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Ocean Networks Canada, UVic


UVic compensation is competitive with

Annual salary increases – 3% progression increases up to the salary job rate, and 2% performance increases from the job rate to the ceiling, of the salary range
7 hour work days and 35 hour work weeks
Generous vacation time off  - 22 days to start, increasing to 25 days – 15 days for term employees
Leaves – maternity, parental, adoption, personnel, sick and long term disability*
Flexibility in arranging work schedules
Access to personal and central professional development funds*
Diverse range of learning and development opportunities*
Sustainability initiatives including discounted transit passes and a pedestrian and bike friendly campus*

UVic contributes to your and your family’s health and wellbeing through its

Comprehensive medical, dental* and pension* benefits
Employee and family assistance program
Discounted athletic facility membership
Access to health and wellness tools and resources to support you in finding work-life balance

* Some eligibility criteria apply for term positions

The salary range for this position is:

Recruitment range: $71,810- $80,821 starting salary determined by the PEA Collective Agreement.

Performance range: starting salary to max of $93,865 is available through annual performance increase.


Ocean Networks Canada (ONC) is a world-leading organization supporting ocean discovery and technological innovation. ONC is as a not-for-profit society that operates and manages innovative cabled observatories on behalf of the University of Victoria that supply continuous power and Internet connectivity to various scientific instruments located in coastal, deep-ocean and Arctic environments. ONC’s cable arrays host hundreds of sensors distributed in, on and above the seabed, along with mobile and strategically located land-based assets, and instruments that address key scientific and policy issues (subsea earthquakes and tsunamis, ocean acidification, marine biodiversity, etc.) within a wide range of environments.

This position is required to travel nationally and internationally, approximately 8 times a year, for up to a week.  This position may be required to participate in Sea expeditions from time to time. 

This position requires a PhD and a minimum of 2 years post-doctoral experimental or modelling experience in a relevant science discipline including a proven record of publication within the discipline.

The Senior Staff Scientist must be eligible for Adjunct Professor status at a post-secondary institution.

Required Knowledge and Experience:  

Established Leadership in the science community, nationally or internationally
Demonstrated background, knowledge and qualifications in a major marine science discipline
Oceanographic experience including collecting, processing, and analyzing samples at sea
Facilitation and coordination of interdisciplinary scientific programs and teams
Organizing, running and chairing a scientific workshop
Management of multi-dimensional numerical databases
Quantitative multi-variate data analysis and date visualization using high-level data analysis languages such as Matlab, R and/or IDL
Production and presentation of accurate scientific communications, including peer-reviewed publications, conference abstracts and presentations, and summaries for both broader audiences (public, outreach and education)
Coordinating and writing research grant proposals
Supervisory experience with junior staff, interns and/or students
Demonstrated understanding of project management processes, tools and best practices

Skills and attributes:

Excellent analytical, critical thinking and problem solving skills
Superior communication skills, both written and verbal
Ability to build and maintain productive working relationships with all stakeholders
Ability to work independently and collaboratively in a team environment
Proven track record achieving project goals on time and produce deliverables of a high quality
Ability to work effectively with a diverse population and with all levels of university personnel
Demonstrated administrative and organizational skills
Demonstrated leadership, supervisory skills and the ability to inspire a team

Assets or Preferences:


Travel (domestic and international) is required
Must be legally entitled to work in Canada
Must be able to participate in Sea expeditions as required

Company Values

The University of Victoria’s Ocean Networks Canada monitors the west and east coasts of Canada and the Arctic to continuously deliver data in real-time for scientific research that helps communities, governments and industry make informed decisions about our future. Using cabled observatories, remote control systems and interactive sensors, and big data management ONC enables evidence-based decision-making on ocean management, disaster mitigation, and environmental protection.

ONC Canadian Infrastructure and Partners Map.
The observatories provide unique scientific and technical capabilities that permit researchers to operate instruments remotely and receive data at their home laboratories anywhere on the globe in realtime. Data is collected on physical, chemical, biological, and geological aspects of the ocean over long time periods, supporting research on complex Earth processes in ways not previously possible. These facilities extend and complement other research platforms and programs, whether currently operating or planned for future deployment.

ONC enhances life on Earth by providing knowledge and leadership that deliver solutions for science, society, and industry.