Physical Scientist II
Health Canada
Dartmouth (Nova Scotia)
4d ago

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Integrated Response Planning (Term)

This position will require writing state-of-knowledge’ reports on various coastal ports of Canada to support the development of petroleum spill response plans.

This will require the employee to research, compile and review relevant information, data and other materials, as well as coordinate the editing, translation and publishing of these reports.

Gully Marine Protected Area Reporting (Term)

This position will compile and analyze physical, chemical and biological data collected by the Atlantic Zone Monitoring Program (AZMP) within the Gully MPA.

A final report will be generated to describe environmental conditions in the Gully MPA and recommendations for an optimized monitoring model.

Through consultation with key stake holders, the candidate will develop scripts and analytical products that will serve as the backbone for future Gully MPA environmental reporting.

Delayed Mode Quality Control Development (Term)

This position will develop quality control methods applicable to physical, chemical and biological oceanographic data for autonomous underwater instrumentation such as gliders and Argo floats.

The position will interact closely with the national data management team for these platforms and advise on system development.

Dynamic Hydrographic Products (Term)

This position will support the Canadian Hydrographic Service’s ongoing Dynamic Hydrographic Products initiative. The position will require the application of physical science experience, knowledge and abilities to the development of state of the art tools for emerging dynamic electronic navigational data production, management and delivery systems.

Intent of the process

The intention is to staff four PC-02 positions on a temporary basis for various durations. A pool will be established and may be used to staff similar positions on a temporary or permanent basis in Dartmouth, NS or St. Andrews, NB.

Positions to be filled : 4

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 a degree from a recognized post-secondary institution, with acceptable specialization in physics, geology, chemistry or some other science relevant to the position.
  • Experience conducting research in the field of physical / chemical oceanography or other relevant physical science.
  • Experience participating in or leading, short-term multidisciplinary projects either at-sea, in the field, or in a laboratory setting.
  • Experience compiling, analyzing and presenting scientific data or information.
  • Experience writing or contributing to the preparation of scientific papers and reports within a specialized area of physical / environmental science.
  • If you possess any of the following, your application must also clearly explain how you meet it (other qualifications)

  • Graduation with a M.Sc. or Ph.D. degree from a recognized post-secondary institution, with acceptable specialization in physics, geology, chemistry or some other science relevant to the position.
  • Experience in the operation of oceanographic instrumentation packages and computer-based control systems as used aboard modern research vessels on missions for physical data collection.
  • Experience in quality control processing of oceanographic, meteorological, or other environmental data.
  • Experience with operating autonomous underwater instrumentation (e.g., gliders, floats)
  • Experience in time series and spectral analysis of oceanographic data.
  • Experience in scientific software development, computer programming, testing and debugging in support of scientific research projects.
  • Experience in analysis of data using modern scientific programming languages, such as, but not limited to R, Python or MATLAB.
  • Experience in scientific data management and database design.
  • Experience in the development and deployment of scientific data products on Web platforms.
  • Experience in the scientific analysis of satellite remote sensing data.
  • Experience in administration of the Linux operating system.
  • Experience in utilizing and / or developing parallelized computer programs for shared or distributed CPU and memory computers.
  • Experience in ocean circulation modelling.
  • Experience on an oceanographic research expedition of at least 7 days duration.
  • Experience conducting scientific field work in coastal waters on small vessels
  • Experience as lead author of science publications in a physical sciences context.
  • Experience using EndNote or other citation software.
  • Experience presenting scientific information at conferences, workshops or meetings with managers, stakeholders or the public.
  • Experience studying the behaviour, fate and treatment of oil spills in marine environments
  • Experience in the calibration and operation of in-situ particle counters, fluorometers and CTDs
  • Experience processing and analyzing data from in-situ particle counters
  • Experience conducting research in the field of acoustic oceanography.
  • Experience with acoustic wave propagation modeling.
  • Experience in hydrographic data collection, instrumentation and procedures
  • Experience in the observation (data collection and instrumentation), analysis and synthesis of water level and current data to support both existing hydrographic applications and the development of new hydrographic tools.
  • Experience providing scientific information, advice and recommendations to managers, researchers, or external clients on issues respecting the conduct, methodologies, and the findings of scientific projects and investigations.
  • The following will be applied / assessed at a later date (essential for the job)

    English essential

  • Knowledge of the basic principles and practices of physical / chemical oceanography.
  • Knowledge of methods and procedures for collecting and processing physical science samples and data.
  • Knowledge of the basic principles and methods of statistical analysis.
  • Ability to interpret scientific data and formulate conclusions.
  • Ability to provide scientific information, advice and recommendations to managers, researchers, or external clients on issues respecting the conduct, methodologies, and the findings of scientific projects and investigations.
  • Ability to communicate orally.
  • Ability to communicate effectively in writing.
  • Dependability

    Effective Interpersonal Skills

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

    Selection may be limited to members of the following Employment Equity groups : Aboriginal persons, persons with disabilities, visible minorities, women

    Fisheries and Oceans Canada is committed to building a skilled, diverse workforce reflective of Canadian society. As a result, it promotes employment equity and encourages candidates to indicate voluntarily on their application if they are a woman, an Aboriginal person, a person with a disability or a member of a visible minority group.

    Conditions of employment

    Reliability Status security clearance

    For some positions :

  • A valid Health Canada medical (Scientific Field Personnel)
  • Willingness and ability to work flexible hours and overtime
  • Work at sea on research vessels or as part of traveling shore-based work groups for up to 12 weeks per year, as required
  • Must be willing to travel to regional, national and / or international meetings, as required.
  • Valid driver’s license
  • 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.

    DFO recognizes and values the important contribution volunteer work offers in developing employees' experience, skills, etc.

    as well as enriching our organization and communities. Throughout this selection process, you are encouraged to demonstrate how any relevant volunteer work (e.

    g., working on committees, union activities, employee networks, community work, etc.) has contributed to the development of your experience, skills, personal suitability, etc.

    as they relate to this position.

    Please note that your overall conduct and communications, including email correspondence, throughout the entire process may be used in the assessment of qualifications.

    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.

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