Research Scientist

Job title: Research Scientist

Company: Canadian Nuclear Laboratories

Job description: The Environmental and Waste Technologies Branch requires an environmental research scientist specializing in tritium, stable isotope analyses, a range of additional low-level radioisotope analyses, and geochemistry. This position entails leading and participating in various research projects aiming to understand the fate, transport, and ecological effects of radionuclides in the environment with a focus on tritium. Work includes field studies, laboratory studies and analytical applications involving aspects of environmental geochemistry, radiochemistry, radioecology, groundwater modeling, contaminant hydrology, and/or trace elements. A research scientist will provide technical oversight of a research greenhouse and a low background radionuclide analysis facility to support research project and monitoring needs. Where applicable, technical oversight of facilities may include the implementation of ISO quality management standards.

What you will be doing:

  • Developing research proposals and detailed plans, schedules, and budgets for environmental research studies.
  • Interacting with the Government of Canada and other key stakeholders.
  • Executing research projects, as lead or as a member of the research team.
  • Managing various facilities: greenhouse, low-background laboratory.
  • Implementing and maintaining data management systems (LIMS or equivalent).
  • Developing and supporting methods for low-level radioisotope detection; with an emphasis on tritium.
  • Enhancing facilities sustainability by performing external outreach and engagement to increase revenue generation opportunities.
  • Identifying and characterizing environmental problems and developing remedial actions.
  • Planning and implementing cutting-edge scientific research project to grown international recognition in the field.
  • Providing technical direction and oversight to laboratory and field technologists.
  • Providing technical peer review of reports and project plans.
  • Preparing project reports, scientific papers and presentations to communicate results to customers or stakeholders.
  • Enhancing facilities sustainability by performing external outreach and engagement to increase revenue generation opportunities.
  • Interfacing with the international scientific community.
  • Assisting in communication with local special interest groups, as required.

What we are looking for:

  • Postgraduate degree in Earth or Environmental Sciences (minimum M.Sc. requirement, Ph.D. considered an asset).
  • Expertise in tritium analysis and tritium enrichment processes.
  • Prior experience in managing a research facility or a commercial laboratory.
  • Understanding QA best practices for low background radiochemical analytical services.
  • Knowledge of environmental radiochemistry, environmental pathways modelling, and environmental regulatory requirements for nuclear facilities and operations.
  • Experience related to the application of environmental isotopes or radiochemical analysis (with a particular focus on 3H, 14C, 90Sr, and 137Cs) in research activities.
  • Practical skills in programming languages (e.g., Python) for data processing and automation are considered an asset.
  • Experience in designing, planning, and conducting research projects in a greenhouse setting, an agricultural/garden setting and or general field and laboratory settings.
  • Experience preparing and submitting successful research proposals.
  • Experience managing projects, which includes reporting, schedule, and budget monitoring.
  • Experience communicating with stakeholders and presenting research to audiences with varying degrees of technical expertise.
  • Demonstration of skills and abilities in preparing written scientific and technical reports, including publication in peer-reviewed journals.
  • Knowledge of (and commitment to) safe laboratory and fieldwork practices.
  • Ability to work effectively in multi-disciplinary team environments.

Security clearance eligibility required: Reliability Status which has a minimum requirement of 3 years of verifiable history in Canada, Australia, New Zealand, United States and/or the United Kingdom. CNL implements security screening in accordance with the Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat “Standard on Security Screening” and the “Policy on Government Security”.

Why CNL?
Does working with a team across Canada to advance nuclear science and technology for a clean and secure world speak to you? We’re reinventing ourselves to be the pace setters, so we can lead the charge in solving the problems that matter, like building the next generation of clean nuclear and hydrogen energy solutions, developing new and better-targeted cancer treatments, and continuing to lead the world in environmental remediation.
We offer a complete total rewards package:
· paid time off (vacation, sick, floater & personal);
· benefits effective day one, that’s right no waiting period;
· tuition support
· and a pension!
Do Our Priorities Resonate with You?
· Clean energy for today and tomorrow.
· Restore and protect the Environment.
· Contribute to the health of Canadians.

CNL’s Chalk River laboratory is nestled in the Ottawa Valley and affords our employees an area that is environmentally pristine with extensive forests, hills and numerous small lakes, all of which support a variety of wildlife typical to the southern edge of the Canadian Shield. Many surrounding towns, such as Pembroke, Petawawa and Deep River provide you with unparalleled outdoor adventures at your doorstep! In fact, Deep River was named as the fourth best place to live in Canada in a recent ranking by

CNL is committed to providing an atmosphere free from barriers that promotes equity, diversity and inclusion in achieving our mission. CNL welcomes and celebrates employees, stakeholders and partners of all racial, cultural, and ethnic identities.

CNL also supports a workplace environment and a corporate culture that is built on our Core Values: Respect, Teamwork, Accountability, Safety, Integrity and Excellence which encourage equitable employment practices and career prospects inclusive of accommodations for all employees.

CNL is committed to being an equal-opportunity employer. If you require accommodation measures during any phase of the hiring process, please indicate via our ATS when applying. All information received in relation to accommodation requests will be kept confidential.

The Chalk River Laboratories site is located on the unceded and unsurrendered territory of the Algonquin Anishinaabe people. As an organization, CNL recognizes and appreciates their historic connection to this place. CNL also recognizes the contributions that First Nations, Métis, Inuit and other Indigenous Peoples have made, both in shaping and strengthening this community in particular, and this province and country as a whole.

Expected salary:

Location: Chalk River, ON

Job date: Tue, 06 Feb 2024 23:02:52 GMT

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