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Description of assignment opportunity
Organization Department of Transport
Title Departmental Science Advisor
Duties TC’s Innovation Centre is a transportation innovation research, development and deployment (RD&D) organization that supports emerging transportation technologies to help ensure Canadians can benefit from a safe, secure, clean, and integrated transportation system. Although TC is an active user of science-based information to support regulatory oversight, the science-based work of the Department would be defined as applied science vs pure science. TC employs approximately 500 science personnel, with most of the Department’s RD&D work being overseen by the Innovation Centre. Given the nature and volume of science-based work within TC, the department is looking for a Part-Time External Scientific Advisor that: • provides science advice to senior officials and a challenge function on RD&D work underway; • informs future RD&D project directions across the department; • assists with foresighting work on new and emerging transportation technologies; • provides a point of contact within the larger chief science adviser community; and • serves as a spokesperson to promote the scientific work of the organization.
Duration Two (2) years (Part-time employment)
Location 330 Sparks Street, Ottawa, Ontario, K1A 0N5
Salary range The salary, employer-paid benefits and bilingual bonus, if applicable, for the selected candidates will be refunded, in total or in part by the host organization, to the sponsoring organization, in accordance with the Policy and Directive on Interchange Canada.


Education, experiences and competencies

Requirements of assignment opportunity
Education PhD from a recognized post-secondary institution in a social, natural, or physical science with specialization in a field directly related to transportation and/or infrastructure.
Experience EX1: Professional work experience in a research environment and applying rigorous research methodologies (leading research projects and undertaking research and analysis) Professional work experience means experience acquired outside of your education. EX2: Significant* experience in assessing, synthesizing and analyzing science-based information from a variety of sources to inform policy or program development; EX3: Significant* experience in developing and providing strategic or regulatory science-based recommendations to senior management to inform evidence-based policy or program decision. EX4: Significant* experience evaluating scientific results and communicating complex scientific issues, findings or technical information to a variety of audiences, including non-specialist audiences. EX5: Experience in building partnerships with national and/or international organizations to advance mutual interests. *Significant is defined as the depth and breadth of experience that would normally be gained over a period of at least five (5) years.
Knowledge Knowledge of the mandates of Transport Canada and Infrastructure Canada
Abilities / Competencies A1: Ability to communicate effectively orally, including communicating clearly and simply about complex scientific or technical issues. A2: Strong analytical skills, including the ability to synthesize, analyze and summarize technical information for dissemination to senior management. KEY LEADERSHIP COMPETENCIES KLC1 - Uphold integrity and respect KLC2 - Collaborate with partners and stakeholders KLC3 - Promote innovation and guide change
Personal suitabilities The candidate being sought is a visionary leader, who would relish the opportunity to work within the Public Service to build partnerships and strategies for growth in the transportation related sciences; promote Global Science Excellence in Canadian transportation; and create new opportunities for Canadian academia and industry. The candidate has outstanding values and ethics, is a strategic and innovative thinker, and possesses superior interpersonal skills.

Conditions (security or medical)

Security: Secret

Additional information

The Departmental Science Advisors will work conjointly with: - Transport Canada 12 days/month (approximately 3 days per week) and - Infrastructure Canada 15 days/year (approximatively 1,25 days per month) Interviews will be conducted virtually. We will provide the connection details to screened-in candidates.

Closing date

June 12, 2020

Contact information

Contact for assignment opportunity
Name Nancy Lindor - Senior Human Resources Advisor
Phone number 613-991-6240