Radio Telescope Computer Engineer

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Publish Date: 
Wednesday, January 5, 2022
Archive Date: 
Wednesday, February 2, 2022
Job Summary
Job Category: 
Science Engineering
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National Research Council Canada
Department Name: 
Herzberg Astronomy and Astrophysics Research Centre
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Dominion Radio Astrophysical Observatory
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717 White Lake Road
British Columbia
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Your Challenge

Help bring research to life and drive your career forward with the National Research Council of Canada (NRC), Canada's largest research and technology organization.

We are looking for a mid-career Radio Telescope Computer Engineer to support our Herzberg Astronomy and Astrophysics Research Centre (HAA). The Telescope Computer Engineer would be someone who shares our core values of Integrity, Excellence, Respect and Creativity.

The Radio Telescope Computer Engineer will support the goals of NRC and the HAA by maintaining, upgrading, and developing new computer hardware and software systems to support telescope operation. They will design, maintain and set-up computer equipment, networks and software tools required for functioning of the existing telescopes and the development of new telescopes. The successful candidate will work in a dynamic team environment with engineers, researchers, technicians and technologists in world-class facilities, often on international projects that require collaboration with international partners. Activities also include the development of proposals for new initiatives and providing service to NRC clients and collaborators.

Some of the most predominant activities of this position, in support of program area objectives, will include:

  • Lead/contribute to design and development of software required to operate existing and new instruments and telescopes. This activity may include system design, installation, integration and testing of computers, network equipment (e.g. switches, routers), operating systems, databases, and custom and commercial software;
  • Lead/contribute to upgrades and maintenance of the existing Dominion Radio Astrophysical Observatory telescopes and laboratories. Telescopes typically consist of computers, networking equipment, electronic hardware, operating systems, real-time software, databases, user interfaces, test tools, etc. This activity will include diagnostics, troubleshooting, and problem solving. Installation, setup and testing of computers, network equipment (e.g. switches, routers), operating systems, software tools and packages, databases, software repositories and other equipment will be required;
  • Lead/ contribute to installation, integration and testing of the systems developed locally or in collaboration with international partners;
  • Produce project documentation, reports and/or publications on lab, instrumentation, software setups, results of tests, and research projects. Produce maintenance and user manuals as appropriate;
  • Maintain knowledge and expertise in subject areas that support the research and technology development program priorities;
  • Provide expertise and act as a technical resource within the HAA multi-disciplinary team, relevant Canadian stakeholder communities and international partners and collaborators.


Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Engineering, Software Engineering or other relevant field. Applicants holding a Master’s Degree or higher in these fields may be given preference.


Applications should be made by 31 January 2022 at 11:59 pm Eastern time via the process described at the URL provided.

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Included Benefits: 

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

Application Deadline: 
Wednesday, February 2, 2022
Selection Deadline: 
Wednesday, February 2, 2022
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