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Environmental Epidemiologist - Research Affiliate Program

Reference number: SHC21J-022839-000210
Selection process number: 21-NHW-HECS-EA-NCR-311983


We regret to inform you that this job opportunity has been cancelled.

This job opportunity will be reposted with an amendment for the education and added virtual work location option.

Health Canada - Healthy Environments and Consumer Safety Branch, Environmental and Radiation Health Sciences Directorate
Ottawa (Ontario)
The student must be willing to start the work term in September 2021. It is expected that the student work 20 hours per week. The duration for this work term is for a 1 year period ending August 31, 2022 (approximately).
$22.04 to $33.58 per hour (Student rates of pay)

For further information on the organization, please visit Health Canada

For further information on the Research Affiliate Program (RAP), please visit: http://jobs-emplois.gc.ca/rap-par/index-eng.php

Closing date: 22 June 2021 - 23:59, Pacific Time

Who can apply: Persons residing in Canada and Canadian citizens residing abroad.
To be considered for Research Affiliate Program (RAP) work opportunities, you must meet the following criteria:
- Be recognized as having full-time student status by the post-secondary academic institution at which you are currently enrolled. (Proof will be required)
- Be the minimum age to work in the province or territory where the job is located.

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

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.

Our team has been working remotely since March 2020. While we don’t know what our “office of the future” will look like, we do know that remote work works. That means you don’t need to be in any of our NCR or Regional Offices to be considered for a role on this team.

Please note it could be possible to telework from anywhere within Canada.

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 by respecting the maximum number of words (500 words) provided for this purpose. Resume 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

Are you interested in working at a cutting-edge organization that values both your physical and psychological health and wellness, provides rich career development opportunities and rewards innovation? Health Canada has been recognized as one of the Top Employers for Young People for five years running and as one of Canada’s Best Diversity Employers for the past ten years! Don’t miss your opportunity to not only enjoy the unparalleled benefits of the public service, but to get so much more on our award-winning team!

The Population Studies Division of the Environmental Health Science and Research Bureau, Health Canada applies epidemiological and biostatistical methods to generate knowledge of the potential adverse health effects of environmental chemical exposures. The Division conducts research that contributes to evidence-based decisions on key areas such as exposure assessment, vulnerable populations and health impacts. In addition to conducting research, scientists and professionals support the development of policies, standards, and guidelines for health protection, and contribute to the analysis of current and emerging risks to health.
This position will focus on researching the effects of prenatal exposure to environmental chemicals on the health of pregnant women and their infants.

Positions to be filled: 1

Information you must provide

Your résumé.

Please describe your research interests and how they relate to the field of environmental epidemiology.

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


The Student must be currently enrolled in a Masters or Doctoral program at a recognized Canadian post-secondary institution in epidemiology/biostatistics. Students not currently enrolled in an epidemiology/biostatistics program but with sufficient* graduate-level epidemiology training may be considered.

Be recognized as having full-time student status by the post-secondary academic institution at which you are currently enrolled.

* Sufficient means at least 4 graduate level courses in epidemiology/biostatistics.

Degree equivalency


Experience conducting statistical analysis of research data using SAS or R (e.g., multivariate logistic and linear regression modelling).
Experience in analysing, reviewing and interpreting scientific data, literature and/or information.
Experience in writing and summarizing scientific data and information.
Experience in reproductive or environmental epidemiology/biostatistics.

In the context of student recruitment in the Federal Public Service, the experience can be acquired through the studies, work experience, or volunteer activities.

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

Experience in data management, including merging large datasets, data cleaning, and creating derived variables.
Experience in conducting literature searches and critically reviewing papers published in the epidemiologic literature.

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

English essential

Information on language requirements


Knowledge of principles of epidemiology and biostatistics


Ability to communicate effectively orally.
Ability to communicate effectively in writing.*

* Written communication will be assessed throughout the candidates applications.

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

Knowledge of perinatal epidemiology and / or common pregnancy complications.
Knowledge of several environmental chemicals, sources and routes of exposure, and known health effects.

Ability to work with minimal supervision.

Well organized*

* Well organized will be assessed throughout the answers in the applications.

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.


Preference will be given to Canadian citizens.

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

Contact information

Mélissa Drouin, HR Advisor
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