Frequently Asked Questions - Tutte Institute

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  1. What is the Communications Security Establishment Canada (CSEC)?

    CSEC is Canada's national cryptologic agency. Unique within Canada's security and intelligence community, CSEC employs code-makers and code-breakers to provide the Government of Canada with information technology security (IT Security) and foreign signals intelligence (SIGINT) services. CSEC also provides technical and operational assistance to federal law enforcement and security agencies.

  2. What is the TIMC's affiliation with CSEC?

    The TIMC is a program within CSEC. As such, it is sponsored and funded by CSEC and it supports the Establishment's vision of safeguarding Canada's security through information superiority.

  3. How does the TIMC recruit employees and contractors?

    The TIMC recruits employees and contractors through academic outreach as well as by direct networking.  Individuals who are interested in working for the institute are encouraged to submit their CV, and selected applicants will be contacted for an interview.

  4. What are the work options available to TIMC researchers coming from a faculty position at a university?

    If an individual is coming from a staff position at a university, they may elect to have their compensation converted to a research grant administered by their university. They may also elect to use the Interchange Program which allows for long-term secondment from their university to the TIMC.

  5. Are all TIMC contractors full-time?

    No. Contractors have flexible work options available to them. Contracts are determined on the basis of a fixed number of days to be worked in an established period of time, and contractors have the flexibility to choose when they will fulfil the required days.

  6. I'm interested in working for the TIMC, but I'm too busy. What if I don't have time to commit to a full time contract?

    Working for the TIMC takes as much time as you are willing to give. There are a number of flexible work options available to researchers. Contracts range from short term (one week) to multiple years. While on contract, researchers may elect to work on a flexible part-time or full-time basis.

  7. Will there be restrictions on my publishing if I work for the TIMC?

    Researchers/employees/contractors of the TIMC are asked to submit their potential unclassified publications for pre-publication review to the institute. This is done in order to protect the classified nature of the TIMC's work. However, it is important to note that the research conducted by employees/researchers/contractors for the TIMC are in different fields than their own personal research, therefore in most cases the pre-publication review process is straightforward and unproblematic.

  8. Why is the security clearance process so extensive? What if I don't want to go through the entire process?

    The research conducted at the TIMC is highly sensitive; therefore all researchers/contractors/employees must obtain a Top Secret Security Clearance. At any time in the screening process, applicants may choose to withdraw, however this will result in an incomplete application.

  9. Will I lose my position at the university/institute I currently work for if I come to work for the TIMC?

    In most cases, depending on where the applicant is currently employed, they won't lose their position if they work for the TIMC. There are a number of flexible work options available to contractors/researchers. One of these options is to be seconded from their university/institute to work for the TIMC; another is to work for the institute as a part-time consultant. Most universities allow their faculty members to use 20 per cent of their week (or one weekday) for consulting (The 20 per cent Rule).

  10. I hold a joint-citizenship/dual citizenship. Am I still eligible to work for the TIMC?

    This is decided on a case-by-case basis, as it depends on which country the joint/dual citizenship is held.