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Research Assistant - Handling Weather Damaged Potato Crops - Research Affiliate Program

Reference number: AGR22J-023788-000180
Selection process number: 22-AGR-RAP-51A
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada - Science and Technology Branch
Lethbridge (Alberta)
The projected start date is May 1, 2023 with an end date of January 2, 2025 (or depending on the candidate's availability or needs). It is expected that the student will work 20 hours per week.
$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: 7 December 2022 - 23:59, Pacific Time

Who can apply: Persons residing in Canada, and Canadian citizens and Permanent residents abroad.

To be considered for Research Affiliate Program (RAP) work opportunities, candidates must meet the following criteria:

-Be recognized as having full-time student status by the Canadian post-secondary academic institution at which you are currently enrolled, pending approval of acceptance, or in the process of submitting your application. (Proof of enrollment will be required prior to start date)

-Be the minimum age to work in the province or territory where the job is located.

-Student must be enrolled at the University of Lethbridge. The funding for the student comes from a project funded by Results Driven Agriculture Research. Dr. Dmytro Yevtushenko, based at U of L, is a collaborator on the project and will be the student supervisor. Work done by the student will be in the Lethbridge area.

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 successful candidate will split work between the laboratory, greenhouse and in the field. Duties include but are not limited to:

Preparing and testing potato seed for planting;
Collection of plant growth data and tissue samples;
Process plant tissue samples for analysis in the laboratory;
Collate and analyze collected data;
Protocol development and troubleshooting.

Work environment

The Lethbridge Research and Development Center (LeRDC) is located in Southern Alberta. The successful candidate will be working with the Potato Health research program based at LeRDC. The focus of the project will be on evaluating treatments to minimize the effects of severe weather events on potato production.

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 2 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 willing to enrolled by the date of the appointment in a Master’s program in a recognized post-secondary academic institution with specialization in:
• Agronomy;
• Agricultural Sciences;
• Plant Sciences;
• Biology;
• Bio-ecology Technology
• Bioscience Technology;
• Environmental Sciences;
• A related science program or other related fields.

Degree equivalency

Experience* in plant biology

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

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

English essential

Information on language requirements

Knowledge of molecular biology
Knowledge of microbiology

Interactive communication
Planning and organization

Ability to follow directions
Ability to troubleshoot and work independently

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

Must possess a valid class 5 GDL

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 work in laboratory, greenhouse or fields where appropriate safety measures are in place.
Ability and willingness to work outdoors under various weather conditions.
Ability and willingness to be in contact with hazardous materials, where the usual safety measures are in place.

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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