Senior Staff Scientist

University of Victoria - Victoria, BC (12 months ago)

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For this particular opportunity, we seek a senior individual to lead and manage the scientific theme of Ocean Acoustics, with a preference in passive (hydrophone) acoustics. The successful candidate should have a Ph.D., and post-doctoral and research program experience in marine acoustics, including:


in measuring and quantifying acoustic data from hydrophone networks
assessing and minimizing acoustic system noise


an understanding of natural and anthropogenic sources, sound propagation, and marine mammal impact assessment.
knowledge of acoustic measurements, propagation, and analysis techniques
demonstrated advanced knowledge of ocean acoustic data visualization, assessment, and reporting methods

Please see the Qualifications section below for additional knowledge, experience and competency requirements.

UVic compensation is competitive with

Annual salary increases – 3% progression increases up to the salary job rate, and 2% performance increases from the job rate to the ceiling, of the salary range
7 hour work days and 35 hour work weeks
Generous vacation time off - 22 days to start, increasing to 25 days – 15 days for term employees
Leaves – maternity, parental, adoption, personnel, sick and long term disability
Flexibility in arranging work schedules
Access to personal and central professional development funds
Diverse range of learning and development opportunities
Sustainability initiatives including discounted transit passes and a pedestrian and bike friendly campus

UVic contributes to your and your family’s health and wellbeing through its

Comprehensive medical, dental and pension benefits
Employee and family assistance program
Discounted athletic facility membership
Access to health and wellness tools and resources to support you in finding work-life balance

The salary range for this position is:
Recruitment range: $71,810- $80,821 starting salary determined by the PEA Collective Agreement.

Performance range: starting salary to max of $93,865 is available through annual performance increase.

Job Summary

Ocean Networks Canada (ONC) is a world-leading organization supporting ocean discovery and technological innovation. ONC is as a not-for-profit society that operates and manages innovative cabled observatories on behalf of the University of Victoria that supply continuous power and Internet connectivity to various scientific instruments located in coastal, deep-ocean and Arctic environments. ONC’s cable arrays host hundreds of sensors distributed in, on and above the seabed, along with mobile and strategically located land-based assets, and instruments that address key scientific and policy issues (subsea earthquakes and tsunamis, ocean acidification, marine biodiversity, etc.) within a wide range of environments.

The core ONC user base is composed of scientists accessing the facility and data archives to conduct world-leading research. The ONC Science Services department provides a wide range of services to assist in the planning, execution, and completion of marine research, with the primary outcome being world leading scientific publications.

Within the Science Services department, itself a part of the User Engagement Division, the Senior Staff Scientist contributes to the execution of science-based services as articulated in the Strategic Plan of ONC, in which serving the research users and providing scientific solutions to stakeholders are core mandates. The Senior Scientist interacts with and provides support to a diverse national and international user community within a specific science and research area, with the goal of increasing the number of scientific publications, the number and breadth of users accessing the facility, broadening the awareness and utility of the observatories in the science community, and encouraging its use by an ever-widening community of interdisciplinary users and research topics. The Senior Scientist supervises and works with Junior Staff Scientists to facilitate research support activities for ONC users and stakeholders across all ONC installations. As an enabling catalyst, the Senior Staff Scientist acts to drive and integrate advances in interdisciplinary marine science, information technology, and multivariate earth-ocean informatics, as required by external users to analyze and use the complex data produced from ONC instruments and sensors. In conjunction with ONC Observatory Operations and User Engagement staff, the Senior Scientist ensures that engineering, software, and data delivery solutions developed and provided to stakeholders are scientifically accurate, functional, validated, and meet the highest standards for performance and integrity.

This position is required to travel nationally and internationally, approximately 8 times a year, for up to a week. This position may be required to participate in Sea expeditions from time to time.

Job Requirements

This position requires a PhD and a minimum of 2 years post-doctoral experimental or modelling experience in a relevant science discipline including a proven record of publication within the discipline.

The Senior Staff Scientist must be eligible for Adjunct Professor status at a post-secondary institution.

Required Knowledge and Experience:
Established Leadership in the science community, nationally or internationally
Demonstrated background, knowledge and qualifications in a major marine science discipline
Oceanographic experience including collecting, processing, and analyzing samples at sea
Facilitation and coordination of interdisciplinary scientific programs and teams
Organizing, running and chairing a scientific workshop
Management of multi-dimensional numerical databases
Quantitative multi-variate data analysis and date visualization using high-level data analysis languages such as Matlab, R and/or IDL
Production and presentation of accurate scientific communications, including peer-reviewed publications, conference abstracts and presentations, and summaries for both broader audiences (public, outreach and education)
Coordinating and writing research grant proposals
Supervisory experience with junior staff, interns and/or students
Demonstrated understanding of project management processes, tools and best practices

Skills and attributes:
Excellent analytical, critical thinking and problem solving skills
Superior communication skills, both written and verbal
Ability to build and maintain productive working relationships with all stakeholders
Ability to work independently and collaboratively in a team environment
Proven track record achieving project goals on time and produce deliverables of a high quality
Ability to work effectively with a diverse population and with all levels of university personnel
Demonstrated administrative and organizational skills
Demonstrated leadership, supervisory skills and the ability to inspire a team

Assets or Preferences:
Travel (domestic and international) is required
Must be legally entitled to work in Canada
Must be able to participate in Sea expeditions as required

UVic is committed to upholding the values of equity, diversity, and inclusion in our living, learning and work environments. In pursuit of our values, we seek members who will work respectfully and constructively with differences and across levels of power. We actively encourage applications from members of groups experiencing barriers to equity.

Read our full equity statement here:

Persons with disabilities who anticipate needing accommodations for any part of the application and hiring process may contact Belinda Fontes, HR Programs and Project Manager, at Any personal information provided will be maintained in confidence.
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