Job opportunity: RAIN Research Technician (Algoma)

The Rural Agri-Innovation Network (RAIN) operating through the Sault Ste. Marie Innovation Centre and NORDIK Institute (Algoma University) is seeking a qualified, experienced individual to join the RAIN team as Research Technician. Reporting to the RAIN Research Project Coordinator, the candidate will work in partnership with Algoma agricultural producers, agri-business owners, agricultural researchers and other project collaborators. The Research Technician will also receive scientific and technical advice from a RAIN Science Advisory Committee. This is a full time 1 year contract within the RAIN.

Responsibilities:

  • Operating and Maintaining crop research equipment and facilities.
  • Establishing and coordinating grower cooperator trials.
  • Training growers for undertaking replicated field trials for crop assessment.
  • Supervision of research assistants, interns and/or students as required.
  • Establishing communications, collaboration and information exchange among research organizations and producers.
  • Ensuring results from trials are reported in a timely manner and that knowledge is transferred to producers and clients.
  • Identifying and developing funding opportunities to carry out research trials.
  • Assisting growers with access to weather, crop pest and other agronomic information through monitoring local conditions and providing access to on-line and hard copy information.

Additional Qualifications:

  • Candidates must have an agricultural degree or a college degree, B.Sc., or M.Sc. in a related field or at least 3 years’ experience in undertaking and reporting agricultural research.
  • Training and experience in the design, planning, establishment and reporting of crop trials is essential.
  • The candidate must be experienced in the operation of farm equipment, have a valid driver’s license and access to a personal vehicle.
  • The candidate must have excellent self-motivation, team and personnel management abilities, organizational and oral/written communication skills and be capable of working with little supervision.

Salary:

This is a 1 year position until the end of December 2016. Total pay including mandatory deductions will not exceed $45,000 per annum.

Location of work:

Sault Ste. Marie Innovation Centre located at the Essar Convergence Centre at Algoma University and with a requirement to work remotely in Algoma District during crop trial activity.

Applications are required by 5 p.m. Friday December 4th 2015

Tentative start date, January 11th 2016

Letters of application and résumé’s can be emailed to:

David Thompson, RAIN Research Project Coordinator
Sault Ste. Marie Innovation Centre
1520 Queen St. E., Sault Ste Marie ON P6A 2G4
Tel: 705-942-7927 ext 3027
Email: careers@ssmic.com

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