Notice of Opportunity for NSERC's Council



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Appointment Opportunities - Members, Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada


The Government of Canada is currently seeking applications from diverse and talented Canadians from across the country who are interested in becoming members (part-time positions) for Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) of Canada.

NSERC has a governing council consisting of the President and not more than 18 other members. The members are distinguished representatives from the private, academic, not-for-profit and public sectors appointed by the Governor in Council, on the recommendation of the Minister. The functions of the Council are to promote and assist research in the natural sciences and engineering, other than the health sciences; and to advise the Minister in respect of such matters relating to such research as the Minister may refer to the Council for its consideration.

Council advises the President on strategy and high level policies for NSERC, and reviews and evaluates performance. The Council works to achieve the greatest strategic impact for Canada from the expenditure of public funds, and ensures that public funds are allocated in a manner that maximizes research outcomes. Council members represent the Canadian public and rely upon their knowledge of current issues and trends in the natural sciences and engineering to strengthen the president’s ability to lead the organization with the conviction that comes from independent advice and, with the support of Council, to confidently account to the Minister and to Parliament for the decisions made, the resources expended, and the results achieved.

Council is advised on policy and programming matters by standing committees that are responsible for overseeing, where appropriate, the work of selection committees and panels. The committee structure adopted by the Council enables it to devote most of its deliberations to broad policies, strategic direction and financial issues.


  • A graduate degree from a recognized university or an acceptable combination of education, job-related training and/or experience;
  • Significant national or international experience in research or research management within the academic, private, not-for-profit or public sector;
  • Experience developing, implementing and managing strategic initiatives within the post-secondary sector or other private, not-for-profit or public sector organizations;
  • Experience in strategic management, organizational change and management techniques, which promote and improve organizational performance;
  • Experience serving as a member of a board of directors for an academic, private, not-for-profit or public sector organization would be an asset; and
  • Experience in public policy development with a particular focus on the academic research community, would be an asset.
  • You must be willing to participate in Council and committee meetings in Canada, which occur two to four times a year in person, and one to four times via teleconference.

Special Notes

Remuneration: Nil; however, reasonable travel and other expenses incurred while absent from your ordinary place of residence in the course of your duties will be paid (statutory).


If College-level review is required, your College will communicate its earlier internal deadlines.

External Deadline

Candidates must apply online via the Governor in Council Appointments website. Your cover letter should be addressed to the Assistant Secretary to the Cabinet (Senior Personnel), Privy Council Office, and should be sent only through the online application.

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