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Requisition Number:  8091
Position Type:  Short-term
Position Length:  September to December 2022

Ottawa (Downtown), ON, CA

Remote Work:  No, critical onsite role
Closing Date:  July 6, 2022 23:59 EST

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The Bank of Canada has a vision to be “a leading central bank—dynamic, engaged and trusted—committed to a better Canada.” No other employer in the country offers you the unique opportunity to work at the very center of Canada’s economy, in a diverse and inclusive organization with significant impact on the economic and financial well-being of all Canadians. You will be challenged, energized and motivated to excel in an environment where we are reinventing central banking, renewing ways of doing business and reinforcing a culture of innovation.

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Did you know?  
First Impressions Matter! Did you know that current cognitive science research has shown that bank notes are authenticated, or deemed suspect, in less than one second.     
What you will do  
The Currency – Product Development Team (CUR-PDT) is seeking a four-month graduate student to further evolve our “Perception Study” program that utilizes cognitive science to optimize security feature authentication mechanisms and bank note design guidelines.  Under the supervision of the CUR-PDT Research and Development (R&D) Team Lead, the successful candidate will be expected to apply their cognitive science background to:  

  • Support PDT’s relationship with external academic collaborators; 
  • Develop novel methodologies that can be used by PDT to increase the throughput of R&D samples in “Perception Studies”; 
  • Deliver project updates to the PDT team on a monthly basis; 
  • Liaise effectively with other Bank of Canada elements, e.g. legal, procurement, to maintain progress within the Perception Study projects. 
  • Investigate new strategies for analyzing perception study data that can be applied to bank note design and security feature evaluation. 

What you need to succeed 
You will have experience in conducting cognitive experimental studies and analyzing relevant data streams to generate results that support scientific investigations. In addition, you will be an excellent communicator (oral/written)and have all of the requisite attributes to manage relationships and projects with internal and external Bank of Canada stakeholders.  Good inter-personal skills along with the ability to work independently and within a cohesive team-structure are pivotal to the success of this position.  

  • PDT is looking to integrate elements of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Augmented Reality (AR) in to our Perception Study program to: (a) accelerate the acquisition of cognitive science data on potential security features; and (b) expand the correlation of perception study results. 
  • Any experience with AI and AR platforms would be welcomed by the CUR-PDT team.    

Your education and experience  
The position requires to be enrolled in a post-graduate program in a field related to cognitive science.  


What you need to know

  • Language requirement: English or French essential
  • Priority will be given to Canadian citizens and permanent residents
  • Security level required: Be eligible to obtain Secret 
  • Please save a copy of the job poster. Once the closing date has passed, it will no longer be available.
  • In response to the COVID-19 pandemic and further to public health guidelines, preventative measures are being taken to ensure health and safety during the recruitment process. All interviews are conducted virtually.


Vaccination Policy

Please note that the application of the Bank’s Covid-19 Vaccination policy has been temporarily suspended, effective June 20, 2022.  As a result, you will not be required to submit verification of your vaccination status before starting employment with the Bank.  However, please note that the Bank reserves the right to reintroduce vaccination requirements in the future if necessary to respond to changing public health advice and\or government direction.


We wish to thank all applicants for their interest and effort in applying for this position. Only candidates selected for interviews will be contacted.


What you can expect from us  
This is a great opportunity to join a leading organization and be part of a high-performing team.


  • Salary $23.34 hourly (job grade Student C)