2023 Fall Student – Human Factors and Human Performance Student

Job details

Canadian Nuclear Laboratories is bringing together the finest minds to form a diverse, vibrant, and dynamic workforce culture energized by the innovative capacity of students, new graduates, and mid-career professionals, underpinned by senior world-renowned experts. We hire numerous students each semester from colleges and universities to support our research and perform other assignments. If you are looking for interesting and challenging work this fall then keep reading, and if you meet the requirements of this role, apply today.

Department: Nuclear Response & Analysis

Number of Positions: 1

Duration: 4 months (beginning in September)

Discipline: University graduate program in Human Factors, Industrial Engineering, Human-Computer Interaction, Computer Science, Cybersecurity, or a related field

Year of study: Open to current Masters’s or Ph.D. students

Location: Chalk River, ON/Hybrid

All students applying for student positions at CNL must return to full-time studies upon completion of their work term. Exceptions will be made for students who require a work term in order to graduate.
Students must submit a resume, cover letter, and copy of an up-to-date transcript by the posting close date of May 23, 2023, @ 11:59 pm to ensure consideration for student employment.

Human Factors and Human Performance Student

Canadian Nuclear Laboratories (CNL) has well-established and diverse nuclear-driven research and capabilities that have been developed over more than 70 years including expertise and technical excellence in the field of medical isotope production. As one of the oldest nuclear laboratories in the world, CNL’s Chalk River Laboratories (CRL) has the breadth and depth of knowledge expected of a leader in the nuclear industry.

The Safety and Security Directorate (Directorate) is responsible for a wide range of S&T research and technical services focused on nuclear detection, nuclear forensics, emergency response, and the cyber security of critical infrastructure. Areas of technical expertise within the directorate encompass the development and application of advanced techniques for the interrogation, detection, assessment, attribution, and mitigation of chemical biological radiological nuclear, and explosive threats. A major focus of the directorate is addressing the persistent challenge of cyber safety and security of real-time digital systems employed for the control, monitoring, and operations of current and advanced nuclear reactor systems and other critical infrastructure.

CNL’s Nuclear Response & Analysis Branch (Branch) is devoted to enhancing Canada’s ability to respond to a nuclear or radiological emergency, and performing S&T in the areas of human factors and human performance, nuclear forensics, bio-dosimetry, radiochemical analysis, nuclear safety, nuclear security, and emergency response tools, as well as responding to requests from Federal Departments of the Government of Canada in this area.

This position performs R&D under supervision from Human Performance Scientists to understand and improve human performance in complex individual-technological-organizational systems and their influence on nuclear safety. The student will work collaboratively within the Branch and the Directorate to achieve research objectives identified by clients. Areas of interest include but are not limited to, Human-Machine Interfaces (HMI) for cyber safety and security.

What you will be doing?

  • Apply various human factors methods under supervision from Human Performance Scientists
  • Conduct literature reviews
  • Contribute to technical reports
  • Contribute to scientific conference presentations and scientific journal articles
  • Report regular progress on projects
What we are looking for:

  • Knowledge of human factors methods and research practices & principles.
  • Knowledge of statistics, and experience with related software such as SPSS, R, or Python will also be considered when reviewing applications. Experience with prototyping is a plus.
  • Excellent organizational skills
  • Ability to manage multiple and competing priorities
  • Must have excellent written and verbal communication skills
Are you in this field/program?

  • Current Master’s or Ph.D. student in Human Factors, Industrial Engineering, Human-Computer Interaction, Computer Science, Cybersecurity, or a related field.

Why CNL?
Does working with a team across Canada to advance nuclear science and technology for a clean and secure world speak to you? We’re reinventing ourselves to be the pace setters, so we can lead the charge in solving the problems that matter, like building the next generation of clean nuclear and hydrogen energy solutions, developing new and better-targeted cancer treatments, and continuing to lead the world in environmental remediation.

Do Our Priorities Resonate with You?

  • Clean energy for today and tomorrow.
  • Restore and protect the Environment.
  • Contribute to the health of Canadians.

CNL is committed to providing an atmosphere free from barriers that promote equity, diversity, and inclusion in achieving our mission. CNL welcomes and celebrates employees, stakeholders, and partners of all racial, cultural, and ethnic identities.

CNL also supports a workplace environment and a corporate culture built on our Core Values: Respect, Teamwork, Accountability, Safety, Integrity, and Excellence which encourage equitable employment practices and career prospects inclusive of accommodations for all employees.

CNL is committed to being an equal opportunity employer. If you require accommodation measures during any phase of the hiring process, please indicate via our ATS when applying. All information received in relation to accommodation requests will be kept confidential.

CNL’s Chalk River laboratory is nestled in the Ottawa Valley and affords our employees an area that is environmentally pristine with extensive forests, hills, and numerous small lakes, all of which support a variety of wildlife typical to the southern edge of the Canadian Shield. Many surrounding towns, such as Pembroke, Petawawa, and Deep River provide you with unparalleled outdoor adventures at your doorstep! In fact, Deep River was named the fourth best place to live in Canada in a recent ranking by movingwaldo.com.

The Chalk River Laboratories site is located on the unceded and unsurrendered territory of the Algonquin Anishinaabe people. As an organization, CNL recognizes and appreciates its historic connection to this place. CNL also recognizes the contributions that First Nations, Métis, Inuit, and other Indigenous Peoples have made, both in shaping and strengthening this community in particular, and this province and country as a whole.