Position Description

2019 Summer Student - NPD Data Analyst for an environmental data management system, Student
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Canadian Nuclear Laboratories is bringing together the finest minds to form a diverse, vibrant and dynamic workforce culture energized by the innovative capacity of students, new graduates and mid-career professionals, underpinned by senior world renowned experts. We hire numerous students each semester from colleges and universities to support our research and perform other assignments. If you are looking for interesting and challenging work this summer then keep reading, and if you meet the requirements of this role, apply today.

Department: NPD Closure Project

Number of Positions: 1

Duration: 4 months


Geomatics, Computer Science, Software Engineering

Year of study: 1st year or higher

Location: Chalk River, ON


All students applying for student positions at CNL must be returning to full-time studies upon completion of their work term. Exceptions will be made for students who require a work term in order to graduate. 

Students must submit a resume, cover letter and copy of an up-to-date transcript by the posting close date of January 3rd, 2019 to ensure consideration for student employment in the first round of interviews. Positions will remain posted until January 21st,

2019 to allow second round of candidates/interviews, if required.


The Nuclear Power Demonstration (NPD) site is located on the south bank of the Ottawa River near the town of Rolphton Ontario, approximately 200 km northwest of Ottawa.  NPD has a proud history as the first nuclear power reactor in Canada to supply power to the electrical grid and was the model for the CANDU® reactor design.  In 1988, after almost three decades operation, NPD was permanently shut down and plans are currently underway to complete the decommissioning of the facility through “in-situ” decommissioning which involves demolishing above ground structures and filling the reactor building with grout (a material similar to cement).   


Canadian Nuclear Laboratories is developing an Environmental Data Management System (EDMS).  This system is a company-wide project to implement a GIS-based environmental data management system for CNL’s wide diversity of environmental data. This position is an exciting opportunity to learn about implementing an enterprise approach to storing large amounts of scientific data.



The candidate will assist: 

·         In data migration and transformation from documents and servers primarily using SQL server, and potentially ACCESS and .NET;

·         In writing documentation for migration and transformation to ensure system maintainability, reproducibility, and traceability;

·         In examining and analyzing business requirements in order to propose solutions to data storage that are appropriate for data while aligning with client requests;

·         In interfacing with data owners to ensure data quality is maintained during migration.



  • Experience with SQL or other Database management systems (ACCESS or Oracle) and knowledge of best practices
  • Experience with Geocortex or ArcGIS
  • Quick learner, ability to adapt to differing data formats and requirements
  • Experience with Excel and excellent analytical/observational skills
  • Strong communication, interpersonal skills
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team and meet deadlines and schedules
  • Good time management skills and ability to prioritize
  • Experience in programming (such as Visual Basic and .NET)
  • Experience in writing specification and documentation for software development
  • Experience in handling scientific datasets

Geomatics, Computer Science, Software Engineering

CNL has an Employment Equity Program and encourages applications from women, Aboriginal Peoples, visible minorities and persons with disabilities.



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