Research and Development Psychologist

Note: The posting will remain open until position is filled and it may close earlier than expected.

The Service is always looking for talented and skilled individuals to join our team. Diversity is not only part of the Service’s culture it is a core business strategy. We are building a workforce which is representative of the Canadian society and our programs and policies are designed to foster diversity and inclusion.

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Closing Date

2014-07-09 APPLY ON-LINE

Job Summary

The Psychology Section of the Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS) is seeking applications to the position of Research and Development (R&D) Psychologist. The successful candidate will work in collaboration with a small team of Psychologists in the planning and conduct of applied research, as well as the development, review and updating of assessment methods and instruments, in order to complement or facilitate clinical assessments. The successful candidate will be involved in the planning and execution of applied psychological research based on data generated by the Section or otherwise accessible to it, and in all stages of the development of new assessment instruments including item construction and validation.


  • Masters or Doctorate in Psychology from a recognized university


  • Minimum three (3) years of relevant experience following the completion of graduate studies in Psychology (post-Masters doctoral work may be considered as fulfilling part of the experience requirement).
  • Experience related to the development of psychological assessment instruments.
  • Sound knowledge of applied research methods.
  • Sound knowledge of applied psychometric methods or test construction.
  • Sound knowledge of descriptive and inferential statistics used in the social sciences.
  • Familiarity with SPSS and Excel.


  • Background in social psychology.
  • Knowledge of and interest in terrorism and radicalization.

NOTE: A written exercise will be administered for the assessment of candidates.


Judgement, Team Work, Communication, Initiative, Integrity.

Who Can Apply

Canadian citizens eligible for a Top Secret security clearance.

Security Requirements

Candidates must have no criminal record and must be able to obtain a Top Secret security clearance. This process involves a security interview, a polygraph, and a background investigation that includes credit and financial verifications.

Language Requirements

Bilingual imperative – CCC/CCC

Salary Range

$74,570 to $90,730 per year. Salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience.

We Also Offer

Organized and recreational sports activities, on site fitness facility, full-service cafeteria and bus route service within proximity.


CSIS National Headquarters, Ottawa (Ontario).

Employment Conditions

Indeterminate (permanent) position with a one (1) year probation.

How To Apply

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.

If you meet these requirements, you may submit your candidacy by clicking Apply Now and quote reference number 13-968-08-079 in your cover letter.


CSIS is committed to Employment Equity and encourages the equitable participation of all Canadians. If your application is retained and you require any special accommodation during the selection process, please advise us. The personal information provided in your application is protected under the Privacy Act and will be held in Personal Information Bank SIS/P-PU-025.

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