Canada nationals: MSc Student - Chemical Engineering/Metallurgical

Natural Resources Canada
Ottawa, ON, Canada
Position Type: 
Organization Type: 
Experience Level: 
Not Specified
Degree Required: 
Bachelor's (Or Equivalent)


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Responsibility and challenges of the position:

CanmetMINING, Natural Resources Canada has received funding for a research project to support sustainable resource development by advancing risk assessment and mitigation measures as they relate to the Canadian mining sector’s ability to adapt to a changing climate.

Mineral processing operations are the largest water users in any mining operation, using up to 80% of the site’s total water consumption. The water intensity of mineral processing operations makes it one of the most susceptible part of mining to climate change impacts such as changes in water availability with direct impact on the operation’s bottom line. This project will focus on the development of better understanding and strategies for improving water management in mineral processing circuits.

The emphasis of the project will be on evaluating process and technology options to reduce the use of fresh water in mineral processing circuits and to reduce fresh water use while addressing the negative effects of water recycling on the process performance.

The student will be the primary contributor to the research work outputs, which may include technical reports, scientific journal articles and conference presentations. The position also includes planning, identifying resource needs for the development and completion of the research activities. Note that any Intellectual Property created from carrying out this research will rest with Her Majesty the Queen in Right of Canada as represented by the Minister of Natural Resources.

Work environment

Work Environment / Challenge
Work Environment:
Natural Resources Canada’s CanmetMINING is located in the National Capital Region, Ottawa, Ontario. With about 100 scientists, engineers and technicians on staff and research facilities and additional offices in Ontario, Quebec and British Columbia, CanmetMINING is one of the largest mining technology development centres in the country. CanmetMINING helps the Canadian mining sector through exploratory research, specialized services, and technology transfer.

Students working at CanmetMINING will join a multidisciplinary research group engaged in leading edge research in water management in mining and mineral processing and can take advantage of the opportunities to gain valuable industry relevant experience.

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.

Positions to be filled: 1

Information you must provide

Your résumé.

A covering letter in 1,000 words (maximum) "A cover letter stating your research interests, research experience and how you meet the requirements outlined in this posting. Not to exceed 1000 words."

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)

Education Requirements
Note: Applied research must be a requirement of graduation

Candidates must possess by the start date (June 2021) a BSc (for MSc candidates) in chemical or metallurgical engineering with at least 1 course in mineral processing.

Areas of Study and Specializations
Water chemistry, metallurgical engineering, mineral processing and chemical engineer.

B.A.Sc/B.Sc. in Chemical or Metallurgical Engineering.

Meets the requirements for enrolment in the M.A.Sc. / M.Sc. in Chemical or Metallurgical Engineering at either the Queens University, Laval University, University of British Columbia or University of Alberta

Degree equivalency

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

Conditions of employment: Reliability Status security clearance

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

English essential

Information on language requirements

Conditions of employment

Candidates must have completed a Bachelor degree in Chemical or Metallurgical Engineering
Candidates must be willing to do laboratory work at CanmetMINING in Ottawa.
Candidates must be willing to do field work (if necessary).
At least two years of plant experience in mineral processing is preferred.

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

A telephone interview may be required.
Persons are entitled to participate in the appointment process in the official language of their choice.
You must indicate on your application if you require a technical aid for testing or an alternative method of assessment.
Successful completion of both a RAP work assignment and your educational program may lead to a temporary or permanent federal public service position for which you meet the merit criteria and conditions of employment.
For this selection process, it is our intention to communicate with candidates via email for screening and assessment purposes. This will include communication of screening results and invitations to written tests and interviews. To that end, candidates must include a valid email address in their application. It is the candidate’s responsibility to ensure that this address is functional and that it accepts messages from unknown users (some email systems block these types of email). It is also the candidate’s responsibility to ensure accurate information is provided and updated as required.
We thank all applicants for their interest in our position(s). For the purpose of this staffing process, only candidates selected for further assessment 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

Leslie Falzone - Regional HR Consultant

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