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National Research Council

Instrumentation/Software Engineer



Job Description

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 Instrumentation/Software Engineer to support our Aerospace portfolio on a full time permanent basis. This person would be someone who shares our core values of impact, accountability, leadership, integrity and collaboration.

The Instrumentation/Software Engineer will develop and enhance the experimental capabilities of the NRC Wind Tunnel test facilities. The main areas of activity will be (i) engineering support for client-driven testing and (ii) the continued engineering development and upgrade of Instrumentation, Data Acquisition and Control Systems associated with the wind tunnels.

The incumbent will be involved with the development of requirements definition for new systems, lead multidisciplinary teams in the development and implementation of new instrumentation systems as well championing the standardization of instrumentation systems and software protocols across all wind tunnels. In addition, he/she will be procuring or identifying existing hardware/software to support facility upgrades or client tests and will be contributing to client proposals by providing cost estimates for facility equipment/activities.

This position is very dynamic and offers exposure to a broad diversity of experimental wind tunnels and the various Instrumentation systems which are part of the wind tunnel’s infrastructure which gives them their unique capabilities such as:

• Laser measurement systems
• High accuracy motion control systems
• Vision and Image acquisition systems
• Development of acoustic arrays
• Distributed and real time Data Acquisition systems
• High power electric motors in the range of 1.5 MW
• Refrigeration plant used to cool one tunnel to -35 deg. C
• Vacuum pumps to simulate high altitudes in one tunnel
• Jet engine as the power source for one tunnel

The nature of the experimental testing taking place in our tunnels is:

• Aeroacoustics measurement, testing and evaluation, which can determine three dimensional sound fields generated by a model in a wind tunnel;
• Flight vehicle aerodynamics;
• Ground vehicle and ground-based structures aerodynamics;
• Icing formation, detection and mitigation, including a significant capability to experimentally and numerically study the effects of icing on the performance of fixed-wing aircraft, helicopters and cables; and,
• Sports aerodynamics, preparing athletes with critical data that can maximize speed and performance.

Being a dynamic position means that the workdays are always evolving, challenging and motivating. This position will appeal to a person who is well organized, who is detail-oriented, and who enjoys working as part of a multidisciplinary team to deliver excellent client service. If you’re that person, then this is the perfect role for you!


Bachelor’s in Systems, Electrical, or Computer Engineering, or other Engineering disciplines with a specialty in control and instrumentation systems. 

For alternate qualifications please refer to equivalency heading below.


Significant experience operating, troubleshooting and designing instrumentation systems such as:

• closed-loop and open-loop control systems
• motion systems with multiple degrees-of-freedom (DOF)
• instrumentation and data acquisition systems
• embedded and real-time systems
• analogue and digital signal processing systems

Significant experience designing and specifying instrumentation systems which include components such as A/D converters, strain gauges, load cells, thermocouples, electronic pressure scanning modules.

Significant experience programming using advanced design patterns and methodologies, using version control software and software development life cycle.

Significant experience creating electrical drawings and system diagrams.

Significant experience managing multi-disciplinary teams involved in the R&D of software and hardware systems. It will be considered an asset if this experience is related to the upgrading of test facilities or preparation of test programs.


Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.) with significant experience in a relevant field.

Condition of employment

  • While the position is based at the Montreal Road Campus, some work at the Uplands facility is required from time to time.
  • A Secret clearance must be obtained within 12 months of employment.
  • Level II (Secret)

Language requirements

  • English

Contact Information

National Research CouncilInstrumentation/Software 641-5132
Posting Date: 09-Feb-2017Engineering Permanent, Full-Time $49,670 - $140,418/yr 1 ASAP
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