Research Scientist
Natural Resources Canada
Vancouver, BC
Natural Resources Canada - Geological Survey of Canada
Vancouver (British Columbia)
SE-RES-01, SE-RES-02, SE-RES-03, SE-RES-04, SE-RES-05
$55,870 to $144,413 (The classification level and salary will be determined by the qualifications of the candidate. SE-RES-01 - $55,870 - $75,710; SE-RES-02 - $69,372 - $107,034; SE-RES-03 - $87,671 - $118,813; SE-RES-04 - $104,993 - $131,882; SE-RES-05 - $114,962 - $144,413)
For further information on the organization, please visit Natural Resources Canada

Geological Survey of Canada

Closing date: 2 July 2019 - 23:59, Pacific Time

Who can apply: Canadians and non-Canadians. Preference will be given to veterans and to Canadian citizens, in that order.
Apply online

Important messages
We are committed to providing an inclusive and barrier-free work environment, starting with the hiring process. If you need to be accommodated during any phase of the evaluation process, please use the Contact information below to request specialized accommodation. All information received in relation to accommodation will be kept confidential.

Assessment accommodation

Only online applications will be accepted. Persons with disabilities preventing them from applying on-line should contact 1-800-645-5605.

Candidates must respond to the screening questions by providing concrete examples which illustrate how they meet the essential and asset qualifications. For this selection process, please do not include/submit a covering letter. Candidates must provide their resumé when submitting their application on GC jobs (Public Service Resourcing System - PSRS).

Please note that candidates will NOT be solicited for incomplete or missing information.

The Government of Canada is committed to building a skilled workforce that is representative of Canada's diversity, which includes the recruitment of Canadian Veterans and releasing Canadian Armed Forces personnel:

We encourage applicants to identify any abilities, competencies, and/or experiences acquired through employment with the Canadian Armed Forces where applicable.

Field-oriented geologist with experience in accretionary orogens. Requires a good working knowledge / interest in field mapping techniques in deformed and metamorphosed orogenic belts, and in the application of analytical techniques (such as geochronology, isotopes, or igneous petrology) to gain a better understanding of the tectonic setting and processes responsible for the formation of the varied igneous provinces in Canada.

Activities include:
  • Planning, organizing, conducting research projects and/or field work under guidance, that contribute to improvements in theories and/or techniques through the innovation or modification of concepts, theories and approaches and/or new or modified solutions.
  • Conducting field-based mapping at a variety of scales, integrating with and contributing to regional maps
  • Collecting field samples to elucidate the tectonic setting of a region of interest
  • Building research teams, mentoring and collaborating with students, and fostering working relationships with academic institutions, provincial government partners and industry clients.
  • Liaising with industry and First Nation stakeholders
  • Communicating results including write, publish papers, reports documenting, and interpreting results of research.
  • Representing own research in meetings/events and discussing research outcomes. Attend workshops and/or conferences and present paper(s) on own research.
  • Contributing to expert-reviewed research publications.
Work environment
At Natural Resources Canada, a Federal government job means developing leadership skills, fostering teamwork, and supporting creativity and innovation. We know it takes people from diverse pools of talent to make this happen. That is why we are looking for people like you. As an employee at Natural Resources Canada, you can enjoy diverse employment opportunities, a range of career development programs, and a learning culture that supports you to learn on an ongoing basis. We support balancing your work and private life by offering the benefits of flexible work arrangements.

Intent of the process
The immediate intent is to staff two positions (permanent) located in Vancouver, BC (1500 - 605 Robson Street).

A pool of qualified candidates may be established through this process and may be used to staff identical or similar SE-RES positions (full-time) within Natural Resources Canada with various tenures (determinate period or permanent), various language requirements (English Essential, French Essential, English or French Essential or Bilingual), various methods for staffing a bilingual position (imperative and/or non-imperative) and profile(s) (BBB/BBB, CBC/CBC, CBB/CBB, etc.), various security requirements (Reliability status or Secret clearance), various conditions of employment and for various locations.
Positions to be filled: 2

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 or employer approved alternative from a recognized post-secondary institution in earth sciences applied to one or more of the following: structural geology, igneous petrology, geochemistry, geophysics, metamorphic petrology, stratigraphy, or other specialization relevant to the duties of the position.

Note: The employer-approved alternative for the SE classification is an acceptable master’s or bachelor’s degree coupled with acceptable research, training and experience. The degree must be from a recognized post-secondary institution and in scientific fields and specialties related to the duties of the position. The training and experience must clearly demonstrate the ability to do independent research of doctoral degree calibre.

Degree equivalency

Experience (either during PhD program or work):
Processing, integrating, modelling and interpreting multisource geological data sets.
Developing, implementing, and delivering field-based research on ancient orogenic systems, independently or as a specialist within a multidisciplinary team.

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

Information on language requirements

Understanding of mapping, sampling, and analytical methods related to regional scale geological mapping.
Understanding of architecture and evolution of modern tectonic environments, particularly magmatic arcs, and associated orogenic systems.

Productivity/Recognition: 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:
  • Research, experimental development, or tasking associated with operational equipment and problems;
  • Operational research and scientific analysis;
  • Planning, analysis and evaluation of Canadian and foreign programs in research and development.
Ability to collect and interpret multidisciplinary datasets, such as structural, metamorphic, geophysical, geochemical, sedimentological, geochronological, thermo-chronological, or paleontological data, to formulate models of the tectonic evolution of orogenic systems.
Ability to generate original research proposals and demonstrate flexibility in research methodology.
Effective oral communication skills including scientific oral presentations.
Effective written communication skills.

Effective interpersonal relationships

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

Experience (either during PhD program and or work):
Writing research and/or funding proposals.
Managing scientific fieldwork logistics in remote wilderness settings.

Understanding of the geology of North American Cordillera, and Canadian Cordillera orogeny in particular.
Understanding of regional-scale controls and sources of magmatism.
Understanding of ore-forming processes.

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

Information on employment equity

Natural Resources Canada is committed to establishing and maintaining a representative workforce. This organizational need may be identified as part of the appointment decision. In such cases candidates who self-declare as members of a visible minority group, Aboriginal peoples, persons with disabilities or women (in non-traditional occupations) could be considered in priority.

Conditions of employment
Reliability Status security clearance - This factor is not used at the screening stage. The hiring department is responsible for the security clearance process.

Medical fitness for scientific fieldwork.

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

All information obtained throughout the selection process, from the time of application to close of process, may be used to evaluate the candidates.

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.

You must provide proof of your education credentials and occupational certification. Candidates with foreign credentials must provide proof of Canadian equivalency. Consult the Canadian Information Centre for International Credentials for further information at

Random selection and/or top-down selection may be used at any time during the process to identify which applicants will be further assessed.

The breadth and depth of experience may be considered when selecting a candidate for appointment.

Preference will be given to veterans and to Canadian citizens, in that order, with the exception of a job located in Nunavut, where Nunavut Inuit will be appointed first.

Information on the preference to veterans

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