Position Announcements

Staff Scientist

Ocean Networks Canada (ONC) is seeking two (2) Staff Scientists with specific research area backgrounds in deep-sea benthic ecology, or plankton dynamics and ocean biogeochemistry to work with external users and internal departments to drive and integrate advances in interdisciplinary science, IT capability, and multivariate earth-ocean informatics. The Staff Scientist position is key in achieving ONC’s mandate to serve users of the complex data that ONC’s instruments and sensors produce.

ONC is a world-leading organization supporting ocean discovery and technological innovation. Operating as a not-for-profit society, ONC is responsible for the management of VENUS, the coastal network, and NEPTUNE Canada, the regional network, on behalf of the University of Victoria. ONC’s vision is to be a world leading organization supporting ocean discovery and technological innovation. ONC’s mission is to enable transformative ocean research and technology development through an innovative cabled infrastructure that supplies continuous power and Internet connectivity to a broad suite of novel subsea instrumentation in coastal and deep-ocean environments.

Three cable arrays, together over 900 km in length, host several hundred sensors distributed in, on and above the seabed. They are strategically located to address key scientific and policy issues (subsea earthquakes and tsunamis, ocean acidification, marine biodiversity, etc.) within a wide range of environments (fiord, delta, and open coastal settings, continental slope, abyssal plain, and ocean-spreading ridge).

The Staff Scientist interacts with and provides support to a diverse international user community, 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.


A PhD in Science with at least 2 years of relevant post-doctoral experience in an observational or experimental marine science field is required.

Experience in the following areas is required:
• Demonstrated background, knowledge, and qualifications in a major marine science discipline
• Oceanographic mission experience, including collecting, processing, and analyzing samples at sea
• Experience facilitating and coordinating interdisciplinary scientific programs and teams
• Significant experience using multi-dimensional numerical databases
• Significant experience in quantitative multivariate data analysis and display using high-level data analysis languages such as Matlab, R, and/or IDL
• Experience in producing accurate scientific communications, including peer-reviewed publications, conference abstracts and presentations, and summaries for broader audiences (public outreach and education)
• Strong problem-solving abilities and interpersonal skills in a team environment
• Proven ability to take research projects from conception to completion, with an understanding of instrument specification and configuration, data quality and analysis, and scientific interpretation

In addition, the following attributes and experience are highly desirable:
• Experience with modeling and computer simulation
• Experience with multimedia, digital imagery, and video data sources is desirable
• Supervisory experience with junior staff and students
• Experience with web-based research and data access technologies
• Experience in organizing, running, and chairing a scientific workshop
• Experience in preparing regular briefings and status reports
• Experience in coordinating and writing research grants