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Ontario Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change

Senior Organic Chemistry Research Scientist



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Senior Organic Chemistry Research Scientist

Do you want to play a critical role in the development of leading-edge techniques used to analyze environmental samples? Then consider this opportunity with the Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change to showcase your expertise in providing scientific direction, and guidance and expertise to design, develop, conduct and modify and direct the application of new analytical systems.

What can I expect to do in this role?

You will be required to:

• serve as the Ministry's resource, scientific expert and spokesperson in the area of environmental analytical chemistry, specifically organic chemistry.

• provide scientific direction, guidance and expertise to design, develop, and implement analytical systems used for conducting organic laboratory analyses.

• provide scientific leadership at a senior level to the applied research aligned with the branch and division's operational mandate.

• consult with scientific peers in universities and other institutions across Canada, the US and abroad.

Location: Etobicoke

How do I qualify?


• Graduate degree, at PhD level, in Chemistry.

• The incumbent must have achieved international recognition as an authority in own field in order to be classified at the Research Scientist 5 level.

Scientific Knowledge

• Strong technical/scientific knowledge, skills and experience to develop, lead and oversee new projects for known and unknown emerging organic contaminants. This includes project design, project management and oversight to completion.

• Extensive knowledge of and experience with the theories, instruments, principles and practices of environmental and organic chemistry, including GC, GCxGC, GCMS, GCMSMS, GCHRMS, LCMSMS, LCHRMS.

• Knowledge of applicable and available software (e.g. using LIMS, Excel and Access programs) and hardware, including instrumental control programs, networking theories, and data manipulation packages.

• Extensive knowledge of and proven experience with current environmental risks both globally and locally to Ontario and the Great Lakes.

Leadership Skills

• Strong leadership skills in technical and scientific areas of organic and environmental pollutants, Proven ability to lead and mentor staff. The position will be required to oversee and direct method development work by scientists, technologists and students (including post-docs and graduates).

• Ability to lead and engage staff in support of strategic projects that support the government.

• Demonstrated experience in training and developing training programs, as supervisor/co-supervisor to graduate students and/or as adjunct professor. This also could have been done within previous work experience or leading scientific organizations, not limited to just academia.

Teamwork and Stakeholder Relationships

• Broad demonstrated knowledge and experience collaborating on multiple method development/applied research projects, often in multiple disciplines, with primary strength in organic chemistry.

• Ability to lead multiple complex projects simultaneously and develop original research ideas, consult with scientific colleagues and maintain branch knowledge base.

• Ability to work collaboratively with a broad range of government, academic and private sector partners, providing expertise and guidance as a recognized expert both internal to the organization and internationally.

• Demonstrated ability to lead scientific committees and working groups.

Other Skills

• Strong demonstrated communications skills – written and verbal – as the position requires writing and delivering academic papers, presentations, and proposals to broad range of audiences.

• Ability to communicate technical information to a broad range of audiences, including Directors, Assistant Deputy Ministers (ADMs) and Deputy Ministers

• Knowledge of statistics, experimental design, reliability theory and quality management principles to design and implement data management procedures and ensure data quality, e.g. proving equivalence or superiority of methods.

Salary Range: $1,580.23 - $2,098.27 per week

Additional information:

  • 1 Permanent, 125 Resources Rd, Etobicoke, Toronto Region


Please apply online, at, quoting Job ID 112290, by Friday, October 27, 2017. Please follow the instructions to submit your application. Faxes are not being accepted at this time.

 If you require accommodation in order to participate in the recruitment process, please contact us at to provide your contact information. Recruitment Services staff will contact you within 48 hours. Only those applicants selected for an interview will be contacted.

The Ontario Public Service is an inclusive employer. Accommodation will be provided in accordance with Ontario’s Human Rights Code.

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Ontario Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change
Posting Date: 13-Oct-2017Science and Research Permanent, Full-Time Open 1 ASAP
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