Construction Research Centre
Ottawa – Ontario


  • This is a 2 year term 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 Research Associate (RA), to support our Construction Research Centre. The Research Associate, would be someone who shares our core values of impact, accountability, leadership, integrity and collaboration.

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

This Research Associate will be a member of the Fire Safety Unit’s multidisciplinary team of researchers, conducting research in the fields of fire performance of materials and structures, risk assessment, fire protection and mitigation, smoke management, fire dynamics, numerical fire modeling and human behaviour in emergencies in the built environment and the transportation sectors. Research activities and expertise span the domains of Physics, Chemistry and through most branches of Engineering.

The RA will be responsible for developing and conducting research related to numerical fire modeling using CFD, construction and validation of global reaction mechanisms related to fire chemistry, and utilization of combustion models in reactive CFD. This research will involve data collection, data analysis, engineering and simulation projects, and the assessment of novel technologies to aid in these endeavours.

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 PhD in Mechanical Engineering or in a related field within the last five years or you expect to receive the degree within the next six months.


Experience in reactive, unsteady CFD
simulations for combustion applications, preferably for fire applications.

Experience in the validation of numerical simulations using experimental data.

Experience in employing analytical techniques for chemical kinetics analysis.

Experience in designing and conducting small bench-scale combustion experiments.

Experience in data analysis, processing and discussion.

Experience in writing reports and journal papers.

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 CFD codes/models: Discretization methods, stability and conversion criteria and solution algorithms.

Knowledge of chemical kinetic models for combustion.

Knowledge of experimental methods used to develop and validate combustion models.

Knowledge of pyrolysis models and char combustion/gasification models.

The following could be considered assets:

Knowledge of parallel computing.

Knowledge of transport phenomena in solids.

Knowledge of thermogravimetric analysis.

Knowledge of turbulent flow physics and turbulence models.

Behavioural competencies:

Communication  (Level 2)
Initiative  (Level 2)
Results Orientation  (Level 2)
Continuous Professional Learning  (Level 2)
Teamwork  (Level 2)
Creative Thinking  (Level 2)

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

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Relocation assistance will be determined in accordance with NRC directives.

Salary range

  • From $49,670 to $140,418 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.

Closing date

12/06/2017 (3 days)

Applications will be accepted until 23:59 Eastern Time


  • Overtime may sometimes be required.
  • Research Associate Program : In order to be considered for the Research Associate Program all applicants must include a copy of their resume with their application. Additionally, two letters of recommendations, their transcripts, and a copy of their degree must also be submitted. These can be attached to the application or may follow via e-mail to the contact below no later than the closing date indicated on this poster.

    Candidates must demonstrate the ability to perform original high-quality research in their chosen field. The initial appointment will normally be for a two-year term. Appointments may be extended subject to the Associate’s performance and subject to the requirements of the NRC. The maximum period of employment as a Research Associate is five years.

    Additionally, by applying to this competition your application will be added to the national NRC Research Associate Program Inventory and may be considered for other RA positions as they become available.

    For further information regarding the RA Program, please visit our website.

  • Preference will be given to Canadian Citizens and Permanent Residents of Canada. Please include citizenship information in your application.
  • 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.
  • 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 (145-17-0646) to:

Telephone: (613) 998-6825

Research Associate, Fire Modelling