Canada nationals: Research Assistant (Climate Services)

Environment and Climate Change Canada

Gatineau, QC, CA


The selected student will have the opportunity to be a member of a fast-paced, motivated team to support the Canadian Centre for Climate Services (CCCS) in the provision of climate services. The specific research focus could include topics such as: statistical downscaling of climate information; the development of climate information tailored for specific stakeholders; communicating climate change impacts to the public; or innovative data visualization. The duties of the student may include: reviews of scientific literature; quantitative research, data analysis, and visualization of results; writing summary reports for managers; and presenting results to a wide variety of audiences.

Work environment

The CCCS is an exciting new organization within Environment and Climate Change Canada that aims to provide user-driven climate services based on authoritative climate data, with the ultimate goal of allowing Canadians to make climate-smart adaptation decisions leading to a more resilient Canada.

The student will also have the unique opportunity to participate in a collaborative effort between multiple federal government departments, other levels of government, and regional climate expert organizations.

Positions to be filled: 1

Information you must provide

Your résumé.

A covering letter in 2,000 words (maximum) “Please submit a COVER LETTER with your application. It is your responsibility, as a candidate, to submit a cover letter which clearly demonstrates how you meet each of the essential and asset screening criteria for education and experience. Please note that it is not sufficient to only state that the qualification is met or to provide a listing of current or past responsibilities. Rather you must provide a minimum of two concrete examples with dates as to when these experiences were gained for each experience criterion. Please apply the following approach: use each screening qualification as a heading, and provide a description outlining how that qualification is met. The same approach should be used to demonstrate asset qualification for experience.”

Contact information for 2 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)


Must be enrolled in a Master’s or PhD program in atmospheric science, climate science, or other related discipline in a Canadian University.

Degree equivalency


Experience analyzing climatological and/or meteorological datasets.

Experience performing literature reviews.

Experience programming with scientific tools such as R, Python or Shell scripting.


A good understanding of climate change impacts in Canada.