Research Officer, Detect and Avoid
National Research Council Canada
Ottawa, ON
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 Officer, Detect and Avoid to support our Aerospace Research Centre. This person would be someone who shares our core values of Integrity, Excellence, Respect and Creativity.

The primary responsibility of the Research Officer, Detect and Avoid (RO) is to support the goals of NRC and the Aerospace Research Centre through research of international calibre and the development and application of advanced technologies. The incumbent 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 provides input into the overall direction and research priorities for the program area within the context of the NRC Aerospace Research Centre business plan.

The NRC Aerospace Research Centre is actively investing in collaborative research focused on autonomous, optionally-piloted and remotely piloted aircraft. A key focus area within this domain is the development and demonstration of a Detect and Avoid system. This system will be capable of detecting and tracking other aircraft (co-operative and non-cooperative) and ground based obstacles at sufficient range and integrity to determine if there is a threat of collision, and select/design an ‘escape maneuver’ to avoid collision. NRC seeks a Research Officer to support the continuing development and flight test demonstration of this Detect and Avoid system.

As part of the duties of this position, the Research Officer is to advance technology in all aspects of the Detect and Avoid problem, including sensor selection and configuration, target detection/tracking/threat classification algorithms, and display symbology to assist in successful resolution of traffic conflict situations by a pilot or auto-pilot.

Periodic flight test evaluation of prototype sensors and algorithms is required. It is expected that the incumbent will participate in the design and conduct of these flight tests as a crew-member on board NRC’s experimental aircraft.

This position will appeal to a person who is well organized, who is detail-oriented, who is creative and who enjoys working as part of a team to deliver excellent client service. If you’re that person, then this is the perfect role for you!

In joining our team, you will enjoy a wide-range of benefits including comprehensive health and dental plans, pension and insurance plans, vacation and other leave entitlements.

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 or Master’s Degree in Engineering, Applied Science, Computer Science or Robotics.

We are looking for candidates with a specialization in Lidar, radar or optical technologies for target detection and tracking.

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


Significant experience in both hardware and software aspects of sensors for distant target detection i.e.: from Lidar, radar or camera, sensor data acquisition and processing (both off-line and real-time) to target tracking and performance analysis;
Experience in combining multiple sensor sources (sensor fusion) to improve tracking performance;
Basic experience with development or modification of aircraft display symbology;
Experience in the full spectrum of research activities including identification of research requirements, proposal writing, project management, data production and analysis, and reporting through written documentation, presentations and publishing;
Experience in experimental design and analysis including data collection and analysis, overseeing data production, and ensuring data quality;
Experience in working in multi-disciplinary teams; and
Basic experience with aircraft dynamics and the flight test environment; UAV experience is considered an asset.
Condition of Employment

Secret (II). A Secret clearance must be obtained within 12 months of employment.

The incumbent will be able to travel on deployments. He/she must be able to fly as aircrew on-board experimental aircraft and be able to access system locations (i.e., confined and/or high places) on aircraft.

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

Knowledge of MATLAB;
Knowledge of Programming Languages (C, C++);
Ability to select, define and implement sensor processing, target detection and target tracking algorithms; and
Knowledge of OpenCV is considered an asset.
Behavioural Competencies

Research - Creative thinking (Level 3)
Research - Communication (Level 2)
Research - Networking (Level 2)
Research - Results orientation (Level 2)
Research - Teamwork (Level 2)
Competency Profile(s)

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.

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 $52,854 to $149,416 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.
This position is being advertised internally and externally simultaneously, however first consideration will be given to internal NRC applicants.
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.
Overtime may sometimes be required.
Some travelling may be required.
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 (6471) to:


Telephone: 450-641-5132

Closing Date: 29 May 2019 - 23:59 Eastern Time