Local recruitment: Research Scientist (Agro-Hydrologist)

Government of Canada

Brandon, MB, Canada 🇨🇦

Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada – Science and Technology Branch
Brandon (Manitoba)
SE-RES-01, SE-RES-02, SE-RES-03, SE-RES-04, SE-RES-05
Acting, Assignment, Deployment, Indeterminate, Secondment, Specified Period
$60,333 to $155,950

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Closing date: 20 October 2021 – 23:59, Pacific TimeWho can apply: Persons residing in Canada and Canadian citizens residing abroad.

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Important messages

We are committed to providing an inclusive and barrier-free work environment, starting with the hiring process. If you need to be accommodated during any phase of the evaluation process, please use the Contact information below to request specialized accommodation. All information received in relation to accommodation will be kept confidential.

Assessment accommodation

AAFC is committed to diversity and inclusion and is proud to be recognized as one of Canada’s best diversity employers. We welcome all applicants and strongly encourage candidates to self-declare if they belong to an Employment Equity designated group (i.e. Aboriginal Peoples, Persons with Disabilities, Visible Minorities or Women).


The researcher is expected to manage multiple projects in a multidisciplinary setting requiring collaboration with other scientific teams. They will be expected to seek internal and external funding and collaborators to support the research program and to effectively manage resources to achieve the desired outcomes. The scientist will directly supervise staff, and may mentor and train post-doctoral fellows and graduate students.

Work environment

The position requires scientific innovation and leadership in the area hydrological process representation in agricultural environments. The successful candidate will be part of a multidisciplinary team of scientists at the Brandon Research Development Centre working on developing or improving models and algorithms at the plot, landscape or watershed scales. The incumbent will have access to state-of the-art laboratories (including expertise and resources for soil-water analysis) and research field sites and will have the opportunity to collaborate with stakeholders in academia and industry. Research Scientists have access to competitive core and external funding opportunities, and are supported by technical and administrative staff. Research Scientists are encouraged to seek university affiliation and co-supervise graduate students.

Intent of the process

A pool of qualified and partially qualified candidates may be established and may be used to staff similar positions with various tenures as well as various linguistic requirements.

Positions to be filled: 1

Information you must provide

Your résumé.

In order to be considered, your application must clearly explain how you meet the following (essential qualifications)

Graduation with an acceptable doctoral degree from a recognized post-secondary institution in a field of science with a specialization related to Hydrology, Soil Physics or other relevant discipline related to this opportunity.

Applications will be accepted from candidates enrolled in their final year, but who have not yet completed a Ph.D. program. Completion of the Ph.D. thesis must occur before the date of appointment.

IF YOU HAVE FOREIGN CREDENTIALS, please follow the link below for information on how to obtain a degree equivalency. You must obtain an equivalency, at your own expense, in order to be considered for appointment into the public service.

Degree equivalency

Recognized achievement in the form of authorship and editorship of published or unpublished reports, books, papers, peer-reviewed scientific journals, or other communications resulting from:
a) Research, experimental development, or tasking associated with operational equipment and problems; OR
b) Operational research and scientific analysis; OR
c) Planning, analysis and evaluation of Canadian and foreign programs in research and development; OR
d) Developmental work leading to the issue of patents, copyrights, or the creation of improved varieties, functions, or designs, and/or recognition by the professional community of the research environment.
e) Experience interacting with industry and other stakeholders to garner support and research direction.

Experience developing or improving models and algorithms and using modeling for hydrological process representation in agricultural environments.

Experience in modelling of hydrological processes at multiple spatial scales (field, farm, and watershed scales).

If you possess any of the following, your application must also clearly explain how you meet it (other qualifications)

Experience writing grant applications.
Experience working on a multi-disciplinary science team.
Experience managing multi-year projects with associated human resource, budgetary, and planning functions.
Experience in Geographic Information System (GIS) and spatial modeling skills.
Experience in soil and water conservation.

The following will be applied / assessed at a later date (essential for the job)

English essential

Information on language requirements

Knowledge of modeling and process of water movement in agricultural systems with both snowmelt and rainfall.
Knowledge of agricultural land use practices and management systems that minimize excess moisture and that minimize deficiencies in water availability.
Knowledge of ecology, agronomy, hydrology, soil and nutrients dynamics.
Knowledge of the techniques and methods used to develop hydrological models.

Written Communication
Intellectual Leadership
Concern for Safety

Ability to present scientific information to various audiences.

The following may be applied / assessed at a later date (may be needed for the job)

Agriculture and Agri-food Canada recognizes that the diversity of its employee population contributes to its strength and integrity. We are committed to achieving employment equity and developing a highly capable workforce that is representative of Canadian Society. We encourage women (especially in non-traditional occupations), Indigenous peoples (Aboriginal peoples), persons with disabilities, and members of visible minority groups to apply and declare themselves as part of one or more of the Employment Equity groups as selection may be limited to candidates belonging to one or more of the groups. Preference may be given to members of the following Employment Equity groups: Aboriginal persons, persons with disabilities, visible minorities, women.

Preference may be given to employees affected by work force adjustment at Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC).

Information on employment equity

Conditions of employment

Reliability Status security clearance

Valid driver’s license.
Ability and willingness to travel.
Ability and willingness to work flexible hours including evenings and weekends.
Ability and willingness to control allergies, through the use of personal protective equipment and/or medication without impinging on the duties to be performed.

Other information

The Public Service of Canada is committed to building a skilled and diverse workforce that reflects the Canadians we serve. We promote employment equity and encourage you to indicate if you belong to one of the designated groups when you apply.

Information on employment equity


You must meet all essential qualifications in order to be appointed to the position. Other qualifications may be a deciding factor in choosing the person to be appointed. Some essential and other qualifications will be assessed through your application. It is your responsibility to provide appropriate examples that illustrate how you meet each qualification. Failing to do so could result in your application being rejected.

Various assessment tools may be used, such as, standardized tests, interviews, references, board member knowledge, etc.

All communication relating to this process, including email correspondence may be used in the assessment of qualifications.

A random or top down selection of candidates may be used in the determination of those to be given further consideration in the assessment process.

Appointment decisions may be based on one or more of the following criteria:
– Matching of the individual’s experience or qualifications to the strengths and weaknesses of the work team.
– Matching of the individual’s experience or qualifications to the specific duties of the position being staffed.
– Depth, breadth, type of work-specific experience.
– Level/degree of one or more competencies/qualifications.

A test may be administered.

An interview may be administered.

Reference checks may be sought.

You must provide proof of your education credentials.

Asset qualifications may be used in the determination of those to be given further consideration in the assessment process.


Applications submitted by email will not be accepted. You must apply on-line through www.canada.ca/en/public-service-commission/jobs/services/gc-jobs.html.

Persons with disabilities preventing them from applying on-line are asked to contact the email referenced below under “Contact Information”.

Persons are entitled to participate in the appointment process in the official language of their choice. Applicants are asked to indicate their preferred official language in their application.

Communication for this process will be sent via email. It is the responsibility of the candidate to ensure accurate contact information is provided and updated as required. Candidates who apply to this selection process should include an email address that accepts email from unknown users (some email systems block these types of email).


Preference will be given to veterans first and then to Canadian citizens and permanent residents, with the exception of a job located in Nunavut, where Nunavut Inuit will be appointed first.

Information on the preference to veterans

We thank all those who apply. Only those selected for further consideration will be contacted.

Contact information

Lynn Cowan – Human Resources Coordinator
[email protected]

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