Research Associate required!

The NRC Institute for Microstructural Sciences (NRC-IMS) requires a Research Associate for the Optics Group!

Montreal Road, Ottawa RO
30 August 2005

This is a two-year term position from the date of reporting. The mission of NRC-IMS is to provide leadership, in collaboration with Canadian industry and universities, in the development of the strategic base for information technology; that is, in the development of enabling technologies related to future hardware requirements for information processing, transmission acquisition and display. For more information on NRC-IMS please visit:

The Optics Group of the NRC Institute for Microstructural Sciences performs research and development work in focused areas of optical technologies and provides services in fabrication of precision optical components and optical thin films, calibration of aerial survey cameras and sensitometers and scientific glassblowing.

The Institute is seeking a researcher with proven skills to perform experimental research in the area of optical coherence tomography and low coherence interferometry. The candidate is expected to design, develop and evaluate different low-coherence interferometric topologies with a focus on optical coherence tomography (OCT), and to investigate new applications of OCT in bio-optics and medical optics. The successful candidate will be expected to contribute primarily to this project. Through dissemination of research results and other outreach activities, he/she will ensure that the Institute achievements are well known.

Design of novel interferometer topologies and performance of low-coherence interferometric measurements.Improvement of the detection system used for OCT measurements by increasing the signal to noise ratio.Development of novel fast optical delay line to be used in the reference arm of an OCT system.Dissemination of results through publication.Participation in project planning.

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.

Ph. D. in the physical sciences or equivalent engineering disciplines.To be eligible for admission to the Research Associate (RA) program, an applicant must as a minimum, have acquired his doctorate degree in Physical Sciences or equivalent engineering disciplines within the last five (5) years or be in a program leading to the acquisition of a degree; and have a demonstrated ability to perform original research of a high quality in the chosen field.

To be considered for this position the applicant must register on-line to the RA program (see below) and also apply to this position.

To register and for further information regarding the RA Program, please visit our website here

Significant experience in optics R&D, in particular in low coherence interferometry.

Language Requirements

Assessment Criteria
Candidates will be assessed on the basis of the following criteria: Technical Competencies

  • Knowledge of optical interferometry (free space optics, optical fibre based) with a focus on low coherence interferometry and applications.
  • Hands-on ability to perform low-coherence interferometric measurements.
  • Ability to design analog processing circuits for detection systems.
  • Ability to integrate hardware components and image processing algorithms for a fast OCT imaging system.

Behavioural Competencies
For this position, NRC will evaluate candidates using the following competency profile(s) (See this link for further explanations

  • Creative Thinking: [Level 2]
  • Communication: [Level 2]
  • Results Orientation: [Level 1]
  • Initiative: [Level 2]
  • Teamwork: [Level 1]

All competency profiles are available for internal candidates on the internet.

NOTE: External candidates may request copies of the profiles from the Contact Person identified below.

Salary Range Commensurate with qualifications. In addition an employee in this position is currently entitled to a terminable allowance of $8,000 per year. The terminable allowance is in effect until such time as a new collective agreement for the bargaining unit is signed or until the end of your term, whichever comes first.

Condition of Employment
Reliability Status Check.

Relocation assistance will be determined in accordance with NRCs directives.

NOTE: This position is being advertised internally and externally simultaneously; however, first consideration will be given to internal applicants.

Closing Date
13 September 2005. In reply please quote 34-05-06.

Online application is the preferred method by which to apply. Applications must be received no later than the closing date.

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.

Accommodation is available to all candidates retained for further assessment.

Suzanne Laplante,
Human Resources Systems Coordinator
(613) 990-1371.


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