Research Scientist – Vertebrate Zoology (Permanent Position)

The Canadian Museum of Nature (CMN) is seeking a dynamic, innovative, entry-level scientist to establish a biodiversity research program that will advance our understanding of the natural history of Canadian vertebrates, especially considering the impact of climate change in Canada. The ideal candidate will have a thorough knowledge of the natural history of Canadian species of birds, mammals, or reptiles and amphibians. They will establish field and laboratory studies to conduct hypothesis-based research, independently and in collaboration with colleagues, and to translate their findings into peer reviewed publications. Research oriented to the Canadian Arctic will be an asset.

The successful candidate will be called upon to advise on the development of the vertebrate collection, and to have significant participation in activities related to public outreach; e. g. development of exhibits and educational programs, direct interactions with the public, assistance with fundraising, and promotion of the CMN. The successful candidate will join a team of 46 research and collection experts, and depending upon their research interests will contribute to the Centre for Species Discovery and Change or the Centre for Arctic Knowledge and Exploration.

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 be legally entitled to work in Canada.


English and French essential.

Bilingual imperative: BBB/BBB

EDUCATION: Ph.D. in zoology or related sciences, with a specialization in mammalogy, ornithology or herpetology.


The candidate will be trained and experienced in biodiversity research that involves vertebrates and have an active fieldwork program with particular but not exclusive emphasis on Canada; experience in Arctic research will be an asset.  They will have a thorough, general knowledge of the mammal, bird, or reptile and amphibian species of 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 are 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 is relevant to the mandate and strategic direction of the CMN, and what fieldwork his/her research may include;

·    a curriculum vitae;

·    three 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

Please state competition NO.2090-16-CMN-OC-029 

For additional information regarding the position and/or the museum, please contact: Dr. Mark Graham 613-566-4743.

For information on the Museum and its programs, see our web site at:

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: November 18, 2016