Canada nationals: Research Scientist (Aquatic Ecology)

Environment and Climate Change Canada

Montreal, QC, Canada 🇨🇦

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* IMPORTANT NOTE: All Research Scientist (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.)

Intent of the process

The immediate need is to staff one bilingual imperative CBC/CBC indeterminate in Montreal, Quebec. A pool of qualified candidates may be created and may be used to staff similar term or indeterminate positions within Environment and Climate Change Canada with various language requirements and conditions of employment.

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 with specialization in biological sciences or in a scientific field related to the duties of the position.

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 It also refers to recognized achievement in the form of authorship and editorship of published or unpublished reports, books, papers, or other communications resulting from: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.

Degree equivalency


E1. Experience in the design, development and execution of aquatic ecology research projects.
E2. Experience in the analysis and interpretation of scientific data and the use of bio-statistical tools.
E3. Experience in publishing scientific papers and presenting scientific results (i.e., conferences, workshops).
E4. Experience supervising field and/or laboratory personnel.

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

Bilingual – Imperative (CBC/CBC)

Information on language requirements


K1. Knowledge of the structure and functioning of freshwater aquatic ecosystems.
K2. Knowledge of anthropogenic stresses affecting aquatic ecosystems.
K3. Knowledge of methods of sampling, examination and analysis of biological material.


A1. Ability to define and implement multi-disciplinary research projects.
A2. Ability to supervise human resources and manage material and financial resources dedicated to projects.
A3. Ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing.


PS1. Leadership 
PS2. Autonomy 
PS3. Interpersonal skills
PS4. Adaptability

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


Knowledge of ecology of cyanobacteria and dynamics of toxin production.

Degree equivalency


The diversity of assets will be considered by the selection committee in relation to the study profile, considering that the same candidate may not have all these assets.

AE1. Experience in the use of advanced microscopy technologies.
AE2. In-depth experience (over 2 years) of research related to aquatic microbiology projects.
AE3. Extensive experience (more than 2 years) in the identification of species using a classical taxonomy approach.
AE4. In-depth experience (more than 2 years) in the use of tools in molecular biology.

Conditions of employment

– Hold a valid driver’s license
– Reliability

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 targeted groups when you apply.

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The client organization will accept applications on-line only.

Persons with disabilities preventing them from applying on-line are asked to contact 1-800-645-5605 and press ‘0’ for assistance.

To submit an application on-line, please select the button “Apply Online” below.

Successful candidate(s) must meet and maintain the Conditions of Employment throughout their employment.

The onus is on candidates to demonstrate that they meet all of the above qualifications in order to receive further consideration.

A written exam may be administered.

Interviews may be conducted.

Reference checks may be conducted.

Our intention is to communicate with the candidates by email. Candidates who apply to this selection process must include in their application a valid email address and make sure that this address is functional at all times and accepts messages from unknown users (some email systems block these types of email).

Candidates with foreign educational credentials are required to provide proof of Canadian equivalency. You may consult The Canadian Information Centre for International Credentials at for further information.

Candidates invited to an interview will be required to bring proof of their education credentials, in the form of a diploma or official transcript (original documents only).

Depending on the requirements of the position(s) being staffed from this process, for current or future vacancies, any or all of the asset qualifications, operational requirements, and organizational needs may be applied at the time of staffing. Candidates may be contacted and assessed against these criteria at any time during this process.

Please ensure that your Personal Record Identifier (PRI) is included in your application if you are currently employed by the Government of Canada.

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.

Candidates from outside the Federal Public Service may be required to pay for their own travel and relocation expenses.


Preference will be given to veterans and to Canadian citizens, in that order.

Information on the preference to veterans

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

Contact information

Magali Houde, Research Scientist
[email protected]