Research Engineer, Test Pilot (Rotary Wing)

Ottawa - Ontario


  • Anticipatory staffing for a continuing position.
  • An eligibility list may be established for similar positions for a one year period.


Your challenge

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 Research Engineer Test Pilot (Rotary Wing) to support the Flight Research Laboratory (FRL) within the Aerospace portfolio. The successful candidate would be someone who shares our core values of impact, accountability, leadership, integrity and collaboration.

The Flight Research Laboratory operates a small fleet of highly specialized research aircraft to meet the flight research needs of partners and clients in the aerospace sector. Flight test and evaluation duties in support of research needs are performed by research engineer test pilots who, in addition, fulfill duties as project managers and research engineers.

In addition to serving as a rotary-wing research engineer test pilot for a wide variety of projects, the incumbent will conceive, manage, perform, and report on his/her own flight research projects with partners in Canadian and foreign aerospace industries, government agencies, and aerospace research establishments. There may be an opportunity for the incumbent to develop and apply skills related to fixed-wing aircraft as well.


1. Flying as pilot-in-command for research flight activities relating to airborne research, airborne sensing, and flight mechanics projects. Performing test and evaluation flying for research projects;

2. Act as project lead for airborne research, flight mechanics, and aeronautical technology development projects, including the design and development of research experiments, analysis and reporting of results in technical reports, journals, and at national and international research meetings;

3. Providing overall management and project engineering for collaborative flight research projects;

4. Managing the technical development and project application of research aircraft.

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:


Canadian Forces rotary-wing pilot flight training or equivalent.

Bachelor’s degree in relevant engineering, science or math program. Candidates with a relevant Master’s degree will be given preference.

Completion of formal military rotary-wing test pilot school training course (minimum course length 6 months), or equivalent training.


Extensive experience as a rotary-wing pilot (minimum of 2500 hours pilot time);

Significant experience working as a test pilot in an aircraft test or development environment;

Hold a valid commercial helicopter pilot license, or a valid airline transport pilot license – helicopter;

Fixed-wing pilot in command experience would be an asset.

Condition of employment

  • Must be able to work in demanding environments such as the Arctic or hot dry conditions may be required.
  • Level II (Secret)
  • Must be able to obtain and maintain a Restricted Area Identification Card (RAIC) from the Ottawa Airport Pass Control Office.
  • Medical Suitability – A Category 1 aviation medical is essential.
  • A Secret clearance must be obtained within 12 months of employment.

Language requirements

  • English

Assessment criteria

Candidates will be assessed on the basis of the following criteria:

Technical competencies:

Ability to prepare and deliver high level presentations and reports;

Ability to analyze flight test data using computer software to resolve technical and/or scientific challenges and provide appropriate recommendations;

Advanced knowledge of flight mechanics principles and flight test and evaluation techniques;

Ability to make an initial assessment of the suitability of a project for study, the likely scientific or engineering merit of the project, and the general safety of an experimental plan;

Ability to formulate logical conclusions from flight testing and decide whether the acquired data are sufficient to respond to a client need or prove or disprove theoretical models and whether further testing is required;

Ability to understand industry needs and match that with appropriate scientific/technical solutions;

Ability to guide the clients in flight test or research experiments to ensure that flight safety, operational restrictions and regulations, and experimental objectives are harmonized to achieve the best possible results in an efficient and safe manner.

Behavioural competencies:

Creative Thinking (Level 3)
Networking (Level 2)
Communication (Level 2)
Teamwork (Level 3)
Self-knowing and self-development (Level 2)

For this position, NRC will evaluate candidates using the following competency profile(s):  | Research

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Relocation assistance will be determined in accordance with NRC's directives.

Salary range

  • This position is classified as a Research Council Officer (RCO), a group that is unique to the NRC. The RCO 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 $49,670 to $140,418 per annum, which permits for employees of all levels from new graduates to world renowned experts to be fairly compensated for their contributions.

Closing date

03/15/2017 (27 days)

Applications will be accepted until 23:59 Eastern Time