Canada nationals: Master’s student - Earth Observations for Regional Cumulative Effects - Research Affiliate Program

Natural Resources Canada

Various, , CA

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Assessment accommodation


Successful applicants will participate as part of a multi-year study focused on the
application of Earth Observation and remote sensing technologies and methodologies to support cumulative effects monitoring related to environmental impacts associated with responsible resource development and distribution. The research will primarily focus on the application of remote sensing to support the following areas:

1. Vegetation mapping algorithms – Develop, assess and document (via reports and publications) algorithms for mapping vegetation parameters using satellite imagery in support of cumulative effects monitoring.
2. Scaling forest ecosystem fluxes using earth observation data – Develop, assess and document (via reports and publications) approaches for using earth observation data to scale forest ecosystem fluxes in time and space.

The students should pursue opportunities to disseminate research findings through publications in scientific journals or conferences. Planning data acquisitions, pursuing field campaigns, and analysis of remote sensing imagery are all potential activities that can be included.

Work environment

Experimental work will be performed in northern Alberta boreal forest regions. The analysis will largely be conducted at the candidate’s University. During fieldwork, the candidate may be exposed to inclement weather, insects, rough terrain and may need to wear protective gear.

Intent of the process

Student will be hired through the Research Affiliate Program (RAP) with the purpose to accomplish research and complete a thesis or dissertation. Duration of the RAP will be 1-2 years for Masters Students. Extensions may be possible.

Positions to be filled: 1

Information you must provide

Your résumé.

A covering letter in 3,000 words (maximum) “A Letter of Interest including proposed research concept co-signed by proposed Academic Supervisor.”

Contact information for 3 references.

A list of the courses you have taken as well as any courses that you are taking now, or that you will be taking this academic year

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

• Have successfully completed a Bachelors Degree (for a Masters proposal) and have a strong background in geomatics, remote sensing or other related field, with an interest in environmental remote sensing.

• Must be registered in a graduate program at a Canadian University, or have a letter
of support from a prospective graduate supervisor.

Degree equivalency

Experience conducting field work with flux measurement in forest landscapes.

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

Prior research as documented with conference presentations or peer-reviewed publications.

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

English essential

Information on language requirements

-Ability to program computer codes to facilitate data analysis, and a familiarity with a
geomatics software package.

-Be able to demonstrate good writing and oral skills.

Conditions of employment

Ability to conduct field work in forest environments including required certification for first aid, vehicle driving, climbing and predator safety.

Confirmation of support from University supervisor to visit and acquire measurements at northern Alberta boreal forest regions.

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

Persons are entitled to participate in the appointment process in the official language of their choice.

Applications should include a Cover Letter (including proposed research concept), CV (including publications and conference attendance if any), and a copy of academic transcripts. Names and contact of references may be requested. We thank all applicants for your interest, but only the short-listed candidates will be contacted.


Preference will be given to Canadian citizens.

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

Contact information

Alexandra Furino – HR Advisor

[email protected]