Local recruitment: Research Scientist

Government of Canada

Burlington, ON, Canada 🇨🇦

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*IMPORTANT NOTE: All Research Scientist (SE-RES) appointments are incumbent based. Therefore, the level of the position is determined by the qualifications/accomplishments of the successful candidate as determined by a committee.


In collaboration with process based researchers, develop modified or novel approaches in applying numerical models to assess the biogeochemical and ecological conditions of Lakes and reservoirs.

Lead research to generate new knowledge on protecting lake ecosystems using novel next-generation coupled physical-biological models

Work closely with other scientists regarding researching climate impacts and adaptation issues concerning water resources and develop partnerships with other provincial, national or international governmental research institutions, regulatory agencies and universities with a focus on water quality.
Produce peer-reviewed articles, book chapters, authoritative reviews, and reports in the fields of freshwater resources, and deliver oral presentations on such work (i.e., seminars, workshops and conferences) at national and international fora.

The position will be staffed at the Canada Centre for Inland Waters (CCIW), Burlington, Ontario, and will work within the Watershed Hydrology and Ecology Research Division (WHERD) of the Water Science and Technology Directorate. The CCIW accommodates Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECCC) scientific, technical and administrative staff from the Water Science and Technology Directorate, Meteorological Service of Canada and Department of Fisheries and Oceans; and it is the Canada’s pre-eminent freshwater research center.

Water science and technology research and technical staff at CCIW undertake laboratory, modelling and field activities which generate scientific data, related information and tools aimed to assist in sustaining Canada’s freshwater ecosystems. Hydrological and ecological information gathered from studies in rivers and lakes in Canada enable scientists to better understand and predict the impacts of multiple stressors on sensitive aquatic systems. Studies focused on how climate changes affect hydrologic, biogeochemical and ecological processes at local, regional and international scales inform the development of adaptation strategies to protect key/vulnerable water resources and aquatic ecosystems.

Intent of the process

The immediate need is to staff one indeterminate (permanent) SE-RES English essential position in Burlington, Ontario.

A pool of partially qualified candidates could be established. This pool may be used to staff identical or similar positions with various language requirements and various security requirements within the Department of Environment and Climate Change Canada in Burlington, Ontario. These positions may be staffed on an indeterminate (permanent) or temporary basis.

Positions to be filled: 1

Information you must provide

Your résumé.

A response to a text question addressing the following:

  • Scientific productivity/recognition
  • Statement of research objectives

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

► Graduation with a doctoral degree from a recognized postsecondary institution with specialization in physical sciences such as hydrology, oceanography; or environmental sciences or another field related to the duties of the position.

Degree equivalency

Scientific productivity/recognition
Productivity or recognition is required for all positions in the Research Scientist sub-group (SE-RES) (Revised October 1, 1999).

Productivity or recognition includes 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. It also refers to recognized achievement in the form of authorship and editorship of published or unpublished reports, books, papers, or other communications resulting from:
a) Research, experimental development, or tasking associated with operational equipment and problems;
b) Operational research and scientific analysis;
c) Planning, analysis and evaluation of Canadian and foreign programs in research and development.

Candidates will be asked how they meet the productivity and recognition requirements of the position during the application process.

As part of their online application applicants must provide the following document:

Statement of research objectives: candidates will demonstrate direct linkages between their research objectives and the described research focus of the position; candidates will demonstrate direct linkages between their research and the mandate of ECCC. (Limit of 2 pages).

► Recent* and significant** experience in the conception, planning and conducting of original research in numerical modelling of biogeochemistry of lakes or coastal oceans
► Experience conducting independent post-doctoral+ research in a relevant field related to this position.
► Recent* experience in contributing to the development of modified or novel approaches in applying numerical models to assess the ecological conditions of aquatic systems.
► Experience contributing to new knowledge through research leading to advancements in the field of modelling of lakes.

*Recent is defined as within the last five (5) years.
** Significant is defined as approximately two (2) years.
+Post-doctoral is defined broadly as conducted after the successful completion of PhD degree.

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

► Experience in using coastal or ocean models for assessing the effects of climate change on carbon, nutrient fluxes and biodiversity in lake systems
► Experience of documented skills of computer programming, preferably in FORTRAN, C/C++ or similar languages.
► Experience writing research grant applications or proposals as principal investigator/co-investigator.
► Experience interacting with governments (e.g. provincial, municipal, First Nations), industry or other stakeholders.

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

English essential

Information on language requirements

► Broad knowledge of physical limnological processes of aquatic ecosystems
► In-depth knowledge of process based numerical models or modules (for eg: hydrodynamics and carbon/ nutrient-phytoplankton-zooplankton type models) to characterize and understand biogeochemistry of lakes.

► Strategic thinking
► Mobilize people
► Adaptability/Flexibility
► Interpersonal skills

► Ability to assess the pertinence of your research and how it can support the Governement of Canada’s environmental priorities
► Ability to present scientific information to various audiences orally and in writing
► Ability to communicate effectively in writing
► Ability to communicate effectively orally

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

Selection may be limited to members of the following Employment Equity groups: Aboriginal persons, persons with disabilities, visible minorities, women

Information on employment equity

Environment Climate Change Canada has taken an engagement to have a diverse and qualified workforce that is representative of the population we serve.

Our strategy aims to achieve our employment equity objectives, and the selection of candidates may be limited to persons who auto-declared themselves as being members of the following groups: persons with disability, indigenous people, women and visible minority.

► Valid driver’s license
► Willing and able to work in the office and in the field under less than ideal conditions (e.g., inclement weather)
► Willing and able to be away from home for one or two weeks at a time on work-related travel

Conditions of employment

Reliability Status security clearance

All employees of the core public administration are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and attest to their vaccination status unless accommodated based on a medical contraindication, religion, or another prohibited ground for discrimination as defined under the Canadian Human Rights Act.

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

On October 6, 2021, the Government of Canada announced details of its plans to require vaccination across the federal public service.

As per the new Policy on COVID-19 Vaccination for the Core Public Administration Including the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, federal public servants in the Core Public Administration and members of the RCMP must attest to their vaccination status. The requirement for employees to be fully vaccinated applies whether they are teleworking, working remotely or working on-site. This is a condition of employment and it applies to indeterminate (permanent), determinate (term), casual, and student hiring. Should you reach the point in the selection process where it is necessary to verify terms and conditions of employment then the hiring manager or a human resources representative will contact you in order to complete an attestation.


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

Ram Yerubandi – Research Manager
[email protected].ca

1 days remaining

Apply by 6 December, 2021