Love Data? Apply to become a Research Data Centre Analyst!
Government of Canada
Calgary, AB
Statistics Canada - Microdata Access Division
Calgary (Alberta), Edmonton (Alberta), Lethbridge (Alberta), Burnaby (British Columbia), Prince George (British Columbia), Vancouver (British Columbia), Victoria (British Columbia), Winnipeg (Manitoba), Fredericton (New Brunswick), Moncton (New Brunswick), St. John's (Newfoundland and Labrador), Halifax (Nova Scotia), Guelph (Ontario), Hamilton (Ontario), Kingston (Ontario), London (Ontario), North Bay (Ontario), Ottawa (Ontario), Toronto (Ontario), Waterloo (Ontario), Windsor (Ontario), Montréal Island (Québec), Québec (Québec), Sherbrooke (Québec), Saskatoon (Saskatchewan)
$81,858 to $94,219
Closing date: 31 May 2019 - 23:59, Pacific Time

Who can apply: Persons residing in Canada and Canadian citizens residing abroad.
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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 special accommodation. All information received in relation to accommodation will be kept confidential.

Information on accommodation for persons with disabilities

When you apply to this selection process, you are not applying for a specific job, but to an inventory for future vacancies. As positions become available, applicants who meet the qualifications may be contacted for further assessment.

Do you love leading-edge data?
Are you very curious?
Do you want to enrich your knowledge by learning about research in multiple disciplines?
Do you enjoy sharing knowledge about research and data methods with others?

If you answered yes to all these questions, we believe that a Research Data Centre Analyst position would be an exciting choice for you! You will have the opportunity to explore the research questions of researchers in many different faculties. You will also be able to contribute to the research process by providing guidance on data, methodological techniques and software.

You will have the chance to grow in this position, as you learn more about new data,
software, techniques and disciplines. You will be part of a strong research community!

Below you will find the main duties and responsibilities you would have the chance to assume!

  • Administers the operation of the Research Data Centre (RDC) for its clients and ensures
that the activity is consistent with Statistics Act. This includes activities such as assisting
researchers with project preparation, administering RDC access (security checks and contracts), orientating new researchers into the RDC secure computing environment and liaising with the program management.
  • Responsible for maintaining the integrity of the secure computing environment by ensuring that physical, technical and legal requirements for the operation of an RDC are within standards used by Statistics Canada. This would include assigning tasks to local IT staff as required.
  • Coordinates and participates in consultations, meetings, committees or working groups.
  • Provides consultation on research methods and data concepts to the RDC researchers in a client service oriented environment while fostering a culture of confidentiality.
  • Analyzes all interim and final research outputs that leave the RDC to ensure that they respect Statistics Canada’s confidentiality protection requirements.
  • Maintains a liaison between the RDC network and Subject Matter Areas responsible for the Statistics Canada household surveys or administrative data.
  • Participates in various program wide projects which include a range of activities, such as
recommending, documenting, developing and providing advice based on areas of specialization such as confidentiality vetting, use of administrative data, and survey data concepts and methodology.
  • May have to supervise local and/or other RDC staff.
Work environment
Statistics Canada is a world-renowned leader in its domain, and its employees are proud to fulfill its mission: to serve Canada with high-quality statistical information that matters. We want to help Canadians better understand their country, so they can make more thoughtful decisions. Be part of this mission by applying for this position!

In January 2018, Statistics Canada received the National Capital Region's Top Employers Award for 2018. A week later, we were also awarded a spot in Canada's Top Employers for Young People competition.

That's not it!

The advantages of a strong workplace cannot be understated. Diverse. Accommodating.
Nurturing. Rewarding. For employees to reach their full potential, a workplace MUST be meet all of these criteria. Well ours is! Statistics Canada provides you with the tools you need to succeed. Our job opportunities provide you with a unique chance to:
  • expand your existing knowledge and knowhow;
  • strengthen your team spirit and extend your network;
  • strengthen your project management skills;
  • propose innovative ideas and participate in modernization;
  • and so much more!
We support talent. Let your talents and interests shine and come discover new ones. If you’re looking for a place to build a career, you’ve found it!

Intent of the process
The intent of this selection process is to staff part-time determinate positions with the
possibility of extension, indeterminate positions and/or full-time positions. A pool of qualified candidates will also be established and may be used to staff identical or similar positions with different tenures, various linguistic profiles, and various security profiles at various Research Data Centres across Canada.
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 a Master degree* or a PhD** from a recognized university with an acceptable specialization in Economics, Sociology or Statistics.


An acceptable combination of education, training and/or relevant experience in a health-related field of study such as epidemiology, health sciences or health services research, or in a social-related field such as psychology, geography or demography.

  • Alternative to the Master degree, we accept:
  • candidates that are currently enrolled in a PhD Direct-Entry Program and has completed Master degree level requirements or PhD course work and comprehensive exams; OR
  • candidates that have completed all of the program requires sufficient for graduation (confirmation from the university will be required).
**Alternative to the PhD, we accept candidates that have completed all of the program requires sufficient for graduation (confirmation from the university will be required).

Degree equivalency


EX1. Experience using census data, administrative data or complex surveys, such as but not limited to the Statistics Canada Household Survey data.
EX2. Experience conducting advanced quantitative analyses at the level taught in graduate-level statistics courses.
EX3. Experience in the use of Statistical Analysis System (SAS), Statistical Package for Social Sciences (SPSS) or STATA, in the conduct of a social science research project.
EX4. Experience in making presentations to client groups, peer groups or scientific meetings, such as presenting research findings at a conference or teaching a class.

If you possess any of the following, your application must also clearly explain how you meet it (other qualifications)

AEd1. Graduation with a Master level degree from a recognized university.
AEd2. Graduation with a Ph.D. from a recognized university.

Other education assets may be used as needs arise.

Degree equivalency


AEX1. Experience with Statistics Canada's Research Data Centres Program.
AEX2. Significant* experience using individual or household census data, administrative data, or complex surveys, such as but not limited to the Statistics Canada Household Survey data.
AEX3. Significant* experience using business, organizational survey or administrative data, such as but not limited to Statistics Canada Business Microdata.
AEX4. Significant* experience in the use of SAS, SPSS or STATA, in the conduct of a social science research project.
AEX5. Experience using Statistics Canada microdata.
AEX6. Experience working with confidential or sensitive statistical information.
AEX7. Experience supervising employees, including the responsibility of their work objectives.
AEX8. Experience screening or vetting statistical output for confidentiality and data protection.
AEX9. Experience with administrative procedures and handling legal documents (for example, that are related to access to secure work space), with an emphasis on details and organizational skills.
AEX10. Experience in writing procedural documents for a variety of audiences.
AEX11. Experience with providing Information Technology (IT) support (for example, in a virtual computing environment, such as but not limited to VMware).

  • Significant experience is defined as the depth and breadth of experience normally associated with the equivalent of full-time performance of duties for approximately two (2) years working or studying in one of the domains.
Other experience assets may be used as needs arise.

The following will be applied / assessed at a later date (essential for the job)
Various language requirements
Bilingual Imperative BBB/BBB
English Essential
French Essential

Information on language requirements


K1. Knowledge of statistical methods associated with the analysis of social survey data with complex sample design.
K2. Knowledge of the major social surveys or administrative data sources maintained by Statistics Canada, or comparable surveys or administrative data.
K3. Knowledge of current and emerging challenges relevant to social science research in Canada.


A1. Ability to advise clients on advanced analytical methods, construction of custom data files and creation of variables, using statistical software.
A2. Ability to prepare material and deliver presentations to a variety of audiences.
A3. Ability to work effectively in a client service environment.
A4. Ability to communicate effectively orally.
A5. Ability to communicate effectively in writing.


PS1. Effective Interpersonal Skills
PS2. Initiative
PS3. Reliability
PS4. Judgment

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

Below you will find the current or future requirements of the organization for the proper
functioning of the work unit or the organization.

1) For these positions, scheduling flexibility is limited as operational requirements
necessitate the Research Data Centre (RDC) adhere to agreed upon hours of
2) Employees who hold employment elsewhere or who are otherwise engaged in outside
activities are required to give priority to the requirements of their Statistics Canada job.
3) The candidate may be required to travel occasionally.
4) Employees working part-time must be able to increase their hours and/or change their
schedule with reasonable notice due to training or workflow demands.

Conditions of employment
Reliability Status security clearance

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.

Information on employment equity

PLEASE TAKE THE TIME to read the following information carefully as it may have an impact on the outcome of your application.

It is the applicant's responsibility to clearly and completely indicate that he/she meets the education and experience (essential and asset) aspects of the statement of merit criteria in his/her application. The responses provided in the "screening questions" portion of the application will be used as the primary tool in the screening process and the CV will only be used to substantiate the information provided. You must clearly demonstrate, through CONCRETE EXAMPLES, how you meet each screening criterion. 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 or duties. Your answer should clearly identify your role and explain relevant responsibilities and/or actions that you took. Additionally, please be sure to provide sufficient information regarding DATES & duration, scope of work, project or job complexities (as appropriate). Information such as "See CV", "I have the experience" or similar statements will not suffice and could result in the rejection of your application.

The asset qualifications may be used at any point in the process.

A top-down selection or cut-off score may be used during any phases of the selection process.

Candidates must meet all essential qualifications to be appointed to the position. Other
qualifications may be a deciding factor in choosing the person to be appointed. However, a person may be appointed to the position even though he/she does not meet any or all of the asset qualifications. Meeting these criteria is desirable and may be a deciding factor in choosing the person to be appointed.

Some essential and other qualifications will be assessed through your application. It is your responsibility to provide appropriate examples that illustrate how you meet each qualification. Failing to do so could result in your application being rejected.

A written examination may be administered.

An interview may be administered.

Reference checks may be sought.

Please note that your questionnaire, your résumé and your written exam may be used to
assess the ability to communicate effectively in writing.

Candidates will be required to provide proof of education (i.e. degree, diploma, and transcripts) from the recognized education institution that clearly states the specialization or field of study during the assessment. It is the candidate's responsibility to obtain the appropriate documentation from the recognized educational institution.

Acknowledgement of receipt of applications will not be sent. We will contact candidates when the screening process is completed.

Applicants will receive all correspondence by e-mail. Please include in your application the e-mail address you would like us to use. It is your responsibility to notify us of any e-mail address change.

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

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.