Research Officer, Aerial Robotics


Offre publiée le 2024-03-30

National Research Council Canada

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We are looking for a Research Officer, Aerial Robotics to support our Aerospace Research Centre. The Research Officer (RO) would be someone who shares our core values of Integrity, Excellence, Respect and Creativity.

The Research Officer provides leadership, and technical support, and systems oversight in the day-to-day operations of the aerial robotics team.

Working with other members of the team, the Research Officer will :

  • Develop solutions for aerial robotics systems including vision, perching system, UAV swarming, manipulation and sensor deployment;
  • Author, review, and critique research plans, technical reports and papers;
  • Assist in the development of research proposals including collaboration with external partners;
  • Present research findings in technical forums including conferences, seminars, working groups, etc. This may include authoring conference & journal papers;
  • When necessary, travel to client site to provide deployment support of technologies and conduct interface and / or integration testing.

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 Natural Science or Engineering. A Master’s degree in an engineering field may also be accepted.

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


  • Experience in development and integration of mechatronic systems, with an emphasis on Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems;
  • Experience in dynamics and control of RPAS, including experience in technology development using Pixhawk controllers;
  • Experience with programming and scripting languages including Matlab, C / C++ and Python;
  • Experience in identification of research requirements, proposal writing, project management, data production and analysis, ensuring data quality and reporting through written documentation, presentations and publishing peer-reviewed research papers; and
  • Some experience in the development of partnerships and collaborations.

Experience in the following are assets :

  • Experience in computer vision and Simultaneous Localization and Mapping (SLAM);
  • Hands on experience in 3D printing of mechanical parts and systems;
  • Experience in the following software environments : ROS / ROS2; AirSim; MATLAB / Simulink.

Condition of Employment

Reliability Status

Language Requirements

Bilingual Imperative BBB / BBB

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 mechatronics systems and dynamics and control of RPAS;
  • Knowledge of UAV simulation software packages;
  • Knowledge of SLAM algorithms and Swarm robotics; and
  • Knowledge of conventional AI machine / deep learning models, , VGG, YOLO series is an asset.

Behavioural Competencies

  • Research - Results orientation (Level 2)
  • Research - Communication (Level 2)
  • Research - Teamwork (Level 2)
  • Research - Creative thinking (Level 3)

Competency Profile(s)

For this position, the NRC will evaluate candidates using the following competency profile : Research

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This position is classified as a Research Officer (RO), a group that is unique to the NRC. Candidates are remunerated based on their expertise, outcomes and impacts of their previous work experience relative to the requirements of the level.

The salary scale for this group is vast, from $62,071 to $175,466 per annum, which permits for employees of all levels from new graduates to world renowned experts to be fairly compensated for their contributions.

NOTE : Please note that the full RO / RCO salary scale has five levels. Salary determination will be based on a review of the candidate’s expertise, outcomes and impacts of their previous work experience relative to the requirements of the level.

As such, the initial salary could be within another level of the RO / RCO salary scale ( or below the intended level for this position).

In addition, the incumbent will receive the Bilingualism Bonus of $800 per year.

NRC employees enjoy a wide-range of competitive benefits including comprehensive health and dental plans, vacation, sick, and other leave entitlements, disability insurance and pension plans.

The NRC Advantage

The National Research Council of Canada (NRC) is the Government of Canada's largest research organization supporting industrial innovation, the advancement of knowledge and technology development.

We collaborate with over 70 colleges, universities and hospitals annually, work with 800 companies on their projects, and provide advice or funding to over 8000 Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs) each year.

We bring together the brightest minds to deliver tangible impacts on the lives of Canadians and people around the world.

And now, we want to partner with you. Let your expertise and inspirations make an impact by joining the NRC.

At the NRC Employee wellness matters. We offer flexible work schedules as well as part-time work to help employees maintain work-life balance.

We are one of the few federal organizations that close our offices during the December holiday season. We offer professional learning and development opportunities such as conferences, workshops, and a suite of mentorship, award and recognition programs.

Diversity enables creativity and innovation. Fostering a diverse, inclusive, welcoming and supportive workplace is important to us, and contributes to a more inclusive Canadian innovation system.

We welcome all qualified applicants and encourage you to complete the employment equity self-declaration questions during the job application process.

Please let us know of any accommodation measures required to help you to be assessed in a fair and equitable manner. Please note that the information you provide will be treated confidentially.

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