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Laboratory Analyst (Chemistry) - AMENDMENT

Reference number: ICA22J-023895-000045
Selection process number: 22-ICA-WEST-OE-VAR-CSOO-215
Canadian Food Inspection Agency - Science Branch
Calgary (Alberta), Burnaby (British Columbia), Saskatoon (Saskatchewan)
EG-04
$63,302 to $80,094 (Salary under review)

For further information on the organization, please visit Canadian Food Inspection Agency

Closing date: 28 July 2023 - 23:59, Pacific Time

Who can apply: Persons residing in Canada.

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

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.

Depending on the requirements of the position or positions being filled, any or all of the asset qualifications, operational requirements, and organizational needs may be considered at any time during this process. These criteria may be a deciding factor in choosing the persons to be appointed. Therefore, it is IMPORTANT that you answer each of the questions related to these requirements.

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) is a separate employer and is not subject to the Public Service Employment Act.

The CFIA considers applications from individuals who have legal status to work in Canada and does not give preference to Canadian citizens.

*Please be advised that CFIA has suspended it’s Policy on COVID-19 Vaccination. Accordingly, this poster has been amended to remove references to MANDATORY COVID-19 VACCINATION in the Important messages and Conditions of employment sections.

We will only accept applications received through the GC Jobs website, therefore you must submit your application by clicking on “Apply online” in this advertisement. Persons who are unable to apply online must use the “Contact information” below, prior to the closing date, to request specialized accommodation.

In your application, please identify the legal status which entitles you to work in Canada - Canadian citizenship, permanent resident status or work permit. You will be asked to show proof of this status in order to complete the security screening required for employment. Failure to provide this information will eliminate your application from further consideration.

Individuals without Canadian citizenship, permanent resident status or an open or CFIA-specific work permit will only be considered if all other applicants with legal status to work in Canada are determined to be not qualified.

Depending on the requirements of the position or positions being filled, any or all of the asset qualifications, operational requirements, and organizational needs may be considered at any time during this process. These criteria may be a deciding factor in choosing the persons to be appointed. Therefore, it is IMPORTANT that you answer each of the questions related to these requirements.

Duties

Reporting to the unit supervisor Duties include (but are not limited to):
- Conducts complex analytical procedures for diagnostic, project and/or method improvement work.
- Evaluates, reviews, and interprets analytical data.
- Troubleshoots, investigates, and solves performance issues with laboratory methods and equipment.
- Maintains comprehensive records of samples, observations, measurements, and tests conducted.
- Prioritizes samples for maximum efficiency in meeting turnaround times.
- Contributes to the laboratory quality assurance system and safety management system.
- Working in environmentally challenging or physically demanding conditions with toxins and allergens. Extensive periods of standing, lifting heavy samples, shucking of bivalve shellfish; exposure to allergens such as shellfish, crustaceans, nuts, eggs, milk, etc.

Work environment

Employees must be available to work on site at the laboratory location; remote work is not a possibility.

Intent of the process

The intent is to have an inventory of candidates to select from as vacancies arise for current and future needs at the CFIA Chemistry laboratories in Burnaby, BC, Calgary, AB, and Saskatoon, SK. Applications will be accepted on an ongoing basis as long as the poster is active. Applicants may be selected from the Inventory for further assessment at any time.

Positions to be filled: Number to be determined

Information you must provide

Your résumé.

Contact information for 2 references.

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

You must meet all essential qualifications in order to be appointed to the position. Other qualifications, 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.

ESSENTIAL EDUCATION

EEd1: A diploma or bachelor’s degree from a recognized post-secondary institution with specialization in a field related to the functions of the position such as: Chemistry, Biochemistry, Food Science and Technology, Agricultural Chemistry, or other specialty relevant to the position.

OR

Final year student enrolled in a recognized post-secondary institution with specialization in a field related to the functions of the position such as: Chemistry, Biochemistry, Food Science and Technology, Agricultural Chemistry, or other specialty relevant to the position.

Applicants submitting education credentials from a non-Canadian institution are responsible for obtaining certification that these credentials are the equivalent of the Canadian education level required for the position.

Please refer to the link below for more information.

Degree equivalency

ESSENTIAL EXPERIENCE

EE1: Recent* experience conducting analytical procedures and methodologies for diagnostic or research activities in a chemistry laboratory environment operating under a quality management system.

EE2: Recent* experience evaluating and interpreting analytical data.

EE3: Recent* experience in operating, maintaining, and troubleshooting analytical laboratory equipment for chemical analyses, such as high performance liquid or gas chromatography.

EE4: Recent* experience in writing documents such as standard operating procedures, project reports, or presenting data or experimental findings.

EE5: Recent* experience in following health and safety guidelines in a laboratory environment.

*Recent experience is defined as experience normally acquired within the last five (5) years. Experience acquired through volunteering or programs such as course work and co-op terms will be accepted. Please state start and end dates when experience was obtained/gained.

OTHER ESSENTIAL QUALIFICATIONS

Essential qualifications, such as experience, competencies, abilities and knowledge will vary depending on the position being staffed. Essential qualifications will be assessed by the manager prior to an appointment being made.

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

English essential

Information on language requirements

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

ASSET EXPERIENCE

AEx1: Experience in conducting complex analysis of samples for trace level contaminants or residues.

AEx2: Experience working within a ISO 17025 management system.

AEx3: Experience evaluating and/or validating analytical methodologies.

AEx4: Experience working with Marine Shellfish Toxins.

AEx5: Experience working with Trace Metal Contaminants.

AEx6: Experience working in a regulatory testing environment.

AEx7: Significant* experience in operating, maintaining and troubleshooting a Liquid Chromatography Mass Spectrometry (LC-MS) and Gas Chromatography Mass Spectrometry (GC-MS).

AEx8: Significant* experience in operating, maintaining and troubleshooting a High Performance Liquid Chromatography (HPLC).

AEx9: Experience with MS Office Suite.

Significant* experience refers to the depth and breadth of experience normally acquired over a period of three (3) years. Experience acquired through volunteering or programs such as course work and co-op terms will be accepted. Please state start and end dates when experience was obtained/gained.

Conditions of employment

Reliability Status security clearance - Applicants who have not lived in Canada for the past five (or ten, depending on security level) years may be required to submit a police certificate from each country in which they have lived for six months or more during this period, as well as other documentation required for the security screening process. Failure to submit this documentation if requested will eliminate the application from further consideration.

The following conditions of employment are required for an appointment:
• Adherence to the CFIA Code of Conduct.
• Adherence to the CFIA Conflict of Interest and Post-Employment Policy.
• Compliance with the Values and Ethics Code for the Public Sector.
• Legal status to accept employment for the entire period of employment.

Any of the following conditions of employment may be required for an appointment:

• Medical suitability: Pass a Pre-placement Health Evaluation and Periodic Health Evaluation.
• Willing and available to travel, as required
• Willing and available to work shifts
• Willing and available to work irregular hours (e.g., days, nights, weekends, statutory holidays)
• Willing and available to work overtime, as required
• To use in the prescribed circumstances and manner all prescribed safety materials, equipment, devices and clothing.
• Willing and able to be immunized as indicated by job risk, location, overseas travel and other identified risks.
• To use prescribed and provided respiratory equipment that meets the respiratory program requirements; to undergo fit testing (e.g. may need to be clean-shaven, depending on the respirator design).
• Willing and able to work in environmentally challenging or physically demanding conditions and with pathogens in high security laboratory biocontainment or with potential allergens

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

Personal information is obtained for the purpose of determining an individual’s competence and suitability for employment. If a staffing complaint questions this determination, please be advised that relevant personal information you will provide in the course of this staffing process may be disclosed to substantiate the staffing decision.

Please ensure that you read ALL points listed below, as this section contains important information about the application process. Failure to read these notes and follow these instructions could result in your application missing required information which may result in your application being eliminated from this staffing process.

You are entitled to participate in the staffing process in the official language of your choice.

For this staffing process, the CFIA will communicate with you by email. You must provide a valid email address to which you wish to receive communication regarding this staffing process. You must ensure that you check your email account including spam, promotion or other folders regularly as there may be a deadline for responses. If you respond past the deadline you risk being removed from the staffing process.

Depending on the number of applicants, CFIA's needs and CFIA HR plans, volume management strategies such as, but not limited to, top-down approach, cut-off scores, random selection and/or assessment may be used for the purpose of managing applications/candidates. Should a volume management strategy be used, communication regarding the application of the strategy will be provided to those candidates who are impacted.

During the application or assessment process both cheating and plagiarism are considered forms of misconduct and are not permitted. Any person found cheating, including those who help others to cheat, may be subject to removal from the staffing process.

A current copy of your resume may be used as another source to confirm the education and experience you will be asked to describe in the screening questions. It may also be reviewed by prospective hiring managers at the appointment stage.

For more information on how to apply to a CFIA staffing process, please visit: https://inspection.gc.ca/about-the-cfia/job-opportunities/how-to-apply/eng/1340676915348/1340679107182

You will be asked to provide proof of your education credentials later in the staffing process.

Various assessment tools may be used in this staffing process such as: standardized tests, reference checks, written tests, an interview, etc.

All written and verbal communication obtained throughout the staffing process, from the time of application to close of process, may be used to evaluate the candidate.

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

Contact information

Date modified:
2022-09-15