Research Technician, Vegetable and Specialty Crops
A full-time Research Technician is required in the Vegetable Crop Production Program in the Department of Plant Sciences, College of Agriculture and Bioresources, University of Saskatchewan.
Job description and duties: The technician will work as part of a research team to support on-going research in Vegetable and Speciality crops. Current research projects include: evaluation/development of new cultivars for potatoes and vegetables, crop protection research, soil fertility management and microclimate modification. Specific duties include but are not limited to:
- Select and access new vegetable cultivars for testing
- Co-ordinating potato testing program
- Planning and implementation of extensive field trials
- Grading and quality analysis of a wide array of crops
- Data compilation, analysis and presentation
- Report writing and website management
- Supervision of summer students
Qualifications: An undergraduate degree in agriculture, biology or a related field or a diploma in agriculture with one to two years related experience. Candidates should be familiar with the basic objectives and management practices used in field and greenhouse research projects. Familiarity with vegetable crop production and the ability to operate small plot equipment is an asset. Excellent time management and organizational skills are required. Demonstrated experience working with data handling and presentation software programs (spreadsheets, word processing, graphics and web site management) is also required. The successful candidate must enjoy working outdoors and must be able to work flexible hours during planting and harvest seasons. Repetitive lifting of up to and including 50 pounds will be required. Candidates must hold a valid class 5 driver’s license. Candidates must be able to work both independently and as a team member in a multi-disciplinary group environment and must possess excellent oral and written communications skills in the English language. A valid pesticide applicators licence would be an asset.
Salary and term: Two-year term position with the possibility of extension. Salary to commensurate with qualifications and experience.
The position is open as of Jan 10, 2013 and will remain open until a suitable candidate is located.
To apply, send application including: cover letter, resume and the names, addresses and telephone numbers of three references to:
Dr. Doug Waterer
Department of Plant Sciences, University of Saskatchewan
51 Campus Drive, Saskatoon, SK S7N 5A8
No telephone calls please. You may also E-mail applications to: firstname.lastname@example.org
We thank all applicants in advance, but only applicants selected for an interview will be contacted.
The University of Saskatchewan is strongly committed to a diverse and inclusive workplace that empowers all employees to reach their full potential. All members of the university community share a responsibility for developing and maintaining an environment in which differences are valued and inclusiveness is practiced. The university welcomes applications from those who will contribute to the diversity of our community. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadian citizens and permanent residents will be given priority.