Behavioural competencies: Research Technician/Technologist

Competency summary

The competencies below have been identified as key behavioural competencies contributing to excellence in Research Technician/Technologist roles at NRC. They are not intended to represent all of the competencies necessary for success in a specific position. In addition to these competencies, specific technical expertise will be required.

Creative thinking
Responding to challenges with innovative solutions, products or services by questioning conventional means, using intuition, experimentation and fresh perspectives.
Results orientation
Focusing efforts on achieving quality results consistent with the NRC vision.
Demonstrating effective interpersonal skills and working cooperatively and effectively within and across organizational units to achieve common goals.
Client focus
Bringing excellence to internal or external clients by focusing efforts on discovering and meeting their needs.
Openly communicating in a compelling, honest, persuasive and articulate manner, ensuring the message is clear, understood and consistent with NRC objectives.
Anticipating and dealing with problems and issues in a persistent manner, seizing opportunities that arise and going beyond what is expected.
Self-knowing and self-development
Assessing strengths and weaknesses and engaging in ongoing self-development and improvement; maintaining effectiveness in the face of change or ambiguity.


  • The term "organization" is used in this document to refer to NRC as a whole or that part of NRC for which the individual is accountable or exerts influence.
  • The levels in each competency represent performance increments. Thus, competent performance at one level assumes competent performance at all levels below.
  • The proficiency levels located at the base of each competency scale are defined as follows:
    • Entry - The individual who is at an early stage in their career or is at a junior level in the role and is continuing to develop.
    • Working - The individual who is operating at a fully competent level in the role.
    • Mastery - The individual who is seen as a master or role model.
    • Exceptional - The individual who is far above others in quality or excellence.