Job posting: Chief science advisor for Canada

The position will be key to advancing and integrating science into federal government decision making.

  • Dec. 5, 2016 6:00 a.m.

This morning (Dec. 5) the federal government began its search for a person ‘who will be instrumental in furthering the government’s commitment to science-based decision making,’ said a press release from Ottawa.

From clean air and water to food security and technological advancements, science plays a crucial role in providing the evidence the Government of Canada needs to make decisions that improve the lives of Canadians.

The science advisor will provide scientific advice to the Prime Minister, Minister of Science Kirsty Duncan and members of Cabinet.

“This search for a Chief Science Advisor is a historic moment,” Duncan was quoted in the press release. “This position is critical because science affects everything from the health and well-being of Canadians to the economy and the environment. Science is also the foundation of sound decision making within government.”

This individual will also advise on how to ensure that government science is open to the public, that federal scientists are able to speak freely about their work, and that science is effectively communicated across government.

The office will be supported by a team of scientists and policy experts.

The position is open to all Canadians. The full job description and information on applying can be found on the Governor in Council website. The application process is expected to close on Jan. 27, 2017.

The position will be key to advancing and integrating science into decision making.

The position is open to all Canadians. The full job description and information on applying can be found on the Governor in Council website. The application process is expected to close on Jan. 27, 2017.

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