The Opportunity

Fredericton, NB
Entry Level
$58,780 - $76,360 / year
Competition Number: #115-23.24

Closing Date: September 29, 2023 at 4:00 PM


The Off-site Construction Research Centre (OCRC) is an autonomous academic unit within the Faculty of Engineering and is in Head Hall on the UNB Fredericton Campus. OCRC conducts theoretical and applied research in areas such as construction automation and digitization, and off-site, precast and modular construction. The OCRC is governed by an Executive Board, consisting of a majority of private sector employees, who aid in the direction of the OCRC and the associated research projects. The primary goal of the OCRC is to partner with Atlantic Canadian companies to aid in creating new and innovative solutions.


Full-time | 1-Year Term | Fredericton | Hybrid

UNB is committed to ensuring employees can maintain a healthy work-life balance. As such, we are proud to support a hybrid work approach, which includes flexible hours and work-from-home options.

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

Salary Range: $58,780 - $76,360 per annum

A Market Differential may apply.

This salary range is subject to increases based upon the terms of the new collective agreement once signed by both parties.


Reporting to the Director, Innovation & Operations, the Structural Research Engineer will work closely with the OCRC research team and its participating faculty members. This position is responsible for coordinating all structural research projects and leading the experiential and analytical research activities of such research projects. Structural Research Engineer leads and supports project scheduling, budgeting, and cost estimation.

  • Manage all structural research projects and lead experiential and analytical research activities.
  • Coordinate with industry partners and maintain working relationships.
  • Manage and create project cost estimates, schedules, and execution plans.
  • Make independent decisions about areas of focus, and technical solutions, for the team in addition to supporting industry partners in these important organizational decisions.
  • Review ASTM and CSA standards required for structures and off-site construction.
  • Write research proposals for partners, clients, and grant funding opportunities.
  • Lead the building envelope testing facility project and the process to get certificates for certified testing lab and product certification body.
  • Execute experimental research for structural projects and mentor graduate students.
  • Lead and provide expertise to all OCRC staff and participating faculty members, on software, hardware and equipment needs as it relates to structural engineering and building envelope testing.
  • Schedule acquisition and setup of software or hardware with the providers,
  • Schedule demos from vendors and offer tutorials and training for staff and students.
  • Lead the structural engineering research and related activities in the Structural Lab.
  • Work collaboratively with technicians and researchers who use the structural and materials labs to deliver research projects with the Centre.
  • Collaborate with other centres, institutes, and labs on campus to grow the research expertise at the OCRC.
  • Support the OCRC in organizing events such as student design competitions, and conferences.
  • Identify opportunities to collaborate with industry on research projects.


  • A master's degree in structural, materials engineering or a related field.
  • Two (2) years of experience in structural or materials engineering including experiential research experience.
  • An Engineer-in-Training (EIT) or Professional Engineering (P.Eng.) designation is required.

Additional Strengths

  • A Ph.D. in a related field is considered an asset.
  • Strong decision-making and time-management skills.
  • Strong technical writing skills.
  • Experience in drafting, Revit, Tekla Structures, structural modelling analysis, experiential research, and structural testing.
  • Experience creating a project-specific research program for commercialization.
  • Strong presentation and communication skills.

A little bit about us

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 2023 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.