Position Open: Research Scientist – Palaeobiologist

Permanent Position
$70,801 to $102,786 per year
Work location is in Gatineau (Aylmer area), Québec

The Canadian Museum of Nature (CMN) in Ottawa, Canada is seeking an innovative entry-level or mid-career palaeobiologist to conceive, design and conduct a program of independent and collaborative hypothesis-based research; to publish results of scientific research; to provide advice on the development and use of the CMN’s palaeobiology collections and to work with other museum staff on the development and production of exhibits.  The candidate will be expected to undertake significant outreach and use various media to actively promote palaeomammology research and the Fossil Gallery at the CMN to the public in the National Capital Region, nationally and internationally.

NOTE: 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.

OPEN TO: Employees of the Canadian Museum of Nature and the general public who meet the following qualifications.  Candidates must legally entitled to work in Canada.

English essential; conversational French an asset.

EDUCATION: Ph.D. in palaeontology or related sciences, with a specialization in the Cenozoic mammal palaeoecology.

The candidate will be trained and experienced in comparative anatomy, quantitative palaeobiology and phylogenetic systematics, have a proven publication record, use updated technology including 3D digitization to aid in fossil reconstruction and functional morphology, and have an active fieldwork program with particular but not exclusive emphasis on Canada.  They should have experience in raising grants and external funds for research projects as well as presenting research results to both scientific audiences and the general public.  They must be comfortable with a collaborative and multi-disciplinary approach to projects. Experience working in a museum context is an asset.


The application should include:

  • a cover letter discussing the applicant’s future research direction, how their research will utilize at least in part the CMN palaeobiological collections, and what fieldwork his/her research may include;
  • a curriculum vitae;
  • three (3) letters of recommendation.

The cover letter, CV and three letters should be sent by e-mail to Kim de Grandpré, Human Resources, Canadian Museum of Nature at kdegrandpr@mus-nature.ca.

Please state competition NO.2090-16-CMN-OC-005

For additional information regarding the position and/or the museum, please contact: Dr. Kathlyn Stewart 613-364-4051. kstewart@mus-nature.ca

For information on the Museum and its programs, see our web site at:  www.nature.ca

Please note that only candidates who are selected for the next stage of the selection process will be contacted.

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

The Museum supports employment equity. 

CLOSING DATE: April 15, 2016