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Research Scientist - Mycology

Reference number: AGR21J-023788-000039
Selection process number: 21-AGR-NCR-EA-STB-004722
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada - Science and Technology Branch
Ottawa (Ontario)
SE-RES-01, SE-RES-02, SE-RES-03, SE-RES-04, SE-RES-05
$60,333 to $155,950 (The classification level and salary will be determined by the qualifications of the candidate.)

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Closing date: 13 May 2022 - 23:59, Pacific Time

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

Update: Please note that the selection process has been amended to extend the closing date to May 13, 2022 - 23:59, Pacific Time.

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The position requires scientific innovation and leadership in the area of biosystematics of mycotoxigenic fungi, mycology, and fungal taxonomy. The incumbent will perform research to discover, characterize (morphologically and using Sanger and next generation sequencing technologies), describe and name new species of mycotoxigenic fungi. The incumbent is expected to create DNA barcode libraries of mycotoxigenic fungi that can damage plants or contaminate food, and to develop standard operating procedures for DNA-based monitoring, enabling faster and more accurate detection and identification of the responsible organisms. As an expert on taxonomy of mycotoxigenic fungi, the incumbent is also expected to provide fungal identifications of quarantine and invasive species submitted to the National Fungal Identification Services and respond to requests for assistance in identification annually.

The incumbent will have access to state-of-the-art laboratories, sequencing facilities, and access to the Canadian Collection of Fungal Cultures and to the National Mycological Herbarium. The successful candidate will be part of a multidisciplinary team of scientists at Ottawa RDC, including other mycologists, plant breeders, plant pathologists, agronomists, and genomic and metabolomics specialists working on various aspects of fungi affecting agricultural sustainability.

The incumbent is expected to interact very closely with the regulators (e.g. The Canadian Food Inspection Agency, CFIA; and the Canadian Grain Commission Grains Research Laboratory). The incumbent is also expected to support research performed at other research centres in the areas of fungal diseases and mycotoxins.

The incumbent will have the opportunity to collaborate with stakeholders in academia and industry. Research Scientists have access to competitive core and external funding opportunities, and are supported by technical and administrative staff. Research Scientists are encouraged to seek university affiliation and co-supervise graduate students.

The researcher is expected to manage multiple projects in a multidisciplinary setting requiring collaboration with other scientific teams. They will be expected to seek internal and external funding and collaborators to support the research program and to effectively manage resources to achieve the desired outcomes. The scientist will directly supervise staff, and may mentor and train post-doctoral fellows and graduate students.

Work environment

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Intent of the process

1 indeterminate Full Time position. A pool of qualified candidates could be established and could be used to fill a similar position in the center referenced in this poster or another AAFC research center.

Positions to be filled: 1

Information you must provide

Your résumé.

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

Graduation with an acceptable doctoral* degree or the employer-approved alternative from a recognized university in the field of mycology, microbiology, plant pathology or other relevant discipline related to the duties of the position.

*Applications will be accepted from candidates enrolled in, but who have not yet completed their dissertation. Completion of the Ph.D. thesis defense must occur before the appointment date.

NOTE: The employer-approved alternative is an acceptable master's or bachelor's degree coupled with acceptable research, training and experience. The degree must be from a recognized university and in scientific fields and specialties related to the duties of the position. The training and experience must clearly demonstrate the ability to do personal research of doctoral degree caliber.

IF YOU HAVE FOREIGN CREDENTIALS, please follow the link below for information on how to obtain a degree equivalency. You must obtain an equivalency, at your own expense, in order to be considered for appointment into the public service.

Degree equivalency

Experience in the design and conduct of scientific research specifically as it relates to mycology and biosystematics or other closely related disciplines.
Experience in the taxonomy and identification of mycotoxigenic fungi.
Experience in the handling and microscopy of fungi or other microorganisms relevant to agricultural research.
Documented scientific productivity/recognition in the form of authorship/editorship of research results in the area of mycology, fungal biosystematics, or other relevant discipline, in recognized journals and/or published reports, books, papers, or other communications resulting from scientific research.

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

English essential

Information on language requirements

Knowledge of taxonomy and nomenclature of fungi.
Knowledge of phylogenetics.
Knowledge of molecular biology.
Knowledge of genomics and metagenomics.

Intellectual Leadership
Team Work
Interactive Communication

Ability to present scientific information to various audiences.

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

Asset Qualifications - Experience:
Post doctoral experience in mycology or other relevant discipline.
Experience with biosystematics.
Experience in the taxonomy and identification of plant pathogenic Ascomycetes.
Experience preparing taxonomic monographs or revisions.
Experience curating either a fungal herbarium or fungal culture collection.
Experience handling fungal pathogens within regulatory constraints.
Experience interacting with Federal regulatory departments or agencies.
Experience working on a multi -disciplinary team.
Experience managing multi-year projects with associated human resources, budgetary, and planning functions.
Experience interacting with industry and other stakeholders to garner support and research direction.
Experience in Project Management.
Experience in Team Leadership.

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Information on employment equity

Conditions of employment

Reliability Status security clearance

Possession of a valid driver's license or personal mobility to the extent normally associated with the possession of a valid driver's license.
Ability and willingness to travel.
Ability and willingness to work flexible hours including evenings and weekends.

All employees of the core public administration are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and attest to their vaccination status unless accommodated based on a medical contraindication, religion, or another prohibited ground for discrimination as defined under the Canadian Human Rights Act.

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Information on the preference to veterans

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Lynn Cowan - Human Resources Coordinator
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