Genome Canada Internship: Research Analyst Internship in Ottawa, ON

Genome Canada

Branch Ottawa ON CA

Internship: Research Analyst
Ottawa, ON

Planning, and day to day management of the GE3LS review project following an agreed methodology and under the supervision of the EVP of Corporate Development;…

Genome Canada is a not-for-profit organization that aims to harness the transformative power of genomics for the benefit of all Canadians. We connect ideas and people across public and private sectors to find new uses for genomics, invest in large-scale science and technology to fuel innovation, and translate discoveries into solutions across key sectors of national importance, including health, agriculture, forestry, fisheries & aquaculture, energy, mining, and the environment.

Genome Canada maximises its footprint and Canada’s research strengths in these key sectors through the development of sector strategies[1], in consultation with sector stakeholders, to map out how the sector can further leverage genomics to its advantage.

Genome Canada is also committed to understanding the societal considerations of genomics research and does so through genomics in society initiatives and funding research that considers genomics and its ethical, environmental, economic, legal and social aspects (GE3LS). This research investigates questions at the intersection of genomics and society. It provides stakeholders the insights needed to anticipate impacts of scientific advances in genomics, avoid pitfalls, cultivate success, and ultimately, facilitate the uptake and use of genomics discoveries and contribute to Canada’s leadership in the 21st century global bioeconomy. GE3LS researchers come from many disciplines in social sciences and the humanities.

Job Summary

Genome Canada is looking for a temporary (9 months) full-time research analyst to:

  • Work on a specific project that will review emerging best practices from the GE3LS program over the last 10 years. Reporting to the EVP of Corporate Development;
  • Contribute to the development of sector strategies that Genome Canada is developing in consultation with sector stakeholders. Reporting to the Director of Corporate Development.

Key Responsibilities

GE3LS review

Work with the EVP Corporate Development and Director of Programs to develop and manage the process to review the GE3LS program over the last 10 years. The specific tasks include:

  • Planning, and day to day management of the GE3LS review project following an agreed methodology and under the supervision of the EVP of Corporate Development;
  • Support for the expert panel established to undertake the review of the GE3LS program;
  • Setting up and conducting interviews and surveys with GE3LS and genomics researchers as required;
  • Undertaking document reviews and research related to the projects including pulling together data from project final reports;
  • Undertaking data analysis (predominately qualitative but some quantitative), delivering analytical outputs to a very high standard, which will be used as the evidence base for the review of the GE3LS projects;
  • Synthesizing data, and developing summary documentation and presentations;
  • Contributing to the preparation of the draft and final report;
  • Liaising with key Genome Canada and regional Genome Centre staff and other participants in the review process;
  • Keeping appropriate records in line with organizational company policies and procedures; and
  • Undertaking other tasks as needed.

Sector Strategy Development

Working with the EVP and Director of Corporate Development to contribute to the development of sector strategies, in particular, the genomics and agriculture sector strategy and the fisheries and aquaculture sector strategy. The specific tasks include:

  • Supporting the Steering Committee and Consultant by organizing teleconferences, preparing meeting documentation, taking minutes of the teleconferences and following up on action items;
  • Working with the Steering Committee and Consultant to identify potential participants for regional workshops and the national forum;
  • Contributing to the organization of the National Forum, including managing the invitation process and providing logistics support;
  • Engaging in the process of information gathering on research priorities, policies, stakeholder priorities, as appropriate, which may include participation in meetings and undertaking interviews; and,
  • Undertaking other tasks as needed.

Key Competencies

  • Delivering and executing projects: Ability to manage small scale projects and work as part of a team as well as independently. Ability to manage external relationships. Ability to deliver within set timeframes.
  • Understanding and appropriate application of qualitative research methodologies : A keen interest in assessing and understanding different data sources, excellent analytical skills and high level information presentational skills.
  • Intellectual capital and capacity: Possess strong cognitive skills to critically analyze and interpret complex research, creative thinking, and problem solving.
  • Interpersonal skills: Demonstrate strong interpersonal skills and ability to build effective working relationships. Developing constructive, productive and sustainable relationships with colleagues, collaborators/associates.


  • Graduate degree in a related science field or a social science discipline with a focus on research.
  • Relevant work experience.
  • Fluency in French language would be an asset but not essential.

Application Process

Please submit a covering letter and resume (in one document) indicating how you meet the qualifications for this position. Closing date for priority selection is April 7, 2017 however we will still accept applications after that date.

Salary based on experience.

Accommodations are available upon request for candidates taking part in all aspects of the selection process.

We thank all those who apply and advise that only those selected for further consideration will be contacted.

Job Type: Internship

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Employment Type: Internship
Location: Ottawa, ON, CA
Posted on: 2017-04-02
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