Automotive Software/Controls Application Engineer

Automotive and Surface Transportation
London - Ontario


  • An eligibility list may be established for similar positions for a one year period.
  • This is a continuing position.

Your challenge

Interested in solving real-world problems? Looking for a new challenge where you can apply your expertise and fulfill your passion every day?

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 – Automotive Software/Controls Application Engineer, to support our Automotive and Surface Transportation portfolio. This individual will design, develop, integrate and evaluate new systems and architectures in the area of Connected and Autonomous Vehicles.

The Automotive Software/Controls Application Engineer would be someone who shares our core values of impact, accountability, leadership, integrity and collaboration.

The NRC will be offering you a wide range of benefits including the Public Service Dental Care Plan (PSDCP), Public Service Health Care Plan, Disability Insurance, generous leave entitlements, Superannuation (pension) and the Supplementary Death Benefit.

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 in Engineering or in Science.

An advanced degree in Engineering or in Science will also be considered.


Experience in automotive product design/development experience, including:
• embedded software development
• automotive or similar controller hardware
• software, and serial data communications

Basic experience with technology in:
• connected/autonomous vehicles
• embedded software and/or communications protocols
• LANs
• vision systems

Experience in standard test and validation methods and analysis including data collection and analysis, overseeing data production, and ensuring data quality.

Experience in working in multi-disciplinary teams.

Experience in project management of complex engineering projects.

Experience in reading and debugging source code in C and MATLAB Simulink would be considered as 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 in designing and developing software in an embedded domain
• Knowledge in software development
• Knowledge in designing and testing of automotive/manufacturing mechanical and electrical subsystems.

Behavioural competencies:

From the Technology Extension cluster: 
• Teamwork (Level 2)
• Communication (Level 2)
• Client Focus (Level 2)

From the Technology Support cluster: 
• Initiative (Level 2)

For this position, NRC will evaluate candidates using the following competency profile(s):  | Technology Extension | Technology Support

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

Salary range

  • 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

08/17/2017 (Today)

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.
  • This position is being advertised internally and externally simultaneously, however first consideration will be given to internal NRC applicants.
  • Preference will be given to Canadian Citizens and Permanent Residents of Canada. Please include citizenship information in your application.
  • Salary rates currently under review.
  • 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. 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 (144-17-0296) to:

Telephone: (613) 991-2024