The Opportunity

Fredericton, NB
$54,358 - $70,665 / year
Competition Number: #277-23.24

Closing Date: April 4, 2024 at 4:00 PM

The Off-Site Research Construction Centre (OCRC)

The Off-site Construction Research Centre (OCRC) is a multi-disciplinary centre that conducts research in a variety of topic areas including digital technology implementation, constructability, materials and structures testing, building envelope testing, Lean construction, policy, and standardization. The OCRC's activities focus on applied research with over 35 industry partners and is governed by an Advisory Board. The OCRC recently completed its new 5-year strategic plan reinforcing the vision, mission, values, and objectives of the centre.


Full-time | 1 Year Term | Fredericton | On-Campus

Standard Work Hours: Mon - Fri | 8:15 am - 4:30 pm | 36.25 hours per week

Additional Working Conditions:

  • Occasional regional travel is required to conduct fieldwork.

Salary Range: $54,358 - $70,665 per annum


Reporting to the Director, Innovation & Operations, the Lab Manager will work with the OCRC structural research engineer, OCRC participating faculty members, department technicians and internal collaborators to support the research and development projects focused on materials and structures testing.

  • Manage access to space and resources associated with the building envelope lab, ensuring success in student-supported projects and contract research.
  • Maintain lab equipment and OCRC-owned computer equipment.
  • Conduct routine laboratory inspections.
  • Develop, maintain, and repair (or arrange repair of) equipment in the building.
  • Train, teach, and coordinate associated qualified personnel in lab environment.
  • Supervise experiential tests on building envelopes to meet specifications in standards.
  • Support experiential programs testing building materials and structures.
  • Ensure lab users are following lab-specific protocols and safety guidelines.
  • Develop and update appropriate guidelines and procedure manuals.
  • Develop and maintain certification of the building envelope lab.
  • Create, maintain, and administer the budget for the building envelope lab.
  • Maintain knowledgeable of best practices and implement them within the laboratory setting.
  • Install sensors on test specimens including those measuring displacement, temperature, air flow, strain, pressure, and force.
  • Calibrate sensors and monitor tests using various data acquisition systems.
  • Collaborate with researchers to build test specimens such as walls and beams made of building materials.
  • Install building components in test specimens such as windows, doors, weather sealing, and insulation.
  • Support the Director, Innovation and Operations in business development strategies.
  • Identify and foster relationships with industry partners.
  • Seek new contract research projects.
  • Approach and sell potential partners on current or upcoming opportunities.
  • Other duties as assigned.


  • Post Secondary Education in Trades, Engineering, or a related field.
  • Experience in a construction, engineering, laboratory, or related environment.

Additional Strengths

  • Experience in hands-on applications including working with tools in a construction-type environment is preferred.
  • Experience in budgeting and maintaining budgets, proposals, and technical report writing are considered strong assets.
  • Experience creating and interpreting CAD drawings.
  • Basic experience and training in metal fabrication including welding, drilling, cutting, and other related skills are considered an asset.
  • Ability to work on unique projects that require the development of new fabrication and testing procedures.
  • Strong organizational skills.
  • Ability to closely follow testing standards.
  • Basic programming skills (Matlab, Python, LabView, etc.) are considered an asset.
  • Ability to work independently and cooperatively as part of a research team.
  • Ability to train new users on research equipment.

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University of New Brunswick

The University of New Brunswick employs more than 3,200 full- and part-time staff, including faculty, support staff and students. UNB values people and we have proudly been named as one of Canada's Top 100 Employers for 2024 and one of Atlantic Canada's Top Employers for 2023.

UNB is situated on the unceded territory of the Wolastoqiyik and Mi'kmaq peoples along the banks of the beautiful and bountiful Wolastoq river, a region recognized worldwide for its natural beauty. UNB is a comprehensive university with a long history of excellence in teaching and research.

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UNB offers a large variety of benefits for employees, including a full pension, a minimum of three weeks of vacation annually, the Employee and Family Assistance Program (EFAP), and dental, life, and health insurance.


This position is part of the PSAC, Local 60551 employee group and falls under the PTSU Collective Agreement.


The University of New Brunswick and PSAC/PTSU Local 60551 are committed to employment equity and fostering diversity within our community and developing an inclusive workplace that reflects the richness of the broader community that we serve. The University welcomes and encourages applications from all qualified individuals who will help us achieve our goals, including women, visible minorities, Aboriginal persons, persons with disabilities, persons of any sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression. Preference will be given to Canadian citizens and permanent residents of Canada.

We thank all who apply; however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.