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MSc Student - Research Affiliate Program

Reference number: SHC22J-056698-000009
Selection process number: 22-NHW-HECS-EA-NCR-340461
Health Canada - Healthy Environments and Consumer Safety Branch, Environmental and Radiation Health Sciences Directorate
Ottawa (Ontario)
The student must be willing to start in September 2022. The student will be expected to work 25 hours per week, and be willing to commit to the research project for a period of six months. The student’s research activities must contribute to the completion of a Master’s degree at a recognized academic institution.
$17.92 to $22.54 per hour

For further information on the organization, please visit Health Canada

For further information on the Research Affiliate Program (RAP), please visit: http://www.canada.ca/en/public-service-commission/jobs/services/recruitment/students/research-affiliate-program.html

Closing date: 16 August 2022 - 23:59, Pacific Time

Who can apply: Persons residing or employed in Ottawa (ON) and within a 135 kilometer radius of Ottawa (ON), within Canadian territory, extending to, amongst others, Kingston (ON), Pembroke (ON), Maniwaki (QC), Rigaud (QC).

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

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

Health Canada is committed to increasing representation of Black employees and other racialized groups, Indigenous People, women and persons with disabilities. Health Canada would like its workforce to be reflective of the population it serves. Therefore, we encourage candidates to indicate voluntarily on their application if they are a member of one of these groups.

Give yourself the best chance to succeed! As the objective of this process is to assess qualifications needed for the position(s) to be staffed, let us know if you have a functional limitation/ disability, which may affect your performance. For example, contact us if you need assistance in completing and submitting your application. Should you then proceed to the next assessment stage, such as an exam or interview, we will send you an e-mail with additional information on the assessment format so that you can determine if you may require an accommodation (such as a different test format, an adaptive technology, or additional time). Assessment accommodations are designed to remove the obstacles without altering the criteria being assessed so candidates with functional limitations can fully demonstrate their abilities.

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Health Canada welcomes applications from Veterans. We recognize your contribution to Canadians and would like to offer you the opportunity to continue your career in an environment where multi-talented employees with diverse skills are appreciated and supported.

Health Canada and the Public Health Agency are dedicated to building an inclusive workforce that comprises individuals who have an array of identities, abilities, background, culture, skills, perspectives, and experiences that are representative of Canada’s current and evolving population. We are passionate about fostering a workplace where all people feel welcome, can reach their full potential, and contribute their unique perspectives and experience to the success of the team.

We encourage all qualified candidates to apply, regardless of race, colour, religion, sex (including gender identity and/or expression), national origin, sexual orientation, civil union or relationship status, disability, age, parental status, military service, or other status protected under federal law.

Candidates must clearly demonstrate in the screening questionnaire how they meet the education and experience criteria listed in the essential qualifications and asset qualifications, if applicable. Please note that stating that the requirement has been met, and/or listing past or current responsibilities, does not represent adequate substantiation. Rather, you must provide concrete examples that clearly illustrate how you meet the requirements. Resumes may be used as a secondary source to validate the qualifications described; comments such as "refer to my attached resume" will not be accepted and may result in your application being rejected. Only applications submitted on-line will be accepted.

Work environment

The Environmental and Radiation Health Sciences Directorate (ERHSD) at Health Canada investigates the relationships between environmental exposures and adverse health impacts. ERHSD provides scientific data and advice to the Department of Health, other government departments, the provinces, and to the public. In addition to conducting research, the scientists and professionals of ERHSD support the development of policies, regulations, standards, and guidelines for health protection, and contribute to the analysis of current and emerging risks to health.

Intent of the process

The immediate need is to staff two positions in the NCR where the employee will be required to physically go into the work building.

Positions to be filled: 2

Information you must provide

Your résumé.

A covering letter "Please describe how you meet the following experience criteria "Experience working in a molecular and cellular biology laboratory" by providing details and concrete examples including where, when and how it was acquired as well as describe your research interests/proposed objectives."

In order to be considered, your application must clearly explain how you meet the following (essential qualifications)

BSc in Biochemistry, Biomedical, Biological, or Life Sciences

Degree equivalency

Experience interpreting and communicating scientific research results
Experience using desktop computer software such as MS Office

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

English essential

Information on language requirements

Knowledge of basic cell and molecular biology
Knowledge of basic biochemistry

Respect for Diversity
Ability to communicate effectively
Ability to work as part of a team
Ability to work in an organized manner

Conditions of employment

Reliability Status security clearance - NOTE: Each student hired through the Research Affiliate Program (RAP) must meet the security requirements of the position as a condition of employment, and therefore will be asked by the hiring organization to complete security-relevant documents.

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

Successful completion of both a RAP work assignment and your educational program may lead to a temporary or permanent federal public service position for which you meet the merit criteria and conditions of employment.

Reference checks may be sought.

An interview may be administered.

A test may be administered.

You must provide proof of your education credentials.

Persons are entitled to participate in the appointment process in the official language(s) of their choice.


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

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

Contact information

Andrew Willies - HR Advisor- Staffing
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