Technical Officer, Indoor Air Quality

Ottawa - Ontario


  • An eligibility list may be established for similar positions for a one year period.
  • 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 Technical Officer to support our Construction Portfolio. The Technical Officer would be someone who shares our core values of impact, accountability, leadership, integrity and collaboration.

The purpose of the position is to provide technical support services to the Ventilation and Indoor Air Quality group.  This will involve the preparation of experiments and participating in both laboratory and field experiments. The position will also involve the conduct of routine tests and facility operation, and may include assisting in experimental design and data analysis activities.

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:


College diploma in  a technical or engineering discipline (chemical, environmental and mechanical engineering preferred) 

For alternate qualifications please refer to equivalency heading below.


Basic experience in conducting routine tests, based on chemical/mechanical laboratory procedures, including air sampling.

Basic experience with the safe operation, routine maintenance, repair and installation of basic equipment and laboratory apparatus such as air sampling pumps, temperature/relative humidity/pressure sensors, and air quality monitors (carbon dioxide, carbon monoxide, ozone and/or hydrocarbons).

Basic experience in documenting experimental results and performing basic analysis using general office software products such as Excel.

Basic experience in using a variety of power tools to prepare test specimens (e.g., building material test specimens).

Experience working in a project management focused multi-disciplinary research environment.


An equivalent combination of work related experience, training and education 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 occupational health and safety best practices required to create and maintain a safe and healthy work environment.

Ability to accurately interpret technical information from a variety of sources, including industry standards and standardized laboratory procedures.

Ability to perform chemical/mechanical laboratory procedures, including chemical sampling, related to building science and air quality research.

Ability to analyze and discuss technical issues, troubleshoot and solve problems relating to sampling and analytical laboratory equipment for air quality research.

Ability to operate mechanical or electrical tools and equipment for preparation of test specimens.

Behavioural competencies:

Results Orientation  (Level 1)
Teamwork  (Level 1)
Communication  (Level 1)
Initiative  (Level 1)

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

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

Salary range

  • From $43,114 to $60,663 per annum.

Closing date

05/31/2017 (3 days)

Applications will be accepted until 23:59 Eastern Time


  • Willingness to occasionally work on weekend and/or on statutory holiday.
  • 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.
  • Willingness to travel to external sites to service equipment and perform sampling.
  • 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 (145-17-0094) to:

Telephone: (613) 998-6825