Physical Sciences Specialist (Bioinformatician)

Environment and Climate Change Canada
Montreal, QC or Burlington, ON, ON, Canada
Job Type:
  • Staff (Permanent position)
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Physical Sciences Specialist (Bioinformatician)

The Aquatic Contaminants Research Division at Environment and Climate Change Canada is looking for a bioinformatician to support its research teams in Montreal and Burlington. The intention of this selection process is to fill one (1) indeterminate position located in Burlington, Ontario or Montreal, Quebec. This is a bilingual position.


KNOWLEDGE K1. Knowledge of theories and practices of toxicology, environmental chemistry or ecology. K2. Knowledge of the theories and practices of experimental design and environmental sampling. K3. Knowledge of bioinformatics tools for genomics (including differential and pathway analyses), or DNA/RNA sequencing data, or eDNA data, or non-target chemical data. K4. Knowledge of open source bioinformatics tools, such as MetaboAnalyst, Trinity, BWA, Bowtie, RSEM, Deseq2, Cufflinks, Cuffdiff, or EBSEQ.

ABILITIES A1. Ability to use programming language relevant to bioinformatics including R or Python. A2. Ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing. A3. Ability to work independently. A4. Ability to develop and maintain collaborative working relationships with researchers and research teams. A5. Ability to generate, analyze and interpret scientific data and produce reports/publications. A6. Ability to manage multiple competing tasks within tight deadlines. A7. Ability to adapt existing tools for data analysis and data visualization.


  • Demonstrate integrity and respect
  • Think things through
  • Work effectively with others
  • Show initiative and be action-oriented


EDUCATION Graduation with a degree from a recognized post-secondary institution, with acceptable specialization in physics, geology, chemistry or some other science relevant to the position. Note: 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.

EXPERIENCE E1. Recent and significant* experience in conducting research in toxicology, biology or analytical chemistry. E2. Experience in treating data originating from advanced analytical instrumentation (such as mass spectrometry), or next generation DNA/RNA sequencing technology, or environmental DNA (eDNA). E3. Recent and significant* experience in data organization and programming. E4. Experience providing advice as a specialist in a scientific subject area related to study design, data analysis and results interpretation to scientific professionals, stakeholders as well as briefing material (e.g., briefing notes or presentations) to senior management. E5. Experience in contributing to the statistical-based design, planning, data analyses and results interpretation of experimental or field research projects. E6. Experience in preparing and writing scientific manuscripts for publication in peer-reviewed journals.

  • Significant experience acquired in doing normal duties for a period of at least 2 years in the past 5 years.

Additional Information

EN - Physical Sciences Specialist (Bioinformatician) (

FR - Spécialiste en sciences physiques (Bioinformaticien) (

A pool of partially or fully qualified candidates will be established and could be used to staff similar or identical positions with various tenures and various linguistics requirements in Burlington, Ontario or Montreal, Quebec.