Data Scientist


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Closing Date 2022-02-23
Reference Number 21-968-09-069
Job Category Subject Matter Expert
Who Can Apply Canadian Citizens
Location Ottawa, Ontario
Salary Range $95,350 - $116,060
Status Indeterminate (permanent)
Language Requirement Various

Job Summary

  • Define, develop and lead a data science program which identifies exploitation opportunities, and provides solutions and capabilities to address them.
  • Conduct research and recommend potential initiatives to analysts, and branch management and senior executive staff.
  • Autonomously find, enrich, transform, interpret, and exploit data to create intelligence products.
  • Act as a Service representative on joint projects related to data science and participate in collaborative efforts where applicable.
  • Provide mentorship and guidance to fellow Data Scientists and Data Exploitation Analysts, regarding intelligence analysis and associated activities pursued in response to the mandate.
  • Recommend new data exploitation projects in annual work plans by identifying analytical gaps and suitable solutions.
  • Regularly update knowledge of academic and industry data science practices and standards.
  • Effectively communicate and present findings to specialists, management and non-technical audiences. Clearly document methodologies employed in research and data exploitation solutions.


Undergraduate degree in:

  • Mathematics
  • Statistics
  • Computer Science
  • Computer Engineering
  • Field of study related to data analytics

The educational program must be from an accredited learning institution recognized in Canada.

If you completed a program outside of Canada you will be required to obtain proof of a Canadian equivalency at your expense through a recognized credential assessment service.

Note: Any higher level of education could be recognized as experience.


  • Undergraduate degree and seven (7) years of experience

The candidate must possess seven (7) years of experience in data science, data analytics or data mining. Please note that out of the seven (7) years of relevant experience required, at least four (4) years must have been gained in data science specifically.
The candidate must possess recent and significant experience in the following:

  • Experience performing complex data exploitation on large volumes of data to provide tactical and strategic insights directly to analysts, business owners, and decision makers. 
  • Experience gathering requirements and identifying opportunities to apply data science towards business objectives.
  • Experience prototyping and developing data exploitation capabilities using Python, in a Jupyter environment.
  • Experience visualizing analytics, writing reports, producing functional notebooks, and designing and delivering presentations.
  • Experience working with one or more of the following technologies: TensorFlow, PyTorch, Spark, Scala. 

Candidates must also possess recent and significant experience in at least two (2) of the following:

  • Experience with supervised and unsupervised machine learning.
  • Experience in the creation and implementation of algorithms and statistical techniques to resolve data science problems.
  • Experience with text analytics and natural language processing (NLP).
  • Experience in the design, creation, and implementation of graph analytics.
  • Experience with complex data processing for time series and patterns of life analyses.

Recent experience is defined as experience acquired within the last five (5) years.

Significant experience is defined as the depth and breadth of experience that would normally be acquired by a person in a position where the performance of these duties constitutes his or her main functions over that period of time.


  • Communication
  • Initiative
  • Innovation
  • Creativity
  • Ingenuity
  • Analytical skills
  • Coaching

Conditions of Employment

Not Applicable


While we continue to explore opportunities for flexible work arrangements, the majority of work in our organization must be done in the office and cannot be performed at home.

A written exam will be administered. If successful, you will be invited to an interview. The exam will serve to evaluate your technical knowledge as it pertains to the position.

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Security Requirements

Candidates must be eligible to receive an Enhanced Top Secret security clearance. The process involves a security interview, a polygraph, and a background investigation that includes credit and financial verifications. The use of illegal drugs is a criminal offense. Drug use is an important factor considered in your reliability and suitability assessment during the selection process. Therefore it is important not to use any illegal drugs from the time you submit your application.



Applicants must clearly demonstrate in their application how they meet each Education and Experience criteria. Failure to do so will result in the applicant being screened out of the career opportunity.

CSIS is a separate employer and is not subject to the Public Service Employment Act (PSEA). CSIS has its own classification, compensation system, and a different staffing regime. As such, we use a different staffing process and terminology.

As a separate employer, CSIS has implemented a Directive on COVID-19 vaccination that is consistent with the overall Government of Canada approach to the COVID-19 vaccination of public servants. Applicants to this staffing process should be aware that all employees of CSIS are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 unless accommodated based on a medical contraindication, religion, or another prohibited ground for discrimination as defined under the Canadian Human Rights Act. As such, all persons to be appointed to CSIS will be required to attest to their vaccination status no later than on their first day of employment.   

CSIS is committed to building a workforce that is truly representative of the Canadians it serves by cultivating a diverse and inclusive workplace environment. This will be achieved by increasing employment equity group representation (including persons with disabilities, visible minorities, Indigenous peoples, and women) at all levels within the organization through hiring and talent management practices. We will also ensure that appropriate accommodations are made (e.g., specialized equipment, changes to physical workspace) to provide employment opportunities for all qualified candidates. In support of achieving a greater, diverse and skilled workforce, we strong encourage those individuals who belong to one or more of the employment equity groups to self-identify when applying. 

Should you require accommodation in relation to a disability, please tell us at the beginning of the selection process. This information will be kept confidential. 

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We thank all applicants for their interest in CSIS. However, only those who are selected for further consideration will be contacted.
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