Research Technician/Technologist

Competency summary

The competencies below have been identified as key behavioural competencies contributing to excellence in Research Technician/Technologist roles at NRC. They are not intended to represent all of the competencies necessary for success in a specific position. In addition to these competencies, specific technical expertise will be required.

Creative thinking: Responding to challenges with innovative solutions, products or services by questioning conventional means, using intuition, experimentation and fresh perspectives.

Results orientation: Focusing efforts on achieving quality results consistent with the NRC vision.

Teamwork: Demonstrating effective interpersonal skills and working cooperatively and effectively within and across organizational units to achieve common goals.

Client focus: Bringing excellence to internal or external clients by focusing efforts on discovering and meeting their needs.

Communication: Openly communicating in a compelling, honest, persuasive and articulate manner, ensuring the message is clear, understood and consistent with NRC objectives.

Initiative: Anticipating and dealing with problems and issues in a persistent manner, seizing opportunities that arise and going beyond what is expected.

Self-knowing and self-development: Assessing strengths and weaknesses and engaging in ongoing self-development and improvement; maintaining effectiveness in the face of change or ambiguity.


  • The term "organization" is used in this document to refer to NRC as a whole or that part of NRC for which the individual is accountable or exerts influence.
  • The levels in each competency represent performance increments. Thus, competent performance at one level assumes competent performance at all levels below.
  • The proficiency levels located at the base of each competency scale are defined as follows:
    • Entry - The individual who is at an early stage in their career or is at a junior level in the role and is continuing to develop.
    • Working - The individual who is operating at a fully competent level in the role.
    • Mastery - The individual who is seen as a master or role model.
    • Exceptional - The individual who is far above others in quality or excellence.
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