7 Sep 2018

IT Security Analyst, Calcul Quebec (MT0512, IST2I, GR5)

Job Category: 
Term positions for management and excludeds

Position Context:

The IT Security Analyst will work on projects with Calcul Québec, specifically with the Montréal Institute for Learning Algorithms (MILA) and the McGill Genome Centre (MGC). The incumbent will be responsible for ensuring that computing services and related projects have a level of security that is adapted and compatible with specific security requirements and expectations of these entities. The analyst will work with researchers to identify their security needs and recommend to the Calcul Québec Management and Operations team new approaches to better meet these needs. The analyst will also participate in the development and implementation of new technological solutions, and will be responsible for planning and evaluating the security of these solutions. The analyst will also work with Compute Canada’s security team, which sets national standards for the federation.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Analyze and understand information security risks for Calcul Québec, MILA, MGC, and Compute Canada, including health related data.
  • Identify priorities for implementing security processes and procedures.
  • Advise people responsible for information assets, software and information systems, and provide them with adequate recommendations regarding cybersecurity.
  • Participate in the development, implementation and realization of security and risk management tools and strategies.
  • Develop architectural standards and norms and establish procedures to be used by various users.
  • Perform vulnerability tests, risk analysis and security assessments using industry standards such as NIST, ISO or OCTAVE.
  • Participate in the response to security incidents and provide detailed retrospective analysis.
  • Monitor for new vulnerabilities affecting Calcul Québec, MILA and MUGQIC.
  • Participate in security awareness activities to promote safe practices.


Undergraduate Degree

Three (3) years’ related experience

Other Qualifying Skills and/or Abilities:

Bachelor degree in a field related to Cyber Security or firsthand experience using Cyber Security in his/her field of application with 3 to 5 years’ related experience preferred.  Experience with High Performance Computing Concepts and understanding of services used in research activities. Knowledge of big data concepts and artificial intelligence. Expertise in the Linux environment. Security certifications is an asset: CISSP, CISM, CEH or CRISC. Expertise in good information security practices, including ISO 27000, NIST, HIPAA, etc. Good knowledge of virtualized environments and cloud-like platforms. Knowledge of storage platforms (GPFS, Lustre, NFS, ZFS, etc.) and associated security techniques. Good knowledge of the various layers of the network and associated security technologies. Programming capability (shell script, Python, C / C ++, etc.) for the development of security tools. Good command of French and English, both spoken and written. Dynamic person, able to express leadership. Good communication skills and effective teamwork skills. Ability to work in a complex and distributed technological environment.

How to Apply:

Please submit your cover letter and curriculum vitae, clearly indicating the reference number, to Staffing:


McGill University, Human Resources (Staffing)

688 Sherbrooke Street West, suite 1520

Montreal, Quebec

H3A 3R1

Email: apply.hr@mcgill.ca

The deadline to apply for this position is September 10, 2018 at 5:00 PM.

*Current employees: please indicate your McGill ID number in your application.*

We thank all applicants for their interest in McGill University. However, Staffing will only contact applicants selected for an interview.

McGill University hires on the basis of merit and is strongly committed to equity and diversity within its community. We welcome applications from racialized persons/visible minorities, women, Indigenous persons, persons with disabilities, ethnic minorities, and persons of minority sexual orientations and gender identities, as well as from all qualified candidates with the skills and knowledge to productively engage with diverse communities. McGill implements an employment equity program and encourages members of designated groups to self-identify. Persons with disabilities who anticipate needing accommodations for any part of the application process may contact, in confidence, Professor Angela Campbell, Associate Provost (Equity and Academic Policies) at angela.campbell@mcgill.ca or 514-398-1660.

Faculty/Unit:  Office of the Vice-Principal (Research and Innovation)
Salary Range:  (Grade 05) $56,000 – $70,000 (midpoint) – $91,000
Hours:  33.75
Duration:  Two (2) years
Reporting to:  Director, Business Operations
Reference no.:  MT0512