Technical Officer, Materials Chemistry

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 premier 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 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.

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 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

  • Reliability Status

Language requirements

  • English

Assessment criteria

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

Technical competencies:

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.

Behavioural competencies:

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

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

Salary range

  • From $64,493 to $82,942 per annum.

Closing date

08/18/2017 (Tomorrow)

Applications will be accepted until 23:59 Eastern Time


  • 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. 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 (145-17-0254) to:

Telephone: (613) 998-6825