Atomic Energy of Canada Limited

About AECL

Employment with AECL

AECL has a small and expert-based workforce focused on enabling nuclear science and technology and managing the Government of Canada’s radioactive waste and decommissioning responsibilities. Part of our work involves overseeing the activities of Canadian Nuclear Laboratories, who manage and operate our sites under a Government-owned, Contractor-operated model. Our values of teamwork, stewardship, integrity, respect, accountability and safety are what drive everything we do.

With a team of just under 50 individuals, our people are what makes AECL a success. We see our employees as our most valuable resource and as a result are committed to building a diverse work environment. We employ people in a wide range of roles from work in nuclear science and technology to decommissioning, to work in business functions such as Finance, Contract Management, Human Resources, and Administration.

Why Work at AECL?

As an inclusive organization, AECL offers equal access to employment, training and development, as well as meaningful work and career opportunities. We support and promote ongoing education and provide learning, training, and mentorship opportunities.

For example, every team member has a personal development plan which is discussed regularly with their manager, not just at review time! Professional development is encouraged, including on-the-job training and formal learning opportunities. As a small team, ensuring that we have the skills for the future is important to us. As such our succession plan helps identify training needs and mentorship opportunities for people to grow within our organization.

We have a collaborative culture and frequently work together to improve our workplace. Our weekly all staff meetings ensure that we are all up to date with the key issues and items that people are working on. We also recognize the importance of a healthy workplace and promote wellness and work-life balance, and have options for people to work flexibly.

We aim to engage, attract and retain the best possible employees from Canada and across the world, and offer a comprehensive benefits package.

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at AECL

At AECL, we are committed to building an authentic workplace that promotes diversity, equity, and inclusion, which includes accessibility. We welcome applications from women, visible minorities, Indigenous Peoples, persons with disabilities, and persons of any gender identity, expression, or sexual orientation. Preference may be given to members of a designated group to address identified under-representation. We encourage candidates to self-identify.

If you identify as a person with a disability, AECL can provide reasonable support and accommodations in our recruitment process to meet your needs. If you need accommodation during our recruitment process, please email

“One of the things I like the most about working for AECL is that the company has embraced technology in such a way that we can become portable and have the capability to work away from the office on occasion. This flexibility helps to foster a healthy work-life balance. I would like to mention that the use of technology has also resulted in a nearly paperless office which results in a smaller office footprint and is better for the environment.”

David Kryschuk,

Contract Analyst

“I’m a student on a work term placement in the Communications team at AECL. I’m starting my fourth year at the University of Ottawa as an English major, and this is my third COOP work term placement.

Coming here as a student with no knowledge of the atomic nuclear energy industry, I’ve already learned so much. The open environment and team meetings have given me the opportunity to observe the work going on around me, and ask questions when I’m confused.

With the friendly team and the constant learning opportunities I’m provided with on a daily basis, I’m certain that this work term will prove to be invaluable.”  

Nicole Moyana,


“Having worked in both the private and public sector, working at AECL is the best of both world. In a small, dynamic environment, the team works closely together and leverages each other’s unique expertise and background. Our organization structure allows for accessibility and equality among all levels. On an individual level, the organization has allowed me to optimize my performance through the tools it has implemented to share information, collaborate, and access the work environment.”

Karen Huynh,

Federal Science and Technology Manager

“As part of the nucleargraduate scheme in the UK, I was given the opportunity to go to Canada for a placement with AECL, in the Environmental Stewardship team. Everyone I met was welcoming and supportive. My team and colleagues regularly took the time to offer guidance and advice. My manager was fabulous at supporting my development by giving me the chance to learn about world leading decommissioning techniques and their implementation in Canada.

Working at AECL helped me understand how an enthusiastic team works together. The result is a highly experienced unit collaborating to achieve the best results possible for Canada.”

Evan Bolle-Jones

Employment opportunities

Be sure to combine your cover letter and resume into one document when applying. For awareness, employees at AECL review all applications. We do not use Artificial Intelligence in our recruitment process. 

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