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Research Assistant in Flood Mapping - Research Affiliate Program

Reference number: RSN21J-013755-000555
Selection process number: 2021-RSN-EA-RAPBUR-SPI-203382
Natural Resources Canada - Canada Centre for Mapping and Earth Observation, GeoBase
Guelph (Ontario)
This is a student position of 15-20 hours per week. The hourly salary varies depending on the level of experience and (or) education, according to the Treasury Board student rates of pay. Payments will be made in equal installments three times per year.

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

Closing date: 13 May 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


The successful candidate will have the opportunity to conduct research in flood mapping, specifically in developing a method to generate flood depth maps from earth observation datasets. The proposed research topic involves (i) exploring and evaluating the capacity of existing flood depth estimation tools (e.g.: FwDET and RAPIDE) and (ii) developing a new, novel method that overcomes the limitations of these existing tools.

The successful candidate should have a good work ethic, a strong sense of responsibilities, ability to work in team environment.

Work environment

The analysis and research work will be conducted at the Department of Geography, Environment and Geomatics, University of Guelph. Occasional visits to the Canada Centre for Mapping and Earth Observation in Ottawa, or participation in fieldwork, may be required.

Intent of the process

Student will be hired through the Research Affiliate Program (RAP) with the purpose to accomplish research and complete a thesis or dissertation. Duration of the RAP will depend on academic level. Extensions may be possible.

Positions to be filled: 1

Information you must provide

Your résumé.

A covering letter in 2,000 words (maximum) "A Letter of Interest including proposed research concept"

Contact information for 3 references.

A list of the courses you have taken as well as any courses that you are taking now, or that you will be taking this academic year

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

• Bachelor's degree (for Masters proposal)
• Currently enrolled (or eligible to enroll) in a graduate program at University of Guelph, in the Geography, Environment & Geomatics department

Degree equivalency

• Experience in hydro network modelling and mapping using LiDAR-derived DEMs.
• Experience in analyzing and understanding geospatial data, including optical and/or SAR remote sensing datasets.
• Experience in conducting literature reviews and summarizing information.
• Experience in writing research reports and making scientific presentations.

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

English essential

Information on language requirements

o Computer programming (e.g. Python, R)
o Knowledge of geomatics
o Be able to demonstrate good writing and oral skills

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

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

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

Applications should include a Cover Letter (including proposed research concept), CV(including publications and conference attendance if any), and a copy of academic transcripts. Names and contact of references may be requested.

We thank all applicants for your interest, but only the short-listed candidates will be contacted.


Preference will be given to Canadian citizens.

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

Contact information

Alexandra Furino - Human Resources Specialist Advisor, Staffing Operations
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