Research Officer, Structural Integrity

Ottawa - Ontario


  • This is a 3 year term position with possibility of extension.
  • An Eligibility list may be established for a one-year period for similar positions of various tenures and various locations.
  • This position is being re-posted. If you had previously applied to competition 141-16-0320, there is no need to re-apply.

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 motivated and focused Research Officer (RO) to join the Structural Integrity Team within the Aerospace Portfolio.

The NRC Aerospace Portfolio focuses on advancing aerospace research and technology developments in the core areas of aerodynamics, flight research, gas turbines, structures and materials, and manufacturing. We conduct research and technology development (R&TD) across the full spectrum of issues related to the design, manufacture, qualification, performance, use and maintenance of air vehicles. This work covers all of the major concerns in aerospace - cost, weight, safety, human factors and environmental footprint.

The primary responsibility of the RO is to support the goals of NRC and the Portfolio through research of international calibre and the development and application of advanced technologies. The RO works in a team environment with researchers and technical experts in world-class facilities. Activities also include the development of proposals for new research initiatives, project management, and providing service to NRC clients. The RO provides input into the overall direction and research priorities within the context of the Portfolio business plan.

The RO, Structural Integrity supports the research program within the Structural Integrity Team of the Structures, Materials and Manufacturing Laboratory. He/she supports developing, implementing, and managing industry-backed research activities to enhance the performance and integrity assessment of new and aged aerospace structures.

This position will appeal to a person who is well organized, who is detail-oriented, who is creative and who enjoys working as part of a team to deliver excellent client service. If you’re that person, then this is the perfect role for you!

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:


PhD in Mechanical or Aerospace Engineering with a focus on aerospace structures.

Applicants with a research-based Master’s degree in Mechanical or Aerospace Engineering and significant experience related to aerospace structures may be considered.


Significant experience in finite element structural analysis using in-house or commercial finite element packages and involving metallic and/or composite materials;

Significant experience in research activities, including data production and analysis, and reporting through written documentation, presentations, and/or publishing;

Experience in performing fatigue and/or damage tolerance analysis of aircraft structures or in conducting static and/or fatigue testing according to ASTM standards will be an asset;

Experience in identification of research requirements, proposal writing, and project management will 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:

Solid knowledge of structural mechanics and of the application of the finite element analysis method to metallic and composite structures;

Ability to use commercial finite element analysis packages, for example Patran, Nastran, Mentat, Marc, Abaqus or StressCheck;

Ability to solve scientific problems using programming languages, for example Fortran, C++, Matlab, Python or VBA;

Basic knowledge of aerospace structural design requirements;

Basic knowledge of fatigue and fracture mechanics;

Ability to communicate clearly in discussions and through presentations such as to government and industrial partners or at scientific conferences, workshops and/or seminars and with clients;

Ability to write high quality report and/or paper;

The following competencies will be considered as assets:

  • Ability to use fracture mechanics software such as AFGROW, NASGRO and FASTRAN;
  • Knowledge of probabilistic and reliability/risk analysis techniques used for structural analysis.

Behavioural competencies:

Creative Thinking (Level 2)

Results Orientation (Level 2)

Teamwork (Level 1)

Communication (Level 2)

Networking (Level 1)

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 Officer (RO), a group that is unique to the NRC. The RO 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


  • 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.
  • Some travelling is 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.
  • NRC employees enjoy a wide-range of benefits including comprehensive health and dental plans, pension and insurance plans, vacation and other leave entitlements.
  • 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.

Please review instructions before applying online.

To obtain a copy of the job description

Please direct your questions, with the hiring number (141-17-0139) to:

Telephone: (450) 641-5132