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We are looking for a Research Officer, Life Cycle Assessment to support our Construction Research Centre. The Research Officer, Life Cycle Assessment, would be someone who shares our core values of Integrity, Excellence, Respect and Creativity.
The primary responsibility of the Research Officer (RO) 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 RO will work in a team environment with other researchers and technical experts in world-class facilities. The primary role of this position is to provide leadership for ongoing projects, the development of proposals for new research initiatives, project management and service delivery to NRC clients.
This position will provide technical leadership to a large multi-party initiative that will produce guidelines, benchmarks, and databases that will empower Canadians to take carbon-based decision-making actions. The project includes building a centralized and validated Canadian Life-Cycle (LCI) database, as well as developing guidelines (whole-building life cycle assessment (LCA) and others), benchmarks, and enhanced LCA tools. The incumbent will interact with diverse stakeholders, including representatives of government, industry and academia, during the course of the project. During the next three years this project will focus on the built environment, with work related to both buildings and infrastructure. Work in other areas is possible when the current project is completed.
The NRC team for this project involves LCA, sustainability and materials specialists. Part of the role for the incumbent will be integrating input to the project both from team members within the NRC and from experts and stakeholders outside the organization. The incumbent will be expected to lead the development of the technical vision and research agenda for the project as a whole as well as well as carrying out their own research. As part of this leadership role, the incumbent will be expected to chair, coordinate and set the technical agenda for the technical committee meetings with project stakeholders.
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:
A PhD in Civil Engineering, Construction Engineering or Architecture, with an emphasis on life cycle assessment.
A PhD or Master’s degree in a related field, combined with significant experience in life cycle assessment applied consulting or research would also be considered.
For information on certificates and diplomas issued abroad, please see Degree equivalency
Significant experience in application of LCA.
Significant experience in research activities related to LCA.
Significant experience in working with diverse stakeholders and/or clients.
Significant experience in data collection, interpretation of results, and ensuring data quality.
Experience in research proposal development, project execution, documentation, and reporting.
Experience in both written and oral communication to a broad range of audiences, such as industry, conferences, trade shows, community professionals, review committees.
Experience in using LCA software and LCA databases such as; Athena Impact Estimator, Bionova One click LCA, Gestimat, ecoinvent.
The following may be considered assets:
- Experience in LCA of buildings and/or civil engineering infrastructures
- Experience related to the building/infrastructure project management life cycle
- Experience related to the impact of climate change on buildings and infrastructure
- Experience working on code, standard or guideline development
- Experience in leading and developing the documentation for consultative exercises
- Experience in Life Cycle Cost Assessment
Condition of Employment
Candidates will be assessed on the basis of the following criteria:
Solid ability to evaluate life cycle environmental impacts of materials and systems
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.
Solid ability to lead teams in completing technical projects.
Solid ability to engage with stakeholders and clients.
Solid ability to develop and execute research and/or LCA projects.
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.
Research - Creative thinking (Level 3)
Research - Communication (Level 3)
Research - Networking (Level 3)
Research - Teamwork (Level 3)
Research - Initiative (Level 3)
For this position, the NRC will evaluate candidates using the following competency profile: Research
Relocation assistance will be determined in accordance with the NRC's directives.
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 $56,374 to $159,364 per annum, which permits for employees of all levels from new graduates to world renowned experts to be fairly compensated for their contributions.
A pre-qualified list may be established for similar positions for a one year period.
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.
We thank all those who apply, however only those selected for further consideration will be contacted.
Please direct your questions, with the requisition number (10286) to:
26 August 2020 - 23:59 Eastern Time