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Scientific Evaluator III

Reference number: SHC22J-023072-000034
Selection process number: 22-NHW-PMRA-EA-NCR-347954
Health Canada - Pest Management Regulatory Agency - Health Evaluation Directorate
Ottawa (Ontario)
$82,579 to $106,319

For further information on the organization, please visit Health Canada

Closing date: 1 December 2022 - 23:59, Pacific Time

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

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

Stream 1:
Stream 2:

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.

You may also review jobs open to the public through INFOTEL at 1-800-645-5605. The INFOTEL number for persons using a TTY/TDD is 1-800-532-9397.

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.

***VERY IMPORTANT NOTE: It is the responsibility of the candidate to clearly outline that they meet each of the screening criteria (i.e., Education and Experience Qualifications) by RESPONDING TO THE SCREENING QUESTIONS IN THE ONLINE APPLICATION. Please note that it is not sufficient to only state that the requirement is met or to provide a listing of current responsibilities, rather, the candidate must provide concrete examples that illustrate how they meet the requirement. Lack of EXAMPLES and DETAILS may result in your application being rejected, as the Assessment Board will have insufficient information to determine whether or not you meet the qualifications.

Intent of the process

A pool of fully and/or partially qualified candidates may be established through this process to staff identical or similar positions, within Health Canada with various tenures (Term, indeterminate, secondment, assignment, deployment, acting).

Positions to be filled: 3

Information you must provide

Your résumé.

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

Both streams:
• Graduation with a degree from a recognized post-secondary institution in a natural, physical or applied science with specialization in a field relevant to the duties of the position (including but not limited to biological sciences, toxicology, agricultural sciences, biochemistry, microbiology, chemistry, pharmacology, industrial/occupational hygiene, health/biomedical sciences, environmental sciences)
1. The courses for the specialization must be acceptable and must have been taken at a recognized post-secondary institution, but not necessarily within a degree program in the required specialization.

Degree equivalency

Essential Experience
Both streams:
1. Experience* in analysing, reviewing and interpreting scientific data, literature or information.
2. Experience* in writing scientific reports summarizing information from multiple sources.

*Experience is defined as experience gained through professional work experience or academic work undertaken in the completion of graduate level research projects. Activities undertaken as part of undergraduate degree requirements will not be accepted.

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

Various language requirements
Bilingual Imperative BBB/BBB, English Essential

Information on language requirements

Both streams:
1. Knowledge of the theories and principles of human hazard and risk assessment of chemical substances.
2. Knowledge of uses and effects of pesticides.

Both streams:
1. Ability to communicate effectively orally.
2. Ability to communicate effectively in writing.
3. Ability to plan and manage workload effectively and independently.
4. Ability to provide scientific and regulatory advice and recommendations to management.

Personal Suitability
Both streams:
1. Respectful of diversity
2. Initiative
3. Attention to details
4. Judgement
5. Reliability

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

Both streams:
1. Graduation with a postgraduate degree (MSc or PhD) from a recognized post-secondary institution with a specialization in biological sciences, toxicology, agricultural sciences, biochemistry, microbiology, chemistry, pharmacology, industrial/occupational hygiene, health/biomedical sciences, environmental sciences, computational toxicology.

Degree equivalency

1. Significant** experience* in analysing, reviewing and interpreting scientific data, literature or information.
2. Significant** experience* in writing scientific reports summarizing information from multiple sources.
3. Experience* in the assessment of hazard, exposure or risk to human health posed by chemical substances.
4. Experience* providing advice or recommendations based on interpretation of regulations, policies or guidelines.

**Significant experience is defined as the depth and breadth of experience normally gained over a two (2) year period.

Stream 1 only: Knowledge of theories and procedures relevant to the assessment of toxicity (for example, mammalian physiology, carcinogenicity, pharmacology, neurotoxicity, etc.).

Stream 2 only: Experience in integration of results from exposure evaluation into risk assessments.

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 designated groups when you apply.

Information on employment equity

Please note that depending on the number of applicants and current and future needs and, we may apply asset criteria and/or a ranking order (top/down approach) to determine who will proceed at any stage of the of the process.

Various methods of assessment may be administered (written exam, interview, references, etc.).

Candidates must meet the essential qualifications to be appointed to a position.

Proof of citizenship or Permanent Residence will be required.

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.

Acknowledgment of receipt of applications will not be sent; we will contact candidates when the screening process is completed.

Proof of education will be required which includes diploma(s) and transcript(s). 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.

All candidates that apply to this selection process must include in their application a valid email address and ensure that this address is functional at all times and that it accepts messages from unknown users. Failure to do so may result in important messages not being received. Communication for this process will be conducted via the e-mail address provided in your application. It is your responsibility to ensure that you check for messages regularly.

All communication relating to this process, including email correspondence and telephone conversations, may be used in the assessment of qualifications.

An assignment/secondment or an acting appointment is a temporary resourcing option. The approval of your substantive supervisor may/will be required before an offer can be made.

If you are an employee of the Public Service, please include your Personal Record Identifier (PRI) in your application, clearly indicate your SUBSTANTIVE GROUP AND LEVEL and your EMPLOYMENT STATUS (indeterminate, determinate, casual, agency, contract, etc.). Note: If you are hired for a determinate period of time, please indicate the start and end date of your current employment. Proof of your employment tenure will be required, upon request.


Preference will be given to veterans first and then to Canadian citizens and permanent residents, 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.

Contact information

Shafia Elias, HR Advisor
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