Technical Officer, Materials Chemistry
Ottawa - Ontario
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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 successful candidate will play a specialist role within a team that focuses on the performance of construction materials. The team’s primary area of work is on cement and concrete, but research and testing are also carried out on diverse other materials, including polymers, metals, organics, glasses and nanomaterials. Responsibilities will include the provision of technical support services in the design, planning, conduct and analysis of complex materials chemistry experiments and/or tests, and in the operation of research facilities. The successful candidate will also provide support for other team activities when needed.
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 materials chemistry or other discipline related to the position.
A university degree in a related field would be considered an asset.
Significant experience providing specialized technical support in materials chemistry.
Significant experience with methods and techniques related to designing, conducting, documenting and analyzing complex experiments/tests in materials chemistry such as X-ray diffractometry, thermal analysis (TGA/DSC, etc.), FTIR and other spectroscopy methods, and wet chemistry.
Experience with electron and optical microscopy.
Significant experience with the safe operation, maintenance, and verification, of complex equipment and laboratory apparatus such as X-ray diffractometers, thermos-gravimetric analysis, differential scanning calorimeters, atomic absorption spectrometers, Fourier transform infrared spectrometers, and particle size analyzers.
Experience with one or more of the chemistry of cement and concrete, durability of materials, combustion of materials, gas analysis, and nanotechnology would be an asset.
Experience working in a project management focused, multidisciplinary research environment would be an asset.
Condition of employment
Candidates will be assessed on the basis of the following criteria:
Knowledge of theoretical concepts relating to materials chemistry. General knowledge of related industry trends, developments and best practices.
Knowledge of occupational health and safety best practices required to create and maintain a safe and healthy work environment.
Ability to analyze, discuss, solve problems and present on complex technical issues relating to materials chemistry.
Ability to contribute to reports and draft protocols and standard operating procedures.
Ability to use technical and scientific literature sources, search engines and specialized domain-specific software including analysis software associated with materials chemistry equipment and procedures, as well as general office software products.
Creative Thinking (Level 3)
Results Orientation (Level 2)
Teamwork (Level 2)
Communication (Level 2)
Initiative (Level 2)
For this position, NRC will evaluate candidates using the following competency profile(s): | Research Technician/Technologist
Relocation assistance will be determined in accordance with NRC's directives.
Applications will be accepted until 23:59 Eastern Time
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Telephone: (613) 998-6825
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