Senior Staff Scientist

Organizational Unit:
University of Victoria -> VP Research -> Ocean Networks Canada
Posting Close Date: 14 May 2021
Please note that positions will close at 4 p.m. on the closing date.
Salary Grade: $73,247.00 - $95,743.00
Salary posted reflects full FTE (will be prorated for part time)
Classification: SG14
Employee Group: PEA - Regular
# of Hires Needed 1
Category: Science

About this Opportunity

For this opportunity, we seek a senior individual to lead and manage the scientific themes linked to marine biogeochemistry and primary production. The preferred candidate will have formal training in biological or chemical oceanography, strong analytical skills, and experience using sensors and modern oceanographic platforms such as autonomous vehicles, profiling floats, and moorings.

This position is best suited for someone with specific knowledge in biogeochemical cycles, data analysis, and measurement techniques, ocean productivity, respiration, and biomass assessment and advanced data analysis, best practices, and data validation procedures.

Please see the Qualifications section in the job description for additional knowledge, experience and competency requirements.

The University of Victoria is an employer of choice and offers competitive extended healthcare plans, generous leave options and opportunities for professional development. For more information, see Why apply to UVic. For specific questions related to this competition, please contact

The salary range for this position is:

Recruitment range: $73,247- 82,438 maximum starting salary determined by PEA Collective Agreement.
Performance range: starting salary to max of 95,743 is available through annual performance increases.

Job Summary

Ocean Networks Canada (ONC) is a world-leading organization supporting ocean discovery and technological innovation. ONC is as a not-for-profit society that operates and manages innovative cabled observatories on behalf of the University of Victoria that supply continuous power and Internet connectivity to various scientific instruments located in coastal, deep-ocean and Arctic environments. ONC's cable arrays host hundreds of sensors distributed in, on and above the seabed, along with mobile and strategically located land-based assets, and instruments that address key scientific and policy issues (subsea earthquakes and tsunamis, ocean acidification, marine biodiversity, etc.) within a wide range of environments.

The core ONC user base is composed of scientists accessing the facility and data archives to conduct world-leading research. The ONC Science Services department provides a wide range of services to assist in the planning, execution, and completion of marine research, with the primary outcome being world leading scientific publications.

Within the Science Services department, itself a part of the User Engagement Division, the Senior Staff Scientist contributes to the execution of science-based services as articulated in the Strategic Plan of ONC, in which serving the research users and providing scientific solutions to stakeholders are core mandates. The Senior Scientist interacts with and provides support to a diverse national and international user community within a specific science and research area, with the goal of increasing the number of scientific publications, the number and breadth of users accessing the facility, broadening the awareness and utility of the observatories in the science community, and encouraging its use by an ever-widening community of interdisciplinary users and research topics. The Senior Scientist supervises and works with Junior Staff Scientists to facilitate research support activities for ONC users and stakeholders across all ONC installations. As an enabling catalyst, the Senior Staff Scientist acts to drive and integrate advances in interdisciplinary marine science, information technology, and multivariate earth-ocean informatics, as required by external users to analyze and use the complex data produced from ONC instruments and sensors. In conjunction with ONC Observatory Operations and User Engagement staff, the Senior Scientist ensures that engineering, software, and data delivery solutions developed and provided to stakeholders are scientifically accurate, functional, validated, and meet the highest standards for performance and integrity.

This position is required to travel nationally and internationally, approximately 8 times a year, for up to a week. This position may be required to participate in Sea expeditions from time to time.

Job Requirements

This position requires a PhD and a minimum of 2 years post-doctoral experimental or modelling experience in a relevant science discipline including a proven record of publication within the discipline.

The Senior Staff Scientist must be eligible for Adjunct Professor status at a post-secondary institution.

Required Knowledge and Experience:

  • Established Leadership in the science community, nationally or internationally
  • Demonstrated background, knowledge and qualifications in a major marine science discipline
  • Oceanographic experience including collecting, processing, and analyzing samples at sea
  • Facilitation and coordination of interdisciplinary scientific programs and teams
  • Organizing, running and chairing a scientific workshop
  • Management of multi-dimensional numerical databases
  • Quantitative multi-variate data analysis and date visualization using high-level data analysis languages such as Matlab, R and/or IDL
  • Production and presentation of accurate scientific communications, including peer-reviewed publications, conference abstracts and presentations, and summaries for both broader audiences (public, outreach and education)
  • Coordinating and writing research grant proposals
  • Supervisory experience with junior staff, interns and/or students
  • Demonstrated understanding of project management processes, tools and best practices

Skills and attributes:

  • Excellent analytical, critical thinking and problem solving skills
  • Superior communication skills, both written and verbal
  • Ability to build and maintain productive working relationships with all stakeholders
  • Ability to work independently and collaboratively in a team environment
  • Proven track record achieving project goals on time and produce deliverables of a high quality
  • Ability to work effectively with a diverse population and with all levels of university personnel
  • Demonstrated administrative and organizational skills
  • Demonstrated leadership, supervisory skills and the ability to inspire a team

Assets or Preferences:

  • Travel (domestic and international) is required
  • Must be legally entitled to work in Canada
  • Must be able to participate in Sea expeditions as required

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posted: 31 March 2021     Please mention EARTHWORKS when responding to this advertisement.