Ocean Career: Research Scientist at Fisheries and Oceans Canada

Pelagic and Ecosystem Science Division of Fisheries and Oceans Canada, Québec Region requires a research scientist in biological oceanography to examine plankton ecology and lower trophic level production in the Gulf of St Lawrence for the purpose of developing an understanding of their impact on Canada's marine resources and coastal communities.

This scientist will be a key team member in the Atlantic Zone Monitoring Program (AZMP). This scientist will collaborate with experts in other regions and elsewhere as necessary. The challenge is to develop scientific theories, novel techniques, or integrated approaches representing an advance in phytoplankton ecology/microbial oceanography, which demonstrates innovation as well as solution-oriented science. This scientist will be expected to engage clients to develop questions which support decision-making and policy development. This scientist will also be required to participate in the ocean acidification monitoring and research program by synthesizing and presenting results, and directing research.

Objectives of this research include:

  • Describing ocean changes as they occur in the short term and long term.
  • Linking ecosystem variability to ocean changes.
  • Describing changes in the health of the ocean.
  • Collaborating with other scientists and trans-discipline experts in DFO Québec Region to enhance this mandate.
  • Collaborating with physical, chemical, and fisheries oceanographers to improve long term projections.
  • Understanding future impacts, vulnerabilities and opportunities related to the health of the ocean.
  • Communication of research findings.


  • Graduation with a doctoral degree in a natural science from a recognized university in a field of study relevant to the duties of the position and at least one year of either post-doctoral training at a recognized institution or as a research auxiliary (or Degree equivalency)
  • Experience in conducting research in phytoplankton and microbial oceanography.
  • Experience in conducting research in ocean chemistry.
  • Experience in presenting research findings at scientific workshops or meetings.
  • Experience in authoring scientific publications in international peer reviewed journals (at least five publications in the last five years, two of which as first or second author).


  • Significant experience*** in conducting research in one or more of: marine phytoplankton ecology, marine microbial plankton ecology, ocean acidification.
  • Experience in leading research teams.
  • Experience in developing proposals for funding of scientific projects.
  • Experience in providing information and science-based advice to management or stakeholders.
  • Experience in modelling of the lower trophic level components of the marine ecosystem.
  • Experience in managing financial and human resources.

*** Significant experience is defined as the depth and breadth of experience that would normally be associated with the performance of these duties as a major function of at least three years.

Location: Mont-Joli, Québec
Salary: $60,333 to $155,950
Application deadline: 9 February 2022 - 23:59, Pacific Time
Who can apply: Persons residing in Canada and Canadian citizens residing abroad.

Learn more about this opportunity and how to apply.

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