Florida softshell turtle, Apalone ferox, photo by J.D. Willson

Research Scientist, Vertebrate Zoology – Ichthyology

Canadian Museum of Nature
Gatineau, Québec
Closing Date
27 May 2018

The Canadian Museum of Nature (CMN) is seeking a dynamic, innovative and creative ichthyologist to conceive, design and conduct a program of independent and collaborative, field and collection-based systematic research on fish; to publish results of scientific research; to contribute to and provide advice on the development and use of the Museum’s Fish Collection; and to work with other museum staff on the development and production of exhibits, outreach and educational programs. The successful candidate will join the CMN’s Zoology Section, which includes a team of eighteen research and collection staff. He/she will have access to excellent research infrastructure, including a molecular systematics laboratory and cryogenic preservation centre, high-powered microscopy facilities, X-ray facility, and the largest and most comprehensive fish collection in Canada. More information is available at nature.ca/en/about-us/careers-volunteering/careers/research-scientist-vertebrate-zoology-ichthyology.


  • Ph.D.in vertebrate zoology or related field of study, with a specialization in ichthyology;
  • Bilingual, English and French;
  • Candidates must be legally entitled to work in Canada;
  • Candidates will have up to 10 years of work experience.

  • Trained and experienced in scientific research that advances knowledge of the natural history of fish species in Canada (we emphasize collection-based research with competence in both molecular and morphological methods of phylogenies and taxonomy).

  • Possess a strong publication record, use up-to-date technology, and have an active fieldwork program with particular but not exclusive emphasis on Canada. Field experience in the Canadian Arctic is an asset.

  • Experience working with a collaborative and multi-disciplinary approach to projects, have an established network of collaborators, with demonstrated experience in leading teams.

  • Experience in raising grants and external funds for research projects, in presenting research results to both scientific audiences and the general public, and in team leadership.

  • Experience working in a museum context is an asset. 

To Apply

Send you application to competition [at] mus-nature.ca. The application should include:

  • Competetion number: NO.2090-CMN-18-OC-014;
  • Cover letter describing past and present research experience as well as a proposed long-term research plan, the ways in which this research would contribute to and utilize the CMN fish collection, and the fieldwork this research may include;
  • Curriculum vita;
  • Three letters of recommendation.

For additional information regarding the position and/or the museum, please contact: Dr. Jean-Marc Gagnon at 613-364-4066 or by e-mail at jmgagnon [at] nature.ca.

The Canadian Museum of Nature is committed to developing inclusive, barrier-free selection processes and work environments.  If contacted regarding this competition, please inform the Senior Advisor, Human Resources should you require accommodation to attend an interview or participate in the selection process. The Museum supports employment equity.

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