Research Officer, Photometry and Spectrophotometry

Ottawa, Ontario (CA)
Salary Range : from $49,670 to $140,418 per annum, person-based classification system.
Mar 06, 2018
Mar 28, 2018
REQ # 1129
Field of specialization
Work Function
Laboratory, Research-Applied
Job Type
Full time

The National Research Council Canada is seeking to hire a Research Officer (RO) in Photometry and Spectrophotometry to support Measurement Science and Standards (MSS) research Centre in Ottawa, Canada.

The photometry and spectrophotometry team at MSS-NRC consist of staff scientists with broad expertise in optical spectroscopy, spectrophotometry, photometry and colorimetry. Active areas include: state-of-the art analytical molecular spectroscopy (Raman and FTIR); study of novel optical properties of emerging materials such as low-dimensional semiconductor and plasmonic materials; development of measurement solutions for photometry (spectral irradiance, luminous flux, luminous intensity), optical radiation and solid-state lighting; innovative measurement science for spectral reflectance and transmittance, colour and appearance; development of versatile reference instruments for practical applications in optical spectroscopy, spectrophotometry and colorimetry.

Under the direct supervision of the Team Leader, the successful candidate is expected to collaborate with teams of peers in P&S to contribute to both the R&D and technical calibration service activities in photometry, solid-state lighting, vibrational spectroscopies of novel materials, spectrophotometry and colourimetry. 

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


PhD degree or equivalent in physics, chemistry or optical sciences with strong hands-on experiences in spectrophotometry, photometry and vibrational spectroscopy.

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


  • Extensive hands-on experience in conducting experimental research related to optical spectroscopy of low dimensional materials, photometry, solid-state lighting, spectrophotometry and colorimetry;
  • Significant experience in identification of research requirements, proposal writing, project management, presentations and publications;
  • Experience in experimental design and analysis including data collection and analysis, overseeing data production, and ensuring data quality;
  • Experience in optical property modelling of nanophotonics and plasmonic systems, optical design and ray tracing simulation.

Technical Competencies

  • Solid knowledge of the basic principles of Physics;
  • Solid working knowledge of fundamental optical principles; optical measurement techniques, and optical instrumentation;
  • Advanced experimental and theoretical knowledge of measurement and modelling of the optical properties and the optical response of nano-structured materials and nano-scale systems;
  • Advanced knowledge of optical design and ray tracing simulations;
  • Solid knowledge of the principles of measurement and instrumental error analysis;
  • Solid Knowledge of general electronics;
  • Proven ability to conduct experimental research in one or more of the following area, optical spectroscopy, molecular spectroscopy, photometry and spectrophotometry;
  • Ability to work with external collaborators.