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Finite Element Research Engineer

Reference number: RSN22J-013750-000392
Selection process number: 2022-RSN-EA-EETS-212645
Natural Resources Canada
Hamilton (Ontario)
$72,427 to $82,795

Closing date: 23 September 2022 - 23:59, Pacific Time

Who can apply: Persons residing in Canada, and Canadian citizens and Permanent residents abroad.

Important messages

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In consultation with other CanmetMATERIALS engineers, scientists and stakeholders, the incumbent will support scientific research leading to the development of technologies that will benefit Canadians and contribute to the delivery of CanmetMATERIALS’ mission in support of the mandate of Natural Resources Canada. This will contribute to the economic and environmental success of Canadian industry, and to the quality of life of Canadians derived from the value-added use of minerals, metals and materials.

Summary of Duties
The incumbent will:
- Provide research and development computational engineering service in support of projects related to integrated computational materials engineering
- Collaborate with other engineers, scientists and stakeholders
- Contribute to project teams

Work environment

This position is located in Hamilton, Ontario. CanmetMATERIALS is a state-of the-art facility in materials research that will provide world class R&D in partnership with universities and industry. It will anchor an innovation cluster in manufacturing.

At Natural Resources Canada, a department from the government of Canada, we believe in developing leadership skills, fostering teamwork, and supporting creativity and innovation. We know it takes people from diverse pools of talent to make this happen. That is why we are looking for people like you. As an employee at Natural Resources Canada you can enjoy diverse employment opportunities, a range of career development programs, and a learning culture that supports you to learn on an ongoing basis. We support balancing your work and private life by offering the benefits of flexible work arrangements.

Intent of the process

A pool of fully or partially qualified candidates may be established through this process to staff identical or similar positions at Natural Resources Canada and in the Federal Public Service with various tenures (determinate period or indeterminate), to staff positions with various language requirements, various security requirements, various conditions of employment and for various locations.

Positions to be filled: 1

Information you must provide

Your résumé.

A covering letter

Contact information for 2 references.

In order to be considered, your application must clearly explain how you meet the following (essential qualifications)


Graduation with a degree from a recognized post-secondary institution in mechanical engineering, materials engineering, civil engineering, electrical engineering, aeronautical engineering, geological engineering, naval architecture or some other specialty relevant to the duties of the position.

Degree equivalency


- Experience using numerical techniques, such as finite element analysis, to solve technical problems

- Experience in computational simulation as related to material behaviour, testing, fabrication or processing.

The following will be applied / assessed at a later date (essential for the job)

English essential

Information on language requirements


- Knowledge of the finite element numerical method
- Knowledge of continuum mechanics of materials
- Knowledge of verification, calibration and validation in relation to finite element analysis.
- Knowledge of programming and scripting languages.


- Ability to use finite element analysis software to perform simulation and analysis as related to material behaviour, testing, fabrication or processing.
- Ability to develop and implement pre-processing and post-processing procedures for finite element analysis.
- Ability to manage and automate workflows.
- Ability to communicate effectively.


- Organized
- Works well with others
- Works well under pressure and with changing priorities
- Demonstrates good judgement and problem solving skills
- Shows initiative

The following may be applied / assessed at a later date (may be needed for the job)

- Experience working on high performance computing systems
- Experience using Abaqus or other commercial finite element software.

- Knowledge of Unix or Linux operating systems
- Knowledge of other numerical methods such as finite difference, finite volume or spectral methods

Other information

The Public Service of Canada is committed to building a skilled and diverse workforce that reflects the Canadians we serve. We promote employment equity and encourage you to indicate if you belong to one of the designated groups when you apply.

Information on employment equity

For this selection process, it is our intention to communicate with candidates via email. To that end, candidates must include a valid email address in their application. It is the candidate’s responsibility to ensure that this address is functional and that it accepts messages from unknown users (some email systems block these types of email). It is also the candidate’s responsibility to ensure accurate information is provided and updated as required.

Persons are entitled to participate in the appointment process in the official language of their choice. Applicants are asked to indicate their preferred official language in their application.

Candidates must meet the essential qualifications to be appointed to a position.
Candidates may be required to meet the other qualifications.
All information obtained throughout the selection process, from the time of application to close of process, may be used to evaluate the candidates.

Candidates must meet the conditions of employment and continue to meet these same conditions during their employment.


Preference will be given to veterans first and then to Canadian citizens and permanent residents, with the exception of a job located in Nunavut, where Nunavut Inuit will be appointed first.

Information on the preference to veterans

We thank all those who apply. Only those selected for further consideration will be contacted.

Contact information

Leslie Falzone, Human Resources Specialist Advisor, Staffing Operations
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