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  • There are many exciting careers in science and engineering - some of which are difficult to know about until the opportunity arises. How can you be ready when that opportunity comes, and will you be able to catch it and ride it to success? Of course a solid education in science or engineering is an essential first step - the education page gives information about that. Getting the first job is the next big step, but there are many things to learn after that. The Chair is planning a series of seminars tailored for women in science and engineering career paths. The seminars will provide insights, tips and techniques to help you succeed in challenging and nontraditional careers. 

  • Current job opportunities of interest to women in science and engineering:

    Simon Fraser University
    Faculty of Science
    The Shrum Chair In Science

    Applications and nominations are invited for the Shrum Chair in the Faculty of Science at Simon Fraser University. Candidates should be outstanding scholars whose research interests match those represented in our Departments: Biological Sciences, Chemistry, Earth Sciences, Mathematics, Molecular Biology and Biochemistry, Physics, and Statistics and Actuarial Science. The Chair is a five-year appointment and the appointment will hold a tenured position as Professor in an appropriate Department. The salary will be commensurate with a distinguished Chair appointment and the appointment will be effective September 1, 2003. For more information the Faculty of Science please visit the web site at:

    Applications or nominations, together with a curriculum vitae, and where appropriate, the names of six referees, should be sent by January 10, 2003 to:

    W.S. Davidson, Dean
    Faculty of Science
    Simon Fraser University
    8888 University Drive
    Burnaby, BC V5A 1S6

    University of Alberta
    Dean, Faculty of Science

    The University of Alberta invites applications and nominations for the position of Dean of the Faculty of Science. The Dean is responsible to the Provost and Vice-President (Academic) for the supervision and administration of the academic programs, budget, and all activities of the Faculty. Candidates should have proven administrative ability, well-developed leadership skills and strong academic qualifications in a field of research that enhances the activities of the Faculty. The appointment will take effect on July 1, 2003 or as soon as possible thereafter. Written nominations or applications,accompanied in the latter case by a resume of qualifications and experience, and the names of three referees should be submitted by December 15, 2002 to:

    Dr. D.R. Owram, Provost and Vice-President (Academic)
    2-10 University Hall, University of Alberta
    Edmonton, Alberta, Canada T6G 2J9
    Or, by electronic mail to:

    Career Owl is a nonprofit employment information and e-recruiting site founded by Canadian university professors to help jobseekers and employers connect, conveniently and directly. The service is open to all, but has special features to facilitate recruiting for the highly qualified. Jobseekers pay nothing and retain full control over their information. All campus, volunteer, co-op and student internship jobs can be posted for free by calling 1-877-OWL-POST (1-877-695-7678) to arrange for this. Employers pay $25 per regular 8-week Canadian job ad, posted as widely or selectively as the employer chooses. Foreign jobs can also be posted, but cost more.

    Useful Web Centre for Science Post Docs

    Next Wave's Career Development Center ( is a free, comprehensive source of advice and guidance for young scientists pursuing academic research career in today's scientific community. In conjunction with our network of experts, we offer practical advice on a variety of topics including: writing grant applications, review criteria, becoming faculty, designing your lab, budgeting and becoming an administrator.

    Anyone who needs information about US grants or funding can e-mail questions to the GrantDoctor, a weekly advice column ( In addition, researchers can link to GrantsNet ( This free service helps researchers locate US funding in the biological and medical sciences through a searchable database of over 580 programs.

    Next Wave's Career Development Center is published by Science and the AAAS. 

    Schoolnet Programs to Develop Employability Skills

    Information is on their site

    Nature Jobs

    The scientific magazine Nature has an effective job resource site with several new enhancements at

    Career Directions

    The Canada Career Consortium is an alliance to help Canadians better access the information they need to make sound decisions for the future.  They have a number of publications and other resources to help young (and older) people explore their options, including a book Career Directions and a tabloid, Canada Prospects. Check out for more information 

    Women in Biology Internet Launch Page is a directory of links for women biologists, covering history, organizations, career resources, education, bibliographies, quotations, and gender issues. Additional links of interest include sites encouraging girls and young women in science. The site is maintained by Susan L. Forsburg, Associate Professor at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies in La Jolla, California.

    The Women in Science, Technology, Trades and Engineering website has several reports on women in the high tech sector and other useful resources.

    Here are some sources on information on job opportunities:

    Public Service Commission of Canada -

    The Public Service Commission of Canada  runs a Management Trainee Program and Accelerated Economist Program.  For information on jobs and programs and to apply on-line, check out

    The PSCC is the agency responsible for recruitment to the federal Public Service. The InfoTel service at (709) 772-4812, is an effective way to find out about  job openings in the Public Service of Canada. Information is also available on the Federal Student Work Experience Program (FSWEP) which gives full-time students access to temporary full- or part-time jobs in the public service.

    Human Resources Development Canada

    has information on job opportunities and worksearch skills at

    Career Information Resource Centre 
    Human Resource Development Canada
    277 Water St., St. Johnís

    The Centre provides several routes to explore employment possibilities:

     - Reference library with the major newspapers, as well as information on resumes and interview skills
     - Access to the internet for job searches
     - National Electronic Labour Exchange which matches skills profiles of employees with prospective employers
     - Computerized job kiosks
     - 24 hour voice-recorded job line
     - Referral to counselling services