Research and Development Psychologist

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

N.B. Amendments have been made to the Education, Experience and Knowledge as well as Assets requirements.

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

2014-11-26 APPLY ON-LINE

Job Summary

The applied psychology sector 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 applied Psychologists in the planning and conduct of relevant methods and instruments used by the team to complement or facilitate clinical assessments. The successful candidate will be involved in the planning and execution of small-group studies based on internally generated or otherwise accessible data, and will contribute to the development and validation of assessment instruments.


  • Masters or Doctorate in applied Psychology from a recognized university


  • Minimum two (2) years of relevant experience following the award of a graduate degree in Psychology
  • *Sound knowledge of applied research methods
  • *Sound knowledge of descriptive and inferential statistics used in the social sciences
  • Knowledge of test construction applicable to the development of in-house assessment instruments
  • Familiarity with and ability to use SPSS and Excel

*Sound knowledge is defined as requiring, in addition to a basic course or equivalent training on the topic, a second relevant course or additional knowledge gained from direct participation in more than one research project on a relevant topic.


  • Background in social psychology.
  • Knowledge of and documented interest in the study of 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 (under review). 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.