Research Officer, Heat & Mass Transfer

Aerospace Research Centre
Ottawa - Ontario


  • This is a continuing position.
  • An eligibility list may be established for a one-year period for similar positions of various tenures, various linguistic profiles and various locations.
  • This position is being re-posted. If you had previously applied to competition 141-16-0312, 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 self-driven Research Officer to join the Gas Turbine Laboratory (GTL) team in the Aerospace Research Centre.

GTL is engaged in Industry-focussed strategic research and development in the power and propulsion domains, from engine performance and operability, to icing and combustion research.

The incumbent will be expected to develop, support and execute projects in turbomachinery aero-thermodynamics and heat transfer. In addition, the incumbent will also be expected to contribute to broader heat transfer problems in combustion, icing and inclement environment research, and engine performance and operability.

The incumbent must possess relevant heat transfer subject matter expertise, as well as an excellent understanding of the aero-thermodynamics of gas turbine engines and components. The ideal candidate will be a confident experimentalist, with sufficient dexterity and experience in using computational methods.

The primary responsibility of the Research Officer is to support the goals of NRC and the Aerospace Research Centre through the performance of world-class research, and the development and application of advanced technologies with NRC’s external partners.

The Research Officer 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 Research Officer also provides input into the overall direction and research priorities.

If you are interested, have the relevant expertise and experience, and also share our core values of impact, accountability, leadership, integrity and collaboration, we want you to apply!


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 specialization in Fluid Mechanics and Heat Transfer.

For alternate qualifications please refer to equivalency heading below.


Significant experience in experimental convective heat and mass transfer research;

Experience in computational convective heat and mass transfer research;

Experience of software packages such as Creo, Solidworks, ANSYS, OpenFOAM, MatLab, and LabView will be considered as an asset.



Master’s Degree in Mechanical or Aerospace Engineering combined with three (3) or more years of recent and direct work experience in research and development in the areas outlined above. 

Condition of employment

  • Level II (Secret)

Language requirements

  • English

Assessment criteria

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

Technical competencies:

Solid knowledge of turbulent compressible flow aerodynamics and heat transfer;

Solid knowledge of RANS CFD codes;

Solid knowledge of flow field measurement methods.


Behavioural competencies:

Creative Thinking (Level 2)
Networking (Level 2)
Communication (Level 2)
Initiative (Level 2)
Teamwork (Level 2)


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.
  • Travel may be 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.
  • Overtime may sometimes be required.
  • 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 (141-17-0364) to:

Telephone: (450) 641-5132