Research Associate, Building Automation Systems

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 to support our Construction Research Centre. The successful candidate 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’s High Performance Buildings Program, and other Programs served by the Intelligent Building Operations unit. These goals require research of international calibre and the development and application of advanced technologies to support the needs of our numerous industry partners. The RA 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, effective project management, support to the enhancement of facilities, and communication of research plans and results to stakeholders.

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 Engineering, Building Science, Physics, or a related discipline within the last 5 years or you expect to receive the degree within the next 6 months.


  • Significant experience in interacting with building automation systems (BAS) to extract operational and energy data, and then to analyze these data with the goal of modifying operational parameters or suggesting retrofits to reduce energy use and improve occupant comfort.
  • Experience in building simulations with the goal of identifying mechanisms to reduce energy use and improve occupant comfort.
  • Experience in experimental design and in advanced data analysis techniques, using specialized software tools.
  • Experience in the full spectrum of research activities including identification of research requirements, proposal writing, project management, client/stakeholder interaction, data production and analysis, and reporting through written documentation, presentations and publishing.
  • Experience in working in multi-disciplinary teams.
  • Some experience in business development, marketing activities, and/or the development of partnerships and collaborations.

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 HVAC and lighting systems, and the sensors used in such systems.
  • Ability to interact with building automation systems (BAS) and controls to extract operational and energy data.
  • Knowledge of building simulations for energy performance (e.g. EnergyPlus, ESP-r, DOE2, TRNSYS) and indoor environment conditions.
  • Knowledge of custom programming for data analysis (e.g. MATLAB, R, Excel macros), and use of advanced statistical techniques (e.g. multivariate analysis, time series analysis, machine learning approaches).
  • Ability to apply data analysis and simulation skills for the purpose of “remote auditing” of buildings; i.e. to generate insights into operational changes or targeted retrofits that will enhance building energy performance.
  • Knowledge of factors affecting building occupant comfort, and how occupants interact with buildings to affect comfort conditions and energy use.

Behavioural competencies:

Networking  (Level 2)
Communication  (Level 2)
Continuous professional learning  (Level 1)
Results orientation  (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

  • 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

11/08/2017 (16 days)

Applications will be accepted until 23:59 Eastern Time


  • NRC employees enjoy a wide-range of benefits including comprehensive health and dental plans, pension and insurance plans, vacation and other leave entitlements.
  • 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 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.
  • The incumbent must adhere to safe workplace practices at all times.
  • 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 (145-17-0456) to:

Telephone: (613) 998-6825