Root-Soil-Microbial Interactions Pillar
The Global Institute for Food Security (GIFS) performs discovery research that aims to deliver transformative innovation in agriculture in both the developed and the developing world. To address these issues, GIFS’ research focuses on three areas: Seed and Developmental Biology, Root-Soil-Microbial Interactions, and Digital and Computational Agriculture. GIFS was founded as a public-private partnership among PotashCorp, the University of Saskatchewan, and the Government of Saskatchewan and is based at the University of Saskatchewan. It is the home of leading researchers and has attracted over $100M in funding to date.
GIFS is recruiting for a Research Technician-Engineer in the Root-Soil-Microbial Interactions pillar in the laboratories of Professor Leon Kochian (Canada Excellence Research Chair in Food Systems and Security) and Professor David Schneider (GIFS Research Chair in Digital and Computational Agriculture).
Term: The Research Technician-Engineer is a full-time, two-year term position with the possibility of being extended based on satisfactory performance and availability of research funding. The start date of the position is approximately August 8, 2017.
Salary: The salary range for the position is $38,474 to $46,174 annually. The salary offered to the selected candidate will be commensurate with qualifications and skills.
Primary purpose: Under the direct supervision of Professor Leon Kochian and Professor David Schneider, the Research Technician-Engineer will develop data acquisition systems for imaging the roots of plants grown in liquid (hydroponics) and solid media (soils, soil-like substrates, and transparent gels). A number of imaging modalities will be used including optical, X-ray, neutron and positron emission tomography.
Qualifications, experience, and skills: This position requires an undergraduate degree in engineering or physical science. Hands-on experience is required in hardware and software aspects of data acquisition or laboratory automation systems. Experience with fabrication and basic machine shop skills are highly desirable. Knowledge of biology is helpful but not required.
The successful candidate will have the demonstrated ability to work in a fast-paced, team-oriented, and multidisciplinary research environment. They will be motivated, reliable, and well-organized. The successful candidate must possess excellent oral and written communications skills in the English language.
To apply: Applications will be accepted by e-mail only and must include a cover letter, resume with complete contact information, and the names and contact information of three references. Please submit a single PDF document to the attention of:
Professor David Schneider
GIFS Research Chair in Digital and Computational Agriculture
Global Institute for Food Security
Please include Research Technician-Engineer in the e-mail subject line. Applications that do not include all requested information will not be considered.
Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.
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.
Open Date: July 10, 2017
Job Type: Full Time