Assistant/Associate Research Scientist, Government Researcher, Researcher
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We are looking for a vibrant and dynamic Research Associate to support our Aquatic and Crop Resource Development (ACRD) Research Centre. The Research Associate would be someone who shares our core values of Integrity, Excellence, Respect and Creativity.
You are eligible for the Research Associate Program if you possess a Ph.D. in natural science or engineering earned within the last five years, or you expect to obtain the degree within six months. You must have a demonstrated ability to perform original high-quality research in your chosen field. This will be the main criterion used in selecting candidates and in considering extensions of their term.
The general objective of this position is to provide (research project support) for a project relating to the genomics and molecular mechanisms that provide the ability for functional gene identification and characterization in wheat.
The NRC’s ACRD Research Centre works directly with small to large Canadian companies to realize technological advances with bio-based resources destined for the bioproduct and food and beverage sectors, including: bio-based chemicals, structural fibers, bioenergy, bioremediation and other related industries. At our Saskatoon location we have a focus on agricultural biotechnology.
Our research and technology development efforts span the entire value chain from resource to product. By collaborating with companies from the feedstock development stage through to quality assurance and quality control processes for their products, we help Canadian industry profitably transform our nation’s bio-based resources into sustainable, value-added products.
Applicants must demonstrate within the content of their application that they meet the following screening criteria in order to be given further consideration as candidates:
As part of the RA Program you must have received your PhD or Masters in Plant Biology, Crop Science or a related field within the last five years or you expect to receive the degree within the next six months.
For information on certificates and diplomas issued abroad, please see Degree equivalency
Significant experience in the experimental aspects of crop physiology including measurement and analysis of physiological parameters related to yield or biomass.
Significant experience in the application of the R statistical environment for the analysis of field experimental trials and genetic mapping of quantitative traits.
Experience in gene identification and functional gene characterization would be considered an asset.
Experience in working with cereal crops such as wheat would be considered an asset.
Condition of Employment
Information on language requirements and self-assessment tests
Candidates will be assessed on the basis of the following criteria:
Understanding of crop physiology including knowledge of plant growth dynamics, biomass accumulation, yield components, and response to abiotic and environmental stresses.
Practical knowledge of physiological measurements and application in a field or greenhouse environment.
Solid knowledge of statistical methods and data management practices used in the analysis of large and complex datasets including the use of open-source statistical software.
Solid knowledge of plant genetics and genetic mapping including the identification of QTL for marker development.
Ability to communicate clearly and effectively both orally and in writing.
General knowledge of project management principles and practices.
Knowledge of good laboratory practices and safety awareness.
Knowledge of plant genomics for functional gene identification and characterization including the use and application of software pipelines for gene expression analysis using RNA-sequencing data would be an asset.
Additional Salary Information: The Research Associate (RA) Program is unique to the NRC. It falls under the RO/RCO classification system which uses a person-based classification system instead of the more common duties-based classification system. Candidates are remunerated based on their expertise, skill, outcomes and impacts of their previous work experience.
Internal Number: 3364
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