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Career Opportunities

October 23, 2018
Research Scientist-Aquatic microbial ecology or aquatic microbial ecotoxicology

Employer: Environment and Climate Change Canada - Science and Technology Branch / Watershed Hydrology& Ecology
Location: Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
Closing Date: November 17, 2018

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Job Description

Intent of the process
The immediate need is to staff an indeterminate position in Saskatoon, (SK).

A pool of qualified candidates may be established from this process which may be used to staff similar positions within Environment and Climate Change with various tenures (e.g. indeterminate, specified period, deployment, assignment), with various language requirements and profiles and conditions of employment

Positions to be filled: 1

Closing date: 16 November 2018 - 23:59, Pacific Time

 Reference number: DOE18J-019341-000154
Selection process number: 18-DOE-PNR-EA-327657

We are seeking a research scientist with expertise and experience to develop and lead a research program in the field of “Aquatic microbial ecology or aquatic microbial ecotoxicology”. The program will address nutrients and chemicals in aquatic ecosystems, genomics and other Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECCC) priorities. The program will support multiple priorities and engage researchers internally and externally to ECCC. In particular, studies looking at “interactions between microorganisms and nutrients, carbon, products of nanotechnology, antimicrobials and plastics” will be critical in supporting decision making related to the “the effects of contaminants and other stressors on aquatic microbial dynamics ”. The successful candidate will provide scientific advice and transfer knowledge to assist decision makers in maintaining and restoring aquatic ecosystems. They will work closely with multidisciplinary groups of scientists, including “chemists, biologists and hydrologists”.

Work environment
The position will be staffed at the National Hydrological Research Centre (NHRC) in Saskatoon, SK and will work within the Watershed Hydrology and Ecology Research Division (WHERD) of the Water Science and Technology Directorate. The NHRC accommodates Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECCC) scientific, technical and administrative staff from the Air and Water Science and Technology Directorates and the Meteorological Service of Canada.

Water science and technology research and technical staff at NHRC undertake laboratory 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 the Canadian Prairies and North enable scientists to better understand and predict the impacts of climate variability and anthropogenic disturbances on sensitive aquatic systems. Studies focused on aquatic microbial ecology/microbial ecotoxicology and the effects of emerging contaminants on food webs in lakes and streams inform the development of adaptation strategies to protect key/vulnerable water resources and aquatic ecosystems.

The centre houses a wide range of specialized laboratories with well-equipped microbiology laboratories and offers multiple collaborative opportunities with academic partners in University of Saskatchewan including access to the Canadian Light Source in Saskatoon. The researchers also have access to a large research support group (electronics and engineering) and the ISO certified National Laboratory for Environmental Testing. ECCC scientists work nationally and internationally on aquatic research and development to find ways of sustaining our freshwater ecosystems. Through ecosystem-based research, ECCC uses its scientific knowledge to develop government policies and programs, for public decision-making, and to aid in identifying environmental problems. ECCC Scientists provide peer-reviewed advice and support to government decision making on a broad range of aquatic ecosystem issues, including climate change, hydrology, nutrient loadings, harmful algal blooms, water availability and emerging issues such as antimicrobial resistance and micro and nanoplastics in the environment.

Application Instructions

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 in a field of natural sciences or 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.

Candidates should indicate clearly how they meet the productivity and recognition requirements of the position.

Degree equivalency

Essential Qualifications - Experience :
• Recent* and significant** experience in the conception, planning and conducting of original research in microbiology relevant to aquatic ecosystems.
• 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 molecular techniques to characterize aquatic microbial community composition and dynamics.
• Experience contributing to new knowledge through research leading to advancements in the field of aquatic microbial ecology and/or microbial ecotoxicology.

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