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M.Sc. - Morphology of rare-metal pegmatites - Research Affiliate Program

Reference number: RSN24J-084208-000206
Selection process number: 2024-RSN-EA-LMS-613715
Natural Resources Canada - Lands and Minerals Sector - Geological Survey of Canada - GSC-Central Canada
Winnipeg (Manitoba)
This M.Sc. RAP Bursary will start in June of 2024 and end in July of 2026.
Scholarship of $24,000/year divided into 3 equal installments each year. It is expected that the student will work approximately 10 to 15 hours per week for a two-year period (six semesters).

For further information on the organization, please visit Natural Resources Canada

Closing date: 29 February 2024 - 23:59, Pacific Time

Who can apply: Persons residing in Canada, and Canadian citizens and Permanent residents abroad.

Students who are currently enrolled or eligible to enroll in a M.Sc. program at the University of Manitoba, specializing in structural- or economic geology, are invited to submit their applications for this program. Proof will be required before the start date.

To be considered for RAP opportunities, students must be:
1. You are a full-time student in a post-secondary institution. This includes students with physical or emotional disabilities deemed to have full-time status by their academic institution. Adult students registered in education and retraining programs at the secondary level may also be eligible for student employment programs ;
2. You are enrolled in an academic program that requires research as part of your curriculum; AND
3. You meet the minimum age required in the province/territory of work.

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We are seeking a highly motivated M.Sc. student in structural/economic geology to investigate how the geometry of rare metal pegmatites is affected by the lithology and rheology of the host rock into which they are intruded. The position will involve field mapping, sampling, and structural observations, as well as microstructural analyses and geochronology. This study will form part of ongoing research at the Geological Survey of Canada and the University of Manitoba into the controls on the distribution and morphology of rare metal pegmatites, with implications for exploration targeting. The candidate will be based at the University of Manitoba in Winnipeg, and will be expected to regularly attend group meetings, actively collaborate with the research team, and publish results in peer-reviewed journals.

Work environment

Working with a dynamic, innovative geoscience team with extensive research and development expertise in geology, geophysics, and computer science at Natural Resources Canada - Geological Survey of Canada, supporting our clean energy transition the Critical Mineral and Geoscience Data Program. For background on Canadas Critical Mineral Strategy please see The Canadian Critical Minerals Centre of Excellence site: (https://www.canada.ca/en/campaign/critical-minerals-in-canada.html)

At Natural Resources Canada, a Federal government job means developing leadership skills, fostering teamwork, and supporting creativity and innovation. Canada’s governments depend on geoscience to inform policy, manage the country's landmass and develop its natural resources responsibly. The Geological Survey of Canada (GSC) is the national organization for geoscientific information and research. Since 1842 the Geological Survey of Canada has produced cutting-edge, authoritative geoscience to support mineral exploration, climate change research, marine and coastal resilience, and natural hazards mapping. Our work supports decision-making in the mining and energy sectors, as well as national sovereignty, hazards risk management and more. The GSC is proud to create a workplace that supports an accessible, equitable, inclusive, and diverse workforce at the ready to tackle current and future science challenges. The GSC provides a stimulating work environment with a passionate team and promotes work-life balance.

Intent of the process

The intention is to staff one student position for the completion of a M.Sc. degree supervised by Dr. Tarryn Cawood at the Geological Survey of Canada (Ottawa) and Dr. Alfredo Camacho at the University of Manitoba (Winnipeg).
The duration of the project will be 2 years between 2024 and 2026.

Positions to be filled: 1

Information you must provide

Your résumé.

A covering letter "A cover letter of approximately 500 words outlining your interest in the position and relevant education and experience."

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

Essential Education:
• Currently enrolled, or willing to enroll, in an M.Sc. program at the University of Manitoba with specialization relevant to the duties of the position.
• Graduated with a B.Sc. in Earth Science, Geology, or related discipline from a recognized post-secondary institution. (see degree equivalency for more information: https://www.canada.ca/en/public-service-commission/jobs/services/gc-jobs/degree-equivalency.html)

Degree equivalency

Essential Experience:
In the context of student recruitment in the federal public service, experience can be acquired through studies, work experience or volunteer activities. The successful candidates are expected to have experience in:
• Field-based geological mapping,
• Use of field mapping equipment such as a geological compass and GPS (drone experience will be helpful, but is not required).
• Petrographic descriptions of thin sections.
• Working independently and in teams.

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

English essential

Information on language requirements

Essential Knowledge:
• Basic knowledge of structural geology, particularly in the identification and description of rock deformation fabrics, shear zones, faults, and folds.
• Basic knowledge of mapping software such as ArcGIS or QGIS.

Essential Abilities and Skills:
• Good written communication skills in English.
• Good oral communication skills in English.
• Initiative.

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

• Willing and able to travel for fieldwork, conferences, and/or meetings.
• Willing and able to obtain a medical clearance in accordance with the Treasury Board Occupational Health Evaluation Standard for Scientific Personnel - Field.

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.
Therefore, the student will be asked by the hiring organization to complete security-related documents.
• Be in possession of a 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.

Information on employment equity

We thank all applicants for their interest in our position(s). For the purpose of this staffing process, only candidates selected for further assessment will be contacted.

For further information on the Research Affiliate Program (RAP), please visit:

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.

For this selection process, it is our intention to communicate with candidates via email. Candidates must include a valid email address in their application. It is the candidate’s responsibility to ensure that this address is functional and that it accepts messages from unknown users (some email systems block these types of email).

A written examination may be administered.
An interview may be administered.
Reference may be sought.

You must provide proof of your education credentials and a list of courses may be required.

Candidates with foreign credentials must provide proof of Canadian equivalency. Consult the Canadian Information Centre for International Credentials for further information at http://www.cicic.ca/.

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

Candidates from outside the public service may be required to pay for travel and relocation costs associated with this selection process.


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

Lainie Henry - HR Advisor
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