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Graduate Student - Research Affiliate Program

Reference number: AGR23J-023788-000255
Selection process number: 23-AGR-RAP-15
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada - Science and Technology Branch
Lacombe (Alberta)
The projected start date is January 3, 2024 with an end date of December 31, 2025 (or depending on the candidate's availability or needs). It is expected that the student will work 20 to 37.5 hours per week. (20 hours during academic periods and 37.5 hours during non-academic periods.)
$22.71 to $28.57 per hour (Varies as per level of education and experience.)

For further information on the organization, please visit Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

For further information on the Research Affiliate Program (RAP), please visit: Jobs.gc.ca

Closing date: 11 April 2023 - 23:59, Pacific Time

Who can apply: Persons residing in Canada and Canadian citizens, permanent residents and international students* residing abroad.

* International students, with valid visas permitting work in Canada, will only be considered when no eligible, qualified Canadian citizens or permanent residents are available for the position.

To be considered for Research Affiliate Program (RAP) work opportunities, all candidates must meet the following eligibility criteria by the date of appointment:

- Be recognized as having full-time student status by an accredited Canadian post-secondary academic institution (this includes students with a disability deemed to have full-time status). Individuals pending approval of acceptance, or in the process of submitting applications are encouraged to apply as proof of enrollment will only be required prior to the start date.
- Be enrolled in an academic program that requires research as part of the curriculum.
- Be the minimum age to work in the province or territory where the job is located.

Update: Please note that the selection process has been amended to extend the closing date to April 11, 2023 - 23:59, Pacific Time.

Important messages

We are committed to providing an inclusive and barrier-free work environment, starting with the hiring process. If you need to be accommodated during any phase of the evaluation process, please use the Contact information below to request specialized accommodation. All information received in relation to accommodation will be kept confidential.

Assessment accommodation

AAFC is committed to diversity and inclusion and is proud to be recognized as one of Canada’s best diversity employers. We welcome all applicants and strongly encourage candidates to self-declare if they belong to an Employment Equity designated group (i.e. Aboriginal Peoples, Persons with Disabilities, Visible Minorities or Women).

Persons are entitled to participate in the appointment process in the official language of their choice. Applicants are asked to indicate their preferred official language in their application.

Communication for this process will be sent via email. It is the responsibility of the candidate to ensure accurate contact information is provided and updated as required. Candidates who apply to this selection process should include an email address that accepts email from unknown users (some email systems block these types of email).


The present work intends to capture the volume of meat secondary streams within the Canadian meat value chain and explore valorization options that can be employed for their value addition. The work will encompass survey administration, data collection and chemical analysis of meat co-products from the meat industry. The intent of this work is to support the meat industry to reduce their environmental impact by diverting waste streams from the landfill into more value added streams.

Work environment

The successful candidate will participate in multidisciplinary projects related to various aspects of meat co-product value-addition. Responsibilities will include working in research and commercial abattoirs and meat processing plants where handling raw meat from different species (e.g. beef, pork, etc.) will be part of the operational requirements. The role will also include some off-site data collection, which may require some travel. Part of the responsibilities will include method development, sample collection and storage, writing data summary reports, and contributing to the preparation of research reports. Furthermore, the individual will sometimes be working independently and alone on projects. The successful candidate may be working in coordination with several other research teams, and will be required to maintain efficient and professional communication with co-workers.

AAFC is committed to diversity and inclusion. We have several networks dedicated to ensuring that the department continues to grow as an inclusive, accessible, respectful and diverse workplace. All employees are encouraged and welcomed to join the networks and participate in their activities and events.

• The Gender and Sexual Diversity Inclusiveness Network
• The Indigenous Network Circle
• The Managers' Community
• The Persons with Disabilities Network
• The Student Panel of Representatives for Orientation, Unity and Training
• The Visible Minorities Network
• The Women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Network
• The Young Professional's Network

Positions to be filled: 1

Information you must provide

Your résumé.

Contact information for 3 references.

A list of the courses you have taken as well as any courses that you are taking now, or that you will be taking this academic year

In order to be considered, your application must clearly explain how you meet the following (essential qualifications)

Currently enrolled or will be enrolled by the date of appointment in a Master’s degree program in a recognized post-secondary academic institution in Canada with specialization in Food Science, Food Chemistry, Biological Sciences, Animal and Meat Science, or related disciplines.

Note: Must be currently recognized as having full-time student status in the academic institution in which you are presently enrolled, pending approval of acceptance or in the process of submitting your application. Proof of enrollment will be required prior to start date and must be returning to full-time studies for your next academic term.

Degree equivalency

Experience* working in a chemistry laboratory environment (including but not limited to food chemistry lab, food quality lab or related fields).
Experience* conducting scientific research.

*In the context of student recruitment in the Federal Public Service, the experience can be acquired through the studies, work experience, or volunteer activities.

If you possess any of the following, your application must also clearly explain how you meet it (other qualifications)

Evidence of published scientific works.

The following will be applied / assessed at a later date (essential for the job)

English essential

Information on language requirements

Knowledge of basic statistical analysis.
Knowledge of meat and food chemistry theories and analyses.

Planning and Organizing
Problem Solving

The following may be applied / assessed at a later date (may be needed for the job)

Agriculture and Agri-food Canada recognizes that the diversity of its employee population contributes to its strength and integrity. We are committed to achieving employment equity and developing a highly capable workforce that is representative of Canadian Society. We encourage women (especially in non-traditional occupations), Indigenous peoples (Aboriginal peoples), persons with disabilities, and members of visible minority groups to apply and declare themselves as part of one or more of the Employment Equity groups as selection may be limited to candidates belonging to one or more of the groups.

Information on employment equity

Conditions of employment

Reliability Status security clearance - Each student hired through the Research Affiliate Program (RAP) must meet the security requirements of the position as a condition of employment, and therefore will be asked by the hiring organization to complete security-relevant documents.

Ability and willingness to travel.
Ability and willingness to work overtime including evenings and weekends.
Ability and willingness to work flexible hours.
Ability and willingness to control allergies, through the use of personal protective equipment and/or medication and this must not impinge upon the duties to be performed.
Ability and willingness to work in a laboratory, abattoir and processing floor.
Ability and willingness to work with hazardous materials.
Ability and willingness to work under challenging conditions (i.e. temperature extremes in abattoir and coolers, equipment noise and slippery floors in the processing areas, and malodorous conditions in the offal collection area).

Other information

The Public Service of Canada is committed to building a skilled and diverse workforce that reflects the Canadians we serve. We promote employment equity and encourage you to indicate if you belong to one of the designated groups when you apply.

Information on employment equity

Applications submitted by email will not be accepted. You must apply on-line through https://www.canada.ca/en/services/jobs/opportunities/government.html.

Persons with disabilities preventing them from applying on-line are asked to contact the email referenced below under “Contact Information”.

Candidates will be required to pay for their own travel related to assessment and successful candidates will be responsible for obtaining their own living accommodations.

Successful completion of both a RAP work assignment and your educational program may lead to a temporary or permanent federal public service position for which you meet the merit criteria and conditions of employment.


Preference will be given to Canadian citizens and permanent residents, with the exception of a job located in Nunavut, where Nunavut Inuit will be appointed first.

We thank all those who apply. Only those selected for further consideration will be contacted.

Contact information

RAP Team – Research Affiliate Program
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