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Research Scientist Vertebrate Zoology - Ichthyology

Canadian Museum of Nature
Gatineau (Aylmer sector) in Québec CANADA
Closing Date
February 17, 2019

The Canadian Museum of Nature (CMN) is seeking a dynamic, innovative and creative ichthyologist to conceive, design and lead 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 a cutting-edge cryogenic preservation centre, high-powered microscopy facilities, X-ray facility, and the largest and most comprehensive fish collection in Canada.

A formal procedure for promotion based on achievements is in place to develop the career path of CMN’s research scientists. An excellent benefits package comes with the position.


  • Ph.D.in vertebrate zoology or related field of study, with a specialization in ichthyology;
  • Fluency in English and French. (Bilingual non-imperative: BBB/BBB: A non-imperative appointment means that the position can be staffed with a person who makes the commitment to become bilingual within a specified timeframe through language training at the CMN’s expense);
  • 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 proven 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.

This position is open to employees of the Canadian Museum of Nature and the general public who meet the following qualifications. Candidates must be legally entitled to work in Canada.

To Apply

Apply online at https://nature.ca/en/about-us/careers-volunteering/careers/research-scientist-vertebrate-zoology-ichthyology-0. The application should include:

  • 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.

Send your completed application to competition [at] mus-nature.ca.

Statement of qualifications available by contacting the above email address. Please note that only candidates who are selected for the next stage of the selection process will be contacted. 

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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