Apply By: Wednesday, November 10, 2021 11:59 pm EST
Competition Status: Application Screening

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Ministry of the Solicitor General
Office of the Fire Marshal and Emergency Management (OFMEM)
Job Term:
1 Permanent, 1 Temporary assignment/contract for up to 12 months, with the possibility of extension
Job Code:
15406 - Research Scientist 4 NatRes
$1,638.02 - $2,157.04 Per Week*
*Indicates the salary listed as per the OPSEU Collective Agreement.
Posting Status:
Job ID:
Consider this great leadership role where you will lead the scientific section of the Provincial Emergency Operations Centre with the Office of the Fire Marshal and Emergency Management.

The Ontario Public Service (OPS) is committed to being an employer of first choice, creating a positive and inclusive work environment.

We offer:
• A defined benefit pension plan
• Maternity and parental leave top-up benefits which includes adoptive parents
• Comprehensive Health Plan
• Life and Disability insurance
• Flexible work arrangements
• Collegial and professional work culture
• Career growth and development opportunities across multiple business areas
• On-the-job training to support your success in the role

What can I expect to do in this role?

In this role, you will:

• provide scientific authority, team and project leadership, guidance, direction, and support to the ministry as the Head, Scientific Section of the Provincial Emergency Operations Centre (PEOC)
• respond to nuclear and non-nuclear emergencies or participate in emergency exercises which include being available as a duty Scientific Section Officer (SSO) on a 24/7 basis for emergency response
• develop and maintain emergency plans and procedures
• develop and conduct training, exercises and drills to train and evaluate technical plans and procedures
• conduct developmental or applied research on new or innovative scientific approaches
• provide leadership and guidance in the development and maintenance of the Provincial Hazard Identification and Risk Assessment Program
• supervise and provide team leadership to nuclear scientists, social scientists and risk analysts

How do I qualify?


• You must have a graduate degree at a minimum, from a university of recognized standing in physics, nuclear physics, nuclear or chemical engineering, chemistry or the equivalent combination of education and in-depth experience in a related field.
• You must have a valid class 'G' driver's licence or equivalent, as recognized by the Province of Ontario. The offer of employment is conditional upon the successful candidate providing proof that they have a valid driver's licence upon being hired.

Technical expertise:

• current and sound knowledge in health and radiation physics, nuclear physics or nuclear engineering to plan and execute innovative studies and research, setting or modifying established precedents
• knowledge and understanding of social sciences and risk management principles
• knowledge of science at an expert level, and of relevant international, federal, provincial nuclear regulations, legislation (e.g. Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act, Nuclear Liability Act, Nuclear Safety and Control Act and Regulations), and related nuclear emergency plans and procedures (e.g. Federal Nuclear Emergency Plan, Provincial Nuclear Emergency Response Plan, Municipal Nuclear Emergency Response Plans, nuclear facility emergency plans and procedures)

Other Essential Knowledge:

• knowledge in software applications, including state of the art approaches, scientific database management and statistical techniques to evaluate data, to interpret results and to prepare reports
• knowledge of scientific methodologies, testing and sampling protocols
• ability to initiate and complete projects, identify and weigh scientific uncertainties that may impact on projects

Analytical skills:

• expertly resolve unique scientific problems using leading edge/novel approaches to determine scope of problem, conduct independent specialized research, and summarize findings
• proven reasoning and logic to develop creative solutions to accomplish objectives with limited resources
• excellent judgement and evaluative skills to work on issues that have multiple, interrelated and interdependent steps frequently with data gaps and lack of precedents
• ability to review and apply current scientific theories, interpretations and findings to accomplish objectives

Communication skills:

• proven written communication skills to prepare scientific, technical reports / papers
• ability and experience in developing and presenting reports, training, publications and documents for Ministry, legal proceedings and for peer review
• ability to present and gain acceptance of scientific findings with provincial and community government officials
• ability to develop logical arguments and testimony, build consensus, explain and defend the ministry's position

Leadership skills:

• ability to lead technical team and projects, and communicate plans and changes
• ability to oversee contractors or joint ventures

OPS Commitment to diversity, inclusion, accessibility, and anti- racism:

We are committed to build a workforce that reflects the communities we serve and to promote a diverse, anti-racist, inclusive, accessible, merit-based, respectful and equitable workplace.
We invite all interested individuals to apply and encourage applications from people with disabilities, Indigenous, Black, and racialized individuals, as well as people from a diversity of ethnic and cultural origins, sexual orientations, gender identities and expressions.
Visit theOPS Anti-Racism Policy and the OPS Diversity and Inclusion Blueprint pages to learn more about the OPS commitment to advance racial equity, accessibility, diversity, and inclusion in the public service.
We offer employment accommodation across the recruitment process and all aspects of employment consistent with the requirements of Ontario's Human Rights Code. Refer to the application instructions below if you require a disability-related accommodation.

Additional Information:

  • 1 Permanent, 25 Morton Shulman Ave, Toronto, Toronto Region, Criminal Record Check
  • 1 Temporary, duration up to 12 months, 25 Morton Shulman Ave, Toronto, Toronto Region, Criminal Record Check
Compensation Group:
Ontario Public Service Employees Union
Science and Engineering
Posted on:
Thursday, October 21, 2021
  • In accordance with the Ontario Public Service (OPS), Employment Screening Checks Policy (ESCP), the top candidate(s) may be required to undergo a security screening check. Refer to the above to determine the screening checks that are required for this position.

    Required security screening checks along with your written consent, will be sent to the Transition and Security Office (TSO), Talent Acquisition Branch (TAB), HR Service Delivery Division (HRSDD) to evaluate the results. If applicable, the TSO, with your written consent, will request and obtain any additional employment screening checks that were not obtained directly by you.

    A record under the Criminal Code and/or other federal offence record(s) does not automatically mean you will be ineligible for the position. The employment screening check(s) will only be reviewed and evaluated by the TSO for the purpose of making a security clearance decision. The details of an individual's employment screening check(s) will be considered in specific relation to the duties and responsibilities of the position being filled. Employment screening check records will be maintained by the TSO and kept strictly confidential.
  • N-SL-169698/21
Please be advised that the results of this competition may be used to form an eligibility list of qualified candidates to potentially fill future vacancies represented by the Ontario Public Service Employees Union (OPSEU). In accordance with the Collective Agreement, eligibility lists are shared with OPSEU representatives. By applying to this competition, you are providing consent that your name may be shared with OPSEU representatives.
All external applicants (including former employees of the Ontario Public Service) applying to a competition in a ministry or Commission public body must disclose (either in the cover letter or resume) previous employment with the Ontario Public Service. Disclosure must include positions held, dates of employment and any active restrictions as applicable from being rehired by the Ontario Public Service. Active restrictions can include time and/or ministry-specific restrictions currently in force, and may preclude a former employee from being offered a position with the Ontario Public Service for a specific time period (e.g. one year), or from being offered a position with a specific ministry (either for a pre-determined time period or indefinitely). The circumstances around an employee's exit will be considered prior to an offer of employment.
Remember: The deadline to apply is Wednesday, November 10, 2021 11:59 pm EST. Late applications will not be accepted.

We thank you for your interest. Only those selected for further screening or an interview will be contacted.

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