Job posting: Conservation Scientist – Canadian Conservation Institute (Ottawa, ON, Canada)

Closing date: 14 October 2016 – 23:59, Pacific Time (more on closing date)
The Canadian Heritage – Canadian Conservation Institute, Ottawa (Ontario)
$65,551 to $78,522
Reference number: PCH16J-016678-000153
Selection process number: 16-PCH-EA-CHR-1386
Positions to be filled: 1
Who can apply: Persons residing in Canada and Canadian citizens residing abroad.

This position provides research and scientific services to study the chemical and physical properties of historic and artistic objects, with a focus on synthetic polymeric materials, and to ensure the proper care and conservation treatment of such objects. This position develops new, or modifies existing techniques, methodologies or instrumentation pertaining to the conservation, study, scientific examination, and physical and chemical analysis of cultural property through scientific research. This position communicates concepts, ideas and research results through written reports and publications or oral communications.
Intent of the process
A pool of fully or partially qualified candidates resulting from this selection process will be created and may be used to fill the same or similar positions with various linguistic profiles and language requirements (such as English or French essential, bilingual imperative level – BBB/BBB, CBC/CBC or CCC/CCC), various security requirements (reliability, secret) as well as tenures (term, indeterminate) within the department of Canadian Heritage.
Information you must provide: Your résumé.
You must meet all essential qualifications in order to be appointed to the position. Other qualifications may be a deciding factor in choosing the person to be appointed. Some essential and other qualifications will be assessed through your application. It is your responsibility to provide appropriate examples that illustrate how you meet each qualification. Failing to do so could result in your application being rejected.
In order to be considered, your application must clearly explain how you meet the following (essential qualifications):
A master of science or doctorate from a recognized post-secondary institution with specialization in polymer chemistry or another science discipline relevant to the position OR an acceptable combination of education, training and experience. A degree from a post-secondary institution in a science discipline relevant to the position is mandatory.
For more information on degree requeriments, visit Degree Equivalency

  • Extensive and recent* experience with instrumental methods used to characterize polymers (e.g. Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR), pyrolysis-gas chromatography-mass spectrometry, etc.)
  • Extensive and recent* experience in experimental methodology and in instrumental methods of analysis or testing applied to synthetic polymers
  • Extensive and recent experience* in applying scientific procedures, in scientific research and in carrying out bibliographic research

*Extensive and recent experience is defined as follows: at least two years of carrying out the activity as a principal function during the last five years.
If you possess any of the following, your application must also clearly explain how you meet it (other qualifications):
Asset Qualifications
Experience with science as applied to the study of cultural heritage objects or conservation materials.
The following will be applied / assessed at a later date (essential for the job):
Bilingual – Imperative (BBB/BBB)
Please note that unilingual candidates are encouraged to apply as we will be creating a pool of candidates for unilingual positions.
Information on language requirements

  • Knowledge of chemical and physical properties of synthetic polymers
  • Knowledge of industrial manufacturing of synthetic polymers

Abilities and Skills

  • Ability to interpret FTIR spectra
  • Ability to plan, set goals and establish priorities
  • Ability to analyze, synthesize and evaluate information to address complex problems
  • Ability to work as part of a team
  • Ability to communicate effectively in writing
  • Ability to communicate effectively orally

Personal Suitability

  • Client service orientation
  • Focus on results
  • Initiative
  • Innovation

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

  • Knowledge of the mission and services of the Canadian Conservation Institute
  • Ability to work with a stereo microscope to remove samples or manipulate samples
  • Operational requirements
  • Willingness and ability to work overtime and to adopt flexible work hours as per operational requirements
  • Willingness and ability to work off site nationally and internationally

Conditions of employment
Reliability Status security clearance
Other information
Only online applications will be considered. If accessibility to is unavailable, please email your Cover letter and résumé to Rana Cheaitani by email at and indicate the reason why you cannot apply online. Verification/validation of your request will be required before your application is accepted.

  • Reference checks may be sought.
  • A written exam may be administered.
  • An interview may be administered.
  • Please note that asset qualifications may be invoked at any time of the selection process, including the screening stage.
  • Persons are entitled to participate in the appointment process in the official language of their choice.
  • Candidates may be required to meet the asset qualifications or the organizational needs, depending on the requirements of the specific position being staffed.
  • Acknowledgment of receipt of applications will not be sent.
  • You must be prepared to provide the original, or a certified copy, of your educational credentials.

For this selection process, our intention is to communicate with the candidates by email. Candidates who apply to this selection process must include in their application a valid email address and make sure that this address is functional at all times and accepts messages from unknown users (some email systems block these types of email). If you do not wish to receive information by email, it is your responsibility to inform us.
All information obtained throughout the selection process, from the time of application to close of process, will be used to evaluate the candidates.
The Public Service of Canada is committed to building a skilled, diverse workforce reflective of Canadian society. As a result, it promotes employment equity and encourages candidates to indicate voluntarily on their application if they are a woman, an Aboriginal person, a person with a disability or a member of a visible minority group.
The Public Service of Canada is also committed to developing inclusive, barrier-free selection processes and work environments. If contacted in relation to a job opportunity or testing, you should advise the Public Service Commission or the departmental official in a timely fashion of the accommodation measures which must be taken to enable you to be assessed in a fair and equitable manner. Information received relating to accommodation measures will be addressed confidentially.
Preference will be given to veterans and to Canadian citizens, in that order.
Information on the preference to veterans
Contact information:
Rana Cheaitani, Staffing Assistant, at
Natacha Tremblay-Marcoux, Staffing Advisor, at
For more information visit: Conservation Scientist