Research Associate

City: Ottawa 

Organizational Unit: Construction 

Classification: RO 

Tenure: Term 

Duration: 2 years

Language Requirements: English 

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The National Research Council of Canada (NRC) is the Government of Canada's largest research organization supporting industrial innovation, the advancement of knowledge and technology development. We collaborate with over 70 colleges, universities and hospitals annually, work with 800 companies on their projects, and provide advice or funding to over 8000 Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs) each year.


We bring together the brightest minds to deliver tangible impacts on the lives of Canadians and people around the world. And now, we want to partner with you.  Let your expertise and inspirations make an impact by joining the NRC.


At NRC, we know diversity enables excellence in research and innovation. We are committed to a diverse and representative workforce, an open and inclusive work environment, and contributing to a more inclusive Canadian innovation system. 


NRC welcomes all qualified applicants and encourages candidates to self-declare as members of the following designated employment equity groups: women, visible minorities, aboriginal peoples and persons with disabilities.


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Your Challenge

Help bring research to life and drive your career forward with the National Research Council of Canada (NRC), Canada's largest research and technology organization.

We are looking for a Research Associate (RA), Life Cycle Analysis to support our Construction Research Centre.  The Research Associate would be someone who shares our core values of Integrity, Excellence, Respect and Creativity.

The primary responsibility of the RA is to support the goals of NRC and the Construction Research Centre through research of international calibre and the development and application of advanced technologies related to life cycle assessment. The RA will work in a team environment with other researchers and technical experts in world-class facilities. While the primary role of this position is to provide support for on-going projects, activities may also include the development of proposals for new research initiatives, project management, and providing service to NRC clients.

This position will provide direct support to a large multi-party initiative that will produce guidelines, benchmarks, and databases that will empower Canadians to take carbon-based decision-making actions.  This includes building a centralized and validated Canadian Life-Cycle (LCI) database, as well as developing whole-infrastructure LCA guidelines, benchmarks, and enhanced LCA tools. The incumbent may also interact with diverse stakeholders, including representatives of government, industry, and academia, during the course of the project.

The position may also provide support to a second large project investigating the impact of climate change on buildings and infrastructure in order to provide guidance on adaptation measures, including changes to the National Building Code and standards related to bridges, roads, and other infrastructure.  In this case, the incumbent will work with a multi-disciplinary team to develop LCA based decision-making tools and on the integration of service life modeling and LCA.

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:


As part of the RA Program, you must have received your Ph.D. in Civil or Construction engineering with an emphasis on Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) within the last five years or you expect to receive the degree within the next six months.

A Ph.D. or Master’s degree in a related field (received within the last five years or expected to receive within the next six months), combined with significant experience in life cycle assessment applied consulting or research would also be considered.

Education related to building energy simulation, building information management, or life-cycle cost assessment would be considered an asset.

For information on certificates and diplomas issued abroad, please see Degree equivalency




  • Significant experience in life cycle assessment of buildings and/or civil engineering infrastructures. 
  • Experience in research proposal development, working with diverse stakeholders, project execution, documentation, and reporting.
  • Significant experience in data collection, interpretation of results, and ensuring data quality.
  • Experience in both written and oral communication to a broad range of audiences, such as industry, conferences, trade shows, community professionals, review committees.
  • Experience related to the building/infrastructure project management life cycle would be an asset.
  • Experience related to the impact of climate change on buildings and infrastructure would be an asset.
  • Experience with Building Information Modelling would be an asset.

Condition of Employment

Reliability Status

Language requirements


Information on language requirements and self-assessment tests

Assessment Criteria

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

Technical Competencies


  • Solid ability to evaluate life cycle environmental impacts of materials, systems, buildings and infrastructures.
  • Solid ability to conduct life cycle inventory (LCI) analysis and life cycle assessment (LCA), including gathering data, creating models, and interpreting results.
  • Strong familiarity with and ability to use LCA software.
  • Ability to participate in research projects including planning, work scheduling, costing, proposal development and engaging with clients.
  • Knowledge of Building Information Modelling (BIM) practice and software would be an asset.
  • Knowledge of building codes, and the building design and construction process would be an asset.
  • Knowledge of infrastructure design, construction and management would be an asset. 

Behavioural Competencies

  • Research - Creative thinking (Level 2)
  • Research - Communication (Level 2)
  • Research - Partnering (Level 2)
  • Research - Teamwork (Level 2)
  • Research - Results orientation (Level 2)
  • Research - Initiative (Level 2)

Competency Profile(s)

For this position, the NRC will evaluate candidates using the following competency profile: Research


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

Salary Range

From $52,854 to $149,416 per annum. 


The Research Associate (RA) Program is unique to the NRC. It falls under the RO/RCO classification system which 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.



Application Requirements:

In order to be considered for the Research Associate program please include the following in your application. Failure to do so will result in your application being excluded from searches.

  • Resume
  • Transcript
  • Two letters of recommendation

When submitting your application you can include the required documents in any attachment field such as «Second language evaluation results» or «Other attachments».


  • 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.



Please direct your questions, with the requisition number (6234) to:


Telephone: 613-998-6825 

Closing Date: 5 July 2019 - 23:59 Eastern Time



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  • Application deadline: Jul 12, 2019
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