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Scientific Evaluator III

Reference number: SHC21J-023206-000229
Selection process number: 21-NHW-HPFB-EA-NCR-326398
Health Canada - Health Products and Food Branch - Food Directorate
Location: Ottawa
Additional Information: The team currently works remotely due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Flexible work arrangements may be available after the team returns to the office, further to TBS policy.
BI-03, CH-03
$82,579 to $106,319

For further information on the organization, please visit Health Canada

Closing date: 11 January 2022 - 23:59, Pacific Time

Who can apply: Persons residing in Canada and Canadian citizens residing 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

Health Canada is dedicated to building an inclusive workforce with a diversity of experience, perspectives, and backgrounds that represents Canada now and in the future. 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.

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!

Intent of the process

The immediate intent of this process is anticipatory. Applicants should be aware that this selection process may be used to staff similar positions at this group and level across Health Canada. As a result of the potential and possible use of the selection process and subsequent pool by hiring managers, we encourage all employees seeking this type of position/workstream and/or group and level to apply.

Positions to be filled: Number to be determined

Information you must provide

Your résumé.

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

EEd1. 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, such as biology, biochemistry, chemistry, food science, or toxicology/pharmacology.

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

Common qualification:
EEx1. Experience* in the preparation of written scientific reports and in presenting or defending recommendations based on scientific evidence.

BI qualification:
EEx2. Experience* conducting hazard or toxicological evaluations of chemicals for the purpose of assessing impacts on human health.

CH qualification:
EEx3. Experience* conducting chemical exposure assessments for the purpose of assessing impacts on human health.

*Experience is defined as the depth and breadth of experience normally associated with the performance of the duties for a period of approximately one year.

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

Various language requirements
English Essential
Bilingual imperative: BBB/BBB, CBC/CBC

Information on language requirements


BI qualification:
EK1. Knowledge of standard practices used for toxicity evaluation and risk assessment of chemicals on human health.

CH qualification:
EK2. Knowledge of exposure evaluation of chemicals for the purpose of risk assessment on human health.

Common qualifications:
EA1. Ability to communicate effectively orally.
EA2. Ability to communicate effectively in writing.
EA3. Ability to prioritize and work effectively under pressure and tight deadlines.

BI qualification:
EA4. Ability to critically evaluate and interpret toxicological data and provide recommendations related to the risk assessments of chemicals on human health.

CH qualification:
EA5. Ability to critically evaluate chemistry data in order to generate exposure estimates and provide recommendations related to the risk assessment of chemicals on human health.

EPS1. Effective interpersonal relations
EPS2. Respectful of diversity
EPS3. Judgment
EPS4. Dependability
EPS5. Initiative

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

Asset Qualifications

AEd1. Graduation with an MSc, PhD or advanced medical sciences degree from a recognized post-secondary institution in a field relevant to the duties of the position.

Degree equivalency

CH qualifications:
AEx1. Experience* evaluating inorganic or organic chemistry or biochemistry data, such as analytical results, study reports or publications, to arrive at independent conclusions.

*Experience is defined as the depth and breadth of experience normally associated with the performance of the duties for a period of approximately one year.

AEx2. Experience* characterizing substances using physical and chemical properties or results from analysis such as chromatography or spectroscopy.

*Experience is defined as the depth and breadth of experience normally associated with the performance of the duties for a period of approximately one year.

CH qualification:
AK1. Knowledge of characterizing substances using physical and chemical properties or results from analysis such as chromatography or spectroscopy.

- Willingness and ability to work overtime
- Willingness and ability to travel

Conditions of employment

- Reliability or Secret security clearance
All employees of the core public administration are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and attest to their vaccination status unless accommodated based on a medical contraindication, religion, or another prohibited ground for discrimination as defined under the Canadian Human Rights Act.

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

Candidates may be required to meet the asset qualifications or the organizational needs, depending on the requirements of the specific position being staffed. Meeting one or many of the asset qualifications may be a deciding factor in appointing a particular candidate amongst the qualified candidates. Please note that some or all of the asset qualifications could be used at the screening phase.

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.

For this process, emails are the most efficient way to communicate with you. Candidates who apply to this selection process must include an email address that accepts email from unknown users (some email systems block these types of email). If you do not wish to receive results by email or if you change your email address during the process, it is your responsibility to inform us.

Please note that candidates are responsible for submitting their application by the closing date in order to be considered. ALL APPLICATIONS MUST BE SUBMITTED ONLINE THROUGH THE PSRS SYSTEM. No applications will be accepted once the deadline has passed. Candidates will not be solicited for incomplete or possibly missing information.

VERY IMPORTANT NOTE: The PSRS system will time out after 60 minutes of inactivity which may result in your inability to save your work or loss of data. It is recommended that you draft ALL RESPONSES in another document on your PC which may be saved (e.g. in MS Word or WordPerfect) and copy/paste into the PSRS system when completed. HEALTH CANADA IS NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR SYSTEM PROBLEMS WHICH MAY RESULT IN LOSS OF DATA AND/OR INCOMPLETE OR NON SUBMITTED APPLICATIONS.

As per the Policy on COVID-19 Vaccination for the Core Public Administration Including the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (https://www.tbs-sct.gc.ca/pol/doc-eng.aspx?id=32694), federal public servants in the Core Public Administration and members of the RCMP must attest to their vaccination status. The requirement for employees to be fully vaccinated applies whether they are teleworking, working remotely or working on-site. This is a condition of employment and it applies to indeterminate (permanent), determinate (temporary), casual, and student hiring. Should you reach the point in the selection process where it is necessary to verify terms and conditions of employment then the hiring manager or a human resources representative will contact you in order to complete an attestation.

Please note that volume management strategies, such as random selection, top-down approach, invoking any asset(s) and/or cut-off scores, MAY be used at any point in the staffing process for the purpose of managing volumes of applications/candidates.


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

Natasha Vanier, Junior Staffing Advisor
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