2024 Fall Student – Human Performance Student

Position Number 414
Security Clearance:Class 3 (A) Reliability Status
# of openings 1

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 and Analysis
Number of Positions: 1
Duration:  4 months (beginning in September)
Discipline:  Human Factors, Industrial Engineering, Human-Computer Interaction, Computer Science, Cybersecurity or similar program at a recognized university.
Year of study: Students that are in their fourth year of study or higher.
Location: Chalk River, ON

All students applying for student positions at CNL must be returning 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 26th, 2024 @11:59pm to ensure consideration for student employment.  The employment period generally runs from the beginning of September to the end of December (for a 4 month work term).

Security clearance eligibility required: Reliability Status which has a minimum requirement of 3 years of verifiable history in Canada, Australia, New Zealand, United States and/or the United Kingdom. CNL implements security screening in accordance with the Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat “Standard on Security Screening” and the “Policy on Government Security”.

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.

What you will be doing!
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.
The following R&D activities will be performed:
•    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:
•    Applicants should be Master’s or Ph.D. students in Human Factors, Industrial Engineering, Human-Computer Interaction, Computer Science, Cybersecurity, or a related field.
•    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? 
Applicants should be students in a Human Factors, Industrial Engineering, Human-Computer Interaction, Computer Science, Cybersecurity or similar program at a recognized university. Students that are in their fourth year of study or higher.

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’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 as the fourth best place to live in Canada in a recent ranking by movingwaldo.com.

CNL is committed to providing an atmosphere free from barriers that promotes equity, diversity and inclusion in achieving our mission. CNL welcomes and celebrates employees, stakeholders and partners of all racial, cultural, and ethnic identities.  Read here further on our DE&I Commitment.

CNL also supports a workplace environment and a corporate culture that is 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.

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 their 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.