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Field Research Technician

Department of Plant Sciences/ Crop Development Centre 

A full-time senior Field Research Technician is required to support the research and development project activities of the Spring Wheat Breeding Program in the Crop Development Centre, Department of Plant Sciences, College of Agriculture and Bioresources.

Responsibilities: Reporting to the Program Leader, and as a member of a research team, responsibilities will include all aspects of field research to support breeding and development of improved spring wheat varieties. The research technician will manage the day to day operations of the field research for assigned areas of the program. This includes planning and assigning duties for junior technical staff; ensuring efficient utilization of resources including land, field and laboratory equipment. As one of two senior technicians assists in selection, hiring, training and supervision of junior technicians, summer student assistants, and casual staff; trains graduate students in field experimentation and techniques. Responsible to produce and maintain database files, field books and data summaries; purchase materials and supplies and make recommendations for equipment requirements.  The candidate will be expected to work in conjunction with the senior research technician to plan and oversee planting and maintenance of field material from seeding through harvest; including harvesting of selected generations in the field program and overseeing weed control needs; as well as greenhouse and Phytotron activities The technician will be expected to train members of the work group on crossing techniques and greenhouse protocols; to support staff and students in the use of software and equipment usage; and to ensure equipment is maintained and ready for use throughout the year. The technician is expected to work with minimal supervision and learn new techniques as needed to assist scientists and graduate students to carry out their research projects. 

Qualifications: An undergraduate degree or diploma in plant sciences, agriculture or related field with at least two years of related research experience in a plant-breeding and/or a field based research environment including experience in operation of small plot equipment, data collection and management, and supervision of junior staff.   . Applicants with a Ph.D. will not be considered.  Must have some experience in the operation of field equipment (tractors, seed drills, pesticide sprayers and combines) and small-plot field experimentation, as well as the ability to organize and implement complex, time sensitive projects.  The successful candidate must possess good mechanical skills, must be willing to work outdoors, work flexible hours at busy periods, be able to lift up to and including 25 kg and be willing to occasionally travel outside of the Saskatoon area.  Candidates must hold a valid class 5 driver’s license and must possess the ability to haul heavy equipment with truck and trailer in both urban and rural areas. Should hold or be willing to obtain a pesticide applicators license.  A good working knowledge of desktop and handheld computers and programs such as MS-Excel, MS-Word, MS-PowerPoint, email, and internet browsers is required.  The position requires a motivated, reliable and well organized person able to work in a multi-disciplinary group environment.  Candidates must possess effective oral and written communications skills in the English language and have the ability to work both independently and in a team-based, collaborative environment.  Must possess a good working knowledge of safety procedures and protocols.

Term: Two years with the possibility of extension dependent on funding

Salary: Commensurate with qualifications and experience. To apply, please send application via email by April 14, 2017, including the following three components:  a cover letter, resume, and the names of three references as a single PDF document:

Dr. Pierre Hucl
Crop Development Centre, University of Saskatchewan
51 Campus Drive, Saskatoon, SK S7N 5A8, Email:

We thank all applicants for their interest in advance. Only those applicants who are selected for an interview will be contacted.

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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.