Winter 2016 - Mathematics - University

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Location: Ottawa, Ontario

The Communications Security Establishment Canada (CSEC) is committed to hiring students through recognized educational programs in various universities and colleges across Canada in a variety of technical and administrative openings. If you are interested in working in a challenging role within a dynamic environment, make CSEC your first choice!

 CSEC is Canada's National Cryptologic Agency. Our mandate is to:

  • Acquire and provide foreign signals intelligence;
  • Provide advice, guidance and services to help ensure the protection of Government of Canada electronic information and information infrastructures; and
  • Provide technical and operational assistance to federal law enforcement and security agencies.

Summary of duties:

As a mathematician at CSEC, you will be part of a team applying your math and problem solving skills to challenges in communication systems, information processing and security systems. You will help provide innovative tools, techniques and/or recommendations to a wide variety of clients both within CSEC and from other organizations.

Position Available:

A student mathematician will have the opportunity for one or more of the following types of work:

  • Analyse a dataset to determine its properties, model it and then devise a strategy to take advantage of its properties
  • Design/program/test/optimize algorithms in a wide variety of domains such as statistics, algebra and discrete mathematics
  • Isolate the mathematical content of real world problems in communications systems, information processing or security systems

In all cases, a student would work with a mentor on a task and programming would be an essential part of the work. Programs produced are typically stand alone solutions in order to allow concentration on the mathematical and abstract portion of the problem as opposed to issues inherent in system integration.

Areas of mathematics that are especially applicable include probability theory, combinatorics, group theory, statistics, data mining, graph theory, finite field theory, linear algebra, number theory, information theory, algebraic coding theory and Fourier analysis. CSEC mathematicians rely on computers to assist them in their analysis but their primary value lies in their ability to apply their mathematical talent creatively in solving problems.


All student mathematicians at CSEC require the following:

  • Computer programming ability and experience using a high-level language such as C, C++, Java or Perl;
  • Familiarity with the UNIX environment;
  • Familiarity with a mathematics software package such as Mathematica, Matlab, Maple, or R;
  • Understanding of telecommunications concepts;
  • Excellent analytical and communications skills; and
  • A strong interest in the analysis of information systems.

Educational Requirements:

  • You must have completed at least two (2) full years of study.
  • You must have completed one work term.

Salary range:

Student salaries are set by CSEC and are based on students’ academic level and previously completed work terms.  College (from $508.00 to $635.00), undergraduate (from $630.00 to $731.00) and post-graduate (from $711.00 to $772.00) per week. 

To apply:

You must apply online by selecting "Apply" below.

You must be registered as a full time student at your university.

We ask that you attach a page at the end of your résumé enumerating your courses and the marks you have received even if some are still unofficial.

On your cover letter, indicate which position you are interested in and what makes you a possible candidate for that position.

You must be a Canadian Citizen and eligible for a Top Secret security clearance.
The security screening process at CSE includes:

  • an interview with CSE security personnel
  • a psychological assessment
  • a polygraph assessment with CSE security personnel to assess loyalties to Canada
  • a background investigation conducted by CSIS which will cover a minimum of your last ten years’ residence, employment, school, international travel, etc.

Deadline for application submission for the WINTER 2016 work term (January 4, 2016 to April 22, 2016) is, midnight May 24, 2015.

Please note that applications will be reviewed at the closing date only.


CSEC is a government agency located in the Ottawa region. Relocation assistance will be provided to students studying at an accredited academic institution located outside the Ottawa region.

CSEC supports the Employment Equity Act. We encourage candidates to apply if they belong to the following designated groups: women, visible minorities, persons of Aboriginal descent, or persons with disabilities.

This job posting may be used to fill a number of positions.

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