Government of Canada Postdoctoral Research Program

Government of Canada Postdoctoral Research Program

The Government of Canada Postdoctoral Research Program provides scientists, who have recently obtained a doctoral degree in a field of natural sciences, with the opportunity to work with research groups or leaders in Canadian government laboratories and research institutions located across Canada. In turn, the Government of Canada benefits from new and emerging talent.

About Government of Canada Postdoctoral Research Program

Natural Resources Canada, in collaboration with Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, Environment and Climate Change Canada, Fisheries and Oceans Canada, Health Canada & Public Health Agency of Canada is looking for recent graduates in a field of natural sciences to join the Postdoctoral Research Program.

Federal research scientists contribute to strategic decisions, policies, regulations and programs by providing a sound scientific knowledge base through their research. Research scientists perform their work in pursuance of departmental mandates in order to attain specified outcomes and to conceptualize, identify, formulate and set in motion new outcomes in delivering programs, meeting the future needs of the department.

Requirements for Government of Canada Postdoctoral Research Program

Candidates must meet all Essential Qualifications.


Candidates must have obtained:

  • A doctoral degree (PhD) within the last three (3) years* from a recognized post-secondary institution in a field of natural sciences** with a specialization related to the duties of the position, or;
  • In instances where the doctoral degree (PhD) obtained within the last three (3) years was not in a field of natural sciences, an acceptable combination of a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in a scientific field, coupled with acceptable research, training and experience may be considered.
* Special consideration may be given to applicants who were unable to apply during the 3-year period, due to a significant career interruption or delay.


Candidates must possess experience:
  • in planning and conducting research.
  • in working with a team of researchers and support staff.
  • resulting in a recognized achievement in the form of authorship and editorship of published or unpublished reports, books, papers, peer-reviewed scientific journals, or other communications. This experience must be through one of the following means:
    • Research, experimental development, or tasking associated with operational equipment and problems;
    • Operational research and scientific analysis;
    • Planning, analysis, and evaluation of Canadian and foreign programs in research and development, or;
    • Developmental work leading to the issue of patents, copyrights, or the creation of improved varieties, functions, or designs, and/or recognition by the professional community of the research environment.


Candidates must possess the following competencies:

  • Showing Initiative and being action-oriented
  • Judgment
  • Working effectively with others
  • Effective Communications
  • Uphold Integrity and Respect

How to Apply

For more information about the program and how to apply, visit GC website.

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