of employment

  • Must qualify to work in a Controlled Goods Zone. Training will be provided.
  • Reliability Status

Language requirements

  • English

Assessment criteria

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

Technical competencies:


Common to all Streams:

Knowledge in thin film deposition, etching and lithography processes and their characterization techniques as they relate to III-V etch processes.

Knowledge of safe practices for working with chemicals, compressed gases; liquid nitrogen, and electrical, mechanical, and vacuum systems.

Knowledge of the use of design of experiments, process control checks, trend charts, WIP tracking and paperless MES.

Solid knowledge and ability of the safe handling of the extremely toxic materials used in the course of device fabrication is essential.

Ability to recognize problems with complex processes or fabrication tools and assist with/determine possible causes and solutions.

Ability to understand the dynamic interaction of process steps across various fabrication areas.

Ability to plan, schedule, and carry out all steps needed for the prototyping of microfabricated semiconductor devices.

Specific to Stream 1:

Solid knowledge of lithographic and/or holographic techniques and processes.

Specific to Stream 3:

Knowledge of steps involved in setup and commissioning on new III-V etch tools.

Behavioural competencies:

Creative Thinking (Level 2)
Partnering (Level 2)
Communication (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 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 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

05/31/2017 (3 days)

Applications will be accepted until 23:59 Eastern Time


  • 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.
  • Travel may be required.
  • 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.
  • A flexible schedule will be required. The incumbent is expected to work in a laboratory environment and follow the established health and safety guidelines. Also willingness to work in clean rooms. The incumbent will be expected to work with hazardous chemicals and materials and 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.
  • Overtime may sometimes be required.
  • 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 (101-16-1266) to:

Telephone: (613) 991-1123